SAI Design Brochure 2022

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Welcome to the beginning of a transformative personal journey Since 1995, SAI has provided students with exceptional cultural and educational experiences abroad, offering the opportunity to enroll in some of the finest schools available to English speaking students in Europe. By encouraging students to explore the complex intersections between self, community, and creativity, SAI aims to provide an inspiring and transformative experience for all participants. All SAI services, in the U.S. and overseas, are geared toward ensuring student safety and maximizing the student experience; both in terms of providing a framework for academic inquiry, and offering each student opportunities for personal growth and development. More than 25 years of international education. At SAI we believe strongly in the power of international education and are proud to be contributing to generations of globally-minded individuals. In 2020, we were honored to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SAI study abroad programs, and are thankful to each partner, student, and faculty member who has entrusted us with the responsibility of curating their international experiences. We look forward to our role in the next 25 years of international education!

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“My transition to living abroad was seamless”

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“This was the best thing I could have done for my education”

“I was able to truly experience the city as a local”

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“Thanks for all the hard work you did to make our time special” Photo Credit: Sami Sogge



At SAI we are proud to provide you with unrivaled academic, living, social and cultural experiences that allow you to enjoy your time abroad, while challenging your mind and exploring your talents.

Academic Excellence We partner with some of the finest European universities to provide you with exceptional academic experiences in a range of studies and academic levels, and award U.S. credit for all undergraduate coursework. We develop programs that challenge you in unique ways, and help you understand your field of study from different perspectives. Personal Attention We want to get to know you! Upon applying you will be assigned a US-based Admissions Counselor who will guide you through all your pre-departure planning, as well as your return home. While you are abroad, our on-site staff will welcome you and offer an ongoing support system through a wealth of included services, as well as personal guidance and encouragement to feel comfortable in your new home. Community Emphasis Community is at the root of everything we do. It is important to us to provide a sense of community to you and your peers, as well as to the people and places that welcome you abroad. Our programs include a full calendar of activities, called the Viva Experience, designed to foster a deeper understanding of the local community. Our on-site staff members create a warm and welcoming community, and are available to offer assistance with personal and academic challenges.


Comprehensive Services The SAI experience stands out for our services, ranging from our high quality housing, to our 24-hour support on-site. We are confident that you will find that our 360º Services include all the assistance you need, allowing you to focus on thriving in your transformative experience. Career Preparation Our programs offer a variety of activities to help you gain meaningful experiences abroad beyond classroom learning. We offer programs with internship components, community volunteering opportunities including the SAI International Service Certificate, and leadership training such as the SAI Global Leadership Certificate. These opportunities expose you to a global perspective and a leadership mentality, and help to prepare you for future careers and global citizenship. Financial Assistance At SAI, we are committed to making study abroad achievable for everyone; that’s why we do everything we can to keep our program costs manageable. We also understand that financial assistance is an important factor for being able to study abroad, so we offer the ability to utilize financial aid for our programs, as well as a wide array of scholarships. For more information see:


360ºSERVICES • • • • • • • • • • • •

Academic courses in English in all host cities, with host language course options in some U.S. academic credit for all undergraduate coursework Accommodation in carefully selected student apartments and family homestays Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day Welcome reception and events Orientation to the host city and school SAI staff on-site dedicated to fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation 24-hour on-site emergency support Mid-semester re-orientation for personal reflection and goal setting Farewell event with all students

Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Services • US-based Admissions Counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance • Helpful pre-departure resources and webinars • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students • Assistance with student visa application • Assistance with financial aid processing • Need-based SAI scholarships • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences • SAI Ambassador Program for alumni, with paid internship opportunities • Alumni network



LIVINGABROAD Time abroad facilitates personal reflection and teaches you as much about yourself as it does about your host culture. Students often return from studying abroad with an expanded knowledge that helps them to be more effective and innovative in their working lives and more satisfied on a personal level. Learning to live in a new environment is an important part of the study abroad experience. We recognize the importance of safe and comfortable living spaces that help you make new friends and build community. That’s why we offer housing that is integrated into local communities and neighborhoods. This grants you exposure to everyday life in that city: shopping at local markets, enjoying a morning coffee at the neighborhood cafe, and establishing relationships with other locals outside of the academic experience. Over our more than 25 years of operation, we have earned an excellent reputation for providing student housing in high quality apartments, as well as family homestays in most locations.


