BAG MAKING (leathercraft) & BAG DESIGN

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  • One-Year Course / Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Art Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Curriculum
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    • Bag Desig
      Art History
      Color Theory
      Three Dimentional Design
      Foundation Drawing and Painting
      Introduction to Art
      Bag Design
      Bag Drawing
      Computer Aided Bag Design
      Independent Study in Bag design
      Developing a Successful Portfolio
      
      
      Bag Making
      Art History
      Color Theory
      Three Dimentional Design
      Foundation Drawing and Painting
      Introduction to Art
      Bag Making
      Bag Drawing
      Bag Construction and Pattern Making
      Introduction to Line Building
      Independent Study in Bag Making
      Developing a Successful Portfolio

      *Curriculum may change without prior notice.
Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. January 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020
      II. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
      III. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
      IV. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021

      SEMESTER program
        I. January 13, 2020 - April 24, 2020
        II. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
        III. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        IV. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        V. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        VI. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Language
With English interpreter

Bag Making

One-Year Course / Semester Course

The curriculum includes all the necessary techniques of bag making, from the basic to high-level; rough sketch, pattern making and cutting patterns, skiving, edge maneuvering, decoration techniques using holes and accessories, combination of different materials, composing, sewing by machines, as well as purchasing materials at wholesale shops, in order to become a bag maker who can produce various types of bags.

Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

Semester Course

The curriculum includes all the steps of bag making, including material design, studying accessories, and bag making techniques for different scenes, with a focus on solid basic techniques.

Students will complete a portfolio, at the same time of also acquiring general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

 

Bag Design

One-Year Course / Semester Course

The program gives thorough and wholesome training to students so that they can become an independent bag designer. Through practical training and research on trend, forms, materials, functions, accessories, as well as designing textiles used for bags and composing them into the final design, students will build up solid knowledge and design techniques indispensable for a skilled designer who can turn any idea into sophisticated designs.
The curriculum includes illustration, sketch, rendering, design development by PC, pattern design, and brand design.

Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

Semester Course

The course focuses on acquiring a solid basis of bag design from multiple perspectives, in order to answer various requests and different scenes. Students are encouraged to express their free inspirations into designs, taking into account market research and design tendencies.

Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

 

Master Course

Curriculum
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    • Bag Making
      Advanced Bag Making
      Advanced Bag Drawing
      Advanced Bag Construction and Pattern Making
      Developing a Successful Portfolio
      Independent Study
      Diploma Project
      
      Bag Design
      Advanced Bag Design
      Advanced Bag Drawing
      Advanced Computer Aied Bag Design
      Developing a Successful Portfolio
      Independent Study in Bag Design
      Diploma Project
      

      *Curriculum would be changed without prior notice.
Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. January 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020
    II. April 27, 2020 - December 18, 2020
    (Summer break: July 25 - Sept. 6)
    III. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Christmas break: Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021)
    IV. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021

    Semester program
      I. January 13, 2020 - April 24, 2020
      II. April 27, 2020 - July 24, 2020
      III. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      IV. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      V. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      VI. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Language
With English interpreter

Overview

Accademia Riaci Master Course students will, after acquiring techniques of all types of bags, pursue more advanced techniques of bag making or bag design according to their research topic. During the course, students will explore various aspects of bag industry, including expression of creativity and techniques in bag making/design process as well as the practical process of sales and business side, with emphasis on practical application of their study to the bag industry.

Accademia Riaci offers unique opportunities for students, thanks to its close relationship with leather industry. Students will have the chance to learn first-hand how bag production and bag design are realized through concept work-production-sales, by visiting bag factories, bag companies, designers’ office and showrooms. During the second semester of the course, students will work on “Corporate Study”, in which students can work on projects together with local companies/designers under supervision of the professor, to learn the actual production process in Italy, which is known for producing bags of the highest quality in the world.

