The Florence Academy of Art is:
- accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as a Certificate program.
- recognized by the Swedish National Board of Education and has been approved for study assistance through CSN
- licensed by the New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education
- affiliated with Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA
- recognized by Art Renewal Center as ARC Approved
- a member of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI)
- a branch of the International Academy of Fine Art and has been recognized to be a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States since 2000
Why is NASAD accreditation important?
The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). A student who attends the full time program or a workshop will receive U.S. college credit towards a university degree. The credit is granted directly by The Florence Academy of Art after successful completion of the course.
The diploma issued by The Florence Academy of Art upon completion of the full time Painting or Sculpture Programs is a university-level Certificate. The Certificate is conferred when the student has successfully completed all required exercises as listed in the Drawing & Painting or Sculpture curricula.
147 units are required to complete the Drawing and Painting Program, and 144 units for the Sculpture Program.
The academy operates on a quarter system and units are calculated based on current accreditation standards in the U.S. Units correspond to quarter hours. You may request a transcript of your grades from the Registrar. Students transferring to universities anywhere in the world will provide this transcript either directly to the university (in the case of U.S. citizens) or to the appropriate ministry to request equivalency in their home country.
What is a Certificate?
The diploma conferred at graduation has university-level validity in the U.S. It is called a Certificate. A Certificate from The Florence Academy of Art demonstrates that you have completed a university level academic program in a particular field, either Painting or Sculpture, and the course of study has met the standards of academic approval set by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
How do students use the Certificate?
A Certificate may be used by a a student as credit towards an undergraduate degree, or by a graduate as added proof of expertise. Students interested in pursuing a degree like a BA or BFA must return to a terminal degree-granting institution and complete that institution’s general education and/or residency requirements.
Non-U.S. students may transfer their U.S. university credits or Certificate to a foreign country by requesting that country to recognize the Certificate and grant equivalency. Non-U.S. students must go through a national procedure to have their diploma recognized by their home country.
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The Academy’s branch in Mölndal is also recognized by the Swedish National Board of Education, Skolverket, as a vocational program for artistic training in classical/realistic drawing & painting, KU 805. The branch is also approved for CSN (Sweden) to fund their studies at The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden.