University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG)

Introduction

University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG)

Founded by the Slow Food movement and located in the heart of the food and wine region of Piedmont, Italy, is a ministerially recognized, private non-profit institution. The University supports a unique educational design, that is based on:cross-disciplinary learning, practical experience and study trips around the world.

Its goal is to create the professional gastronome figure who is skilled in the production, distribution, promotion, and communication of high-quality foods. Gastronomes are the next generation of educators and innovators, editors and multimedia broadcasters, marketers of fine products, and managers of food and wine companies.

UNISG students, hailing from around the world, gain dynamic experiences in artisanal and industrial food production, thanks to complementary education in both sciences and humanities, sensory training, and hands-on learning during study trips across five continents.

To date, more than 2,000 students have studied or are studying at UNISG.

In the working world

UNISG graduates work in a wide range of businesses, from large-scale agrifood production to small-scale and artisanal enterprises, such as wineries, local retailers, and specialty shops. Gastronomes are also active in the tourism sector, training, and NGOs. They hold positions in communications, marketing, and management, as well as in journalism, sales, and food production. A small number of alumni work for family businesses, while a growing percentatge become entrepreneurs, often based on a project developed during their time at university.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programs

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Master

Master in Food Culture & Communications

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Italy Bra

Each Master program in Food Culture and Communications is a separate and complete Master program with a specific thematic stream. The different streams of the Master share a common core of coursework, complemented by specialized material unique to that stream. Each, however, is designed for international students seeking an innovative approach to the study of food and foodways and the ways in which they are discussed and represented today. [+]

Each Master program in Food Culture and Communications is a separate and complete Master program with a specific thematic stream. The different streams of the Master share a common core of coursework, complemented by specialized material unique to that stream. Each, however, is designed for international students seeking an innovative approach to the study of food and foodways and the ways in which they are discussed and represented today. The program offers a wide mix of in-class lessons, exercises, guided tastings, projects, and study trips in Italy and abroad to provide a multi-experiential understanding of both high-quality artisanal and industrial food products, their ecology, agronomy, technology, history, anthropology, sociology, as well as the necessary knowledge and expertise for communicating them. Instructors include internationally recognized scholars, journalists, and gastronomy experts, including: Carole Counihan, Barny Haughton, Corby Kummer, Stuart Franklin, Anne Noble, Carlo Petrini, and others. Through an approach that merges anthropology, history, ecology, food policy, agronomy, economics, food and sensory sciences, tasting sessions, communications, and a wide range of other subjects, students acquire the tools for developing new conceptualisations, communications, and educational strategies within the realm of high-quality gastronomy. Graduates emerge ready for careers in community-based project management, education, marketing and public relations. In addition to this breadth of study, each stream of the master also includes a distinct academic focus, falling into the following themes. Note that the four streams of the program each have different start dates. Each stream of master comprises 90 university credits and leads to a... [-]

Master in Italian Wine Culture

Campus Full time 1 year April 2018 Italy Bra

The Master in Italian Wine Culture, designed by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in collaboration with Slow Food and the Wine Bank, has the ambitious objective of training “wine tellers.” These new enological ambassadors play a leading role in Italian wine marketing and communication. [+]

The Master in Italian Wine Culture, designed by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in collaboration with Slow Food and the Wine Bank, has the ambitious objective of training “wine tellers.” These new enological ambassadors play a leading role in Italian wine marketing and communication. The Master follows the unique formula developed at Pollenzo, with classroom teaching complemented by trips to vineyards and wineries and meetings with leading figures from Italian and international enology, culture and agronomy. Wine is examined from a historical, cultural and environmental perspective, as well as technical and agricultural. What are wine tellers and what do they do? This new professional figure has been identified by UNISG as a result of feedback from many wine producers, who have highlighted the need for this type of expert for the effective promotion of Italian wine. Wine tellers have expert knowledge of vine cultivation and wine production, and know how to communicate years of enological and viticultural tradition, placing it within a framework of Italian art, history, anthropology and esthetics. Wine tellers know how to narrate and market Italian wine, which they see as the product of a unique land. They know that in order to best appreciate a wine, one must get to know that land, along with and thanks to the wine. How is the Master structured? Economists, sociologists, legal experts, historians, anthropologists, philosophers, agronomists, ampelographers, enologists, geologists and entomologists make up the course’s faculty, which consists of resident professors and visiting lecturers from many different backgrounds who... [-]

