Program Details

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
Florence, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year

Program Overview

Program Description:

SACI is proud to offer an MFA in Studio Art degree accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the only degree of its kind available in Europe. Students work in their studios in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence. The master’s program includes a challenging curriculum of rigorous critical and technical inquiry that draws on the unique cultural resources of Italy and Europe, with numerous on-site learning experiences including field trips and other activities. Graduate students also gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and their artwork is featured in major exhibitions in Florence. MFA in Studio Art students attend SACI in Florence for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits. Founded in 1975, SACI offers Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, Summer Studies, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Conservation. To request more information, please visit our website.

Setting Description:
Working 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.
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Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Study abroad is an investment in your future from which you will reap lifelong rewards. SACI makes every effort to make study abroad in Florence, Italy, an achievable goal for every student by offering a generous scholarship awards!