Foundation Year in Art, fashion and design


Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

Learn the Italian language and develop essential skills to successfully enroll in Art and Design undergraduate degrees in the best universities and design academies in Italy. Focus on your areas of interest while improving your academic skills in a supportive environment, enhance your knowledge and skills of art, design, fashion, and architecture in Italy and build your personal portfolio.

The Foundation Year is an internationally recognized program awarding Italian Ministry of Education academic credits and granting direct admission to the degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy, and preparing for admission to any university and design school in Italy.

The ideal preparation for your degree in Art, Fashion, Design and Architecture in Italy. Your chance to explore Europe.

The academic program is offered in 2 tracks:

  • Blended Track: 4 months online + 3 months on-site (January - July)


  • On-site Track: 9 months on-site (October - July)

Both tracks include  600 hoursofclasses and workshops, including a CILS exam preparation course, arts and design practical labs, cultural excursions and participations to the MADE LABS International Summer School in the month of July.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will achieve the C.I.L.S. B2 level certification (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) and receive academic titles with legal value, accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, valid for enrolment into Italian undergraduate degree programs.

During the Foundation Year, students will attend culture, art and design classes  at the MADE Program | Fine Arts and Design Academy. Upon completion of the Foundation Year program, students will have the option to be directly enrolled with a scholarship (without entry test)  into one of the 3-year BA degree programs at MADE Academy: BA in Design, BA in Visual Arts, BA in Fashion and Textile Design.

Course List

Art & Design (taught in English)

24 Credits 

  • Intro to Architecture and Design
  • History of Italian Art
  • Italian Society through Cinema
  • Pathway workshops in Art and Design: participation in the MADE Labs Summer School

Italian Language

36 Credits

  • Italian Language course (360 hours)
  • C.I.L.S. exam preparation

Pathway workshops

Students will take part in a series of practical labs and hands-on workshops, guided by expert faculty that will help to develop the core skills and techniques for art and design studio work and mastering artisanship with different materials.

The Pathway workshops will also expand the student’s portfolio which is an essential requirement for enrolment in design degree programs in Italy.


Student Testimonial

“An incredible university experience before even starting university! It has helped me to explore my passions and find my true interest in the field of design, to have a clear idea of the degree specialization and career path I want to follow. The staff and professors at the Academy were incredibly supportive and made me feel welcome in the sunny city of Siracusa as from the first day of the program. I have made friendships with students from Italy and all over the world during the workshops and language exchange events, it is an invaluable experience for my personal and professional development!”


What are the prerequisites to enroll in the Foundation Year?

Students applying to join the Foundation Year program should provide the following documents:

  • Secondary school leaving certificate or diploma
  • English language B1 (lower intermediate) level certificate: IELTS 4.5, Cambridge PET or equivalent)

What are the program dates and fees?

Application Fee: €350

  • to be paid upon at least 30 days before the program start date

NB. non-EU students should pay the Enrolment Fee at least 90 days before the start of the program in order to process the visa application.

1. BLENDED track: includes 4 months of online learning and 3 months of classes and workshops on-site:

January 8th 2021  –  July 23rd, 2021

Tuition Fee: € 5,600

Application Fee: €350

2. ON-SITE track: 9-month program offered entirely on-site:

October 1st 2021  –  July 22nd, 2022 

Tuition Fee: € 7,500

Application Fee: €350

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

Syracuse Academy is a center for international education in arts and culture with a focus on Mediterranean studies. Syracuse Academy is a University of Siena CILS language exam center and offers unive ... Read More

Syracuse Academy is a center for international education in arts and culture with a focus on Mediterranean studies. Syracuse Academy is a University of Siena CILS language exam center and offers university preparation programs jointly with MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy. The campus is located in the city centee next to the archaeological museum and park, within a short walking distance of the seafront and the island of Ortygia. The main building of the campus is a historic villa that boasts over 2 acres of lush botanical gardens filled with citrus trees, Mediterranean flora, century-old palms, and magnolias, as well as many other exotic trees and plants. Outdoor lessons, labs, workshops, cultural activities such as open-air movie nights and language exchange events are often held within this enchanting setting. A peaceful oasis in the heart of Siracusa, where students find themselves surrounded by history, nature and a dynamic community of international students. Read less