Accademia Riaci

Introduction

HISTORY

The heritage of traditional craftsmanship and art that flourished in Tuscany, especially in Florence, celebrated the glory of the Renaissance era as the true gem of arts. Workshops and studios of the craftsmen were the major driving power of the city’s production activities that helped Florence truly flourish as Italy’s artistic capital of the era, and they together with the merchants achieved glory and great fortune.

Numerous magnificent artistic objects were created for baptisteries in the craftsmen’s studios, often those of goldsmiths. A good example is Maestro Benvenuto Cellini, who taught his superior sculpting techniques for making a nude statue out of marble to his apprentices in a studio somewhere. Today, these commissioned crafts executed by the beloved Maestro have been preserved for centuries as a true work of art. This legacy of the wholesome and special traditions of craftsmanship, such as gold and jewelry production, sculpture and painting, were fortunately lively inherited over many centuries in Florence and in the entire Tuscan region.

Upon founding the studio in 1983, Maestro Raymond Riachi had a strong vision to create a school that not only taught his techniques, but enlightened young artists with the lively spirit and atmosphere of the Renaissance, in order to fulfill his life long mission as a Maestro. This was how Accademia Riaci was founded: a treasure box of traditional art and its irreplaceable techniques. Its teaching secretly contains techniques unknown to any other school, and the academy strives to nurture and develop the imagination and fantasy in each and every single student.

Starting as a small art studio, today the same passionate mission has lit up not only a single maestro, but a spectacular team of teachers representing the best Italian artists in Florence, retaining the founder and Honorary President's vision of tradition and spirit, expressed in the quote. Our students body have represented over 15 countries world wide, pursuing their art in the fields of Design, Crafts, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Art History, and most recently Italian Culinary Arts, never failing to inspire them.

EDUCATIONAL METHOD AND PHILOSOPHY

Principle Idea of Education

The Ultimate goal of education at Accademia Riaci focuses not only on the teaching of traditional techniques and styles, but aims to guide every student to develop their own artistic sensitivity.

Live the past, create the future.

The academy's faculty are top runner artists of each field, united by the mission of inspiring next generation artists with unique tradition and artistic knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop their creativity and refine their techniques, and expand their originality to lead the future.

Classics to Ultramodern Techniques

Students may choose to learn from various fields of arts and traditional arts offered at the academy. Contrary to the recent trends of mass production, the academy believes in high quality rather than quantity. This is why design and techniques of traditional and classical arts to the most advanced designs and techniques are studied and acquired through numerous hours of practical hands-on training in their major of choice. Students will be nurtured to develop their imagination, and fantasies - the most valued elements of an artist. Professors encourage each student to inspire and develop each student's originality not only through their teaching, but also by helping them re-discover the “special something” about each learning artist.

Small Classes

Due to respect for diversity of learning styles and artistic potentials, the academy limits its classroom ratio to approximately 8 students per professor. This limited number of students in the class is effective in achieving speedy accurate learning. The many fields of trade proves the successes of our students with high quality.

Tailored Instruction

Just like how Leonardo Da Vinci taught his assistants, lessons are conducted in close relationship with each student, in line with their ability and personality, challenging both beginners and experienced professionals.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programs

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Master

Master Apprenticeship Program

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master Apprenticeship Program provides students with one years working in Artist/Professional studio or Atelier in Florence, Italy. Since long time, Artists, Craftsman and Artisans ... [+]

Master Apprenticeship Program

Taught in Italian only

 

The Master Apprenticeship Program provides students with one years working in Artist/Professional studio or Atelier in Florence, Italy. Since long time, Artists, Craftsman and Artisans have lived in Florence, Italy and have made their original work in specific and traditional Italian organization. They have worked to keep their skills and knowledge and pass on them from the master to the followers.

 

Apprentices work in small groups with other participants and teams of professionals to gain hands-on experience in real world environments. Students may combine labor and academic studies to achieve their individual educational and career objectives. The program has as its mission the education of student apprentices in the practice of studio production. Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy has one of best Apprenticeship Program. ... [-]


Master in Jewelry Making and Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

Master program is designed to provide students an opportunity to achieve the highest personal and professional accomplishment in the <strong>Jewelry field</strong>. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to techniques, expands knowledge of applied design, and strengthens perceptual and philosophical concepts and expression. [+]

Master program is designed to provide students an opportunity to achieve the highest personal and professional accomplishment in the Jewelry field. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to techniques, expands knowledge of applied design, and strengthens perceptual and philosophical concepts and expression. Students are encouraged to experiment with any techniques and materials that will support their project. Technical areas of study offered are: soldering, sheet fabrication, raising, stretching, forging, repousse, die-forming, casting, stone setting, tool making, metal finishing, chemical patination, titanium and aluminum anodizing, photo etching, metal inlay, roller printing, silver plating, working with plastics, and incisione. The jewelry studios are equipped with a wide array of tools for lapidary, enameling, forging, casting and electroforming work; the machinist room has lathers, saws, mills, and grinding and polishing machines. Master students are assigned a private workspace. Before graduating, students are expected to demonstrate that they have developed their technical skills in areas that support their specific artistic direction. Professional development opportunities for Master students include: developing portfolios; encouragement to enter national exhibitions and competitions; and seminars devoted to resume writing, career planning, and teaching skills. The students in Master course focus on Jewelry Making, Stone Setting, Incisione and brattishing and Jewelry Design.... [-]


