Founded in 1751 by a group of Genoese artists and aristocrats, the current Higher Arts Education School in Genoa, with a long-standing tradition, is one of the national Historical Academies, an invaluable point of reference for those who want to pursue a career in the Arts.
Every year more than 500 students from Liguria and northern Italy attend classes out of over 90 courses offered, held by a teaching staff of about 100.
The Higher Arts Education studies (AFAM sector of MIUR) to obtain the First-Level Academic Diploma (equivalent to a University degree) is split into a three-year course and a two-year course.
Students of the First-Level Academic Diploma (three-year course) may choose from eight different Schools: Painting, Sculpture, Art Graphics, Decorating, Scenography, Communication and Didactics of Art, Art and Design for Business and Art and New Technologies.
Students wishing to continue their studies in order to obtain the Second-Level Academic Diploma (two-year course) may choose from four schools: Scenography, Decorating, Painting and the new Art and Design for Business, split into three courses: Web Design, Illustration and Photography.
The elegant palace, a real urban monument overlooking the central Piazza de Ferrari, is the main location of the courses; other locations are the branch of Palazzo Senarega and the premises of the Museo di Sant’Agostino, both in the nearby historical centre.
Another important feature of “Ligustica” is the close connection with the homonymous Museum, located in the palace of the Academy. The Museum houses paintings, sculptures, drawings, casts, prints, ceramics from the 14 th to the 20 th century and is directly involved in the teaching activity. Students have direct access to the important works of the artists of the collection and can participate in the installation of temporary exhibitions or in the management and restoration process of the works stored in its basement: the collaboration with the Museum is a unique opportunity to exchange experiences between the past and the present, the teaching environment and the active cultural reality.