Founded in 1977, we have years of experience and specialise in teaching Italian in Italy
All the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools are located in the city center
Professional and young teachers all of whom have studied at the University level and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners
Members of ASILS (Associaton of language schools of Italian as a second foreign language)
Italian at every level, all year round, Small study groups
Courses start every 2 weeks (including beginners)
After 3 or 6 months the AIL-exam "Firenze" (Accademia Italiana di Lingua) DELI/DILI/DALI/DALC can be taken
A whole range of activities offered for students to gain insight into the Italian culture
Variety of students from over 50 countries study at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci schools
Friendly and helpful staff that give personal attention to each student
Equipped for handicapped students
Our Teaching method takes full account of modern didactics and is oriented towards the "Foreign Language Concept of the Council of Europe" and the "Guidelines of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL)".
The Leonardo da Vinci schools teach according to the Direct Method: from the first day on, at all levels, only Italian will be spoken.
We emphasize the spoken language and live language. Continually stressing the use of verbal communication permits you to learn Italian "naturally", to unite theory and practice easily and to increase your knowledge quickly and with confidence. The structure of the language and its practical application is very important. Advanced courses also practice the written language.
Our teaching staff consists of young teams of experienced language teachers, all of whom studied at University and who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreigners.
Most of the teaching material has been developed by our schools and is excellently suited to the needs and requirements of the students. Thanks to a permanent work group the didactic material is continuously updated and adapted to the newest research on teaching languages to foreigners.
But learning Italian does not consist, for us at the Leonardo da Vinci schools, in just teaching grammar and vocabulary. We want to allow our students to gain insight into the Italian way of living and thinking. That is why we offer, in addition to the language courses, a whole range of italian culture extracurricular activities for our students.
FIRST SCHOOL DAY
On the first school day there is an entry test (written and oral), testing the student's knowledge of the Italian language.
Beginners will join a pilot course which is aimed to divide complete beginners from students with a little knowledge of the Italian language.
LEVELS OF ABILITY
Our schools offer courses on 6 monthly ability levels (subdivided on 12 ability levels ot two weeks, each), following the Assessment Grid of the European Language Portfolio (ELP), based on the assessment grid of Schneider/North.
(according to the level)
Intensive grammar study
Phonetics Development of vocabulary
Syntax and application
Listening and comprehension
Dialogue and communication
Situation method Idiomatic and phraseology
Written and oral comprehension
Lecture and analysis
Live guided discussion and synthesis
Teaching Material: Text books and supplies are provided by the school and is already included in the price of the course. You are expected to bring your own dictionary.
Minimum Admission Age: The minimum age for participants is 16.
Course Dates: In our calendar we specify the course dates, the public holidays and the days off for group language courses and courses in Italian culture.
Certificate of Attendance: On request, all students receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Lessons: The duration of each lesson is 45 minutes.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
The Standard Course is held throughout the year on 6 (monthly) levels of ability. Duration: 2 to 24 weeks. The 4 lessons are held daily from Monday to Friday, usually beginning at 9am. If there are many participants the Standard Course may also be held in the afternoon at 2pm. There is a maximum of 12 students in each class.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
The Intensive Course consists of 4 lessons Standard Course per day in the morning and 2 extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In the afternoon session students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge with practice in speaking and conversing. This course is held only in Florence and Rome.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
The Intensive Plus Course consists of the Standard Course Plus additional private lessons (one-to-one). The individual lessons are specifically designed for your specific needs. We offer two kinds of Intensive Plus Courses:
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
For students who want to learn quickly and intensively in a small group, or wish to increase their knowledge, the Small Group Intensive Course is tailor-made for their needs. Together with no more than 5 participants they will have 6 hours of daily intensive language course. The Small Group Intensive Course is held only in Florence and Rome.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
If you want to learn or improve your Italian, but you don’t have time for a daily course, we offer you the possibility to attend “Part-Time” courses for two or three times a week.
This evening course is especially recommended for those who already live, study or work in Milan. The courses are held throughout the year on six monthly ability levels. The minimum duration of each course is 8 weeks.
PART-TIME TWICE A WEEK:
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PART-TIME THRICE A WEEK:
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For students who want to learn Italian and at the same time become acquainted with the culture and history and the current social and political situation of their host country, we suggest to choose the "Italy Today" Course. In addition to the 4 lessons Standard Course in the morning, in the afternoon they will be introduced to art and culture, history and folklore, press and films as well as the current political and economic situation of Italy.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
Students wishing to study Italian for longer periods are especially welcome at our schools and receive special care and attention from our staff, as well as benefiting from our long-term discounted prices. With this course, students profit from all the advantages of learning a language in the country where it is spoken. Through our experience in teaching the Italian language, we know that the ideal minimum stay for a course is 12 weeks. Not only you will have more confidence in your language skills, but instead of feeling like you are on holiday, you will be completely immersed in the Italian culture and way of life. Many of our long-term students are preparing to enter university or rounding off their Italian Long-Term Standard Course with the recognised AIL "Firenze" examination.
