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Master mosaicist

Three-year professional course

Maximum number of participants:

40 per year

Min / max age:

From 18 to 40 years old

Knowing the mosaic means acquiring knowledge of the formulas of composing, becoming familiar with the materials and traveling between different artistic contexts, in a continuous dialogue between past and present. The three-year training course aims to accompany the student through the acquisition of high-level technical skills stimulating creativity, towards innovative solutions able to combine a millenary art with contemporary artistic and technological research. Courses have the objective to involve the student in a journey in which “know-how” is combined with a broader scientific and cultural education. The teaching organization offers an opportunity for professional training able to focus on the concrete aspect of the fundamental disciplines , such as the mosaic and the terrace, stimulating awareness of the artistic and cultural context and an in-depth knowledge of the materials and techniques used. In the workshops you learn to do and think, stimulating creativity. The goal of developing critical skills runs parallel to updating and continuous attention to contemporary creative languages. The educational offer also includes seminar educational experiences, meetings with experts, designers and artists, as well as the possibility of attending a specialization course at the end of three years. The figure of the qualified mosaicist arrives so, at the end of the three years, he possesses a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge that favors him in both individual and group work projects.

In the pluralism of their languages the materials of Mosaico and Terrazzo are treated from the origins to current affairs. In support of wide-ranging training, and functional to the main disciplines, various subjects are promoted. At the hours dedicated to the mosaic and terrace laboratories, the core of the teaching activity, there are lessons in Drawing and Color Theory, Computer Graphics, Materials Technology, History of Mosaic and Geometric Design, in order to make autonomous choices and proposals the mosaicist thanks to a wide and organic preparation able to stimulate it towards the comparison with the different contemporary solutions in the context of a constant research aimed at innovation.

Mosaico 18 hours 16 hours 21 hours
Terrace 4 hours 7 hours 7 hours
Applied geometry 4 hours 4 hours _
Digital modeling _ _ 4 hours
Design / theory of color 7 hours 5 hours _
History of the mosaic 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Basic computer science 2 hours _ _
Computer graphics _ 3 hours 4 hours
Materials technology 1 hour 1 hour _
Tot. WEEKLY HOURS 38 hours 38 hours 38 hours


The course is developed in the three school years with a grow up of information and degrees of difficulty. a large program for learning applications and mosaic poses is carried out, as well as the construction and construction of three-dimensional plaster models and casts, as well as the realization of floor modules and real floors. Naturally the goal is reached gradually. First of all, information on building materials (cements, kicks, resinous adhesives, gypsum …) and on the equipment to be used (trowels, stucco irons, frettazzo, level …) are provided. then we move on to the realization of small caldane and three-dimensional armed structures, shapes and molds containing the modules. Subsequently, preparatory exercises are developed for the sowing technique up to the laying of mosaics and floors, even on large surfaces. We make traditional and innovative floors, from Venetian floors to those in grit and mosaic, combined with each other. In recent years the introduction of new and technologically advanced materials has given the material a different face, aimed at continuous experimentation. It should not be forgotten that the mosaic was born as a stone carpet in antiquity, it became a precious sown and terrace from the 16th to the 17th century, to rediscover itself a new, modular, eclectic and modern surface. this aspect is not secondary to the school mosaicists of Friuli that was born in a context, that of the foothills of Friuli, qualified by the experiences and achievements of local terraces that, first in Venice then in Europe and overseas, have been able to beautify living spaces daily, both public and private, with floors of their elaboration


First Course

During the first year the students are transmitted the knowledge, the technique and the originality of the mosaic art of the origins. The history and culture of antiquity are assimilated by copying and studying the mosaics of the Greco-Roman world that reveal the wisdom, imagination and design of their creators. Suggestive and timeless references are the Greek mosaics of Pella, Delo, Olinto, just to cite a few examples, and the Roman ones of Italic origin or of the provinces of the Empire in present-day France, Spain, Africa, Turkey, Syria …

Second Course

The historical-artistic significance of the medieval and modern mosaic finds in the activity of the mosaic laboratory of the second year fertile soil and new lifeblood. teaching during the second year focuses on different techniques. Initially the Byzantine mosaic technique is tackled by copying or interpreting medieval figurative and ornamental subjects with enamels and golds, overcoming ancient naturalism with backgrounds and accents of golden brilliance. References to Constantinople, Chio, Venice or Monreale are exemplary.The study of the reverse technique on paper is also studied in depth, spread in the second half of the nineteenth century by Gian Domenico Facchina, of Sequals, a village not far from Spilimbergo. In this context, Mannerist, virtuosic, modernist and academic subjects are interpreted in mosaic form.The contemporary technique is also introduced, often interpreting figurative subjects of the twentieth century: portraits and compositions with rough surfaces, animated by tesserae and split multidimensional

