Studio Art Centers International - SACI Florence

Introduction

SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence. The institution was founded in 1975 by painter Jules Maidoff, whose goal was to offer the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of artists, art historians, and art conservators, as well as the opportunity to live out a full, first-hand immersion within Florentine culture and customs.

Since 1975, over 10,000 students have benefited from the high educational standards offered at SACI. Among our beloved alumni are oscar-nominated film directors, artists who have exhibited in the London National Portrait Gallery and many other prestigious galleries worldwide, art conservators of the highest level, jewelry designers working on Hollywood productions, just to mention a few.


Many extraordinary artists have exhibited in the two SACI Galleries, from fashion designer Elio Fiorucci to Proust Armchair creator Alessandro Mendini, from Audrey Flack to Beverly Pepper. The SACI Artists Council includes such well known international artists as Christo, Ralph Gibson, Sting, Storm Thorgerson. David Hockney honored SACI with his participation in the institution's 2008 Painted Optics Symposium.

SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence. SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.


Accreditation


Studio Art Centers International is a directly accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



SACI is affiliated with Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which is accredited by NASAD and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.



SACI is authorized by the Delaware Department of Education to confer a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art degree with an emphasis in Painting or Drawing, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Communication Design, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Art History.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Programmes

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MA in Art History

Campus Full time September 2017 Italy Florence

SACI’s MA in Art History students live in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and art historians. They work in an environment of rigorous critical inquiry at an institution known for its formation of creative contemporary artists and scholars. [+]

SACI’s MA in Art History students live in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and scholars. They work in an environment of rigorous critical and technical inquiry, both singularly and as part of an institution that is known for its formation of creative contemporary artists, and that utilizes the remarkable art-historical and cultural resources of Florence. Classes are held on site and in SACI’s two landmark palazzi in Florence’s historic center. These fully renovated Renaissance buildings are a short walk from Florence’s renowned Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia, and Palazzo Pitti museums and a number of the world’s greatest libraries. See a list of libraries in Florence and information about the SACI Worthington Library. Students also have access as well to Florence’s new Museo Novecento, which has a notable collection of modern Italian art and is a few steps from SACI’s main building, and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in nearby Prato. Students enroll for one academic year from September through July and earn 36 credits. They travel to art-historically important sites and major museums throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe, study historiography and research methodology in special Graduate Seminars, and focus on a broad range of art history topics as well as those specific to their own research interests. Their scholarly endeavors, which are rooted in direct experience of Italian and European art and culture, culminate in the writing of a thesis on a subject selected by the student and approved by his or her faculty advisors. By exploiting fully the advantages available to emerging scholars only through advanced study in Florence, SACI seeks to develop a critical mass of graduates who, because of the unique nature of their graduate training at SACI, will be highly competitive when seeking admission to doctoral programs in Art History and, upon completion of these programs, will be uniquely qualified to teach at colleges and universities. At no additional cost, students travel to art-historically important sites and major museums throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe to deepen their understanding of Italian art and its relationship to art in Europe and throughout the world. By exploiting fully the advantages available to scholars only through advanced study in Florence, graduates of the MA in Art History program will be highly competitive when seeking admission to doctoral programs in Art History and, upon completion of these programs, will be uniquely qualified to teach at colleges and universities. Students complete all of their course work in Italy during one year of intensive study at SACI in Florence from September to July and earn 36 credits. They enroll for 12 credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credits in both the Late Spring and Summer terms. The Major Discipline is the area in which the student chooses to concentrate and is at the heart of the program of study. It can be selected from the following: - Italian Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art - Italian High Renaissance, Mannerist, and Early Baroque Art - Baroque and Rococo European and Italian Art - 19th-Century European and Italian Art - Modern European and Italian Art - Contemporary European and Italian Art - Women and the Arts in Italy - Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism - History of Italian Cinema - History of Photography - Conservation Law, Business, and Management - Museology Students begin planning, researching, and writing the thesis during the Fall semester and present it at the end of the Summer term. In addition to the resources in the SACI Worthington Library, which contains over 13,000 books and one of the largest collections in Florence of English-language art periodicals, students also have access to JSTOR, ARTSTOR, and a remarkable range of unique libraries in Florence. [-]

Master (MFA) in Communication Design

Campus Full time October 2017 Italy Florence

SACI’s MFA in Communication Design program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore intensively and expand exponentially their personal practice through direct exposure to historical and contemporary 2D design approaches rooted in Europe and international in scope. Active participation and critical dialogue are fostered through frequent exchanges with SACI faculty members, visiting... [+]

