BAG MAKING and LEATHER ARTS

Courses

  • One-Year Course | Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course
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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.


Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
One-Year Course: € 16,200.00 (non-EU students)
One-Year Course: € 14,200.00 (EU students)

Semester Course: € 9,400.00 (non-EU students)
Semester Course: € 8,400.00 (EU students)

Academic Calendar
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. Sep 5, 2022 - Apr 21, 2023
      II. Jan 9, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023
      III. May 2, 2023 - Dec 7, 2023
      IV. Sep 4, 2023 - Apr 19, 2024

      SEMESTER program
        I. Sep 5, 2022 - Dec 9, 2022
        II. Jan 9, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023
        III. May 2, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023
        IV. Sep 4, 2023 - Dec 7, 2023
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 the 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 the 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.


Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
Master One-Year Course: € 17,800.00 (non-EU students)
Master One-Year Course: € 15,800.00 (EU students)

Master Semester Course: € 10,600.00 (non-EU students)
Master Semester Course: € 9,600.00 (EU students)

Academic Calendar
One-Year program
    I. Sep 5, 2022 - Apr 21, 2023
    II. Jan 9, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023
    III. May 2, 2023 - Dec 7, 2023
    IV. Sep 4, 2023 - Apr 19, 2024

    Semester program
      I. Sep 5, 2022 - Dec 9, 2022
      II. Jan 9, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023
      III. May 2, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023
      IV. Sep 4, 2023 - Dec 7, 2023
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 learn how to craft bespoke original bags, realizing various bags such as party bags, decoration bags, business bags, travel bags, pocket, pouch, backpacks, messenger, according to their period of study and interest.

Start Dates
・Sep 5, 2022
・Sep 19, 2022
・Oct 3, 2022
・Oct 10, 2022
・Nov 7, 2022
・Nov 14, 2022
・Nov 21, 2022
・Nov 28, 2022
・Dec 5, 2022
・Jan 9, 2023
・Jan 23, 2023
・Jan 30, 2023
・Feb 6, 2023
・Feb 20, 2023
・Mar 6, 2023
・Mar 20, 2023
・Apr 17, 2023

For other dates, please inquire

Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€') - Standard
1-week course: € 850.00
2-week course: € 1,300.00
4-week course: € 2,180.00
6-week course: € 3,120.00
8-week course: € 4,060.00
10-week course: € 5,000.00
12-week course: € 5,940.00

For other durations, please inquire

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.

Start Dates (check-in)
・May 7, 2023
・May 21, 2023
・Jun 4, 2023
・Jun 18, 2023
・Jul 2, 2023
・Jul 16, 2023
・Jul 30, 2023
・Aug 27, 2023
・Sep 10, 2023

Tuition and Fees (prices in euros '€')
1-week course: € 1,800.00 (€ 1,650.00 without housing)
2-week course: € 2,800.00 (€ 2,520.00 without housing)
4-week course: € 4,900.00 (€ 4,500.00 without housing)
6-week course: € 6,900.00 (€ 6,300.00 without housing)
8-week course: € 9,200.00 (€ 8,400.00 without housing)
12-week course: € 12,900.00 (€ 11,700.00 without housing)

    Summer Intensive Course fees include:
  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • English interpretation service
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder)
  • Bus pass
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city
  • Housing in a shared apartment (twin room, or single room at an extra cost)
  • Housing utilities expense
  • Two meal and four drink vouchers per week
  • Cultural activities: every two weeks
    (e.g., a trip to Pisa/Siena, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)

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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.

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