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The Academy

First and Second Level Academic Diploma.
Accredited by the Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research.

MADE as in produced, fashioned.
The MADE Program, as in Mediterranean Arts and Design Program.

A legally recognized, degree-granting Academy of Fine Arts, the first of its kind in Italy, that aims to work at the crossroads of design, art, traditional crafts, and local culture, creating an operational platform based in the South of our country, in Siracusa.

Behind MADE, Oltrre Venture, the biggest italian impact investment fund (, and a newly formed group of "adventure-loving" people, from all parts of the world, with superior training and professional experience acquired in important Italian and foreign academies and universities, all deeply convinced that education, in the highest sense of the term, is fundamental to any form of progress.

An entirely new Academy, reborn from the sea and on the sea; a living organism nourished and inspired by the energy and spirit of its home environment: the Genius Loci of the Mediterranean Sea. A place capable of reflecting the cultural and artistic dynamism of the whole of Sicily, of absorbing international ferment and nurturing new talent. A modern, dynamic institution, able to offer young people new expressive opportunities, aligned with the trends of our time.

The MADE Program crew looks forward to working with you!

MADE Program. Made in Sicilia.

Why MADE Program

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The first Academy of its kind in Italy that aims to work at the crossroads of design, art, craft and local cultural traditions, giving life to an operational platform based in the South of our country, in Siracusa, investing once again in an area too often neglected.

Perché MADE Program - Docenti <ENG DRAFT>


A working group composed of professors and designers coming from different parts of the world, with superior training and professional experience acquired in major Italian and foreign academies and universities.

Perché MADE Program - Siracusa <ENG DRAFT>


MADE Program is based in Siracusa, Sicily, called by Cicero as "the most beautiful city of Magna Graecia." In 2005 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sicily and one of its historically richest cities, ideal places to establish a school. Their strategic position, in the center of the Mediterranean and close to the rest of Europe, and - at the same time - their "isolation" from the conventional routes of art, architecture and design, offer the ideal conditions for cultivating creativity. What’s more, the cost of living in Siracusa is decidely lower than in most of our country.

Perché MADE Program - Accessibilità <ENG DRAFT>


MADE Program aims to make high quality, international training programs accessible to a large number of people, even in areas usually "forgotten" by the educational mainstream. That’s why our fees are lower than those of other Italian private academies and why we offer scholarships to our most talented students.

Perché MADE Program - Network <ENG DRAFT>


From its beginning, MADE Program has invested resources and energy in building strong international programs and institutional relationships. Teachers from different parts of the world, exchange programs with foreign universities, and its Summer School held exclusively in English make MADE Program a first step in a potentially limitless itinerary of professional development.

Perché MADE Program - Accreditamento <ENG DRAFT>


The Rosario Gagliardi Academy of Fine Arts is legally recognized by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and issues academic titles with legal value, valid abroad as well as in Italy  (

These legally recognized degrees, a prerequisite for most professional employment, guarantee students the opportunity to continue their education with a specialization or a doctorate at another university, whether in Italy or abroad.

Logo accreditamento MIUR

The Dean

Alessandro Montel, initiator of the MADE project, moved from Milan to Syracuse in April 2016, with his partner and his dog, to devote himself to the “revitalization” of the Academy, taken over from its previous management.

With a degree in Law (after classical studies), he went on to study economics in UK. In the last 25 years he worked contemporaneously as a university teacher (teaching both in fine arts academies and the leading Italian business schools) and as business consultant, for medium and large companies, in Italy and abroad.

"Motivated” by a personal passion for the art world, he held, from 2012 to 2016, the role of Operating Director of GAMeC – the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery in Bergamo. Prior to that, he was Head of the Post Graduate Area of ​​NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan), where for 10 years he also directed the Master of Arts in Communication Design.

Il direttore Alessandro Montel

The faculty

Andrea Anastasio designer
Antonio Aricò designer
Alessandro Brandino architectural historian
Giuseppe Buzzotta artist
Leonardo Caffo philosopher
Gabriella Ciancimino artist
Roberto Maria Clemente art director
Domitilla Dardi design historian and curator
Martina Maria Distefano graphic designer
Francesco Faccin industrial designer
Simone Farresin designer
Fabrizio Foti architect
Zeno Franchini designer
Francesca Gattello designer
Enrico Gisana visual designer
Francesco Jodice artist
Franco La Cecla anthropologist
Francesco Lucifora independent curator
Luca Marullo architect
Davide Miccione philosopher
Alberto Moncada photographer
Francesco Moncada architect
Stefania Pennacchio ceramic sculptor
Mafalda Rangel architect
Francesco Santoro architect
Carlo Scribano art director
The Cool Couple artists
Andrea Trimarchi designer
Francesco Zorzi visual designer and illustrator


Undergraduate programs


First level academic diploma.
Accredited by the Ministry of Instruction, Universities, and Research.

MAN MADE, our three-year course in design, views the discipline of design as an instrument for creating new products and communication strategies that can play a decisive role in a process of change involving production, economics, and society.

3 years
First Level


The course aims to respond to the urgent needs of our contemporary global ecology through the study and application of new systems of production and information technology, while drawing on local and artisanal systems of production. This means working with materials and with graphics, designing new products and new communications systems, coming to terms with new technologies, but also rethinking the role of local, artisanal, and industrial production in the contemporary world, questioning the ways we produce, market, and consume objects.


As young designers, students will be called upon to refine their understanding of themselves and their interests and to contextualize that understanding in the present, focusing on reaching a comprehension of the profound repercussions that their work will have in the world. New graduates, at the conclusion of an itinerary aimed at promoting the development of European-dimension professional skills, will be able to apply their skills as professionals in firms and companies working in the fields of product and service design, visual and multimedia communications as well as in private and public cultural and educational institutions. The training offered in the course will constitute a solid basis for studies in second level degree programs, both in Italy and abroad.


The teaching faculty in the three-year program is comprised of teachers, designers, and artists with solid qualifications and experience acquired at important Italian and international academies and universities.

FORMAFANTASMA Andrea Trimarchi / Simone Farresin

“From their very first projects they effected a small revolution in the way of conceiving design, putting the emphasis on the material rather than the product, paying more attention to the process rather than the form. From bread to coal, from fish skin to wood, from sponges to lava, the vocabulary of their work is characterized by being a long list of materials, at times quite common and at times special because “listened to” as though they were primordial elements.” Elena Bordignon, Vogue


The first year is devoted to who you are as a young designer. You will have to find yourself in materials, colors, shapes, and images. The educational approach will be a mixture of theory and practice in which even the most theory-intensive courses will be translated into practical exercises aimed at understanding both the potential and limitations of the basic instruments of design as well as developing your own visual vocabulary.


Starting in the first year, extracurricular activities will include museum visits, workshops, outside internships, and study trips, first in Italy and then abroad.


The second year will be a confrontation with the other. You will be asked to apply what you learned in the first year to objects or instruments of communication in the service of another person. Specifically, you will be guided to develop greater awareness of form and composition, and the context in which your design will be put to work. Your teachers will not only push you to learn from them, but above all to interrogate yourself and to question the status quo in order to develop original and innovative ideas.


In the second year, a study trip will be organized to a European country where students will visit local museums as well as design firms and companies useful for their professional growth.


The third year will be dedicated to your thesis project. You will decide whether to concentrate on product design or visual and video communication. This will be the year in which you reach maturity as a designer and you will be called upon to see your work as a designer as part of a larger, more complex system. If, for example, you have to design a chair in oak, your first step will be to learn the workings of the wood industry, how a forest grows, and essential elements of environmental protection.

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Visual arts

First level academic diploma.
Accredited by the Ministry of Instruction, Universities, and Research.

