Applications are now open for this program for July 2020! Click here to apply now.

Taught by a range of professionals, this Graphic Design program is ideal for graphic design students looking to further their practical and theoretical knowledge of typography, digital publishing, corporate identity and digital photography. Field trips are an integral part of the program, designed to complement what is being learned in the classroom and to give students a better understanding of Florence's cultural and architectural heritage.

The program culminates in the completion of a final project which consists of creating a visual concept for a new museum in Florence.

Hear What a Returned Student Says About the Program

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to incorporating theoretical and practical skills necessary for a solid foundation with the objective of the creation of a final project. Students will use the cultural and architectural heritage of Florence of the past and present as their inspiration to utilise and transform their experience and ideas into a unique work.

This program will cover the following topics:
- Identity and Corporate Image
- Museum System and Utility Graphic Design
- Typography and Font Creation
- Advertising and Elements of Presentation

Field trips and site visits are an integral part of the program designed to complement what is learned in the classroom. Alongside this, the IED team ensure that you will get to experience the local way of life by arranging additional cultural activities. A confirmed list of visits and activities will be provided to you upon arrival.

Cultural activities may include:
- City tour
- Visit to Museo Opera del Duomo
- Visit to Bisonte
- Visit to Archaeological museum in Florence

European Institute of Design

The European Institute of Design (Instituto Europeo di Design – IED) was founded in 1966 and has since become one of Italy’s best known fashion and design institutions. The institute, which has university status, has developed an incredible network of schools and partnerships around the world – what sets it apart is its interconnectedness with Italy’s design and fashion industries. Many of the professors at IED are also industry professionals with decades of experience in the domains in which they teach. IED’s innovative and practical methodology has ensured it has stayed at the forefront of technology, experimentation, creativity, strategy and professional opportunities.

With over 2000 international students each year across all of its locations, the institute has inspired numerous aspiring designers from around the world. 

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Marco Innocenti Founding associate of Kidstudio, where for over 20 years he has been working on branding, graphic and editorial design for tourism, culture, institutions, food, events and fashion. Writer and part-time Videogame-Maker, winner of international competitions on Indie Interactive Fiction, held lessons at Università degli Studi di Firenze in media and journalism course. IED teacher since 2011, holds courses in branding, typography and graphic design.

Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini is founder and Creative Director of Studio Kmzero, type designer for Zfonts, and designer and Creative Director for Motion, Print and Advertising. He has a background in illustration, comic art and gaming development and strong experience in design for multimedia and the web. He is very much interested in mixing new technologies, user experience and visual storytelling. With his partners at Studio Kmzero, he has written and directed short animation videos, developed experimental software and websites, produced print projects, as well as providing a full range of design and consultancy services to clients.

Tommaso Tancredi Freeland photographer and video maker. Since 2005 he has practiced through many fields of image creation. Has a deep knowledge of commercial and editorial photography, having worked with several broadcasters and agencies such as Sky Arte HD, Domus, Conde Nast, Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, Mediaset, and Rai. Has been teaching photography at IED Florence since 2014.

Francesco CanovaroDesigner and Creative Director for Web, Motion, Print and Advertising. Background in programming (C/ C+++ / VisualBasic / PHP / Javascript / Actionscript) Painting and Illustration and strong experience in design for multimedia, web design, user experience and interaction design. Interested in mixing new technologies, user experience and new. With his partners at Studio Kmzero he has written and directed short animation videos, developed experimental software and websites, and produced book and print projects, as well as providing a full range of design and consultancy services to clients.

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
You will most likely be living in a shared apartment located in a well lit and safe area. Rooms are twin-share. WiFi is available at all apartments. You will be provided with a set of clean sheets and towel upon arrival.

There will be a fan in each bedroom. You will be sharing a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower/ bath tub) with 3 or 4 other AIM Overseas participants.

You will share kitchen facilities with other students at the same apartment. Kitchen facilities include a refrigerator, stove top burners, oven, basic kitchen tools, cooking utensils, cutlery and tableware for standard meal preparation. Each apartment will have a dining table and chairs for you to hang out and share a meal with your fellow AIM Overseas housemates.

Hear the experiences of other students on this program

“I’ve only seen a small portion but it’s enough to know, Italy has my heart. Aha! Yes, I sound like an annoying, loved up, smitten kitten and you may be reading this feeling a little queasy like you would if you saw some over the top couple showing too much PDA. But seriously, this country is proving to be such a wonderful place to be taken for my first overseas adventure–especially studying abroad; let alone studying Graphic Design abroad. I really could not get jetsetted to a more fitting spot.” READ MORE

Italy is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul stirring art, food and landscapes. Being the epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, this place is filled with culture. You can stand in the presence of Michelangelo’s David, Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Primavera, and Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Italy has more UNESCO world heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth.

Florence, is a riverside city that is large on the world’s ‘must-see’ list. Florence (Firenze) is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance, its narrow streets evoke a thousand tales, and its food and wine are so wonderful the tag ‘Fiorentina’ has become an international label of quality assurance.

The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The nearby Campanile (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world. In 1982, the historic centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.



All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Applications for our Mid-Year programs are now open!

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.