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First cycle degree
The Diploma accademico di primo livello (180 ECTS = Italian CFA, Crediti Formativi Accademici), a first cycle degree that is equivalent to a bachelor's degree, includes bachelor-level courses, simpler than those of the old laurea, and its normative time to completion is three years (note that Italians normally graduate from scuola secondaria superiore or Lyceum in italian Liceo, high school, at nineteen or eighteen).
First cycle degree structure
AIM: to provide students with adequate mastery of artistic methods and techniques, as well as with specific professional and disciplinary skills.
CLASSIFICATION: 1st cycle degree.
ACCESS: by the Italian school leaving qualification, or a comparable foreign one. Admission may also require candidates to take an entrance exam to assess an adequate level of knowledge, in accordance with institutional regulations.
WORKLOAD: 180 ECTS credits.
DURATION: 3 years full time.
FURTHER STUDIES: admission to 2nd cycle programmes [Diploma accademico di secondo livello; Diploma accademico di specializzazione (I); Diploma di perfezionamento o Master (I); Laurea magistrale/specialistica; Master universitario di primo livello].
Second cycle degree
The Diploma accademico di secondo livello (120 ECTS = Italian CFA, Crediti Formativi Accademici), a second cycle degree equivalent to a master's degree, can be earned in a two-year programme after the first cycle.
Second cycle degree structure
AIM: to offer students an advanced level of education for complete mastery of artistic methods and techniques, as well as a high level of professional competency.
CLASSIFICATION: 2nd cycle degree.
ACCESS: by a related Diploma accademico di primo livello or a comparable foreign degree. There may also be specific requirements as defined by the different institutional regulations.
WORKLOAD: 120 ECTS credits.
DURATION: 2 years full time.
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