Italy's Newest Boutique School Of Design, The Florence Institute, Welcomes Students For Enrollment In September 2008

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Architecture industry veteran, DiDomenico, to head prestigious International design school in the heart of Florence, Italy

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The key to this institute is the diversity and understanding of the student set

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Opening in the historic center of Florence, a new international school of design will welcome students from all over the world to commence on September 15, 2008. The Florence Institute of Design International will offer a new type of boutique academics focused entirely on international students providing Interior Design, Graphic Design and Architecture programs with both master and semester abroad options available, as announced by Founder and Creative Director, Architect Marc DiDomenico.

As the city of Florence has become an international crossroads for design students, The Florence Institute of Design International will build upon this rich history of art, culture and design, while providing students with a unique international learning experience where methodology and curriculum is designed for the broad and diverse set of students and focused on personalization of studies. Boutique by design, the Institute's philosophy is to provide a first-class facility offering the highest level of education and resources to design students around the world.

"The key to this institute is the diversity and understanding of the student set," said DiDomenico. "By expanding to encompass students from all over the world, the multi-cultured backgrounds of the students create an elevated level of complexity and need for varied methods of teaching. As most applicants to the Florence Institute have studied at the finest schools in their own countries, we strive to create the same level of academic excellence, offering the highest standard in design education abroad. We look forward to providing the design foundation to lead this next generation of international designers."

Set within the hills of Tuscany, Florence has long been known as an ideal destination for design students due to the rich patrimony of Renaissance works. Its modest scale and pedestrian friendly environment make it is an ideal place to study design. The Florence Institute is located in the historic center of Florence, Italy within a historic Baroque palazzo.

The Florence Institute's courses teach the foundation of Italian design by combining modern technologies with Italy's imaginative culture. Through combining tradition and technology the program gives a detailed understanding of the Italian creative process. The course format is inspirational rather than institutional in the way it juxtaposes the concepts of new with traditional to stimulate thinking about how different periods can be integrated.

Each student is treated like a client and colleague. Class sizes are intentionally limited to create a more dynamic design studio environment. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake independent studies, to explore more personal interests in the field of design. Professor to student relations are approached as an exchange of ideas where students learn equally from the instructor and from each other.

About Architect Marc DiDomenico
Founder and Creative Director Marc DiDomenico, currently Vice-President of the AIA Continental Europe, has collaborated with some of the most respected design studios such as those of Massimo Carmassi and Andrea Ponsi. He holds titles as architect in both Italy and the United States. DiDomenico's experience in architecture, interiors, competitions, and preservation brings a professional emphasis to the school's academic structure as he will oversee The Florence Institute's academic programs and instruct critical parts of the Interior Design courses.

PRESS CONTACT:        
Cassandra Brown
The Florence Institute of Design Intl
50123 Florence, Italy
Phone +39 0552302481
Cell: +393496123726
press @ florence-institute.com
http://www.florence-institute.com

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