Starting dates: every 2 weeks
Would you like to enjoy 6 months in Italy and travel to different cities, too? We have the right program for you! The Long-Term Semester Course is an extended version of the Long-Term Standard Course. The general structure is similar, but the objectives are targeted on a long-term basis. If you would like to live in Italy for several months, the Leonardo da Vinci schools offer you the possibility of an attractive package. You may start learning Italian in Florence, and after a few months you can move to Rome, Siena or Milan. The curricula in the semester course are the same; thus you can change the course location any time you want and you will make the most of your stay in Italy.
An excellent opportunity to attain a more in-depth and continuous study of the Italian language. You can combine learning the language and enjoying your free time. This course is also an excellent preparation for Master Courses in Art, Italian Design, Italian Fashion or Restoration.
Last but not least, the Long-Term Semester Course has a particularly attractive price!
Starting dates for beginners:
The “academic year” is a 32 week language and culture course for students who wish to experience living and studying in Italy. The course combines not only language courses with Italian culture classes at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci but the syllabus also incorporates the fundamental elements of level C2 of the European Language Portfolio. All in all, the course offers students the opportunity to see at first hand the various aspects of Italy’s rich history and culture. The course is composed of a linguistic element and an academic element:
1) Linguistic element:
2) Academic element (80 lessons):
For students, starting the Academic Year in September 2005 the duration of the whole stay is 34 weeks, including two weeks of Christmas Holidays where no courses are held.
Polimoda International Institute of Design and Marketingholds high-qualityspecialized courses in the fashiondesign, production, salesand marketing sectors. Polimoda's aim is to create anew close collaborationbetween the worlds of academics and industry, as wellas to provide a constantperspective of the international scene.
Established in 1986, it was createdand financed by theComune of Florence and Prato and trade associations incollaboration withFashion of Technology of theNew York State University.Polimoda providesstudents with a high-quality professional training in tunewith the needs ofindustry.
Polimoda is a member of IFFTI(International Foundationof Fashion TechnologyInstitutes) and carries outprofessional training coursesin collaboration withthe Region of Tuscany, theProvinces of Florence and Pratoand with subsidiesfrom the European Union.
A SCHOOL WITH CLOSE TIES TO INDUSTRY
Fashion - one of Italy's mostimportant export items - iscontinuously drawing upon emerging talent andrenewing its creative energies. Tohelp this process along, Polimoda maintainsclose ties to the world of industrythrough the organization of seminars,guided tours of companies, meetings withentrepreneurs and representatives fromvarious sectors of industry, conferenceswith specialists and leading figureswithin the world of fashion.
Some of the stylists collaboratingwith Polimoda havebeen:
Patrick Robinson fromGiorgio Armani, Rebecca Moses, MariucciaMandelli forKrizia, Rosita and TaiMissoni, Paul Mocherie for Iceberg, GiovannaFerragamofor Ferragamo, Laura Biagiotti,Stephan Janson, Ennio Capasa forCostumeNational, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, RebeccaMoses, Scott Crolla forCallaghan,Roberto Cavalli, Stefano Guerriero, MauroTaliani for Hugo Boss, TomFord fromGucci, Antonio Marras, Chiara Boni, MicolFontana, Massimo Rebecchi.
Leading fashion houses that sponsorPolimoda:
Ecafil Best,Salvatore Ferragamo, Gerber Technology Italia,Gaetano Marzotto& F. Spa,Lanificio Pecci Enrico & C., Ratti Spa, YvesSaint Laurent,Mila Schn GroupSpa, Gianni Versace Spa, Ermenegildo Zegna.
A sister organization to Polimodais being launched toprovide in-company training to fashion enterprises whichwill increase industryties even more.
CONTESTS AND PROJECTS SPONSORED BY COMPANIES
Polimoda's strong industry tieshave fostered thedevelopment of team projectsand special initiatives, such asthe design researchcarried out for Ecafil,Meryll, for firms in Prato, and forBe.Mi.Va. Polimoda'sparticipation infashion fairs has been on the increase(Pitti Uomo, PittiFilati, Prato Expo,Micam). Polimoda also participates innumerous career fairs(Univercity, JobFair, Salone dello studente, etc).
