Leather Art – Bag Making & Bag Design

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.

Courses

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

Master Course (One-year / Semester)

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
Master Course
    - One-Year Course
    • September 4, 2017 - April 27, 2018
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
    - Semester Course
    • September 4, 2017 - December 15, 2017
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
Language
Italian (with interpreter in English or Spanish)
*Please inquire for other languages.
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Bag Making

Master Course students will, after acquiring techniques of all types of bags, pursue more advanced techniques of bag making 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 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 chance to learn first-hand how bag production is 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.

Bag Design

Master Course students will pursue more advanced techniques of bag making 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 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 chance to learn first-hand how bag production is 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.

 

One-Year / Semester Course

Curriculum
Course Schedule
    One-Year Course
    • September 4, 2017 - April 27, 2018
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019
    Semester Course
    • September 4, 2017 - December 15, 2017
      January 15, 2018 - July 27, 2018
      September 3, 2018 - December 14, 2018
Language
Italian (with interpreter in English or Spanish)
*Please inquire for other languages.
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Short Course

Course Schedule
    • 1 week ~ 4 weeks
      [2017] Mar.13, Apr.10, May 8, Jun.5, Jul.3, Sep.4, Oct.2, Nov.6
      8 weeks
      [2017] Mar.13, Apr.10, May 8, Jun.5, Sep.4, Oct.2, Nov.6
      12 weeks
      [2017] Mar.13, Apr.10, May 8, Sep.4
      16 weeks
      [2017] Sep.4

Language
Italian or English or Spanish

We can provide interpreters for the following language:
Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindu, Russian, French and German.
*Please contact the admission office.

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Summer Course

Course Schedule
Language
Italian or English or Spanish

We can provide interpreters for the following language:
Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindu, Russian, French and German.
*Please contact the admission office.
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  • Master Course
  • One-Year / Semester Course
  • Art Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
  • Inquiry

Master of Bagmaking 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.

Blog

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