Foundation Year

A great journey always begins with a first step.

Italy: synonym of wonder, especially for the new generations who live abroad and who wish to enter into the culture and the educational system that “Il Bel Paese” can offer. More specifically, the Foundation Year is intended for students attracted by Made in Italy, not intended only as a sign of distinction and style, but also as a qualitative approach to life.

It is precisely in this context the Foundation Year takes place: a supplementary course of 60 credits, the objective of which is to initiate the student to the study of cultural, design, historical and artistic subjects which they will encounter, in yet a deeper way, in the years to come. Thanks to this educational program, foreign students with 11 years of schooling will be able to integrate the minimum prerequisite of the 12 years of schooling required to access the University system, and learn the basic subjects required to develop of the required knowledge in the artistic, audiovisual, multimedia and design field. Participants will also be able to learn about RUFA training methods, interact with teachers, integrate practical and theoretical methods, explore the concepts of research and artistic production and best practices related to design.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE FOUNDATION YEAR?
> To provide international students with less than 12 years of schooling with 60 additional CFA necessary to enroll in the Italian University system.
> To introduce students to the cultural, design, history and art-related subjects and to the educational methodologies of the Italian Higher Education system.

The Foundation Year enables participants to build the foundations to undertake any Bachelor of Arts program. In this context, students can put themselves to the test, improve their language knowledge, get to know a National academic excellence and create professional relationships with the teachers. Five different subjects are provided: Italian language and culture, writing workshop, history of art, design and Italian style, specific course in photography, video, art and design, a final test and a CILS certification.
The program envisions 485 hours of study in total, divided into 24 hours a week. The 60 training credits obtained will allow students to be admitted to RUFA Bachelor of Arts programs – or BA programs in any other Institution, keeping in mind the general rule regarding the educational and decision-making independence of all Higher Education Institutions regarding admissions –and will not be recognized for the purposes of reducing the teaching load of subsequent Degree programs.

SUBJECTCREDITSSPECIFIC CREDITSNUMBER OF HOURSNUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK
TOTAL 6048524h/week
Italian language and culture (T)3222 Language (ITA)165 Language (ITA)20 hours, 8 weeks
10 Culture (ITA)75 Culture (ITA)15 hours, 5 weeks
Writing lab (TP)2252hours, 12 weeks
History of art, design and Italian style (T)8608 hours, 12 weeks
Specific curriculum (TP)124 Photo/video50 Photo/video4 hours, 12 weeks
4 Art 50 Art4 hours, 12 weeks
4 Basic Design50 Basic Design4 hours, 12 weeks
Final test210
CILS (ITA) Certificate4
(T) = Theoretical subject – (TP) = Theoretical/practical subject – RUFA final test = Presentation of the student’s portfolio related to the attended subject in front of an appointed committee.

RUFA Foundation Year is carried out in Italian for the linguistic-cultural modules and in English for the artistic-related modules. To be admitted, students must hold a B1 / B2 English language knowledge certificate. As far as the knowledge of the Italian language is concerned, enrollment is open to all students, regardless of their level of knowledge of the language, However, possessing a B1 level of Italian is recommended.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Period: from January 2021 to June/July 2021
Language: Italian and English
Language Requirements:
> B1/B2 English
> preferably level B1 of Italian
Enrolment deadline: 6th December 2020
Cost: €6,500.00*
Degree issued: Certificate of Participation + CILS Certification

*The cost includes:
– registration fee
– attendance and final exam fee
– CILS certification
– RUFA card (conventions with cinemas, theatres, gyms and educational material)
– final certificate

The payment method requires 25% of the total fee at the time of enrolment and 75% by 06/12/20. The candidates are required to submit, by 6th of December 2020 the application for admission, attaching their:
– high school diploma and transcript of records stating the educational activities they attended and the “declaration of value” of the study title
– enrollment form (to be signed by the parents in case of underage students)
– English language knowledge certification
– copy of their passport
– copy of their study visa

RUFA reserves the possibility of checking the aptitude and motivational sphere of students before enrolment. The Foundation Year will be implemented with a minimum of 7 students. RUFA will accept applications until all of the available places have been filled. If the number is not reached, students will be reimbursed of the amount paid to RUFA.

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