Student Shared Apartments SAI student apartments are convenient and comfortable, with shared and private occupancy bedrooms available. Each SAI apartment is unique in size, age, floor plan, and number of bedrooms. All apartments are well equipped with basic furnishings, a kitchen, living area and bathroom, as well as wifi. Apartments help students connect and build community with one another, and offer the opportunity to make home cooked meals with friends. Family Homestays Family homestays are available in most locations and are a terrific way to ensure that your language skills and cultural knowledge grow. Homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a shared or private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Included family meals vary by city.


VIVAEXPERIENCE We offer all students enrolled in 360º Services programs the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for you to get to know your community, city and country. Our activities encourage social interaction between students while including elements designed to foster greater cross-cultural competency and a deeper understanding of the local society. Following are some examples of activities and excursions we offer. From Earth to Table: Tuscan Food and Culture Get a first-hand look at organic agriculture in Italy with a tour of an organic farm. You’ll explore the grounds, vineyard and wine cellars, and get to know the animals. At the end of the tour, you will join the farmers to enjoy a rustic lunch prepared with the farm’s products. Visit to Carrara and Lucca Tour Italy’s famous quarries of Carrara, where marble has been extracted since Roman times, including the blocks used by Michelangelo himself to create his David masterpiece. You’ll experience the breathtaking views of the sparkling Mediterranean visible from the Carrara Mountains as we descend to the town of Lucca. Famous for its 16th century perfectly preserved city walls, Lucca is a wonderful place to take a leisurely afternoon stroll or bike ride.

A Trip Up Montserrat’s Rock Formations Ride the cable train up Spain’s Montserrat, a spectacular mountain made of unusual rock formations that has become a Catalonian icon. You will visit the Benedictine mountain retreat at the top, wander the mountain paths, and take in the breathtaking views of the Catalonian countryside. Day Trip to Idyllic Giverny Take a trip to see the place that inspired many Impressionist painters, primarily Claude Monet. The French village of Giverny presents a beautiful getaway where you’ll be able to explore the gardens that inspired many of Monet’s most celebrated works, including his water lily series. You’ll have a chance to take in the serene views and learn about the artist at the museum dedicated to preserving the 43 years he spent there. Assisi Day Trip and Perugina Chocolate Workshop Spend an unforgettable day in Italy’s verdant region of Umbria to visit the beautiful medieval town of Assisi – the hometown of Saint Francis, Patron Saint of Italy and the current Pope’s namesake. You’ll have the chance to explore the hillside town, filled with sacred relics, remarkable churches, and beautiful frescoes. After a delicious lunch, the group will visit the famous Perugina chocolate factory and participate in a chocolate-making workshop - yum!

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Next Steps: identify four initial objectives

What: Academics Whether you wish to continue your major studies, explore a new field, or spark a creative interest, we have the right program for you. We also offer internships, certificates, experiential learning and language immersion courses that allow you to explore your field in a new way.

Where: City Our emphasis on the Mediterranean region allows us to provide programs that are deeply conscious of the local community and intertwined with the area. Are you looking for a small beach side town, a bustling metropolitan city, a historical treasure, or something in between?

When: Term We offer programs as short as 3 weeks and as long as an academic year and beyond. Whether you choose a Semester, Summer, Jan Term or Short Program, you are sure to have an immersive international experience with a wide range of available coursework and cultural engagement.

How: Financing We want to make study abroad possible for you! Our program fees vary by location so be sure to consider them all. We offer financial aid processing so you can use your home school financial aid, as well as a multitude of scholarships. We’ll help you create a plan that will work for you.

Begin your journey by contacting us! We’ll assign you a U.S.-based Admissions Counselor who will help you through each step.