The three-year course in Visual Arts and Art Practices examines the role of contemporary art in the current cultural landscape and its potential, yesterday and today, to become a powerful engine of social change.

Francesco Jodice
3 years
First Level
Video & New Media


The course aims to prepare students for the new contexts and roles that contemporary art has taken on with respect to a cultural landscape in constant transformation. The approach to both theory and practice will take account of the necessity of knowing the history and the relative modalities of art, on the one hand, and of investigating the influence that revolutionary mass-media technologies have had on the techniques, disciplines, and processes of doing art today. This orientation process will take into account the history and procedures tied to local artistic and artisanal production, placing this know-how in constant relationship with the most current phenomena of art in cultural contexts different and distant from our own.


Recent years have witnessed a significant evolution in the role of the artist, involved today in the productive processes of artefacts as well as in the production of scenarios for the flow of ideas that contribute to the changing urban and extra-urban contexts in which he or she is invited to work. The aim of the course is to train young artists capable of dialoguing both with other artists and actors in the art world and with institutions, government agencies, and public and private companies, contributing to the requalification of the contexts that they are called upon to observe in their local territory and in geo-political contexts distant and different from each other.


The teaching faculty in the three-year program is comprised of teachers, designers, and artists with solid qualifications and experience acquired at important Italian and international academies and universities.

francesco jodice course leader


“A tireless experimenter, Francesco Jodice is the Italian artist who has reflected the most on the significance of narration. On a theme, that is, that has been incandescent for the last fifty years, in a world that depends more and more on how we represent it to ourselves.”

David Angerame, Art Tribune


The first year focuses on the relationship between the student, modern art, and the current cultural context. Knowledge of art and of the techniques of painting and information technology are seen in relationship with studies dedicated to knowledge of ourselves, our intentions, and our artistic capacities. Courses are designed with the aim of establishing a balance of tradition and innovation through technical comparisons of “historical” techniques, such as painting and anatomical drawing, and contemporary procedures, such as information technologies and methodologies of artistic design. The aim is twofold: to consolidate the cultural bases for the artist in training and to initiate the student’s individual development of his/her personal artistic profile.


Starting in the first year, extracurricular activities will include museum visits, workshops, outside internships, and study trips, first in Italy and then abroad.


The second year examines the landscape of modern and contemporary art, introducing theoretical subjects (Aesthetics, Philosophy of the Image) and practices (Photography, Computer Graphics) that allow students to explore the forms of these new vocabularies and their semiotic significance in society. To this end, encounters with artists in seminars and workshops and assignments to formulate site-specific projects will involve students in a process of self-analysis of their own artistic capacities and more generally of the role of art in contemporary society.


In the second year, a study trip will be organized to a European country where students will visit local museums as well as design firms and companies useful for their professional growth.


The third and final year brings students to the final phase of their training. Further studies in art (Performative Techniques for the Visual Arts) social sciences (Cultural Anthropology) and media (Direction), will provide students with a broader outlook on the cultural and professional opportunities and roles available to the artist in today’s society. The degree thesis will function as a conceptual umbrella and catalyst to bring together the disciplines, concepts, and experiences explored during the three years of the program, with the dual purpose of developing the student’s artistic and professional profile and allowing him/her to explore the innumerable opportunities for affecting the culture and economy of his or her local habitat.