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES
Fashion Institute of TechnologyProgram:
This program has grown in recentyears. Most coursecredits earned at Polimoda are valid toward your Bachelor'sdegree.
Partnership with the London Collegeof Fashion
This partnership has been developedin recent years andis yielding excellent results by increasing opportunitiesto work onindustry-sponsored projects.
The collaboration with Osaka BunkaFashion College isdesigned to provide a continuous and fruitful professionaland culturalexchange. Every year Polimodawill hold a course on "FashionDesign in Italy,"geared to Japanese students intending on gainingin-depth knowledge of thetechniques andtraditions for the realization of acollection made in Italy.
Fashion Design inItaly(giugno 2002)
Polimoda's membership in IFFTI(International Foundationof Fashion TechnologyInstitutes) . This membershiphas allowed for extensivestudent exchangewith various countries such asEngland, France, Germany, China,India and Australia.
New International Exchange Programs:
Hong Kong Polytechnic, China-NIFT; New Delhi, India;Univesidade AnhembiMorumbi, San Paolo Brazil - Belo Horizonte and Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil; ;Paris,France - Istitut Franais de la Mode
The fashion system has been changing radically in recent years: companies are demanding ever more highly-qualified andhighly-specialized professionals possessing great versatility and skills, in step with the latest on the new media front. Polimoda seeks to offer a common language between design and management in the fashion sector and its wide range of classes reflect the large variety of needs.
There are introductory courses for those first learning about the world of fashion to undergraduate and summer courses to postgraduate studies, taught in Italian or English. All of the undergraduate and Master degree courses require an admission test. The programs taught in Italian require an intermediate knowledge of the language. Polimoda constantly creates new programs in English to meet the needs of the international market.There are also intensive summer courses in fashion design, marketing and trends.
Time is an indispensable commodity for completing and perfecting ones training; for this reason, Polimoda has broadened its offer and extended course duration to guarantee the best available training and profitable specialization in the various skill areas.
The specialization programs center on four sections:
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
At Polimoda students can cultivate and express both the creative and technically-oriented aspects of their chosen professions. Full immersion in fashion; with courses in essential subjects such as Research,Drawing, Fashion Illustration,Graphics, Patternmaking, Sewing, Drapery, and the History of Fashion. Polimoda boasts concerted expertise in the footwear and accessories sector, where through coursework and workshop experience students acquire afirm grounding in all aspects of this specialization. Following studentsprogress is a teaching team made up of leading fashion system experts and professionals.
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
The professionals most closely involved in creation and design are flanked by experts in communication, marketing, and management for the fashion and luxury goods sector companies.
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION
In the fashion sector, communication is king and is continually evolvingas the Internet, social media, and the blogger universe become all-pervasive.Polimoda provides training in the principal reference figures in communication and branding, exploring all the strategic, creative, graphic, and digital components of this expanding field.
RESEARCH &TREND VISION
Art, architecture, design, film, and photography are all essential expressions leading to understanding of the ongoing changes in fashion, the processes of innovation, the metamorphosis of identities in a sector that is increasingly multi-disciplinary. Study programs are offered for students interested in foreseeing and understanding the social and cultural changes going on all around us and the evolutionary paths taken by fashion andlifestyle trends.
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Our didactic method is the result of many years experience in teaching Italian to non-native speakers and even if the approach is strictly communicative. The student here is encouraged to express himself while considering the linguistic and grammatical characteristics of the Italian Language.
The school organizes courses in several important cities in Italy like Milan, Bologna,Siena, Perugia, and Rome, and it is staffed by mother tongue professionals and certified teachers in Italian as a foreign language with a long and specific experience.
An initial placement test, taken before the course begins, establishes the students level of Italian. At the end of the course, students are tested in listening,speaking, reading, and writing, and they receive a certificate of studies.
Also, the Dante Alighieri School gives you the opportunity to go on to planned excursions around Italy where you can be able to practice what you learn in class.
The school is located in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance from"Duomo" and a few steps from "Castello Sforzesco", and "The last supper"of Leonardo da Vinci, near the railway station Cadorna. It is served by two underground lines and other means of public transportation.
Our school has full-time staff in charge of accommodation and welfare. We will do our best to provide the information you need and help make the arrangements for any form of accommodation you may choose. All the accommodation options are connected to the school by public transport.