Map shows all SAI locations, design programs are not offered in all locations.



Explore the Mediterranean


This brochure highlights our Fashion & Design program options; see our website for our full offering: ITALY Florence 21 Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence (FUA-AUF) 22 Rome John Cabot University (JCU) Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA Rome)

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Milan 29 Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) 30 Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) 31 Istituto Marangoni (IM Milan) 32 SPAIN Barcelona 35 Elisava, Barcelona School of Design 36 FRANCE Paris 39 Paris College of Art (PCA) 40 Paris American Academy (PAA) 41 Master’s & Graduate


Program Options






Rediscover the Renaissance

SAIFLORENCE The treasure that is the city of Florence has attracted visitors from every society, from Roman to modern times. Though Florence is an ancient city, the focal point today is its Renaissance art and architecture, which have contributed to it frequently being named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, its streets present a stunning reflection of the birth and development of modern society, which shifted importance toward the individual and creativity. Today Florence is also a busy center for art and design, a home to top fashion, architecture and culinary delights, and is a very manageable city for study abroad students, who can regularly interact with visitors from around the world.

VIVA Experience: Florence

• Tuscany by e-bike • Trip to Lucca and Carrara • Hike to Piazzale Michelangelo • Italian cooking lesson • Traditional bookmaking class • Trip to Bologna, Italy’s university city • Local artisan tour • Trip to Perugia and the Perugina Chocolate Factory • Trip to San Gimignano Community & Career Development • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate as recognition for community service and international leadership exploration projects. • Volunteer in a school, museum, library, tourist office, and much more, to earn an International Service Certificate. • Complete an internship or enroll in an experiential learning course to gain experience in your field. SAI Housing • Student Apartment • Family Homestay

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Business, Arts & Sciences

FUA-AUFFLORENCE Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence FUA-AUF is a vibrant institution offering liberal arts coursework that takes a contemporary approach to international education. With small classes taught by highly qualified international faculty, FUA-AUF courses aim to enhance the social, inter-cultural and professional experience of each student. In addition to coursework in arts and sciences, communication, and business, FUA-AUF offers opportunities for students to enroll in cutting-edge courses in fashion, design, architecture, fine arts, culinary and wine studies. As an urban school, FUA-AUF is comprised of several buildings in Florence’s city center that have been refurbished to create spaces for studios, classrooms, and labs. Programs Offered Semester (12 - 15 credits) Quarter (9 -12 credits) Summer: 3 - 12 weeks (3 - 12 credits) January Term: 3 weeks (3 - 6 credits) Short Programs: 3 - 11 weeks (3 - 15 credits) Career Certificate Programs: semester & academic year Pre-College Summer: 3 weeks (6 credits) Highlights • A wide range of coursework across all areas of study allows for maximum flexibility. • Join unique experiential learning and internship courses for deeper hands-on learning. • Add a 1 week traveling Cultural Introduction to Italy course to your program. • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate during the semester.


Sample Design & Fashion Courses Digital Imaging and Visual Arts • Street Photography • Introduction to Fashion Photography • Advanced Video Making and Postproduction • Experiential Learning in Visual Communication - Graphic Design Interior and Visual Design • Italian Renaissance Architecture • Introduction to Lighting • Introduction to/Intermediate Interior Design • Interior Design Materials & Furnishings Fashion and Accessory Design and Technology • Apparel Design • Draping • Knitwear • Introduction to Accessory Design • Straw Hats and Bags: A Florentine Dynasty Fashion Merchandising and Communication • Fashion Magazine • Visual Merchandising and Display • Fashion Retail Management Experiential Learning • Fashion Buying Strategies • Fashion Forecasting for Merchandisers • Fashion Marketing

Career Certificate Programs FUA-AUF Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive sessions offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career Certificate programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in a new career or exploration. Career Certificate programs at FUA-AUF begin with an introductory Year 1 program, and continue to a specialization Year 2. Students have the option of completing just one semester or one year to earn undergraduate credit, or the full 2-year program to earn a Certificate.