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Didactic projects

Docente: Francesco Faccin

In collaborazione con: Bricoman, Catania; Disè, Grammichele (CT); PlayWood, Reggio Emilia

Docente: Francesco Faccin

In collaborazione con: NAVA, Milano

Docente: Andrea Anastasio

In collaborazione: con WASP3D, Massa Lombarda (RA)

Docenti: Moncada Rangel Studio

In collaborazione con: Ristorante I Banchi, Ragusa

Docenti: Ciao Ciao Studio


Docenti: Studio Formafantasma

Relics Moncada Rangel Forma&Cemento Made Program

Teachers: Moncada Rangel Studio

In collaboration with FORMA&CEMENTO

Teachers: Elisabeth Cozza and Marilù Palmieri

With Montana State University

Kick-off Workhop Open Design II Formafantasma-Simone Farresin

Teachers: Studio Formafantasma


Teachers: Leonardo Caffo and Valentina Pappalardo

Workshop of brand design in collaboration with @Copystudio

Ceramic Workshop Antonio Aricò

Teacher: Antonio Aricò

MADE Studio

MADE Studio is a permanent research and development laboratory rooted in the world of Design, Architecture and Visual Arts. Modular in its duration (from a minimum 2/3 months to much longer periods), it is inspired by the concept of " Residency."

A real residence (a small apartment equipped with all comforts), flanked by an equipped studio, on the premises of the "Rosario Gagliardi" Academy of Fine Arts in Syracuse.

In these spaces, designers and artists are hosted for variable periods of time, during which they develop research projects - activated in complete autonomy, or on commission - side by side, in some phases of their work and in a spirit of mutual exchange, with the students of the Academy.


The Summer School of MADE Program
A series of one-week workshops, led by world-renowned creative professionals, addressed to designers, architects and artists who are curious about new developments in their fields. A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new skills, and explore new approaches in the inspiring setting of Siracusa. Every year a different theme will be devoloped.

2018 - "Once in a Lifetime" Edition

2018 is an important year for Sicily: Palermo is the 2018 capital of Italian culture and is hosting Manifesto 12. MADE has decided to hold its own celebration of this occasion by organizing a special edition of MADE Labs. One free workshop, open to 20 talented people who we will be selected from all over the world to work for four days with two renowned giants of creativity. 
The starting point for this year's MADE Labs are the 17 global goals for sustainable development. Applications open until June 15th 2018.


  • Workshop di food design
  • Key Visual della edizione 2017
  • workshop arquitectura g
  • Plastico di Ortigia
  • Workshop di terracotta
  • Vetri


MADE SUMMER is a cycle of totally free workshops open to high-school students, organized every summer (in July and September) by MADE Program to help us and future students get to know each other, understand how we work, and think about possible future plans.

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lungomare levante siracusa


Got talent? We'll help you express it

Thanks to the generosity of our partners, the Academy is able to offer qualified students scholarship grants covering all or part of the tuition.

Study abroad programs

A vast array of accredited programs held in Siracusa (Syracuse), Sicily, comprising a broad curriculum of Design (graphic, fashion, sound, theater, product and interior, architecture, city planning), Fine Arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography) and Liberal Arts (art history, history, museum studies, cinema, literature, Italian culture), taught by an exceptional Faculty, drawn from professional designers, artists and university teachers.

Plus, a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including sports and field trips throughout Sicily and the Italian peninsula. Courses are taught in English, unless otherwise requested. A simultaneous translation service will be provided as needed.

Field trips to sites of interest and museums are an integral part of all courses

MADE Program offers three different types of international programs:

  • 1.


    Tell us the courses and activities you need and together we craft a program or a specific workshop designed especially for you.

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  • 2.


    MADE provides classrooms, laboratories, and services for courses taught by partner school faculty.

    Read more.

  • 3.


    The International Summer School of MADE Program.

    Read more.

  • MADE Program will award ECTS credits for its Courses, so it will be easier for students to transfer their credits to other Universities and Academies that use or acknowledge the ECTS system.

Customized programs and workshops

The way for our partner schools to meet your institution’s precise academic needs and goals through rich custom programs that inspire students, enhance curriculum,and fit your schedule and budget.

You tell us the courses and activities you need and we will work with you to craft a program designed especially for you.

In this section you can find some examples of customized programs.

Faculty led programs

Visiting faculty and their students gain study abroad experience in a unique setting. Faculty course leaders utilize existing MADE Program’s classrooms, laboratories, and services, so they can focus on teaching rather than managing the logistical challenges of being abroad.