An initial placementtest, taken before the course begins, establishes the student's level of Italian. At the end of the course,students are tested in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A Certificate of Studies" isgiven to the students who have passed the examand have previously paid the required fee. The "Certificates ofStudies" have been calibrated on the Levels of the Common European Framework ofReference for Languages (A1 - A2 - B1 - B2 - C1 - C2).
Istituto Dante Alighieri organizes courses of:
Italian for Fashionand Design Schools (in Milan)
Italian for Operasingers (in Milan)
Istituto Dante Alighieri organizes preparatory courses for:
Istituto Dante Alighieri organizes didactic activities and refreshercourses for teachers of Italian as a foreign language (in Milan).
The schoolof Italian language was established in 1985, in the centre of Florence, withthe aim of providing high quality linguistic services toprivate people and multi-national companies in need to learn the basics as wellas to improve the Italian language up to the highest levels in little time. Thatis the reason why the Institute Galilei specializes in one-to-one and small groupcourses with max. 4 participants per class.
After only a few years, the qualityof our courses, the reliability of the programs, and the rigorousattention to the individual and her/his linguistic needs allowed us to establish a reputation for meeting the needs of some of the leading companiesof the world, many of which have become our steady customers.
Today, the school also offers one-to-oneand small group courses in Italian culture such as art history, Italiancooking, and drawing & painting (taught inItalian,English, and on request in other languages). These courses completethe services of the Institute Galilei allowing a practical and immediateapproachnot only to the Italian language but also to the main aspects ofthe Italian culture.
THE SECRET OF OUR QUALITY IS:
Excellentteachers with years of training and the school's size, which has been keptrather small in order to give everyone the opportunity to receive individualattention.
Weoffer the following courses:
DRAWING & PAINTING COURSES
ART HISTORY COURSES
The intensive Italian Language coursesoffered by the Galilei Institutein Florence are especially designed for thosewho have only little time tostudy, and want to make the most out of it:
private people of all ages, who studyItalian for their personal needs or for passion
language students, who need to prepare for their Italian exams
business people who need the Italianlanguage for work
ONE-TO-ONE & SMALL GROUP COURSES
The Italian one-to-one and small group courses (max.4 students)enable the students to put the learned grammar structures directlyinto practiseas they assure a high degree of active participation atthe lesson.
In fact, the experience showed us that the key factors forquickand in-depth results are a rigorous attention of the teacher toeachstudent, a studying program tailored to the individual linguisticneeds aswell as a continuous practise of the learnedstructures underthe guidance of an experienced teacher.
In order to learn more about the main differences of studying theItalianlanguage in a one-to-one courses, a small group or bigger groups,please consultthe page considerations >>>
In terms of results, this isthe reason why 1 week in one of our Italianone-to-one courses corresponds toapproximately 1 month in class with a regularsize group of students. A 2-weekcourse of a small group course corresponds toapproximately 1 month in a normalsize class. In order to know how much time youshould plan to achieve a certainlevel of knowledge,click here >>> (Europeanlevels& results)
The high degree of personalization in our intensiveItaliancourses enables our students to efficiently achieve their goals.
For those who plan to stay for several months in Florence and sohavemore time at their disposal for their Italian language studies, we'vecreatedthe "ItalianoInsieme"program (group courses with7-12 students per class).
FLEXIBLESCHEDULES& WEEKEND CRASH COURSES
All our Italian courses are offered all year round (forone-to-onecourses also during Christmas and Easter vacations). On request, thecourses canbe scheduled also during the weekend and holidays in order to takefulladvantage of the time at your disposal. For people who have time onlyduring aweekend, we offer the special weekend crash courses.
CHARACTERISTICSOFOUR ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES
Rapid and thorough assessment ofthe student's needs
Course programs tailored to those needs (one-to-onecourses)
Assurance of a productive instruction environment
Flexible schedules (one-to-one courses)
Reduction of amount of time requiredin order to learn/improve in the language
Exclusive attention of qualifiedand specialized teachers
Italian for various professional fields and their specific terminology - business courses (one-to-onecourses)
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Accademia d'Arte AD'A was founded by Art Academy of Florence's graduates. Courses include art and culture from foreign and Italian students. Located in Florence, the school is open at any given time during the year. Surrounded by historic museums, students have the advantage to be near master pieces from which they can learn a great deal of abilities.
Courses last as long as the students has time to stay in the country. Not only will students come and study, but they will also have the opportunity to get to live a new culture.
Ancient painting techniques
The course introduces to the students the painting techniques practised between 1300 and 1500; also the study of the major works of the period from Giotto to Leonardo and Michelangelo. The knowledge gained will be put into practice by the copying of two paintings in order that the student may learn the fundamental techniques used; such as egg tempera, gold leaf, up to an including oil colours. The entire process for the realization of complete paintings will be put into practice, from the preparation of the supports to the final glazing.