Career Certificate programs are offered in the following fashion and design fields: • Fashion Design, Merch & Media (year 1) • Fashion Design & Technology (year 2) • Accessories Design & Tech (year 2) • Fashion Merch, Marketing & Retail (year 2) • Fashion Comm, Promo & Media (year 2) • Comm & Interactive Digital Media (year 1) • Photography (year 2) • Publishing (year 2) • Visual Communication (year 2) • Product Design (year 2)

RM ROME, Italy,


Lose Yourself in the Eternal City

SAIROME It has been said that more than a lifetime is needed to experience all that the capital city of Rome has to offer. It is a city layered with art and antiquities encompassing 2,500 years of human history - from the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Roman Pantheon, to Vatican City, with the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums. Regarded as a birthplace of Western civilization, Rome is a major tourist destination, although it maintains an authentic and traditional atmosphere in the peace of its small streets and the splendor of its piazzas bursting with life. Study abroad students are quickly swept up into the profound history of this enchanting city. Visitors can enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine in a beautiful park, savor a gelato on the Spanish Steps, or study art history overlooking the Trevi Fountain.

VIVA Experience: Rome

• Gelato making workshop • Ancient Appian Way bike tour • Trip to Assisi and the Perugina Chocolate Factory • Beach day trip • Vineyard tour and wine tasting • Roman food tour • Domus Aurea underground tour • Day trip to Tivoli Community & Career Development • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate as recognition for community service and international leadership exploration projects. • Volunteer in a school, museum, library, tourist office, and much more, to earn an International Service Certificate. • Complete a semester internship to explore your field of interest. SAI Housing • Student Apartment • Family Homestay



Business, Arts & Sciences

JCUROME John Cabot University Since 1972, JCU has offered students from around the world the opportunity to pursue an exceptional academic and cultural education in the heart of one of the most inspiring cities in the world. JCU is accredited in the U.S. by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and offers a liberal arts curriculum taught entirely in English. The school draws professors from around the world who are committed to a multicultural environment, and to imparting a global understanding. Students studying abroad at JCU are integrated into the diverse and international degree-seeking student body. JCU is located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, which is one of the city’s oldest and most lively areas, abundant with art and excellent outdoor restaurants enjoyed by both Romans and visitors. Programs Offered Semester (12 - 17 credits) Gap Semester (12 - 15 credits) Summer: 3, 5, 11 weeks (3 - 12 credits) Highlights • Study at a distinguished U.S. university in the heart of Rome. • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate during the semester. • Complete a part-time internship alongside coursework during a semester program.


Sample Design Courses Graphic Design • Introduction to Graphic Design • Advanced Graphic Design • Graphic Design: Corporate Identity and Branding • Poster Design • Foundations of 3D Art & Design Studio Arts & Media • Video Art • Sound Design in Media Arts • Digital Photography • Introduction to Printmaking • Painting • Rome Sketchbook • Figure Drawing

Fashion & Design

NABAROME Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Founded in Milan, Italy in 1980, NABA is the only design school in Italy accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. With the school’s expansion into Rome, NABA Rome provides a renowned design education in the heart of the capital city, which is overflowing with art and design from ancient to modern times. NABA Rome holds true to NABA’s teaching methods that stress cultural, theoretical, and practical aspects of design and seek to put students in constant contact with companies and professionals.

Sample Design Courses Fashion Design & Merchandising • Fashion Design • Fashion Marketing & Communication • Fashion Image & Styling • Visual Merchandising • Textile Design • Fashion Trends & Forecasting • Costume Design for Cinema • Fashion Illustration

Programs Offered Semester (12 - 18 credits) Summer: 4, 6 weeks (6 - 9 credits)

Digital & Studio Arts • Graphic & Visual Design • Multimedia Arts • Curatorial Studies & Exhibition Design • Portrait Drawing • Landscape Photography

We also offer NABA programs in Milan! Highlights • Programs integrate the school’s Rome location with many opportunities for application of classroom teaching. • Small class sizes provide direct and open dialogue with instructors. • Programs are specifically designed for international students. • Study design and fashion at a top Italian institution.


