Direct Enrollment: Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci
The Direct Enrollment Program at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci (The Academy of Fine Arts Pietro Vannucci) offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the prestigious environment of one of the oldest Italian institutions for fine arts, and to experience firsthand the European style of education. Participants will live and study with Italian and international students. They will apply through the Umbra Institute and benefit from the same services such as orientation, safety, and cultural activities as students enrolled in the other Umbra programs.
Students may choose to enroll for the spring semester or for a full year. The program includes preliminary Italian language review courses at the Università per Stranieri, tutorials and support sessions at the Umbra Institute, and courses at the Academy of Fine Arts. This particular Direct Enrollment program is designed for motivated and mature students who are interested in immersing themselves fully in Italian culture and the Italian higher education system.
“Studying at the Accademia was for me the realizing of a long-held dream. Here in Perugia and especially at the Accademia, Italy’s centuries of contribution to the worlds of painting, sculpture, and aesthetic philosophy are constant, palpable sources of inspiration. At the Accademia, this reverence for the past is combined with an excitement for up-and-coming artists, many of whom visited to give talks and lead live drawing demonstrations. My professors were passionate about their subjects and included excursions and volunteer opportunities in their courses, such as finger-painting a giant tree with schoolchildren and visits to local museums.” -Cat Tartaglia, New York University, Class of 2012
Read more about Cat’s experience here.
Spring 2019 Semester
January 3: Depart from the US
January 4: Arrive in Perugia for orientation weekend and the start of your two month language review program
February 25 – June 12: Classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci
June 12 – June 30: Exam period
June 29: Early morning bus departure for the US
All Year (Fall 2019/Spring 2020)
August 22: Depart from the US
August 23: Arrive in Perugia for orientation weekend and the start of your language review program
October 15 – February 1: First session of classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci
February 1 to February 25: Exam period
February 25 to June 26: Second session of classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci and exam session.
June 27: Early morning bus departure from the US
Direct Enrollment students do not have a traditional fall or spring break, but will enjoy holidays listed in the Italian academic calendar. All year students will have a three week long break from classes in February. During this period, exam dates will be scheduled.
Students can select from an extensive list of fine art courses taught at the Accademia, from practical courses such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and jewelry-making, to theoretical courses such as art history, aesthetics, web design, fashion, and more. Courses are held at the Accademia facility, housed in the beautiful former convent of San Francesco al Prato, and are taught entirely in Italian. The program yields between 12-18 semester credits. Feel free to browse the following selection of courses.
Sample Course List:
Anatomy for Artists:
This course teaches the theory and practice of artistic anatomy.
Students in the course will study and practice the ancient art of engraving and printing.
This course trains students in the technical art of graphic design, by hand and with technology.
Students enrolled in this course will learn the basic skills in the art of painting.
For students with some previous experience, this course will explore techniques of painting with an interdisciplinary approach.
For a more lengthy overview of the types of courses offered, please visit the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci’s webpage.
Before enrolling in selected courses at the Accademia, all students will begin the semester enrolled in an intensive Italian language course for two months. This preliminary course is dedicated to improving language skills and introducing students to the European university setting. Additional tutorials will be held weekly and led by Umbra professors at the Umbra Institute for the duration of the program. Tutorials are a useful academic support to facilitate integration into the Accademia system and to help students succeed in all their courses.
Students will continue the immersion experience by living with Italian and/or international students in shared apartments. This placement allows students to experience university student life in Italy with peers from the same institution.
Proficiency and Admission Requirements
Students should have a minimum of two semesters of Italian language courses and have achieved a B1 proficiency in Italian based on the Common European Framework.