Founded in 1975, the Academy of Fine Arts "Lorenzo da Viterbo" was the first privately managed Academy of Fine Arts in Italy to be legally recognised by the Ministry of Education and successively by the Ministry for University & Research. ABAV is a member of ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) an international network of 320 artistic institutions in 47 countries. ABAV also participates in the Socrates-Erasmus programmes, permitting students and teaching staff to benefit from study or teaching secondments in London, Barcelona, Berlin and other participating countries.
ABAV has always been characterised by continued research into new sectors of artistic education. Initial offering courses in painting, sculpture and scenery, successively ABAV activated The High School of High Fashion and Restoration; The Graphics School and unique to Italy the School of Cinema & Television.
The mission of ABAV is to combine the graduation of its students and their professional success.
For students living away from home ABAV offers accommodation in the Student Residence. A purpose built facility offering single and double rooms, some en-suite. All rooms are air-conditioned. The facilities include: kitchen, store-rooms, laundry, computer room, lounge and internet Wi-Fi. The rent is particularly affordable!