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ISIA Florence (Higher Institute for Artistic Industries)

Institute of Design MUR - Ministero Università e Ricerca

Italy Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

Isia is a modern school projected towards innovation and, over the years, its quality has been confirmed by numerous acknowledgements especially at an international level. The teaching is based on experimentacharacterised by practical experience in the laboratory.

International Role

ISIA is partner of the the creative partnership network ‘artesnet Europe’ which is a Europe-wide ‘community of practice’, connecting practitioners from the creative/cultural sector, teaching staff from art schools, educators, and artistic researchers from almost all EU-countries, Iceland, Norway, and Turkey.

National Role

The ISIA network in Italy consists of four Institutes based in Florence, Rome, Faenza and Urbino. ISIA is part of the Florentiner local system of higher education with the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence and the Academy of Music of Florence "Luigi Cherubini". ISIA is member of the Verona Opera Academy.

Main Focus

Teaching design methodology and practice in its widest terms, ranging from products to communication and UX.

Faculties and Departments

Product Design,  Communication Design, Fashion Design

Bachelor Level Programs

Product Design,  Communication Design, Fashion Design

Master Level Programs

Product Design,


Design two years


First degree: 3 years

Second degree: 2 Years

Research Activity and Main Areas

Research activities are embedded in the didactic phase and do change on a year base.
The Institute has always been interested in the social relevant role of design activities.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Product and Communication design

Application Deadlines


Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

1° October-February 2 February-June

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

100 studying+600 living


Bachelor: 230
Master: 80

Exchange Students

Incoming: 4
Outgoing: 6

Teaching Staff

Professors: 50
Lectures: 20
Other permanent teachers: 15

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