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Fashions of Florence
Spend an unforgettable summer in Italy and study at one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world, Polimoda.
This two-week pre-college program will immerse students in the world of fashion through coursework and visits to artisan workshops, fashion ateliers, and manufacturing facilities. Students will receive 40 hours of college level fashion courses taught by industry leaders at the prestigious Polimoda fashion school in Florence, and be able to visit various fashion-related museums and companies. Through this immersive program, students will be able to see real world applications for fashion degrees and gain valuable insight into the day-to-day role of various fashion industry professionals.
Based on double occupancy
6/30 - 7/12
Based on single occupancy
What to Know
- Airfare is not included in the price above
- Minimum age requirement for this program is 16
- Registration will be pending until the minimum group size is met before March 30th - a final confirmation will be sent
- Deposits are fully refundable if the group minimum is not met
- Students must arrive before 2pm on June 30th and depart at any time on July 12th
Florence is the jewel of Tuscany, the heart of the Renaissance and a true outdoor museum. The iconic city is the perfect sized, safe and secure town with many students choosing the city for their experiences abroad. The city center is small enough to be easily traversed on foot yet packed with museums, art and culture. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city during both class field trips and organized activities.
A Typical Day
The program’s immersive experience has an intense schedule, packed with fashion, culture and art. Most days, the group will be out together from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Students will wake and have breakfast at the hotel, then gather with classmates and the resident advisor to walk or take the tram to campus together. A typical class will last 3 or 4 hours with a break halfway through to grab water or a snack at the cafes near campus. Some days there will be class in the morning and afternoon, some days there will be class in the morning and a museum visit or activity in the afternoon. After some down time at the hotel, students will have dinner either at the hotel where dinner is served between 7:30pm and 10:00pm or gather to go together to dine at a local restaurant.
24/7 Program Director
The Resident Advisor will remain at the accommodation for the duration of the program to guide students through activities and classes during the day as well as organize recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings. In addition to a resident advisor, the group will also be accompanied by a Program Director. Together, the two program chaperones will be available 24/7 for anything students or parents may need.
Housed in a Renaissance villa on the banks of the Arno river, Polimoda is one of the top fashion schools in the world. The school welcomes professors and lecturers directly from the fashion industry and offers experience-based learning through contact with industry leaders and a dynamic curriculum. Students will have access to the campus library, study rooms and wifi at the school.
Students will take 40 non-credit hours of courses Fashion Systems: Design and Business. Classes will include topics such as Fashion Sustainability, Intro to Fashion Design and Business, Building a Fashion Portfolio and more. Coursework takes a hands-on approach and aims to provide practical experience. Classes will be held at Manifattura Tabacchi, the school’s cutting edge fashion design campus, and also feature visits to companies, workshops, and museums. Students will have the opportunity to visit Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, and the Lake Como region, famous for its production of silk that is favored by many designer brands. At the end of the program students will have a clear overview of the fashion industry and an idea of how to begin their journey in fashion.
The Student Hotel is a self-contained accommodation and entertainment complex that has an in-house restaurant, music room, ping pong tables, rooftop pool, world-class gym, free wifi and study spaces. Students will stay in modern air-conditioned twin or single rooms. The hotel has many indoor and outdoor spaces to indulge in everything from a quiet reading nook to a movie night. The hotel often organizes special activities and events like concerts and food festivals. Students will have plenty of space and activities to enjoy during the evenings. Please note that students will have organized and chaperoned free time outside of the hotel and will not be allowed to leave the hotel alone.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Resident Advisor in house for the duration of the program with 24/7 support
- Program Director in Florence for the duration of the program
- Transportation from the Florence Airport to Hotel on arrival and departure days
- Twelve nights hotel accommodation in Florence (The Student Hotel)
- One night accommodation in Milan
- Program Orientation
- Public transportation tickets in Florence and Milan
- Round Trip Train Ticket to Milan
- Breakfast & dinner each night at local restaurant or at the hotel restaurant
- Visit to Piazza della Signoria
- Admission to Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
- Admission to Palazzo Pitti Costume Museum
- Class field visits ( Luisa Via Roma and Gucci Garden Museum)
- Visit to the Florence Duomo
- Admission to the Uffizi Gallery
- Visit to Piazzale Michelangelo
- Florence Artisan Tour
- Milan Fashion Tour
- Visit to Como Silk Company
- Visit to Lake Como
- Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
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