BAG MAKING and LEATHER ARTS

Courses

  • One-Year Course | Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course 2021
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Overview

Florence above all Italian cities has been the center of the Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with an uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. High-quality brands of bags and shoes, like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci were born here.

In the school laboratory, our teachers will instill in you their passion and high-level technical skills, through an easy and comprehensive teaching approach. We believe our courses will be a valuable asset for your professional future, giving you the unique chance to develop your inner expressive world and refine your aesthetic sense.

The academic year course is held throughout 28 weeks of actual classes. During this time, each student has the opportunity to fully develop his/her creativity, while mastering every leather-related technique, exploring all fields of employment and manufacturing methods (both hand sewing and machine sewing). Students will produce a wide range of different works, from small objects to handbags, until interior components and pieces of furniture.


Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
      II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
      IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
      (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

      SEMESTER program
        I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
        V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Master Course

Overview

Accademia Riaci Master Course students will, after acquiring techniques of all types of bags, pursue more advanced techniques of 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 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. 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.


Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
    II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
    III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
    (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
    IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
    (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

    Semester program
      I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Short Course

Overview

Students will learn all the steps of leather bag making from Florentine artisans such as rough sketch and design, cutting patterns, cutting leather, skiving, composing, sewing, and edge maneuvering, as well as accessories. They will start from simple objects such as small cases and book covers, and learning how to craft bespoke original bags, realizing various bags such as party bags, decoration bags, business bags, travel bags, pocket, pouch, backpack, messenger, according to their period of study and interest.


Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

 

Summer Intensive Course

Note: the "Summer Intensive Course" has the same contents as the "Short Course", but with a double number of lessons. Furthermore, it includes housing and extracurricular activities and services.

Overview

Students will learn all the steps of leather bag making from Florentine artisans such as rough sketch and design, cutting patterns, cutting leather, skiving, composing, sewing, and edge maneuvering, as well as accessories. They will start from simple objects such as small cases and book covers, and learning how to craft bespoke original bags, realizing various bags such as party bags, decoration bags, business bags, travel bags, pocket, pouch, backpack, messenger, according to their period of study and interest.

    Summer Intensive Course fees include:
  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, one lunch ticket)
  • Bus tickets
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city.
  • Housing: shared apartments – twin room (single room at an extra cost*)
  • Housing utility costs
  • 4 daily meal + 2 coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week
  • Cultural activities: once every 2 weeks
    (e.g.: ceramic laboratory visit, antique market visit, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)
  • English interpretation during lessons with the teacher and visits.

Course Schedule
    2021 Schedule
    2 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 15 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    August 22 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)
    September 19 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    July 25 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★

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

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Interview with a Florentine Bag Making artisan

 

Teachers

Prof. FORTINI

Leather Arts instructors are Italian, 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 an easy and comprehensive manner.

Gallery

Bag Making