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Florence Institute of Design International unveils new degree programmes with Goldsmiths

Promotion: the Florence Institute of Design International has launched two new bachelor's degree programmes for 2024 in interior design and graphic design at its campus in Florence, Italy.

The Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI) is based in the city's historical centre, with all courses drawing upon the area's legacy of art and design while maintaining an international outlook, according to the university.

Open to students from any country, both degrees will be taught in English and qualifications will be co-issued with Goldsmiths, University of London.

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The Florence Institute of Design is based in the centre of the historic Italian city. Photo by Michelle Davis

"The two new degree programmes are structured to give deeper levels of study in theory and materiality while maintaining the same practical skill and objectives of the current BA programmes," said FIDI founder director Marc Di Domenico.

The new degrees are replacing the previous BA Design programme run in collaboration with the University of Chester, which had course tracks for graphic design or interior design.

"The new curriculum in collaboration with Goldsmiths promotes a more progressive understanding of the creative process behind design as students delve deeper into theoretical frameworks while maintaining focus on interdisciplinary approaches, practical applications and real-world problem-solving," said Di Domenico.

Rendering of a grand brick interior with arched windows and walls and interesting sculptures, lighting and artworks around the space
New courses include a bachelor's degree in graphic design. Image by Wilma Hildeby

According to FIDI, the new interior design programme will explore innovative technologies and sustainable approaches in areas such as 3D printing and parametric design, as well as covering the production of lighting and furniture prototypes. Students will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects, hear from industry experts and explore various disciplines and digital technologies.

In the graphic design programme, students will get to work with video, photography, multimedia and typography as a means to "explore visual communication, societal influences and trends". FIDI says that the focus will be on the development of independent design thinking, critical analysis and transferable skills.

According to the school, both courses will be led by highly respected architects and designers, with an emphasis on small teaching group sizes and substantial contact hours.

Photo of a graphic design project showing a continuity of graphics along a sign, T-shirts, an album sleeve and a poster
The graphic design programme aims to foster artistry and technical expertise. Photo by Robert Larsson

The programmes include guest lectures, field trips and technical visits and students will have the opportunity to undertake professional practice and internships in their second and third years of study.

The first intake for the new degree courses will be in September 2024. The programme is open to candidates from any country with 112 UCAS points or equivalent, plus visual arts training and proof of English skills. The fees are €11,400 (£9,740) per year.

FIDI was founded in 2008 and is located in a historic palazzo that has been fitted out with facilities including computer labs, photography labs and model-making studios.

The school says it has welcomed students from over 50 countries during its history, with more than 100 students currently enrolled in its bachelor's programmes.

For more information on the new degree programmes, visit the FIDI website.

The top photograph is by Kari Varner.

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