 

Art Short Course

Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2019: Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 18
    2020: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1
    Jun 29, Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: Jan 13, May 4, Jun 1, Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

Bag Making

Students will learn all the steps of bag making one by one from Florentine bag artisans; rough sketch and design, cutting patterns, cutting leather, skiving, composing, sewing, and edge maneuvering, as well as accessories. Beginners will start from simple objects such as small cases and book covers, and those with experience can make original bags, realizing various bags such as party bags, decoration bags, business bags, travel bags, pocket, pouch, backpack, body bag, etc. according to their period of study and interest.

Bag Design

Students will learn bag design, color and decoration combinations, materials, patterns, functions and trend research and expression of originality characteristic to Italian bag design, as well as geometric design, realistic design, project design practice, and design development on computer, with ultimate focus on encouraging each student's uniqueness and expression of originality and free inspirations.

Beginners will start from basic bag design, rough sketch, and acquire indispensable bag design techniques and learn expression of their uniqueness through colorful and free inspirations. According to the duration and experience, students will finish various bag designs on their free inspirations, performing design development by PC, researching materials and technical functions, color and material variation, for different scenes.

 

2020 Summer Intensive Course

Course Schedule
    2020 Schedule (the school will be closed for a summer break from August 8 to August 16)

    2 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 16 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    August 23 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)
    September 20 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – May 30 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    July 12 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    September 6 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 13 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    July 26 (Sun) – September 19 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – June 27 (Sat)
    May 17 (Sun) – July 11 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    June 14 (Sun) – August 8 (Sat)
    June 28 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★
    July 26 (Sun) – October 3 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 3 (Sun) – July 25 (Sat)
    May 31 (Sun) – September 5 (Sat)★

    only the following subjects: Painting & Drawing, Jewelry Making, Art History, Italian Home Cooking, Gelato Course, Italian language, English language.
Language
With English interpreter

The Summer Intensive Course has the same contents of the Art Short Course, but with a double number of lessons.

Bag Making

Students will learn all the steps of bag making one by one from Florentine bag artisans; rough sketch and design, cutting patterns, cutting leather, skiving, composing, sewing, and edge maneuvering, as well as accessories. Beginners will start from simple objects such as small cases and book covers, and those with experience can make original bags, realizing various bags such as party bags, decoration bags, business bags, travel bags, pocket, pouch, backpack, body bag, etc. according to their period of study and interest.

Bag Design

Students will learn bag design, color and decoration combinations, materials, patterns, functions and trend research and expression of originality characteristic to Italian bag design, as well as geometric design, realistic design, project design practice, and design development on computer, with ultimate focus on encouraging each student's uniqueness and expression of originality and free inspirations.

Beginners will start from basic bag design, rough sketch, and acquire indispensable bag design techniques and learn expression of their uniqueness through colorful and free inspirations. According to the duration and experience, students will finish various bag designs on their free inspirations, performing design development by PC, researching materials and technical functions, color and material variation, for different scenes.

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Overview

Italian leather handbags are known for sophisticated designs and top-level quality, represented by numerous top brands such as GUCCI or PRADA, to name a few. The streets of Florence are filled with leather shops, and headquarters of many world-class brands including GUCCI and Salvatore Ferragamo are based here.
Such fame of Italian bags with the highest quality is maintained by the Florence craftsmen’s insistence on using the traditional techniques and the best materials.

In our Bag Making course, students will learn from skilled Florentine artisans how to produce leather bags following the traditional rules of the “Made in Italy”.

In our Bag Design course, students will study how to design handbags and purses following the Italian style, expressed by colors (new combinations, new decorations), materials (avant-garde application, new materials), patterns, functions, as well as researching the trends. Students will also study geometric design, realistic design, project design, and design using the computer. The program puts emphasis on encouraging each student’s uniqueness and to convey it in designs with original, creative, free and rich expression.

Florentine Master of Bag Making Interview

Instructors

Prof. FORTINI (Bag Making)

Prof. BICCI (Bag Design)

Leather art instructors are from families, who has been making leather goods for generations. The atelier where classes are held is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in easy comprehensive manner.
Design instructors will train aspiring designers and equips them with the technical skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic design industry.

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