Accademia Riaci, Florence:
Study product design in Italy with Accademia Riaci - a leading international art and design school in the heart of Florence! The role of a product designer is to develop design solutions that meet the current needs of society and that anticipate future demand. At Accademia Riaci, we provide a range of product design courses to Italian students and international students, including a professional one-year master course, a two-year basic course, academic year and semester programs, as well as short courses and intensive summer courses. Apart from our two-year basic course which is taught in Italian only, all other courses are taught in Italian with English and Spanish interpreters. To ensure that you get the attention you need from our expert tutors, we keep our class sizes small (approximately 8 students).
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Product Design Courses in Florence:
On completion of a one-year or two-year academic course, you will be awarded a Diploma.
• Basic Product Design Course:
Course Duration: 2 years. Taught in Italian only
This comprehensive course aims to provide a professional education to students who wish to bring utility, order, appropriateness and aesthetics to the products and processes of today's modern global society.
Covering basic design, communication, and collaboration processes, the course equips you with an excellent foundation in product design, integrating the design of furniture, communications, equipment, and interfaces.
In addition, you will study issues relating to the humanistic uses of technology, including product development, computer-aided design, human factors research, business, and manufacturing.
In the last semester, the instruction focus shifts to portfolio preparation, career planning, and the development of business communication and information-gathering skills to better prepare you to enter the product design industry.
• One-Year / Semester Product Design Programs
Taught in Italian with English or Spanish interpreters
Combining theory and practice, this accelerated course takes a process-oriented approach to product design, and focuses on social and environmental responsibility.
You will study design theory and practice, as well as support courses in the humanities, the physical and natural sciences, and the behavioral and social sciences.
Maintaining a balance between aesthetic, technical, and humanistic aspects, the responsive curriculum keeps pace with the leading edge of design technology by anticipating developments in the field.
This program also includes Basic Art Lessons (Art History, Basic Painting, Color theory, 3D Drawing), Art Stages, and Guided Art Visits.
• Atelier Course:
This course follows the same curriculum as the One-year Course, but does not include the Basic Art Lessons.
• Product Design Master Course:
Academic Year & Semester study options available. Taught in Italian with English or Spanish interpreters
There is an emphasis on process in this graduate program, and it focuses on conceptualization, research, communication, and appropriate form giving. The curriculum consists of methods, studio, and seminar course content which is integrated around studio-based projects.
Projects range from incubating independent publishing labels for hard and soft design to the development of new urban industries. By providing research proposals, future studies, and case studies, we are promoting a new, more pro-active role for design education.
There are four components to the program:
- A core design studio sequence consisting of a series of experiences of increasing complexity culminating in the thesis project
- Furniture design
You are required to demonstrate originality, research and design skills, and creative capacity to resolve advanced problems in design. Because design is a collaborative profession, most studio projects will be team-based.
Other Product Design Courses:
- Short Product Design Course: Study for 1 / 2 / 4 / 8 / 12 / 24 weeks
- Product Design Summer Courses: Study for 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 12 weeks