Hi, I’m Scott Breton, Academic Director at TIAC Academy of Fine Arts Florence.

Our three-year Bachelor of Fine Art Programmes in Sculpture or Painting, as well as our Pre-Academic Programme, offers credits in the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) through the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools (EABHES). E.A.B.H.E.S. is a private consultancy and accreditation board, which provides external evaluation services to European Higher Education Institutions in applying Bologna Declaration requests. 

Our bachelor programmes are deeply immersive and include lots of guidance, support and contact hours. We desire students who can be fully engaged in this journey with us, and who have the ambition to reach artistic autonomy and their full potential.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have queries about the academic content of our programmes.

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TIAC Academy programme is  accredited by EABHES




Hybrid Atelier-University: Our programmes are a hybrid of Atelier-style skills and theory training with university-level liberal arts philosophy, art history and social sciences. The theoretical courses are structured in such a way to be maximally stimulating and beneficial for students training to become professional painters and sculptors.

“Four studios” approach: Students are introduced to our framework of four general approaches to representational art, and by second year choose one of the approaches to specialise in, leading to a major personal project in this approach in third year. (Read More)

Programme Structure: The first year covers baseline skills and theory and has students become familiar with all the major elements and processes facing the representational artist. In the second year, students choose a studio to specialise in, focussing their attention on the approaches and emphasis of this studio. In the third year, students complete a final project and contextualise their work through a written thesis about the project.


Subjects shared between programmes: Painting and sculpture students share classes in drawing, anatomy, composition principles and approaches, liberal arts subjects and language study. This overlap allows the two disciplines to benefit from one another, and emphasises that plastic composition is fundamentally unified - with painting and sculpture being 2D and 3D windows into highly related forms of expression and aesthetics.

Practical Content: Electives, language study and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to further prepare the student for making their living as an artist in the world today. Students will be constantly required to discuss their work as well as that of others in class groups, using respectful and constructive but open and honest communication.

Pre-academic programme: Prior to the degree programme, students can attend the pre-academic programme that begins the language study and skills training.



A three-year degree programme covering intensive skills training and visual theory for painters, as well as liberal arts subjects including art history, philosophy and social science topics.



A three-year degree programme covering intensive skills training and visual theory for sculptors , as well as liberal arts subjects including art history, philosophy and social science topics.



This standalone course is an ideal preparation for beginning one of the degree programmes at TIAC Academy. It provides 16 credits in the European system of university credit (ECTS).