Third Course

The contemporary mosaics created in the third year can express new and unusual ideas or interpret contemporary art. The contemporary mosaic meditates on the compositional and chromatic structures that concentrate all the potentials of mosaic art in the expression of an autonomous language, made up of tesserae and fugues, rhythms and alternations. The mosaic language is also experimented focusing on the enhancement of matter, spatiality, light, color and movement. The cut of the card is freer, so the size and thickness change playing with effects of protrusion and retreat, with thickening and overlapping able to create new textures with special effects and formal suggestions. Even the practical applications of scientific theories on perception and vision find space in the identification of a method of work, research and experimentation. During the activity of the third year students have the opportunity to live important moments of in-depth study and contact with current art thanks to the internships carried out with contemporary artists and designers.

Design and Color theory

The design program provides, in addition to the copy from life, the study and reflection on the elements that make up an image (point, line, surface, color, light …). Through the drawing, the knowledge of the mechanisms of visual perception and of the laws of configuration is deepened. The color is evaluated both in its contextual and extra-contextual appearance.

Digital Modeling

The program includes the study of plane geometry and solid geometry by analyzing fundamental geometric shapes and their properties. The descriptive geometry allows to represent the relationship between geometric shapes and space through orthogonal, axonometric and perspective projective systems. Two paths are thus possible: from reality to the graphic or computer model (survey path) and from the model to reality (project path). The teaching provides the student with tools for the analysis and design of decorative modules and for the covering of the plane and surfaces with geometric figures. The program is carried out both with the traditional materials and tools of the design and by means of computer tools for two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional modeling.

Computer graphics

The aim of the course is to ensure that the student learns the use of computer tools and knows how to manage them, knows the graphic software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator) in order to prepare sketches and mosaic projects, simulate the contextualization of the same according to the study, the presentation to the client and the preparation of auxiliary works for the installation.

History of the Mosaic

From the historical, artistic and technical point of view, the history of the mosaic consists of four main strands divided into the three-year study program: the ancient Greco-Roman mosaic is tackled in the first year up to the study of the early Christian mosaics; the Byzantine / medieval mosaic – followed by the modern mosaic – is studied in the second year, the contemporary mosaic together with the major art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, are managed in the third year. Among the objectives we pursue the contextualization from the temporal and artistic point of view of the mosaic subjects that the students study in the hours of the mosaic laboratory.


The natural and artificial materials that make up the tesserae of a mosaic have peculiar characteristics of hardness and resistance, color and atmospheric yield: their specific qualities are dealt with by the technology course. Topics include air and hydraulic binders, mortars, concrete, rocks, bricks, refractory materials, ceramic materials, glass, wood, paper, synthetic resins.

The school mosaicists of Friuli is recognized by the regional administration with L.R. March 28, 1988, No. 15

The inscriptions open on 3 February 2022 and end on June 30, 2022.

The enrollment in the first year of the school includes a maximum number of 50 students, 25 seats are reserved for residents in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. In the event that, within the deadline for submitting applications (30 June 2022), the number reserved for students residing in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is not reached, the non-allocated quota will be assigned to the other pupils in rule With the enrollment requirements.

All applications received, in compliance with the requirements (art. 1 of the registration rules A.F. 2022/2023) will be assessed after 30 June 2022(art. 2 of the Registration rules A.F. 2022/2023).

Applicants will be sent written notice of confirmation or otherwise of the enrollment to the school after July 12, 2022.

Ammi is allowed


To be admitted to the courses the aspirants must:

  • Be in possession of the degree or Diploma of secondary School of second degree (or equivalent title) or of the professional qualification (or equivalent title) or other degrees of study to be assessed for the purposes of admission;
  • Aged between 18 and 40 years
  • Have a good knowledge of the Italian language.

C.f.r. Art.1 Of the rules for registration

The application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Study title: Up to 5 points, Curriculum Vitae: up to 5 points

Applications for enrollment of students not in compliance with the required requirements (art. 1 of the registration rules A.F. 2022/2023) will be put on the waiting list and assessed at the discretion of the school management heard the opinion of the college professors after June 30, 2022, If beyond that date there will still be places available.

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Applications for entry to the school must be delivered or sent by postal or courier to the Secretariat office by 30 June 2022 (the number and the date of registration to the protocol for the delivery of short hand and the date of the postage stamp will be authentic) To send with postal parcel or courier) or sent via PEC.

The school’s teaching office is open to the public every day from Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 16.00.

The students of the courses that in June, in the final ballot, will be rejected to take precedence in the re-enrollment to the course attended, but only if they present the application for registration no later than 30 June 2022. Repeating students who have not submitted the application for registration by 30 June 2022 will not be eligible for any precedence over the other applicants for the courses and will be entered according to the general modalities of enrollment in the courses..