MI MILAN, Italy,


Experience the Global Fashion Capital

SAIMILAN Milan is the industrial, commercial, and financial center of Italy and a leading global powerhouse. The city of Milan presents a harmonious fusion between stunning historical monuments such as the Milan Cathedral, cutting-edge fashion and design seen in the fashion district of Quadrilatero dell Moda, internationally recognized music and performance in noteworthy theaters, and the financial district of Porta Nuova, stacked with global company headquarters. Milan welcomes people from around the world, with one sixth of its population being foreign born.

VIVA Experience: Milan

• Duomo rooftop tour • Lake Como or Borromeo Islands day trip • Wine tasting • Milan walking tour • Turin day trip • Design museum visit Community & Career Development • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate as recognition for community service and international leadership exploration projects. • Volunteer in a homeless shelter, hospital, school and much more, to earn a SAI International Service Certificate. • Complete a semester internship in your major field. SAI Housing • Student Apartment



Fashion & Design

NABAMILAN Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Founded in Milan in 1980, NABA is the only design school in Italy accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. NABA instructors are world-renowned artists, professionals, and designers working in Milan. NABA’s teaching method stresses cultural, theoretical, and practical aspects of design and seeks to put students in constant contact with companies and professionals. NABA subscribes to the philosophy that creativity is best cultivated in an international atmosphere, and welcomes students from 60 different countries. The campus is located in the Navigli area of Milan, and uses 12 buildings to provide exceptional equipment and studio space for its 2,000 students. NABA is among the member institutions of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). Programs Offered Semester (12 - 18 credits) Summer: 4, 6 weeks (6 - 9 credits) We also offer graduate programs at NABA! Highlights • Study all elements of design in the fashion and design capital of the world. • Become a part of the vibrant and international NABA community. • Delve into the creative fields with the help of professors working in the industry.

Sample Design & Fashion Courses Art & Design • Cultural Tour of the Best in Design in Milan • Food Design • Italian Design History • Sketching Around Milan Fashion • Accessories Design • Cultural Tour of the Best in Fashion in Milan • Fashion Anthropology • Fashion Marketing & Communication • Fashion Styling I & II • Fashion Trend Scouting • History of Fashion & Costume • Textile Design • Visual Merchandising Graphic & Visual Design • 2D Cartoon Animation • Brand Identity • Digital Illustration • Editorial Graphic Design • Layout and Visualization Techniques Interior Design • Exhibit Design • Interior Design for Hotels • Interior Design I & II Product Design • Design Methodology • Lighting Design • Packaging • Product Design I & II


Business, Arts & Sciences

UCSCMILAN Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore UCSC, or “Cattolica”, is the largest private university in Europe. The university has been granted five stars by QS Stars, a global university rating system. Cattolica’s Milan campus hosts over 27,000 students per year and is located in a beautiful 8th century monastery that was renovated by Bramante in the 1600s. The school is an integral part of the local community of Milan, attracting students from within Italy as well as from around the world. SAI students at Cattolica join others from around the world in elective semester and summer courses offered in English across the liberal arts curriculum. Cattolica prides itself on the strong community that is fostered with both degree-seeking and visiting students. Visiting students have access to the school’s international student center, health center, sports facilities and international student associations.

Sample Fashion Courses Fashion • The Fashion Market: Structure, Players and Success Factors • A Fashion Brand from Line Creation to Market Placement • Luxury Business Insights • From the Catwalk to the Classroom: an Introduction to Modern Italian Fashion

Programs Offered Semester (12 - 18 credits) Summer: 4, 6 weeks (6 - 9 credits) Highlights • Join a vibrant and large university with a small community feel and an excellent reputation. • Enroll in liberal arts courses that focus on Italy and the region’s influence. • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate in the semester. • Complete a semester internship alongside coursework to gain valuable experience in your field.


