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.