The Florence Academy of Art’s U.S. branch is located inside Mana Contemporary — a 2-million-squarefoot arts center in Jersey City, NJ, just 15 minutes from the center of Manhattan. At Mana, the FAA is part of a large and vivacious art scene that includes artists, galleries, exhibition spaces, and opportunities to meet the public – an exciting environment for creating and experiencing art. Students at FAA US are immersed in the quiet concentration of our newly renovated 10,000 square foot studio. Ample north light from the expansive row of windows floods the studio, giving 20 students the perfect environment for drawing and painting from life. Students of all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) work together under one roof, allowing beginners to see and learn from the challenges and progress of students farther along in the program. All of our instructors also work in studios inside the school, allowing students to benefit not only from daily instruction and critique but also from watching the professional artist at work.
Academic Director, Jordan Sokol, and our instructors are trained in the philosophy and methodology guiding the Florence studio. As a result, students may transfer seamlessly into the same level at the Florence or Sweden branches without experiencing any difference in the curriculum or instructional language, or they may spend a trimester of study as an exchange student at one of our locations. While the local neighborhood around the school provides for most of our students’ practical needs, housing, shops, and services, Mana Contemporary is easily reached by public transportation from Manhattan. Students may commute from the city, and spend their free time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Gallery, and any number of contemporary galleries.
The Florence Academy of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as an undergraduate Certificate program.
888 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306