Fashion & Design

IMMILAN Istituto Marangoni, Milan IM Milan is a premier fashion and design school with its roots in Milan - Italy’s fashion capital. Founded in 1935, Marangoni has evolved to offer its career-focused programs in various locations in Europe and the world. At Marangoni, students’ creativity is nurtured and stimulated through coursework that pairs theory with practice and emphasizes passion and dedication. Students from around the world converge at Marangoni to be challenged and engaged, and, under the guidance of leaders in their fields, grow to become the very best designers. Programs Offered Summer: 3 weeks (5 credits) We also offer graduate programs at IM Milan! Highlights • Learn from talented design professionals renowned in their field. • Study and find inspiration in one of the design capitals of the world. • Learn the “Made in Italy” aesthetic, which combines exquisite design with superb craftsmanship.


Sample Fashion Courses Fashion • Fashion Buying • Marketing for Luxury • Fashion Followers: Social Media & Blogging • Fashion Business • Fashion Design • Fashion Image & Business • Fashion Visual Merchandising Graphic Design • Digital Graphic Design Interior Design • Interior Design Product Design • Product Design

MILAN, Italy




Thrive in a Modern Mediterranean City

SAIBARCELONA Barcelona has always been a vital hub for Europe and the Mediterranean. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, it is a modern city that also preserves its important cultural heritage and over 2,000 years of human history. Students studying abroad in Barcelona immerse themselves in the unique blend of Mediterranean beach lifestyle and European urban culture that defines the city. Known for its flavorful Mediterranean cuisine, lively nightlife, distinctive architectural and artistic highlights, and welcoming residents, Barcelona inspires visitors and locals alike. In the same day, students can explore the small winding streets of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, attend an FC Barcelona soccer game to watch one of the world’s most beloved teams, and lounge on the sunny beaches.

VIVA Experience: Barcelona

• Gaudí Modernism architecture walking tour • Day trip to Girona and Dalí museum • Spanish cooking class • Day trip to Montserrat • Beach trip to Sitges • Visit to the Bunkers of Carmel • Parc de Collserola hike • Catamaran cruise Community & Career Development • Volunteer in a school, local zoo, doing environmental cleanup, and much more, to earn an International Service Certificate. • Community integration activities include language exchanges with local University students, and the Spanish Family Experience, in which students get to know a local family over meals and cultural exchange. • Complete an internship for an introduction to your professional field abroad. SAI Housing • Student Apartment • Family Homestay



Design Disciplines

ELISAVABARCELONA Elisava Barcelona School of Design Founded in 1961, Elisava was the first school of design to open in Spain, thus becoming the first to offer a design-specific curriculum. As a pioneer, Elisava’s role has been instrumental in shaping the culture of design in Catalonia and Spain. Elisava is included in Domus magazine’s Top 100 Design Schools in Europe. Elisava’s programs offer cutting-edge design disciplines, strongly geared to the professional and promoting close collaboration with companies, institutions and universities around the world. Visiting SAI students enroll in the study abroad design program that offers creative, hands-on elective courses. The school is located in the historical center of Barcelona, along the bustling La Rambla, and a short walk from the Mediterranean Sea. Programs Offered Semester (12 - 18 credits) We also offer graduate programs at Elisava! Highlights • Study design at a university committed to cutting-edge disciplines and approaches. • Let your creativity soar in state-of-the-art facilities and beautiful exhibition space. • Interact with local students on a daily basis in dynamic community spaces.


Sample Design Courses Design • Food, Design and Health • Retail Design/Visual Merchandising • Furniture and Product Design • Typography and Graphic Design • Design for Packaging • Digital Representation Principles • Advanced Principles in Design: Integrating Comm., Humanities & Scientific Techniques • The Global and Historic Context of Art and Design


PAR PARIS, France,



Discover the City of Lights

SAIPARIS One of the most beloved cities in the world, Paris awakens students’ creativity, sense of adventure and global understanding. Paris is known for its iconic neo-classical architecture, and its historical center has remained largely unchanged since the 1860’s. The capital of France, Paris is a city for students to discover, with lively streets, stunning architecture, historical and contemporary art, fashion, and delectable food around every corner. Students living in Paris become a part of the international patchwork of citizens who call this great city their home. Paris has something for everyone, as each of the 20 arrondissements (or districts) that make up the city take on a life of their own. Students can spend their lunch breaks overlooking the bustle of the Eiffel Tower, exploring museums, or perusing the boutique markets of Montmartre.

