Scuola internazionale delle Arti e della Cultura italiana


Drawing & Painting Certificate Program

Florence has been one of the world's art capitals since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The masterpieces of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo are just a part of the incredible artistic heritage that the city offers and a source of continuous inspiration for artists and lovers of beauty.

The AEF Drawing and Painting Certificate Program is a three-year program dedicated to those who want to pursue a career in the art world. It is divided into 3 levels - Foundation, Advancement, Completion - each of which is divided in turn into 2 semesters - Fall and Spring-. At the end of each semester and each level, students receive an AEF Diploma.

Based on a solid formative training in theory, students are guided to express their ideas through painting and drawing. This experiential approach allows them to develop a personal artistic language, as well as to understand and place their work in the Italian and European pictorial tradition, past and present.

Florence and the Renaissance are in fact the context in which students work and find inspiration to consolidate and further develop their artistic path. The professors are active painters on the Italian art scene and art theorists, and the courses are held in equipped and spacious studios. The painting exhibitions that are regularly organized at Palazzo Niccolini are an integral part of the program, for which students must create original works. Internships at prestigious Florentine art galleries are also possible.

Classes are taught in English.

First Level: Foundation


Course UnitECTSU.S.
Critical Studies 3,0 2,0
Foundation 2D 4,5 3,0
Foundation Drawing 1 4,5 3,0
Studio Drawing I 4,5 3,0
Foundation MediaI 4,5 3,0
History of Drawing and Painting 4,5 3,0
Italian Language A1 4,5 3,0
Total 30 20



Course UnitECTSU.S.
Foundation 3D 4,5 3,0
History of Art and Design 4,5 3,0
Introduction to Painting 3,0 2,0
History of the Italian Art and Costume 4,5 3,0
History of the Renaissance Art 4,5 3,0
Painting Techniques I 4,5 3,0
Italian Language A2 4,5 3,0
Total 30 20

Second Level: Advancement


Course UnitECTSU.S.
Anatomical Study I 4,5 3,0
Drawing 4,5 3,0
History of Architecture 3,0 2,0
Painting Techniques II 4,5 3,0
Patrons, Artist and Identity in Florentine Renaissance Art 4,5 3,0
Studio Drawing II 4,5 3,0
Italian Language B1 3,0 2,0
Total 30 20



Course UnitECTSU.S.
Critical Thinking - Art 3,0 2,0
Introduction to Semiotics of the Arte 3,0 2,0
Theory of Perception 4,5 3,0
Advanced Drawing / Painting Seminar 6,0 4,0
Anatomical Study II 6,0 4,0
History of the Italian Landscape of the Arte 3,0 2,0
Italian Language B2 4,5 3,0
Total 30 20


Third Level: Completion


Course UnitECTSU.S.
Ideation and Process 3,0 2,0
Reading and Writing 3,0 2,0
Advanced Drawing Seminar II 4,5 3,0
Professional Practice of FA I 4,5 3,0
Senior Project and Portfolio Development I 6,0 4,0
Aesthetic 4,5 3,0
Italian Language C1 4,5 3,0
Total 30 20


Minor 1 : Professional Practice

Course UnitECTSU.S.
Philosophy of the Art 4,5 3,0
Artist's Book 3,0 2,0
Contemporary Artist Practice 4,5 3,0
Professional Practice of FA II 3,0 2,0
Senior Project and Portfolio Development II 3,0 2,0
Italian Language C2 4,5 3,0
Capstone Experience - Major Project 7,5 5,0
Total 30 20


Minor 2: Education

Course UnitECTSU.S.
Psychology of Art 3,0 2,0
Senior Project and Portfolio Development II 3,0 2,0
Art Pedagogy 3,0 2,0
Art Theraphy 4,5 3,0
Educational Psychology and Exceptional Learners 4,5 3,0
Italian Language C2 4,5 3,0
Capstone Experience - Major Project 7,5 5,0
Total 30 20



The online AEF Certificate Programs Course Curriculum indicates an ideal study plan. The definitive course plan is indicated by the professors, and agreed upon at the beginning of each semester based on the student's individual progress and objectives.

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