SACI’s MFA in Communication Design program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore intensively and expand exponentially their personal practice through direct exposure to historical and contemporary 2D design approaches rooted in Europe and international in scope. Active participation and critical dialogue are fostered through frequent exchanges with SACI faculty members, visiting instructors, and guest lecturers. Students visit the studios of cutting-edge designers, view exhibitions by emerging and established designers, and travel to design fairs throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Instruction aims at stimulating growth and expanding consciousness by encouraging daily contact with the art of Tuscany, whether through viewing the masterpieces exhibited in its world-renowned museums or through immersion in Florence’s rich and colorful city life—dual and intertwined sources of fascination and inspiration for contemporary artists and designers. Students are encouraged to situate their own practice within this broad cultural panorama in ways that will equip them with essential career tools. Students attend SACI for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits. During their first year, they put together a program that balances independent study with classroom study. In their second year, emphasis is placed upon career options for emerging communication designers. Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and undertake Design Internships in Tuscan design firms. Their studio space is in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence—the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and design and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and designers. They explore the rich heritage of art masterpieces in Tuscany in order to gain a deep understanding of the roots of Western visual conventions, and they analyze how contemporary design approaches are employed to communicate worldwide diverse information about Italy’s renowned art, design, and culture. Students in the program are expected to achieve: The ability to identify a problem and act as a visual author by (1) applying systems-based visual communications processes and research methodologies toward its solution and (2) approaching the totality of media and messages within a culture or organization through a single integrated design process rather than a series of discrete design efforts. Advanced professional competence, demonstrating depth of knowledge and achievement, as evinced through a well-developed and significant body of work. Demonstration of knowledge of theory and practices necessary for leadership positions in the profession. Advanced capabilities with technologies, as evinced through creation, dissemination, presentation, documentation, and preservation of work. Understanding of the significance of Italian, other European, and global Communication Design practices, both historical and contemporary, and the ability to articulate this knowledge and apply it to creative, innovative, and socially-responsible design projects. [-]

Master (MFA) in Photography

Campus Full time September 2017 Italy Florence

SACI MFA in Photography students live and work in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists. At no additional cost, students travel to major art sites, attend international art and photography fairs throughout Italy and Europe. They go to the major European photography festivals, such as Paris Photo, Fotografia... [+]

SACI MFA in Photography students live and work in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists. At no additional cost, students travel to major art sites, attend international art and photography fairs throughout Italy and Europe. They go to the major European photography festivals, such as Paris Photo, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, and Photolux in Lucca. Other trips are organized to Milan, the castle of Fontanellato (Parma) to see one of the oldest functioning camera obscuras, the natural reserve of Valle Peligna in the region of Abruzzo, Agro Pontino (south of Rome), and the Volterrana Road (an Italian Route 66 in Tuscany!). ​Beginning with the achievements of the Alinari brothers, who in 1852 established what would become their legendary photography workshop in Florence, a tradition of dynamic photographic practice has arisen in Italy and thrives today in fields such as conceptual photography, landscape photography, and photojournalism, in which an international renaissance is being led by Italian photographers. Students in the MFA in Photography program pursue a curriculum integrating practical and critical skills that encourages individual innovation, creative collaboration, mentorships, and instruction from SACI’s outstanding faculty. They benefit as well from interaction with members of SACI’s Artists Council and the Friends of SACI, which include established artists, photographers, critics, curators, and publishers, many of international renown. Working in their studio space in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, students are near the Alinari Archives, an internationally-renowned repository of photographs taken worldwide from the 19th to 21st century. Students are surrounded by great works that have drawn artists and photographers past and present to Florence to seek inspiration and develop their own pictorial language. In their graduate seminars, students explore a range of contemporary photographic practices, visit photographers in their studios, and interview museum curators, critics, and other significant figures in the art and photography worlds. Students are encouraged, through individual practice and group critiques, to explore to the fullest their potential as photographers. Students are aided in accomplishing their goals through sponsorship of the program by Leica, Canon, Silvestri, Join, and BAM. MFA in Photography students attend SACI in Florence for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits. During their first year, under the mentorship of their selected Major Professor, they put together a program that balances independent study with classroom study. In their second year, emphasis is placed upon career options for emerging photographers. Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and their photographic work is featured in major exhibitions in Florence. By exploiting fully the advantages available to emerging photographers through advanced study in Florence, SACI MFA students can become highly competitive when pursuing careers in photography and university-level teaching positions. GRADUATE SEMINAR INSTRUCTORS Romeo Di Loreto - Exhibitions of his work have been held in galleries in Canada, Atlanta, New York, Cologne, England, and Florence. His photographs have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and are in the collection of "L'Hôtel Les Ateliers de l'Image" in Saint Remy, France. He has worked as a consultant for the Alinari archives in Florence and the Zanobio laboratory in Venice. Jacopo Santini - From 1999 through 2001, he was in charge of photographic documentation of restoration work conducted under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana Centro di Restauro. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany. He is known for his outstanding photo project on L'Albergo Popolare, a shelter for the homeless in the San Frediano district of Florence. [-]