Master in the Slow Art of Italian Cuisine

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Italy Bra

Designed for people seeking an innovative model of cuisine based on the knowledge of traditional Italian products and Slow Food’s philosophy. The Master combines both sciences and humanities to develop knowledge of food products and how they are produced. Featuring classes with famous Italian chefs and important personalities in the world of Gastronomy, the program integrates lectures, study trips around Italy, and internship experiences in Italian Slow Food osterias and restaurants. [+]

Slow Art of Italian Cuisine In 2014 the Pollenzo Cookery School, developed by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in collaboration with Slow Food, will organize two one-year Master programs in the Slow Art of Italian Cuisine. The structure and syllabus will be the same for both courses, the only difference being that the first will be taught in Italian and the second in English: From September 2016 – in Italian From January 2017 – in English Each course will be open to a maximum of 20 students and will be taught in the Corte Albertina in Pollenzo, next to the other UNISG buildings. Cookery School students will study in a unique environment, in close contact with undergraduate, postgraduate, Master and Advanced Apprenticeship students from all over the world. They will also be able to attend university events and lectures and take part in activities open to the other students. The course offers an original and innovative teaching model which focuses on cuisine seen as passion, sharing and pleasure. Its aim is to help all those keen to enter the culinary profession to learn about cooking both from a scientific and humanistic perspective (increasingly necessary these days) as well as get to know various restaurant activities first hand. The course will alternate between lectures and lessons in Pollenzo and practical training experience in osterias and restaurants. The course will be organized as follows: two months at Pollenzo, three months in an osteria selected from the Osterie d’Italia guide published by Slow... [-]

Master of Gastronomy: Food in the World

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Italy Bra

The Master of Gastronomy: Food in the World program offers a coursework that is cross-disciplinary and multi-thematic, with visiting scholars from around the world teaching throughout the year. Numerous tasting workshops focus on food itself, bringing all the senses into the learning process. And three field-study trips, in Italy and abroad, help students synthesize and contextualize what happens in the classroom. A final, four-month internship then allows students to work in or research a specific area of interest, weaving these threads together through practical experience. [+]

The Master of Gastronomy: Food in the World program offers a coursework that is cross-disciplinary and multi-thematic, with visiting scholars from around the world teaching throughout the year. Numerous tasting workshops focus on food itself, bringing all the senses into the learning process. And three field-study trips, in Italy and abroad, help students synthesize and contextualize what happens in the classroom. A final, four-month internship then allows students to work in or research a specific area of interest, weaving these threads together through practical experience. What is gastronomy? Despite its short history, gastronomy is a concept that has often been debated, discussed, and disregarded. At UNISG, gastronomy is an approach to studying food through diversity. It is about understanding that knowledge exists in the mind and in the body, and that our identity, emotions, and senses are also tools for learning about food. Gastronomy acknowledges that food is simultaneously symbolic and physical, political and poetic, environmental and political. Program Content The result of this program is that students graduate as gastronomes—connection-makers in the world of food who have a critical understanding of their own roles. They are professionals with the tools and perspectives for shaping a new future of food that is good, clean, and fair for everyone. The program begins in September 2016 and end in September 2017, comprising eight months of on-campus work and a three-month internship. Subject Areas The program confers certified, first-level, master’s degree, comprising 90 European academic credits. The programs last twelve months, with nine... [-]

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