Learn in English
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Progress to the 2nd year of your Bachelor’s Degree
The International Year One is a program offered jointly by Syracuse Academy and MADE Design School providing students with the unique opportunity to enroll in the 1st year of the Bachelor Degree program in Design, Fashion, or Visual Arts with courses taught in English. Upon completion, international students will reach an intermediate level of Italian and will gain ECTS credits to transfer to any European university or will be offered guaranteed progression to the 2nd year of the MADE Bachelor degree programs.During the program, international students also attend Italian language classes to reach the necessary level to continue with their studies, interact with the local community and work in Italy.
The best way to achieve an international mindset while earning a Bachelor’s degree in an innovative and dynamic Design Academy in Italy.
3 tracks available:
Fashion & Textile Design (Autumn semester in Sicily + Spring semester in Tuscany)
Scholarship reserved for all students that decide to continue the 2nd and 3rd year of the Bachelor degree at MADE Program: the yearly scholarship value is a 50% waiver on International Tuition Fees.
Option to take part in the MADE LABS International Summer School in the month of July.
Official CILS or CELI Italian language certification upon completion of the program
The International Year One awards Italian Ministry of Education university-level academic credits and grants admission to the 2nd and 3rd years of bachelor degree programs at MADE Fine Arts and Design Academy. Alternatively, students may choose to apply for credit transfer to any other University, Fine Arts Academy, and Design School in Italy.
An integral part of the International Year One is students’ participation in workshops and labs where they can gain a first-hand experience of the application of skills sets, techniques & methodologies acquired in class.
Learning by doing is not just wishful thinking, at Made Academy is the way all classes are run.
Thanks to these activities, students can enrich their artistic portfolio and gain a diversified experience: regardless of the chosen track, career-readiness is the goal of all Bachelor's programs at Made.
The Made Labs Summer School is an unparalleled opportunity to interact with artists and designers from all over the world and to join classes with acclaimed thought-leaders in various disciplines and art.
Intensive Italian course
The Italian language course is offered as a 6-month intensive program that allows students starting at beginner levels to achieve the required intermediate (B1) or upper-intermediate (B2) level of Italian language competence required to progress into Italian-taught degree programs, to integrate into the local community and to seek job opportunities in Italian firms.
Students are taught by expert, highly qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroom to achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading, and listening comprehension.
Students take part in an intensive CILS exam preparation course, which will cover the best practices for academic writing, preparation tests with CILS past papers, and oral exam simulations led by instructors that are University of Siena CILS examiners.
Syracuse Academy is a CILS exam center. Students will be able to enroll in any exam session during the academic year.
The University of Siena CILS and the University of Perugia CELI are the most broadly recognized Italian language certifications worldwide in the academic and professional world.
Top Reasons to Join the International Year One
#1 Prepares for the Italian job market
The vast majority of undergraduate degrees in Art & Design in Italy are taught in Italian. For international students, this often brings the additional challenge of learning Italian before applying to University, making it harder and time-consuming.
With the International Year One, International students can learn Italian while they are enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor's Degree, thus gaining time while adding skills that will be highly valued in the job market.
#2 Designed for International Students
Our students come from a range of countries, age groups, and backgrounds. We welcome intelligent, creative, motivated people who are interested in moving into an art and design vocation.
#3 Opens the doors to the greatest opportunities
Besides allowing you to become familiar with the language and culture of Italy while studying in your first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One also provides you with the opportunity to experience first-hand what University life in Italy is about, preparing you for the next big steps you will take.