The Florence Academy of Art's U.S. branch is located inside Mana Contemporary - a 2-million-squarefoot arts center in Jersey City, NJ, just 15 minutes from the center of Manhattan. At Mana, the FAA is part of a large and vivacious art scene that includes artists, galleries, exhibition spaces, and opportunities to meet the public - an exciting environment for creating and experiencing art. Students at FAA US are immersed in the quiet concentration of our newly renovated 10,000 square foot studio. Ample north light from the expansive row of windows floods the studio, giving 20 students the perfect environment for drawing and painting from life. Students of all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) work together under one roof, allowing beginners to see and learn from the challenges and progress of students farther along in the program. All of our instructors also work in studios inside the school, allowing students to benefit not only from daily instruction and critique but also from watching the professional artist at work.
Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and our instructors are trained in the philosophy and methodology guiding the Florence studio. As a result, students may transfer seamlessly into the same level at the Florence or Sweden branches without experiencing any difference in the curriculum or instructional language, or they may spend a trimester of study as an exchange student at one of our locations. While the local neighborhood around the school provides for most of our students' practical needs, housing, shops, and services, Mana Contemporary is easily reached by public transportation from Manhattan. Students may commute from the city, and spend their free time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Gallery, and any number of contemporary galleries.
The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as an undergraduate Certificate program.
To view student artwork produced over 20 years, click here.
With three locations in the US and Europe, we encourage our students to take the opportunity to study in Florence, Sweden or New York. As a student you may travel between branches to spend a trimester or year studying abroad without experiencing any difference whatsoever in methodology, curriculum or teaching style. This international opportunity can be significant to your development, and enriching both artistically and personally. At the same time, thanks to our university status, you will earn U.S. college credit for your coursework done at all three campuses.
Faculty Full-time students receive 36 hours per week of instruction, receiving one critique in the morning and one critique in the afternoon from principal faculty and assistant instructors. Instructors at the FAA are trained in the philosophy, methodology and language of instruction of The Florence Academy of Art.
For more about Founder and Director, Daniel Graves, click here.
The images displayed on this page are from students and graduates of The Florence Academy of Art. A number of these artists are now permanent faculty. To view hundreds of images of artwork by our students and graduates, please visit the Student Gallery, Alumni Gallery and Alumni Exhibitions on our website.
The Florence Academy of Art offers workshops throughout the academic year. Taught by our regular faculty, the workshops provide substantial practical information for students to take home, and allow students to experience parts of our regular painting curriculum, as well as a variety of traditional mediums, charcoal, pencil, sanguine, silverpoint and oil paint. Subjects include: Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape, Figurative Sculpture and Ecorché Sculpture. Guided art history tours accompany most workshops. For more information, click here.
The Florence Academy of Art addresses the creative and professional position of the artist in contemporary society. It is proud of its talented alumni, and committed to bringing their work to the public:
A biennial Alumni Exhibition held in Florence is a showcase of work for over 80 graduates from its Painting and Sculpture Programs; patrons and galleries attend from all over the world.
A special section on its web site called the Alumni Gallery gives each alumnus his own page with images and contact information.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities
The Florence Academy of Art is committed to helping talented students in financial need. Scholarship funding and work-study opportunities are available to second and third year students in order to help them complete the full three-year program.
The Florence Academy of Art in Sweden is approved for Student Loans and Grants. Swedish students may receive study assistance from the Swedish state through CSN B1 to fund their studies at the FAA in Sweden. Students from Norway, Denmark and Finland may use this recognition to apply for funding from their respective countries.
This 300-page volume chronicles the school's fabled history, telling the full story of its founding and evolution and featuring artwork and historical images from the academy's leaders, faculty, and alumni. Written and edited by Allison Malafronte, with more than 500 full-color images and detailed information and interviews from their most important figures, The Florence Academy of Art: The First 25 Years is an important visual and written record of one school's international influence on several generations of draftsmen, painters, and sculptors. To purchase, please visit the FAA Store here.
The Florence Academy of Art is a registered 501(c) 3 U.S. nonprofit educational entity.
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