VIVA Experience: Paris

• Guided tour of the Opéra de Paris • Hands-on macaron baking workshop • Day trip to the Château de Versailles • Open-market tour • Cheese and wine pairing workshop • Guided neighborhood walking tour • Visit to the Musée du Quai Branly Community & Career Development • Volunteering opportunities include educational outreach, refugee assistance, and food services, among many others. • Earn a SAI Global Leadership Certificate as recognition for community service and international leadership exploration projects. • Vibrant student clubs offer opportunities to integrate with the local student population. SAI Housing • Student Apartment • Family Homestay

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Design & Fashion

PCAPARIS Paris College of Art PCA is a premier art and design school firmly rooted in the rich artistic landscape of Paris. For over 30 years it has provided students the opportunity to explore and participate in the Parisian art scene while developing their portfolio under the guidance of respected industry professionals and academics. PCA is accredited in the U.S. by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is part of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (CUMULUS). Study abroad students at PCA are integrated into the degreeseeking student population, and take courses alongside the international student body of about 250. All courses at PCA are taught in English by a diverse faculty of artists, designers, and industry professionals. PCA’s close connections with the local art and fashion scenes allow students unique opportunities for handson engagement with fashion shows, gallery events and local artists as an extension of the classroom. Programs Offered Semester (12 - 19 credits) Summer: 4 weeks (4 credits) Highlights • Study alongside degree-seeking design students from around the world. • Explore and deepen your creative practice. • Complete unique short applied experiences in art studios, fashion shows, and exhibits.


Sample Design & Fashion Courses Fashion • Fashion Design in Paris: Vintage to Haute Couture • The Art of Draping: From Grès & Vionnet to the Japanese • Intro to Childrenswear • Lingerie Design: A Paris Love Affair • Fashion Professions • Fashion Textile Printing • Collection Concept Development I & II • 3D Fashion Design I & II • Pattern Drafting I & II • Fashion Drawing: Shoes • Textile Identification Communication Design • Interactive Media Design • Topics in Typography • Branding and Identity • Web Design Interior Design • Architectural Components • Project Fundamentals • Light Design • Window Display Design Photography • From Image Making to Curating an Exhibition • Fashion Week: Street Style Fashion Photography • Paris, A Surrealist Photographic Exploration • Editorial Fashion Photography • Identification & Preservation of Photographs

Fashion, Design & Creative Writing

PAAPARIS Paris American Academy PAA was founded in 1965 and is known for its excellence in boutique and couture fashion design instruction. With a strongly vocational approach, PAA prepares students for careers in creative fields, with summer program instruction from masters in fashion, fine arts, interior design, and creative writing. Located a short distance from Notre-Dame Cathedral, PAA draws upon Paris’ cultural and artistic heritage in making the city its campus. PAA structures its programs and course content to be practical and applicable in today’s world. Students benefit from a personalized learning environment created by a studentinstructor ratio of one to five and small classes. Courses are rigorous and intensive, and students develop a strong community around an environment of creativity and peer learning. PAA students come from many different countries and backgrounds and bring a wide range of viewpoints, special interests and talents to enrich the learning community.

Sample Design & Fashion Courses Fashion • Fashion with Specialization in Couture Techniques • Fashion with Specialization in Design Process • Fashion with Specialization in Fashion Merchandising and Communication • Essentials of French Fashion Design Interior Design • Interior Design Techniques: Design Studio • European Interior Design: Essentials of Interior Design

Programs Offered Summer: 4 weeks (6 credits) Highlights • Spend a summer immersing yourself in creativity in the vibrant Latin Quarter of Paris. • Learn in a hands-on environment, honing your vocational skills. • Experience fashion shows and design events first-hand.

