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Summer Pre-College Admission

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Interior Design in Italy

Due to Italian government regulations regarding students under the age of 18, we are unable to offer the Italy Summer Pre-College program in 2018. We are exploring our options for 2019 and beyond. This regulation does not impact students over the age of 18 in Marist's four-year degree programs or the Freshman Florence Experience. Please contact the Marist Admission Office with questions at

This course provides a brief overview of interior design concepts, including perspective, color theory, design aesthetic, and presentation methods created by hand and computer-assisted design.   Students will explore aspects of design critique, stages of concept development and presentation toward the goal of creating a beginning interior design portfolio. Students will participate in several walking tours of Florence, making real-world connections to historical and modern design strategies, creating photographic journals to develop the designer’s eye. Site visits will also include meetings with working designers in Interior Design shops in Florence.

Program Goals

  • Understanding of fundamental interior design concepts
  • Development of design presentation techniques
  • Development of interior design portfolio for the college application process
  • Exposure to the varied design styles that are Florence

The Marist Summer Interior Design Pre-College Program - offered in partnership with Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici - is a Portfolio Development Program for talented high school students who are interested in pursuing a design career, and applying to prestigious  Interior Design undergraduate degree programs. Students will work with experienced design faculty in the heart of Florence, visiting important design industry sites, exploring museum collections, and developing the eye of the interior designer.  

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion of the program, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits for the Marist course INT 102, Interior Design Survey.