Applications  must be accompanied by all the required documentation (art. 2  Regulations for enrollment in AF 2022/2023)  and anything else that may be necessary to request in support of the same.

Each student must fill out the registration form in all its parts in a clear, precise and legible manner, attaching:

  1. Two passport-size photographs.
  2. Self-certification of residence and photocopy of an identity document (identity card or passport).
  3. Photocopy of the title of study (if foreign enclose the official translation in Italian).
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Attestation of payment of the registration fee of €300.00.
  6. Foreign nationals must be issued the tax code on their arrival in Italy.

The application for registration to the school mosaicists of Friuli is considered valid only if it is complete with all the requested documents including the payment of the tuition fee of € 300,00 (three hundred euros).

Odds and methods of payment

There is an enrollment fee of €300.00 (three hundred euros) and an attendance fee of €400.00 (four hundred euros) which students will have to pay through the PagoPA system on the basis of a notice sent by e-mail at the time of the enrollment. Alternatively – and only for students residing abroad – a payment is made to a bank current account held in the name of the Consortium for the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli – Via Corridoni n. 6 – 33097 Spilimbergo PN presso Cassa Centrale Banca – Via Segantini, 5 – Trento
IBAN code: IT 14 F 03599 01800 000000139269

We do not accept other forms of payment, such as cheques, etc. that if sent together with the application form, they will be returned to the sender; the School declines any kind of responsibility in case of loss of the check.

The tuition fee, equal to €400.00 (four hundred euros) must be paid, according to the methods described above, in the installments indicated below:

€200.00 (two hundred euros) no later than 15 January 2023

€200.00 (two hundred euros) no later than 15 May 2023

Students not in compliance with payments are not entitled to attend courses, withdraw the final essay, request certificates, take the qualifying exam. (art. 3 delle norme di iscrizione A.F. 2022/2023).

There is a refund of the registration fee in the case of applications submitted before 30 June if the programmed number of 50 pupils had been reached and it was not later possible to admit the other aspirants to the courses. The school will therefore refund the registration fee after the deadline for admission to the courses (30 days after the start of the teaching activity). There is no provision for reimbursement of the registration fee for those who submit the application and subsequently voluntarily decide to withdraw from the frequency of the courses. (see Art 10 of the registration rules A.F. 2022/2023).

Masters of the school mosaicists of Friuli

Terrazzo teacher

Geometric design teacher

Terrazzo teacher

Mosaic teacher

Graphic design teacher

Drawing and Color Theory teacher Didactic coordinator

Mosaic teacher

Mosaic and Technology of materials teacher

3D design teacher


Graphic design teacher

History mosaic art teacher

Mosaic teacher

More Info

Times and frequency
  • The formative year begins in late September and ends in June, the exact dates will be communicated to the students with due advance.
  • There are 38 hours of lessons per week at compulsory intervals (for the promotion and/or admission to final exams, the minimum frequency of 80% of the hours of lessons actually performed) is required.
  • Monday to Friday 08.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00 with three afternoons per week to 17.00.
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Professional outlets

The skilled mosaicists have the possibility to carry out professional activities in different working areas, taking the path of the free profession or entering to be part of laboratories or company realities already established. The development of technical and artisan skills highly qualified in synergy with activities and laboratories aimed at stimulating creativity and personal interpretation offer the opportunity to enter the world of artistic and architectural creation. To work in the field of urban furnishing or interior design and decoration in autonomous form or through collaboration with designers and designers.

Foreign students

In order to be admitted to school attendance, foreign students must possess a good knowledge of the Italian language to be in possession of the requirements placed at art. 1 of the registration rules A.F.2022/2023; Submitting the application in accordance with the provisions of art. 2 registration rules A.F. 2022/2023; The documentation accompanying the application for registration to the school must be translated into the Italian language by a duly recognized translator. Be in compliance with the residence permit or the study visa (of which they must submit a copy to the school secretariat as soon as they are in possession and in any case no later than 30 days after the initiation of the courses), health care.

Handicapped students

The handicapped can be admitted to the frequency of the school after the ascertainment of a training course, supported by appropriate documentation, established in agreement with the sector welfare agencies, in number of one unit per course. (art. 8 Registration rules A.F. 2022/2023).


The school mosaicists of Friuli organizes on request, in or out of office, meetings aimed at the presentation of its training offer to teachers and high school students. It offers the possibility to organized groups or individuals interested to visit the school spaces, the classrooms and the laboratories used for the didactic activity. Visiting the spaces dedicated to the daily school activities offers the opportunity to deepen and better understand the possibilities offered by the school to the students thanks to the elaboration and realization of projects. By guaranteeing a minimum number of accessions it will be possible to organize short introductory courses to mosaic techniques.