Certificate Programs

The LdM Certificate Programs are designed to develop student creativity, artistic talent, and technical skills within structured plans of study. Combining a strong theoretical base with practical work for the pursuit of professional goals, LdM offers semester Certificates, one-year and two-year Certificates (the second year allows students to get a Professional or Advanced Certificate. Students with a solid background in the area of study may apply directly for the second year).

Semester Certificates give students the opportunity to gather the professional skills and the theoretical underpinnings of exciting fields in design in a single semester. All the certificates address specific areas that lead to a variety of possible career options, with a balance of courses that help students to grasp the essentials and prepare to enter and adapt to today’s changing marketplace. Semester certificates consist mainly of three mandatory core courses and a choice of two out of three/four track courses (Italian language study is encouraged but no language courses are required). Some courses may require advanced skills. Please check for prerequisites of individual courses in the LdM Academic Catalog, or write to info@ldminstitute.com for more information.

One-Year Certificates
offer a comprehensive course structure addressing students’ own professional goals. The class selection has been pre-planned in order to allow students to follow the most appropriate course sequence in the area of study that they wish to pursue. The programs are offered on a one-year basis, starting in the Fall semester. Students with prior knowledge of the selected field of study may be admitted to the second semester (in Spring only), but only after submitting a portfolio of their work to be assessed and approved.

One-Year Professional/Advanced Certificates are designed for students who have a solid background in the area of study. Students applying for the second year of the Professional/Advanced Certificate Program must provide evidence of their background in the selected area. An admissions committee will review the application and accept only those students who meet the entry requirements.
Students can combine the Certificate and the Professional/Advanced Certificate or apply to either one according to their experience and education levels.

LdM CERTIFICATES

Art of Cooking: Italian Gastronomy – Semester Certificate
The certificate allows students the opportunity to connect with the Italian Cuisine and embark on an exploration through time and culture … Learn more…

Art of Cooking: Balance in Nutrition – Semester Certificate
A comprehensive approach to eating, understanding food and the positive effects that healthy eating can have in life is what this certificate provides the students with. Learn more…

Architecture in Urban Context – Semester Certificate
This certificate approaches different design techniques of architecture in metropolitan areas. Students learn design skills that focus in low energy, employment of renewable energy, lifestyle and traditional approaches. Learn more…

Fashion Design – One-Year Certificate & One-Year Professional Certificate
Students attain all the necessary components to create a clothing collection. Through sketching fashion figures, designing clothing, flat pattern making, draping, sewing, embroidery, knitwear, printing, designing accessories and more. Learn more…

Fashion Marketing & Merchandising – One-Year Certificate
Students develop an understanding through courses of the different components of Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and meet the challenges of working in the fashion world. Learn more…

Fine Arts – One-Year Certificate & One-Year Advanced Certificate
As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts, and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of the Renaissance civilization and is the ideal setting for the art studies. The Fine Arts Program is designed to combine a broad-based training in the visual and studio arts. Learn more…

Graphic Design & Visual Communication – One-Year Certificate
The Graphic Design and Visual Communication Program offers the ability to recognize the strengths of a product, brand, or idea and convey them through different types of media. Students discover both traditional and digital techniques used in integrated communications projects. Learn more…

Interior Design – One-Year Certificate & One-Year Professional Certificate
Students start with the principles of design: interior, retail, product, exhibit and display; and work throughout the course to blend art and technology through creative and practical methods. In result they will accomplish to make a product that would be suitable for the marketplace. Learn more…

Interior Design in Contemporary Living – Semester Certificate
The courses included in this certificate will enable students to express their personal style through designs, while coming to terms with the functions and uses of spaces in general. Learn more…

Jewelry Design – One-Year Certificate and One-Year Professional Certificate
The Jewelry Design Program offers an artistic and cultural reference point for students as Florence has a long-standing tradition in jewelry making. The program features an in-depth look at the history of jewelry design and is rounded out with the student’s design and production of their own collection. Learn more…

Product Design towards Sustainability – Semester Certificate
Two central needs of the new century are linked in this certificate: attractive functional design, and respect for a threatened global environment. Besides careful attention to the design process, materials, and technology, the course investigates the conceptual bases of valid design in a sustainable world. Learn more…

Restoration and Conservation – One-Year Certificate & One-Year Professional Certificate
The collaboration of LdM and state institutions in Florence, allows students in the Restoration and Conservation Program to restore paintings and sculptures made by the masters of the Renaissance, such as Beato Angelico, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo. Learn more…

Visual Communication for Fashion – Semester Certificate
In the fashion industry, medium and message have always been connected. The core courses of this certificate provide students with the right tools to get acquainted with the business objective in Fashion. Learn more…