Why study Art, Fashion and Design in Italy

Italy is one of the main destinations to study art. If you are passionate about art and your dream is to study and find a job in the artistic / cultural field, studying in Italy, a country that has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, will help you make your dream come true. Can you imagine the thrill of seeing in real life a work of art that you had only seen in a textbook or on a screen? If you are considering where to study art, fashion or design, Italy is the ideal choice.

There are many reasons to choose Italy to study art, fashion or design: in addition to the excellent quality of education and affordable tuition fees, you will be able to study in an excellent context thanks to the high quality of lifestyle and low costs.


Fine arts academies train artists in the fields of visual art, applied arts and art history. It is possible to choose among 21 public academies to study and specialize in the artistic field, for example the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan "Brera", the 'Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin.

The academies of Fine Arts offer different courses such as painting, sculpture, scenography, museology, restoration, and decoration, giving the opportunity to immerse yourself in a magical artistic atmosphere. It is no coincidence that most of the academies of Fine Arts were founded in the Enlightenment Age with the aim of making the teaching of Fine Arts available to everyone so that it was not a privilege of a few artists. Even today the academies pursue this aim by trying to bring everyone closer to art also through exhibitions and events.


Italy is known throughout the world for fashion and design, thanks to the splendid collections of the most prestigious Italian designers. What is the best place to study fashion if not in Italy? We will now see which are the fashion and design academies in Italy, in which there are not only courses for designers and stylists. Among the most important public institutions you will find:

Among the most distinguished private academies you can find:

These fashion academies have a vast educational offer, organizing collaborations with the largest fashion houses. In addition to fashion and design courses, they also train professionals such as Buyers or Country Managers.


Many Italian universities are among the top 200 and the top 100 best universities in the world, the Politecnico di Milano, for example, ranks 6 in the ranking of the best design universities / academies in the world, while Polimoda Firenze was recognized by "The Business of Fashion "as one of the best fashion schools in the world. The Academy of Costume Fashion in Rome, on the other hand, is the only one in the world to have won the graduate prize of the LVHM Prize for the third time. Universities and academies stand out for their history, educational offer, state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. Fashion academies combine the craftsmanship that characterizes "made in Italy" with innovation and entrepreneurship. Collaboration with prestigious companies and brands allows students to put learned skills into practice. This allows you to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in the chosen sector. In addition to the international vision, more and more academies also have a forward-looking vision for a green future, offering courses on sustainable fashion in which the environmental and social impact of fashion is studied. The quality of teaching is also demonstrated by the fact that more than 80% of students can find a job in the sector after graduation.


Compared to other European countries, university fees in Italy are extremely low if we refer to public universities, the fees range from € 200 to € 4000, based on income. As for private academies, university fees can exceed € 20,000 per year. There is also a chance to win scholarships that cover college tuition and can also cover college campus accommodation and canteen meals. The chance of winning a scholarship depends on academic achievement and family income.

The cost of living in Italy is lower than in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and many other European countries. The cost of living in Italy depends on the city you live in, cities in the north for example are generally more expensive than those in the south, and the average monthly cost of living can be around € 900, including accommodation. University campuses generally have few places available and are reserved for those who obtain a scholarship, which is why many students choose to live in a shared apartment with Italian and / or international students. Living with Italian students or students from different countries can enrich your cultural experience and represent an added value to your study experience.

Each city has different characteristics, for example Milan, being dynamic and international, is the ideal city for lovers of design and innovative fashion, while in Florence fans of "made in Italy" craftsmanship will rediscover the origins of art and of goldsmithing. Rome is a city where ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary art coexist in perfect harmony. Each city has a unique artistic and cultural heritage, which allows the study of art even outside the university classrooms and this together with the quality of teaching, makes Italy one of the best destinations to study and pursue a career in the field. of art, fashion and design.

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