Master Program in Ceramics

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The studio-based Master program in Ceramics at Accademia Riaci is intended to broaden and advance the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a contemporary studio. [+]

Master Program in Ceramics

Taught in Italian only

 

The studio-based Master program in Ceramics at Accademia Riaci is intended to broaden and advance the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a contemporary studio.

 

The program has been designed to meet the needs of artists holding BFA or BA degrees or comparable professional practice who are pursuing a Master in Ceramics within a time frame that accommodates their employment or academic year schedule. To exploration in the major, students pursue interdisciplinary investigation in studio topics common to each discipline and address contemporary critical issues and methodology in seminars. During the program, students complete independent studios, projects, and independent thesis. Students maintain contact with studio faculty and present studio work at specific intervals throughout the off-campus semester and at final critiques held at the end of the program.... [-]


Master Program in Glass Art

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The graduate program in Glass at Accademia Riaci seeks students with a strong undergraduate background within the traditions of discipline. Students are expected to demonstrate ... [+]

Master Program in Glass Art

Taught in Italian or English

 

The graduate program in Glass at Accademia Riaci seeks students with a strong undergraduate background within the traditions of discipline. Students are expected to demonstrate both conceptual and technical excellence in a Glass area, as well as a profound interest in search and experimentation.

 

The program’s philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry and resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions. As such, the curriculum is enhanced by artist seminar, an outstanding resource that brings nationally renowned artists and critics working in a variety of media and venues to the campus for lectures, workshops, and student tutorials.... [-]


Master Program in Graphic Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master of Graphic Design program is one-year, full-time course of advanced study in the field. The program places primary importance on the ability of students to be critical agents ... [+]

Master Program in Graphic Design

Taught in Italian or English

 

The Master of Graphic Design program is one-year, full-time course of advanced study in the field. The program places primary importance on the ability of students to be critical agents; to seek problems and to pose questions. Faculty evaluate graduate students on their ability to define individual investigations and to support their decision-making with an independent program of reading and research, an ability to critically evaluate and articulate discoveries, and an ability to synthesize ideas through the creation of design projects.

 

The main thrust of our graduate program is to provide a research dimension to the field by contributing to the understanding of graphic design through investigations into its history, theory, criticism and methodology as well as its practice. Graduate students come from a variety of academic and professional practice experiences. The department accepts students who have an undergraduate degree in graphic design or comparable professional practice experience as well as those with degrees in other disciplines who see a connection between their previous study and graphic design.... [-]


Master Program in Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master in Interior Design at Accademia Riaci is a full-time program with a focus on advanced studio and academic research in history, theory and methods as they relate to an interdisciplinary approach to interiors and design. [+]

Master Program in Interior Design

Taught in Italian or English

 

The Master in Interior Design at Accademia Riaci is a full-time program with a focus on advanced studio and academic research in history, theory and methods as they relate to an interdisciplinary approach to interiors and design. The Master program is of particular interest to graduates of various design programs and to practitioners in interior design, architecture and other related disciplines who wish to pursue post-professional study.

 

An interdisciplinary approach to design is increasingly a requisite for professional advancement as designers attempt to satisfy the complex requirements of contemporary architectural and interior environments. The curriculum is formulated to expand understanding of different design disciplines, with special emphasis on their interdependence. There are four components to the program: a core design studio sequence, furniture design, lectures/seminars and projects. The core design studio sequence consists of a series of experiences of increasing complexity culminating in the thesis project. Each student must demonstrate originality, research and design skills, and creative capacity to resolve advanced problems in design. The thesis is presented to a graduate faculty jury for evaluation.... [-]


Master Program in Jewelry

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

Master program in Jewelry is designed to provide students an opportunity to achieve the highest personal and professional accomplishment in the Jewelry field. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to techniques... [+]

Master Program in Jewelry

Taught in Italian or English

 

Master program in Jewelry is designed to provide students an opportunity to achieve the highest personal and professional accomplishment in the Jewelry field.