Visiting faculty and students have an opportunity to engage with other visiting professors and MADE Program’s local faculty and staff, providing a bridge into the community and cross-cultural learning, combining at the sime time the study abroad experience with the continuity of core curriculum courses.

A Faculty Led Program also allows teaching faculty to customize a series of guest lectures, field trips and cultural immersion activities that best suit the educational goals of their particular disciplines.

Program designs can vary significantly, and could include short-term or stand-alone programs, semester-long courses with some components such as spring or fall break or trips after the end of term, and long-term (semester or academic year) study abroad programs.


Siracusa, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove located on the southeastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily. Over 3 millennia, it has collected a wealth of art and precious architecture, which bears witness to the passage of many glorious civilizations.

Today the city of Siracusa is a warm-welcoming, lively city with much to offer to adventurous souls and culture vultures alike: one may choose to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets of the historical center, take a stroll around the medieval castle that overlooks the natural harbor or explore the pristine beaches and marine reserves that surround the city.

Defined by Cicero “The greatest of Greek cities in Italy and the most powerful of them all”, Siracusa was once the most powerful of all Greek colonies in Italy (known at the time as Magna Grecia, or “Greater Greece”).  In the 5th century BC, at the height of its power and counting twice the current population, Siracusa defeated the mighty fleet of Athens to claim control over the Mediterranean.

The city was home to many a great Greek, above all the great inventor and mathematical genius, Archimedes. 

The island of Ortygia, the historic center and cultural heart of the city, with its traditional street market and delightful cafés, holds a friendly and colorful atmosphere, which makes sightseeing on foot a joy. This district of the city is home to the majestic Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Athena, constructed in honor of the Greek goddess to celebrate the victory over Athens and uninterruptedly used over the centuries as a place of worship by Romans, Arabs and Christians.

Siracusa is also a strategic base for those who wish to enjoy all the beauties of Sicily, just a stone’s throw away from all the other major attractions of the island: the Valley of the Temples and the Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento, Mt. Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and the hill-top city of Taormina. It is also very easy to reach all main Italian locations: the nearby Fontanarossa Airport connects daily Siracusa with all major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples).

Field trips and Sicily tour

MADE Program encourages the use of organized off-campus trips that will serve worthwhile educational outcomes and enhance the learning process of our students.

Upon request, MADE Program will organize one and two days field trips, as well as longer tours of the most significant artistic, cultural, and natural attractions in Sicily.

One/two-day: Scicli, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Catania, Taormina...

Sicily tours: Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Gibellina, Trapani, Palermo, Cefalù, Messina...


Students may choose to stay in a single or shared apartment, or in a Bed and Breakfast, as well as in any of the full range of local hotels which Siracusa has to offer.

All our accomodation options, regularly inspected by our staff, are of a high standard and located nearby the Academy in the city centre. The cost of living in Siracusa is among the lowest in Italy.

How to reach Siracusa (SYRACUSE)

The nearest airport is Catania, which is about 50 minutes from Siracusa. Bus transport is available from/to Catania Airport, with bus leaving almost every hour (Interbus Line). Alternatively, you may rent a car (in this case, we recommend booking the additional sat nav). From Comiso Airport, about 1 and a half hour’s drive away from Siracusa, bus travel is less easy. You may also reach Siracusa by train from all cities in Sicily (as well as from Rome).

The Grand Tour project

“Pick out of every country what’s best in it.”
Richard Lassels, TheVoyage of Italy, or a Compleat Journey through Italy (1670)

MADE Program is now working on building a broad and diversified arts education platform which, based in Siracusa, will incorporate a network of local training centers throughout Italy. The components of the network are institutions engaged in the promotion and transmission of skills and abilities from the world of art, design, and craft, which, over the centuries – and in some cases even millennia – have contributed to the formation of the social, economic, and cultural panorama of local and regional areas and, subsequently, all of Italy.