Master (MFA) in Studio Art (Painting or Drawing)

Campus Full time September 2017 Italy Florence

SACI’s community of MFA students works in a creative environment of rigorous critical and technical inquiry utilizing the unique artistic and cultural resources of Florence, Italy to prepare students for careers as artists and college instructors. At no additional cost, students go on multi-day field trips to European centers outside of Italy such as Berlin and London. Additional trips are made to the... [+]

SACI’s community of MFA students works in a creative environment of rigorous critical and technical inquiry utilizing the unique artistic and cultural resources of Florence, Italy to prepare students for careers as artists and college instructors. At no additional cost, students go on multi-day field trips to European centers outside of Italy such as Berlin and London. Additional trips are made to the Venice Biennale (every other year) and to contemporary art fairs and major exhibitions in Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome, and elsewhere in Italy. Students live and work in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists—from the Macchiaioli to the Futurists, from the Transavanguardia to contemporary artists such as Bill Viola and Damien Hirst. Students specialize in Painting or Drawing and pursue a curriculum integrating practical and critical skills that encourages individual innovation, creative collaboration, mentorships, and instruction from SACI’s outstanding faculty. They benefit as well from interaction with members of SACI’s Artists Council and Friends of SACI, which include established artists, critics, theorists, curators, and publishers, many of international note. MFA students at SACI work in their own individual studios in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence. Students are just steps away from the great works that have drawn artists past and present to Florence to seek inspiration and develop their own pictorial language—from Arnold Böcklin to James Whistler and Mary Cassatt, Giorgio de Chirico and Max Beckmann to David Hockney. In their graduate seminars, students explore a range of contemporary art practices, visit artists in their studios, and interview museum curators, art critics, and other significant figures in the art world. Students travel to major art sites, attend international art fairs throughout Italy, and are encouraged, through individual practice and group critiques, to explore to the fullest their potential as creative artists. MFA students attend SACI in Florence for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits. During their first year, under the mentorship of their selected Major Professor, they put together a program that balances independent study with classroom study. In their second year, emphasis is placed upon career options for emerging artists. Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and their artwork is featured in major exhibitions in Florence. By exploiting fully the advantages available to emerging artists through advanced study in Florence, SACI MFA students can become highly competitive when seeking an artistic professional career and university level teaching positions. Throughout their lives, they will be able to realize work reflecting their unique experience and deep understanding of Italian art and the nature of the artist’s role in society. DIRECTOR AND GRADUATE SEMINAR INSTRUCTOR The Director of the MFA Program in Studio Art is Karen Yurkovich, who has taught Painting and Drawing at SACI since 2004. A citizen of Canada, Karen received both her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Alberta, and has taught there as well as at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. For many years Karen resided in Perugia, and she now lives in Florence and Vancouver. Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide, most recently in one-person exhibitions at the Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver, and Studio d’Arte Raffaelli in Trento. The MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices I and II is taught by Daria Filardo. Daria graduated with Honors in Contemporary Art History from the University of Florence and completed a Post-Graduate Specialization in History of Art at the University of Pisa. From 1998-2000 she worked as a resident curator at the Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Center in Siena. A freelance curator since 2001, her recent projects include co-curating last year’s celebrated Arte torna arte exhibition at Florence’s renowned Accademia Gallery as well as working as sole or co-curator of major contemporary art exhibitions at other art sites in Florence and in Genoa, Milan, and Prato. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Flash Art, Arte e Critica, and Rosso Fiorentino and in catalogues focusing on the artwork of many Italian artists. [-]

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SACI Florence
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11

Firenze, 50123 IT