Graphic design at FDA-is it a safe option?Please advice!

I am planning to go to Florence Design Academy in January 2007 to study graphic design. Though I have done a masters in art theory, I have no background in design and have a weak portfolio as most work would seem unprofessional. I want to create a portfolio to apply to US schools, from whom I expect to hear in middle of next year if I make my application by december this year.

The views abt FDA here seem to be a mixed bag. My question is mainly if it is a good place to build on my portfolio and if the job prospects are good enuf after doing either of the 1 or 2 or 3 year programs that they offer? Does anybody have any idea?

Please advice!