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As of 2010, the ISIA of Faenza awards the Diploma Supplement to all students with a 1st and 2nd Level Diploma.

The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a supplementary document of a qualification awarded by a university or higher education institution or a Higher education institute in Art, Music and Dance. The DS provides a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of studies completed by the student in accordance with a standard model drafted in 8 points, developed by the European Commission, the European Council and UNESCO.

It contains official data regarding the student’s career; it odes not contain: discretionary assessments, declarations of equivalence or suggestions pertaining to recognition. Its purpose is to ensure qualification transparency as it is integrated with the description of the syllabus of completed studies, thus facilitating academic and professional recognition of Italian qualifications abroad.

Legal references:

  • Lisbon Recognition Convention. European Council – UNESCO. Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region – Lisbon, 11th April 1997.
  • Bologna Declaration, 19th June 1999 – The main document for the Inter-government convergence process, known as the Bologna Process, currently involving 46 European countries.
  • Decree of the President of the Republic 8th July 2005, n. 212 – Regulation of course programs of Higher education institutes in Art, Music and Dance, pursuant to article 2 of Law n. 508, 21st December 1999. (Official Gazette of the Italian Republic n. 243, 18-10-2005)

Art. 10 Course regulations comma 5 “ As a supplement to diplomas, institutes award a certificate containing, in accordance with models which conform to those adopted by European countries,

information regarding the specific syllabus studied by students who have been awarded with the qualification”.


Further information is available at http://www.bolognaprocess.it/