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Earn a B.A. in Fine Arts with a Studio Arts Concentration in Florence, Italy

Students enrolled in the Marist Florence Fine Arts Bachelor’s degree learn, live, and experience fine art in the heart of Florence, Italy. As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence, Italy was the cradle of Renaissance civilization. 

Today, Florence remains the ideal destination for those interested in earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, giving undergraduate students the exciting opportunity to artistically respond to the historic and contemporary art, architecture and Florence’s rich and unique culture. Using media such as sculpture, drawing, and photography, Fine Arts majors will leave the art studio behind and use Florence’s historic architecture and landscapes as their classroom.



The B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Art is a four-year program designed to combine a broad-based training in the visual arts with a traditional liberal arts education. The Fine Arts Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a concentration in Studio Art places a heavier emphasis on liberal arts courses, requiring students to complete 90 credits in Liberal Arts. The Studio Art Bachelor's of Science degree program places more of a focus on studio classes, and less of an emphasis on liberal arts courses, requiring only 60 liberal arts credits.

Why Earn a Fine Arts Bachelor’s Degree in Italy

Florence is home to some of the most recognizable art in the world, including Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s Duomo. Through our Fine Art Bachelor’s degree, students have the opportunity to work with experienced art professors and study some of the greatest artistic masters of the Renaissance, including Donatello and Michelangelo. Marist’s undergraduate Fine Arts four-year study abroad program exposes students to traditional and contemporary art techniques, including sculpture, photography, art restoration and other fine art visual skills through immersion in the exquisite beauties Florence, Italy and the surrounding areas have to offer.

The undergraduate Fine Arts degree program at Marist’s Florence study abroad program stimulates and develops the individual creativity of students pursuing a fine arts degree, providing them not only with the technical skills but also the conceptual insights necessary for the development of artistic talent. Marist provides its undergraduate study abroad students enrolled in the Fine Arts Bachelor’s degree the tools necessary for entering the competitive labor market. After students complete their foundations courses, Fine Arts majors will choose from eight specializations: digital media, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or restoration. 

Careers for B.A. in Fine Arts Degree Graduates

  • Advertising production and design
  • Commercial artist
  • Painting

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree Through Marist Italy’s Florence Branch Campus

Marist’s Florence, Italy Branch Campus at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute provides the only four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree program located in Florence, Italy. Students can choose from eight majors, including Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Art. All Marist Florence-based courses are taught in English by international faculty. Students are expected to take major specific courses, as well as Marist’s recognized core-curriculum, designed to develop undergraduate students’ critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. This provides undergraduate students with a balanced education, preparing them to continue their education or pursue a professional career upon graduation. Marist additionally provides its Fine Art Bachelor’s degree students with a well-rounded student life experience, focused around a wide range of student clubs and societies, organized cultural events, field trips and site visits. Students are also given access to academic assistance, such as library and computer facilities. 

Requirements for a Bachelor’s of Arts in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Studio Art

Note: A minimum of 90 credits in Liberal Arts is required

Course Requirements (21 Credits)

  • PDM190 Fundamentals of Art & Design: Color Theory
  • ART110 Basic Drawing/PDM130 Principles of Drawing and Composition
  • ART180 History of Western Art I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
  • ART186 History of Western Art II: High Renaissance to Present
  • One 200-300 level Art History course
  • CSIS 103 Information & Computer Literacy
  • ART477 Capping Courses/ART 355/CLT 355 Images and Words

Course Requirements (21 Credits)

  • Three (3) courses in one of the following: digital media, drawing, design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, or restoration
  • Each student is required to take four (4) additional courses in studio art

Core / Liberal Studies & Foundation Requirements (42-45 Credits) 

Elective Course Requirements (33 - 36 Credits)

Total Requirement for Graduation (120 Credits)

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The Marist College Florence, Italy bachelor's degree in Fine Arts is based out of the Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM). Our B.A. in Fine Arts degree program is the only four-year U.S. bachelor degree program in Florence, Italy. Fine Arts courses are taught in English by an international faculty. Contact us to learn whether the Marist College B.A. in Fine Arts degree through the Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) in Florence, Italy is right for you.