 

The curriculum provides a broad exposure to techniques, expands knowledge of applied design, and strengthens perceptual and philosophical concepts and expression. Students are encouraged to experiment with any techniques and materials that will support their project. Technical areas of study offered are: soldering, sheet fabrication, raising, stretching, forging, repousse, die-forming, casting, stone setting, tool making, metal finishing, chemical patination, titanium and aluminum anodizing, photo etching, metal inlay, roller printing, silver plating, working with plastics, and incisione. The jewelry studios are equipped with a wide array of tools for lapidary, enameling, forging, casting and electroforming work; the machinist room has lathers, saws, mills, and grinding and polishing machines.... [-]


Master Program in Leather Working

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master Program in Leather Art is intended to provide students with a comprehensive view of the leather Art industry and the essential elements for success. Leather Art Program offers ... [+]

Master Program in Leather Working

Taught in Italian or English

 

Italy is the heart of leather art such as shoes, bag and leather art design and making. We offer great opportunities to study shoes, bag and leather art design and making in Florence, Italy.

 

The Master Program in Leather Art is intended to provide students with a comprehensive view of the leather Art industry and the essential elements for success. Leather Art Program offers an opportunity for students to express both creative and technical skills while acquiring a working understanding of how to design, produce, merchandise, and market leather products.

 

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Master Program in Painting and Drawing

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master Course in Painting and Drawing in Accademia Riaci is an intensive course of study. We seek advanced students who are highly motivated, self-directed, and committed to the disciplines of painting and drawing. [+]

Master Program in Painting and Drawing

Taught in Italian or English

 

The Master Course in Painting and Drawing in Accademia Riaci is an intensive course of study. We seek advanced students who are highly motivated, self-directed, and committed to the disciplines of painting and drawing. Our Master students work closely with a dedicated faculty of many professors who, in their own work, represent a broad range of contemporary painting and drawing.

 

We encourage the cultivation and examination of each student’s individual vision within the discipline. Instruction is conducted primarily by the tutorial method. Candidates work independently in their studios with oversight provided by faculties. At the end of a year, the faculties meet with each student to appraise progress towards the diploma. These tutorials are supplemented with graduate classes. A Seminar is also offered, which focuses on diverse issues and fosters interaction among Master students across studio disciplines. A comprehensive education in drawing and painting stresses both breadth and depth.... [-]


Master Program in Product Design

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master’s Program in Product Design is a graduate level laboratory for postProduct design. Students and faculty are actively exploring how to design for new social conditions in which behavioral, material, technological ... [+]

Master Program in Product Design

Taught in Italian or English

 

The Master’s Program in Product Design is a graduate level laboratory for postProduct design. Students and faculty are actively exploring how to design for new social conditions in which behavioral, material, technological, and natural landscapes are shifting. We are committed to developing new models of design practice that are multidisciplinary, collaborative, and team-based. We stress process, with an emphasis on research, conceptualization, communication, and appropriate form giving.

 

The program itself is a-year-long: curriculum consisting of studio, methods, and seminar course content is integrated around studio-based projects. Projects range from the development of new urban industries to incubating independent publishing labels for hard and soft design. By providing research proposals, future studies, and case studies, we are promoting a new, more pro-active role for design education. Because design is a collaborative profession, most studio projects will be team-based. The final semester of the program is devoted to a master’s thesis in which the candidate will work more independently with a group of internal faculty and/or outside professionals to develop a thesis project that must advance the candidate’s chosen field of study.... [-]


Master Program in Professional Interpretation

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

In a professional interpreter-training program in Professional Translation at Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy you can acquire the linguistic, cultural and technical expertise to give you a competitive edge in this rapidly expanding job market. [+]

Master Program in Professional Interpretation

Taught in Italian or English

 

Translation has become one of the fastest-growing professions. This is because of the rapid rise of multinational businesses and of the use of electronic communication: If you speak two languages fluently, you are well positioned to become a translator, but this is not enough.

 

In a professional interpreter-training program in Professional Translation at Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy you can acquire the linguistic, cultural and technical expertise to give you a competitive edge in this rapidly expanding job market. Interpreters generally work from their second language into their native language. So to be a successful Interpreter you should have an excellent command of your native language. Accademia Riaci is one of Italy’s leading professional college-based interpretation training programs. In our Interpretation courses you'll familiarize yourself with these, practice them and learn about additional resources for the thorny Interpretation problems you may encounter.... [-]


Master Program in Restoration of Paintings

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Florence

The Master in Restoration of Paintings course structure of the curriculum provides students with simultaneous instruction in the department’s paintings, paper, and objects specialties as well as in their various subspecialties including ethnographic and archaeological materials. [+]

Master Program in Restoration of Paintings

Taught in Italian or English

 

Through lecture, studio, and laboratory classes, the students in Master Program at Accademia Riaci concentrate on: The identification of traditional and modern materials and fabrication techniques, the assessment and documentation of the physical condition and the nature and extent of deterioration of the artifact, the measures, which can be taken to prevent damage to the artifact during storage, display, and shipping, the wide variety of techniques and materials employed in the conservation of artifacts, the physical, aesthetic, and pragmatic factors that govern the selection of conservation treatment, the application of physical and chemical principles, as well as scientific methodology to conservation and preservation problems.... [-]