Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

ISIA Florence (Higher Institute for Artistic Industries)

Founded in 1975

Head of institution

Dean Stefano Maria Bettega

Visiting Address

Via Alfani, 58, 50121 Florence, Italy

Phone +39 055 218836

Fax +39 055 218740



Cumulus Contact person

Teacher Silvia Masetti
Via Alfani, 58, 50121 Florence
Phone +39 055 218836, Fax +39 055 218740
E-mail silvia.masetti[at]

Contact person for inquiries on study programs

Silvia Grilli
mobile +393280703926

Other contact persons



Isia is a modern school projected towards innovation and, over the years, its quality has been confirmed by numerous acknowledgements especially at an international level. The teaching is based on experimentacharacterised by practical experience in the laboratory.

International role

ISIA is partner of the the creative partnership network ‘artesnet Europe’ which is a Europe-wide ‘community of practice’, connecting practitioners from the creative/cultural sector, teaching staff from art schools, educators, and artistic researchers from almost all EU-countries, Iceland, Norway, and Turkey.

National role

The ISIA network in Italy consists of four Institutes based in Florence, Rome, Faenza and Urbino. ISIA is part of the Florentiner local system of higher education with the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence and the Academy of Music
of Florence "Luigi Cherubini".
ISIA is member of the Verona Opera Academy.

Main focus

Teaching design methodology and practice in its widest terms, ranging from products to communication.


Faculties and departments

Product Design
Fashion Design
Communication Design

Bachelor level programs

Product Design
Fashion Design

three years

Master level programs

Product Design
Communication Design

two years


Research activity and main areas

Research activities are embedded in the didactic phase and do change on a year base. The Institute has always been interested in the social relevant role of
design activities.

Doctorate level programs

No doctorate level at the moment


Subject areas for exchange students

Product and Communication design

Application deadlines


Teaching languages


Semester dates

1° October-February
2 February-June

Cost of living per month (studying and living)

100 studying+600 living



  • Bachelor: 130
  • Master: 70
  • Doctorate: n/a

Exchange students

  • 4 incoming
  • 6 outgoing
  • n/a other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)

Teaching staff

  • 2 Professors
  • 20 Lecturers
  • 70 Other permanent teachers
  • n/a Part-time teachers