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PARIS, France


Design & Fashion Programs


Milan, Italy

Polimoda SAI offers various 9 month Master’s programs at Polimoda in the fields of fashion design, fashion business, art direction, and design management. Programs are continually evolving to cater to market needs and reflect new trends. The following programs are available:

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) SAI offers one and two year Master’s Degree programs at NABA conducted in English and accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. The following degrees are available:

• Bag Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Collection Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Creative Direction Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Brand Management Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Marketing & Communications Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Merchandising & Buying Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Retail Management Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Styling Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Trend Forecasting Master’s Course (9 months) • International Fashion Business Master’s Course (9 months) • Luxury Business Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Art Direction Master’s Course (9 months)


• Creative Advertising Master’s Degree (one year) • Fashion & Textile Design Master’s Degree (two years) • Interior Design Master’s Degree (two years) • Product Design Master’s Degree (two years) • Photography & Visual Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Contemporary Art Markets Master’s Degree (one year) • Communication Design Master’s Degree (two years) • Visual Arts & Curatorial Study Master’s Degree (two years)


Domus Academy (DA) Domus Academy Master’s Degree programs are 1 year long and students receive an accredited Academic Master’s Degree from its sister school, Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti (NABA), in addition to a Master’s Diploma from Domus Academy. The following degrees are available: • Business Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Fashion Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Fashion Management Master’s Degree (one year) • Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising Master’s Degree (one year) • Interaction Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Interior & Living Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Luxury Brand Management Master’s Degree (one year) • Product Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Service Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Urban Vision and Architectural Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Visual Brand Design Master’s Degree (one year)

Istituto Marangoni, Milan (IM Milan) SAI offers a wide array of Master’s programs at Istituto Marangoni, Milan. Programs last 9 months, and students earn a diploma from Istituto Marangoni. The following programs are available: • Fashion Design Womenswear Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Design Menswear Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Styling, Photography & Film Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Promotion, Comm. & Media Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion & Luxury Brand Management Master’s Course (9 months) • Contemporary Fashion Buying Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Product Management Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Start-up Master’s Course (9 months) • Luxury Accessories Design & Mgmt. Master’s Course (9 months) • Interior Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Surface & Textile Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Product & Furniture Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Fine Jewelry Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Design Management Master’s Course (9 months) • Car Design Master’s Course (9 months) • Fashion Digital Management Master’s Courses ( 9 months) • Sportswear Design Master’s Course (9 months)



Barcelona, Spain


Elisava, Barcelona School of Design Elisava’s English language Master’s Degrees follow block coursework designed around collaborative problem-solving, hands-on experience and workforce preparedness. Elisava Master’s Degrees are awarded by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Elisava. The following degrees are available:

Elisava also offers semester-long Postgraduate Diplomas, geared toward students who have their Bachelor’s degree and wish to broaden and refine their skills in a design field. Postgraduate students study for one term alongside Master’s Degree-seeking students in block courses, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma from Elisava upon completion. The following diplomas are available:

• Graphic Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Interior Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Photography & Design Master’s Degree (one year) • Research for Design & Innovation Master’s Degree (one year) • Retail Design Master’s Degree (one year)

• Design & Innovation Diploma • Interior Design Diploma • Retail Design Diploma


Fashion & Design studies available


Florence • Fashion • Design

Semester, Quarter, Summer, January Term , Short Programs, Career Certificate


• Fashion


John Cabot University (JCU)

• Design


Florence University of the Arts (FUA)


Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)


• Fashion • Design

Semester, Summer

Milan Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

Istituto Marangoni (IM Milan)

Domus Academy (DA)

• Fashion • Design

Semester, Summer, Master’s

• Fashion

Semester, Summer

• Fashion • Design • Fashion

Summer, Master’s

• Design


• Design

Semester, Master’s, Graduate Certificate



Elisava, Barcelona School of Design

Paris Paris College of Art (PCA)

• Fashion • Design

Semester, Summer

FRANCE Paris American Academy (PAA)

• Fashion • Design