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DIVA School of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

ABOUT

The School of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts (DIVA) is a dynamic and technology-focused area of the academic offering the following departmental studies:
Digital Media (DM)
Photography (PH)
Internet Technology (IT)
Video Production (VP)
Visual Communication (VC)

Vision

  • DIVA's eye on Florence is like Renaissance architect Brunelleschi's box invented to capture perspective through light: whatís projected through the pinhole is the innovative vision created by our students studying in this city which has been the cradle of artistic creativity since Renaissance times. Our role in this rich background is to preserve its visionary spirit but not dwell upon it, to work towards a contemporary, innovative future.

  • DIVA is an academic institution that offers studies in digital photography, rich multimedia, videomaking, graphic design, and visual communication in Florence.

  • DIVA's philosophy is literally a vision, one that seeks to train students to forge a new light and a new perspective on how digital and visual arts reveal our surroundings.

  • DIVA's technological approach explores local and European surroundings as a living, dynamic canvas by breathing new life and mobility into historical and traditional contexts, capturing the contemporary social landscape and creating new scenarios for the images of tomorrow.

  • DIVA supports sustainable media and design in its didactic methods and practices. 

Mission

  • DIVA was founded as a new visual approach to education for digital media studies.

  • DIVA renews the image of Florence and the concept of aesthetics as perceived over time through centuries of artistic innovation.

  • DIVA seeks to promote sustainable futures through digital media, design, and visual arts:

    • Visual communication studies to develop proficiency in the use of visual design methods and technologies.

    • Photography and video methods that use more responsible ways of consuming resources.

  • DIVA offers advanced technology in digital and rich media with constructive, interactive programs of study and course curriculum.

  • DIVA shapes students who are:

    • Creatively conscious about the visual aspects of cities, landscapes, and environments.

    • Choose responsible approaches to digital and paper production of their visual production.

    • Possess the technical abilities to elaborate what they creatively envision.

    • Continue to widen their breadth of knowledge in the digital and visual arts. 

Values

  • Courses that promote the integration of students into urban and non-urban landscapes for a richer interpretation of the visual and digital arts.

  • State of the art facilities, the latest equipment for computers and software programs for fine art printing, studio classrooms for hands on lab sessions, and an experienced staff for all student needs.

  • An international faculty highly experienced in varied professions and from diverse backgrounds who involve students to work on challenging projects.

  • A challenging and extensive academic curriculum composed of lectures, workshops, and laboratories.

  • Structured programs for students who aim for professional development and future careers in the industry.

  • Personal enrichment and exposure to the local community through exhibitions, shows, and cultural integration projects. 

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

  • 1 or 2-year Certificate Career programs / 2-year Associate's Degree

  • 4-year Bachelorís Degree in Digital Publishing and Communication

  • US Bachelor's degree transfer options

  • 1-year Master's Degree in Visual Media

  • Study abroad programs, short and long-term

Degree curricula requirements can be viewed below.
Direct transfer from AA to BA programs available.
The admissions area of the institutional website provides further details on application requirements.



 ProgramConcentration
UndergraduateAA Communication and Interactive Digital MediaVisual Communication
Photography
UndergraduateBA Degree in Digital Publishing and CommunicationDigital Media
Visual Communication