Programs 2017-01-10T17:43:57+00:00

IAR 06Ever wish to enter the world of cruise ship and super yacht design? Make this growing market available to you and your firm by learning its unique systems, meeting industry leaders, and experiencing the industrial processes involved in building ships and boats.

We are proud to announce a new international continuing education program provided by Florida International University and University of Genoa. The program offers unique access to the cruise and super yacht industires for individuals seeking retooling, professional development and/or skills enhancement, in cruise ship and super yacht design. The program offers educational instruction via seminars and workshops, including regional off-site visits.

La Spezia
Assembling a unique team of professionals and educators, The Interior Architecture Department offers a unique study abroad experience for students enrolled in the Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Design certificate program. The purpose of this program is to prepare designers for the specific issues associated with designing cruise ship and yacht interiors.

The cultural exchange workshops involves FIU students in workshops with our Italian partners from Universita degli Studi di Genova Navale e Nautico program. These workshops consist of two separate weeklong sessions – one in Miami, the other UniGe Polo Universitario on the Mediterranean in La Spezia, Italy plus additional travel within Italy and Germany.

In Miami, the focus is on cruise ships – our local expertise. The week is filled with guest lecturers from industry leaders, tours of the latest ships, and office visits to cruise designers and cruise line headquarters. All of this is built around a series of workshops in which the students from both schools team up to work together on designs for a large-scale public venue. To conclude the week, a gala brings together FIU students and industry leaders to celebrate the accomplishments of our program and highlight the final designs of the workshops series.

The European portion of the workshops take place in La Spezia, Italy and focus on yacht design. With a rich history of nautical design, it is the perfect place for our students to experience an intensive week-long look at this specialty of our profession. The structure is similar to the Miami week, but here we are the guests, proudly taking in the knowledge being shared by our generous hosts, who arrange tours and workshops with leading Italian Yacht designers. After our workshop in La Spezia, we travel to Florence, and Rome, and then up to Germany for tours of Meyer Werft ship builders located in Papenburg, Germany.

Students will stay in local hotels selected by the program and will have shared double room accommodations during their time in Italy.


Program Information

Courses & Credits
IND 6258  Graduate Design 4 (6 credits)
IND 5993  Interior Architecture Travel, Culture, and Design (3 credits)

Spring 2016

On-campus workshops from January 11 through May 7, 2016.
Abroad: February 28 through March 13, 2016.

The estimated cost for the program will be approximately: $706.86. This includes your housing accommodations, airfare and train travel within Europe, workshops, and entry fees to some museums and tours. Also included is the mandatory international health insurance.

The program cost does not include round-trip airfare to La Spezia, meals, personal expenses, and your mandatory non-refundable $175 study abroad fee. Also not included is your FIU tuition for your credit hours ($205.57 per credit for undergraduates and $455.64 per credit for graduates tuition rate for 2013-2014).

If you have further questions, please contact:
Janine King, Department Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Interior Architecture

Department of Interior Architecture
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street - PCA 277B Miami, Florida 33199
PH: 305-348-6914 | Fx: 305-348-2650