Frequently Asked Questions
What is the normal schedule?
Am I graded on my works?
Yes. In the end of each semester, you have an exhibition day when you present all the works you have finished throughout the semester. All your works are graded by the board of professors and the grades are announced to you the same day.
Does the school help me with Italian visa?
Yes. After the tuition fees are paid fully, the Academy provides all the necessary documents for you to apply for the student visa in the Italian embassy in your home country. Upon your arrival to Italy, the Academy will advise you on the further application process for your temporary Italian residency card Permesso di Soggiorno. This card then is renewed each year on the territory of Italy.
Are there any scholarships or grants I can apply for?
Does the school help with finding accommodation?
What is the average cost of living in Florence?
Living expenses always depend on the person who spends and the life style one is used to. However, roughly speaking, the average cost of life in Florence varies from 600-800 euro for accommodation per month and around 400-500 euro for food and expenses. Art materials around 200 euro a month.
Does the cost of tuition include materials?
No. The cost of tuition does not include the cost of materials. Buying materials such as paints, canvases, paper, boards and etc. is student’s responsibility. Your teachers will advise you in regards of art material choice. You will be given the list of paints, brushes and etc. when you begin your studies.
Is it cheaper to buy materials in my home country or in Florence?
This depends on where are you from. Mostly, we recommend to the students to buy their materials here, since Florence is full of art shops and the offer range is quite wide.
Can I use Italian medical services as a foreigner?
Yes, definitely. If you wish to use medical services in Italy, you will need to register at a local clinic to be assigned to a doctor. In order to do that you need to apply for Tessera Sanitaria (Italian medical card). It is an easy procedure that can be done online. You can ask for advice on how to do it at the admin office of the academy upon your arrival.
What career perspectives do I have after I graduate?
Depending on your career preferences, you can choose a path of being a painter, graphic artist, illustration artist, story board artist for movie industry, animation and etc. The principles we teach are fundamental and crucial for an artist of any kind, since the most important rules of composition, color perception and the form always remain the same in all fields of visual arts.
Is Florence Classical Arts Academy a branch of a certain Russian art institute?
No. The Florence Academy of Russian Art is an independent educational institution based and registered entirely in Florence, Italy which provides Diplomas of European standard upon successful completion of the program. We do not offer courses or workshops in Russia.
Are there exhibitions I could be part of during my time with FCAA?
Yes, certainly. As a student you will be participating in as a minimum two exhibitions per year: in December and in June which is a mid-term and final exhibition of the year. Also, our students have the chance to exhibit in current expositions organized by the Academy. This could be in Italy or even abroad. In previous years FCAA has organized exhibitions in Switzerland, China, Russia, Norway, and Italy.