The theoretical part of this course envisages the introduction to the painting techniques from 1300 to 1500 by the reading of the "Libro dell'arte" (Book of Art) of Cennino Cennini, 14th painter and theoretician and also lessons in base material, preparation of gesso, the composition of colours and paints.
The practical part starts with the preparation of the base material and finishes with the completion of a copy. A series of conferences and guided visits to museums will round off the course.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of new art languages by the study of new materials and contemporary art techniques.
In the theoretical part, besides dealing with the historical and aesthetic aspects of visual perception, through works of critics, philosophers (Gombrich and Arnheim) and artists (Klee, Kandinsky) we introduce students to the artistic avant garde from the early 20th century until the latest trends, until the point is reached where the student can analyze the newest materials available and the new technologies for base materials, the composition of artistic colours and industrial colours.
In the practical part of the course, from the study and use of base materials ( canvas, wood, metals, plastic materials) , traditional and industrial colours, the student is introduced to the use of mixed techniques, such as sponging, printing,natural and industrial materials, with the aim of encouraging the development of a personal language.
The aim of this course is to transmit the techniques necessary to solve the problems of the image by studying the main specialities of photography, such as "photoreportage" , still life, landscape, the portrait, the reproduction of works of art, fashion and artistic photography, thereby enabling the student to develop a personal style and an individuality., thus preparing him for the profession.
The course caters for two levels, basic and advanced.
Amongst the themes which will be developed in the Basic Course are:- the initial use of the camera (diaphragm, timing, depth), framing ( composition and perspective), use of natural light, interiors and exteriors , and the different types of film.
Amongst the themes developed in the advanced course are:- depth of field, the controls and the effects of natural light, the techniques of artificial illumination, flash, use of a set of lenses, the dark room, and colour. Both these courses are reinforced by history lectures and analysis of photography.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of various materials such as charcoal and "sanguigna" in order to enable him to recognize form and graphite ( pencil) in order to deepen his work by the technique of chiaroscuro.
These techniques will be put into practice by studying the forms of still life and of live models. During the course, pen and ink will be utilized and the use of colour will be introduced by the addition of pencils, chalks and pastels.
The course includes theory and a series of interesting visits to museums and collections of drawings and graphics.
The course consist in a route through the artistic movements from Middle Age to Nineteen century.
A particular reference will be done at the artists of the florentine school, from Giotto to Masaccio, from Leonardo to Michelangelo and Raffaello, until Fattori and Signorini, contemporaries of French impressionists.
The course will be integrated by visits in museums, where will be possible to admire the masterpieces
During the course the teacher will furnish the basis of the most known etching techniques and the printmaking.
The printing is the result of an impression.
This is what distinguish an etching from a drawing or a painting. It's also the reason you can reproduce the printing in more exemplary.
There are various materials for etching and various are the techniques: from dry point on zinc to acquaforte on copper until xylograph on wood (xylem=wood).
This course allows the student to choose between a wide variety of techniques and media, including clay modelling, marble sculpture and wood cut.
According to the student’s level of study and course selection, the student may choose to concentrate on a specific technique or may choose to diversify techniques and materials.
At the beginning of the course there will be an introduction to functional drawing for sculpture used in connection with the various techniques.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of fashion. Following an initial project in which they research visual materials, the students will design their own personal collection.
Close attention will be given to the sketches for designs of accessories, purses, backpacks and shoes, as well as to the overall presentation of collection plans.
The students must realize a prototype, they will be introduced to various techniques of artisan and industrial production of myriad items of clothing and accessories. In addition, the students will study the different typologies of materials used in production.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the use of the fundamental techniques of the ceramic manufacturing, such as the bas-relief and the three-dimensional techniques; to the study and execution of the different painting and decoration techniques of the ceramic, besides to the analysis of the composition with the different kinds of the ceramic mixing.
With the knowledge acquired during the course, the student shall have the basis to create autonomous pieces that stimulate their own creativity and the personal style, combining together different techniques.
The theoretical and practical development of the lessons will be held with by bibliographic texts, photographies, visits to the main museums of Florence and with the possible visits to some ceramic factories to observe the production process.
With 6 hours of lessons per day, this course is perfect for you if you seek to improve and strengthen your language proficiency in a short period of time. The course consists of 4 hours of Italian instruction in the morning and 2 additional hours in the afternoon. The afternoon sessions are designed to reinforce and master the material learned during the morning lessons.
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