The diploma program is an introductory course to graphic design. It gives students beginner knowledge of graphic design along with fundamental information to the field. The most current software is used to help students develop their projects to their highest potential. The classes are led by working professionals who teach the students the basics of the profession such as colour theory, typography, and illustration. The course is built to offer a solid theoretical foundation along with practical skills. Projects are completed individually with the guidance of the professors. This means that by the end of the course the students will have acquired the training and a portfolio that can assist them with finding entry level work positions. In class lectures, desk critiques and presentations all assist the students in producing quality level projects. In addition to class time there are also field trips conducted throughout Italy to give students a higher level of study in a hands-on fashion. Students who are interested in a higher level of study but are not ready for a Bachelor degree can continue with the second year of the diploma program which expands on the information learned in the first year.
The faculty is made up of both locally Italian and international professors who all speak and teach in English. Additionally, the professors are all professionals working in their field. This is to ensure that the faculty is aware of what is happening in their field so that they do not give their students outdated information. The school’s intimate class sizes allow for each student to receive a premium individualized education.
The school is located in the picturesque city of Florence. Florence is a living influence of some of the most influential architects and designers such as Brunelleschi, Da Vinci, Dante, and Michelangelo. FIDI is a unique school partially thanks to its incredible location. Classes have the opportunity to witness the historical masterpieces through walking tours with their professors and learn about art history on site.