The network will offer a unique opportunity for students, especially those coming from abroad, to visit – as part of an integrated, organic program organized in concert with their home schools – various local centers, acquire the skills and abilities historically rooted in those localities, and enter into contact with cultures that are the products of unique and unrepeatable local histories. 

Additional centers will be joining the Grand Tour Project, which is intended as an open and living network, and they will be featured in upcoming announcements. 

Isn’t this the best kind of education offered by a journey such as the Grand Tour?

Venezia / Glassmaking

Grand Tour Project's leg:

MURANO–Venezia / Glassmaking

  • The Abate Zanetti School of Glass of Murano is the heir to a prestigious Glass institution, the Drawing School for Glass Makers, founded in 1862 by the abbot Vincenzo Zanetti. The School of Glass remains today more than ever the meeting place of past and future in the art of glass whose objective is to bring together the multiple facets of the contemporary glass panorama, encompassing design, culture, and art. It combines research and experimentation with the stewardship of the centuries old glass-working tradition of the Island of Murano.

    The School is located in Murano, in an early 20th century industrial archaeology building, transformed for its current purposes thanks by an innovative operation of architectural restoration. The building is endowed with ample spaces devoted to laboratories, classrooms, a conference room, a library with Wi-Fi workstations, and a coffee bar and it has direct docking on the lagoon. The structure is equipped for all the typical Murano glass techniques: furnace, lampworking, glass fusing and grinding. There is a large outdoor garden with a seating capacity of 200.

Treviso / Type design

Grand Tour Project's leg:

Cornuda–treviso / Typography

  • Tipoteca Italiana is a private foundation, promoted by the Antiga family. It hosts educational visits and workshops for students and type design lovers. Tipoteca is a multi-functional place and working museum, which houses exhibition halls to welcome the public as well as a library, an archive, and spaces for workshops. We also do fine printing on commission. An exciting exhibition of printing equipment and documents visually describes the history of letterpress and its vital, incredible modernity despite the advent of new digital tools.

    Tipoteca is located in Cornuda, town in the province of Treviso, not far from Venice.

    The museum is housed in a late 19th-century industrial building, a former hemp mill. Tipoteca has a letterpress printing facility for workshops equipped with 3 proof presses and type cabinets. Another room has 2 original iron hand-presses. The library has a unique collection of books, type specimens, and graphics journals.
In front of the museum, a contemporary building houses the conference hall and a restaurant.

  • Letterpress printing
    Letterpress printing

Ravenna / 3D Printing

Grand Tour Project's leg:

Massa Lombarda–ravenna / 3D Printing

  • WASP - World’s Advanced Saving Project, located in Massa Lombarda (Province of Ravenna) grew out of the encounter in 2012 between Massimo Moretti, the owner of CSP srl (Centro Sviluppo Progetti), several experienced artisans, and a group of young recent university graduates. 

    Taking their inspiration from the potter wasp, which builds its nest from material salvaged from the surrounding environment, WASP was born with the objective of developing large scale 3D printers for building houses from natural materials and recyclable materials available, at no or low cost, in local environments. The goal is to provide for humans’ basic needs: food, housing, health, and energy, through digital craft, art and culture. With this in mind, WASP reinvests its sales profits to finance and expand its own research.

    In 2017, the company – which has created the world’s largest 3D printer (40 feet tall) – opened a multi-material 3D printing service devoted to large-scale projects. In 2018, in order to promote the culture of self-production on a global scale, the company started a network of WASP Hubs: operational units that create innovation by sharing discoveries, designs, processes, materials, and work opportunities. Currently, in addition to its 4 Italian hubs, there are WASP hubs in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Umeå, Odense, Jersey City (NJ) and Beirut.

  • 3D printing and digital manufacturing
    Large scale 3D Printing for architecture and urban design
    Principles of computational design and additive manufacturing

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