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SACI Florence: MFA in Studio Art Two-Year Degree

Study Art, Design, & Italian Culture at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy

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Transcript of SACI Florence: MFA in Studio Art Two-Year Degree

See the complete application process online: www.saci-florence.edu

• Completed application form (to be compiled online)
• A one-page essay
• Curriculum vitae
• Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
• Three letters of recommendation
• Five original passport photos
• Portfolio of 15-20 images of your artwork
• $70 US non-refundable processing fee payable to Studio Art Centers International

Students may begin study in the Master of Fine Arts program in the Fall semester only.
Completed applications should be received no later than March 15. Applications received after March 15 will be considered only if space is available. Applicants for scholarships must apply by March 15.
Direct access to centuries of Florentine and Italian culture;
A wide range of art and design studio and complementary academic courses of outstanding quality;
The opportunity to be part of an institution engaged in leading areas of research and exploration;
The unparalleled opportunity to interact with the Florentine community through a variety of social and humanitarian programs.
Field trips are an integral and deeply rewarding part of the SACI overseas study experience. SACI MFA students have the opportunity to participate in over 120 field trips. Students will be attending the field trips that are scheduled in classes in which they are enrolled, as well as facultative trips that are open to all enrolled students. Some of the sites typically visited by SACI students include Venice, Rome, Milan, Bologna, Pisa, Lucca, Ravenna, Siena, Fiesole, San Gimignano, Arezzo, San Sepolcro, Monterchi, Assisi, Urbino, Tivoli, Hadrian’s Villa, the Certosa di Galluzzo, Poggio a Caiano, Vinci, Faenza, Pietrasanta, and Carrara.
MFA Field Trips
SACI Housing
The Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI's main facility, is in the center of Florence, 50 yards from the central food market, 600 yards from the Duomo, and 80 yards from the church of San Lorenzo with Michelangelo's Medici Chapel. Within five minutes walking distance there are bookshops, internet cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, cinemas and a myriad of stores. The school is also near to the train station, the bus station, and the Fortezza da Basso, where all international design fairs are held in Florence.
The SACI Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts is just a few blocks from—and with easy access to—Palazzo dei Cartelloni. Named after SACI's founder and director emeritus Jules Maidoff, the palazzo includes SACI's graduate center, with its own terrace and garden access; SACI's design center and design library; fully-equipped animation and fresco studios, an entire floor dedicated to large, well-lit painting studios; a student lounge with computers for student internet access; gallery spaces; two major lecture halls; and a beautiful Renaissance courtyard.
Founded by artist Jules Maidoff in 1975, and incorporated in 1976 as a not-for-profit US institution, SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence. SACI's courses are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). SACI is distinguished not only by its remarkable breadth of course offerings — in areas ranging from studio art, design, crafts, art history, art conservation, and Italian culture and language — but by its commitment to ensuring that students gain maximum exposure to Italian art and culture.
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In addition to the three drawing/painting classrooms, individual studio space is provided for advanced painting students. MFA and Post-Baccalaureate students in studio art have individual studio space provided in the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts. All areas have natural ventilation, and most areas of the communal studio space have natural lighting. Storage space for art supplies is available as well as a work area for canvas stretching, sizing and the preparation of painting surfaces. Fresco courses are taught at the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts.
The SACI Gallery and the Maidoff Gallery provide professional, non-commercial exhibition spaces for the SACI Artists Council members, instructors, and students as well as other local, national, and internationally renowned artists. Contemporary art exhibitions of works in all media are featured. SACI aims to utilize its educational environment by supplementing the exhibitions with visiting artist presentations and artist lectures. Our goal is to act as a catalyst between the cross-cultural American university environment and the local Italian community by collaborating with other cultural institutions and participating in outside creative projects.
Palazzo dei Cartelloni

The Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI's main building, is a 29,000 square foot air-conditioned palazzo, located at Via Sant' Antonino 11. It has a beautiful gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, an art conservation laboratory, media facilities and studios surrounding a large, traditional Italian garden. The spacious and light-filled interiors, have been restored to their original Baroque magnificence, with painted ceilings, frescoed walls and marble floors. This location places SACI students in the vicinity of the Duomo, the churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella, and is just steps away from the central market.
Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts

SACI’s newest facility is another major palace in the center of Florence: the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, which is named after SACI's founder and director emeritus. This palazzo includes a floor with large, well-lit painting studios; SACI’s new graduate center, with its own terrace and garden access; SACI’s new design center and design library; fully equipped animation and fresco studios; a student lounge, with additional computers for student internet access; gallery spaces; two major lecture halls; and a beautiful Renaissance courtyard. SACI’s acquisition of this palace—which has four floors and is over 2,000 square meters, has excellent light and beautiful historic rooms—offers students outstanding facilities for all SACI classes.
Florence, Italy
Your Portal to the SACI
MFA Degree in Fine Art

Welcome to SACI and the SACI community in Florence...open the massive doors to two historic Palazzi - your home of academic classrooms, art and design studios, and art conservation labs. Day and night viewing of master works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli will expand your visual vocabulary and inform your research and practice.
Located in the heart of Florence, Italy, SACI immerses you in the world's artistic center of iconic museum collection, new galleries for interactive art, and ornate Renaissance architecture. Students live in furnished apartments a short walk to the Duomo and treasures of the Uffizi.

SACI is proud to offer a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree with an emphasis in Drawing or Painting, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
SACI Gallery
SACI Gallery
SACI Library
Student lounge
SACI Garden
SACI’s mission is to provide a unique, life-enhancing study-abroad experience in the center of Florence for students of both traditional and contemporary studio arts and design by offering:
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Study abroad is an investment in your future from which you will reap lifelong rewards. It will forever change the way you perceive yourself and the world around you. Studio Art Centers International makes every effort to make study abroad an achievable goal for every student.

Any/all financial aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. SACI also offers a generous scholarship awards program for deserving students (note: SACI scholarships only apply to the Fall and Spring terms). Deadline for MFA Scholarship applications is March 15.
Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
Venice Biennale
Stazione Leopolda
The Gori Collection Scupture Park
The Gori Collection Sculpture Park
The Bologna Art Fair
Pecci Musuem
Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
SACI Student Presentations
Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
SACI Student Presentations
Center for Contemporary Culture Strozzina
Ferragamo Museum
Stazione Leopolda
Gucci Museum
Contemporary Art
Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale
Stazione Leopolda
in Florence and beyond...
SACI MFA students interact with The SACI Artists Council, established in 2003, which is a group of internationally renowned artists, filmmakers, architects and other professionals in the art world who support SACI and our mission. The Artists Council was conceived by Jules Maidoff, the founder of SACI, as a way for prominent artists to be advocates of the school. With the gracious support of Corice Arman, the Artists Council has attracted as members esteemed artists from around the world who believe in SACI's goals as a not-for-profit international art school that equips students with the cultural and intellectual means necessary to pursue a life of creative inquiry in the field of visual arts.
Visiting Artists & Lectures

Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Beverly Pepper
epper exhibit in the SACI Gallery
Ralph Gibson instructing SACI students
Jim Dine
Karen Graffeo exhibit in the SACI Gallery
Artist Presentation
to SACI Students
in the SACI Gallery
Rocha da Silva

Betty Woodman
Audrey Flack instructing SACI Students
Jill Furmanovsky, Amalie R. Rothschild, & Storm Thorgerson exhibit in the SACI Gallery
Luca Alinari
Fiorucci in the SACI Gallery
Joel Meyerowitz
presenting at SACI
David Hockney
and conference
David Hockney
and conference
David Hockney
Alessandro Mendini exhibition in the SACI Gallery
Paul Beel
Studio Visits
Critiques with visiting artists
MFA exhibition in commercial gallery in Florence
SACI's program is the only MFA in Studio Art degree offered by an accredited U.S. institution in Europe.

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.

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, as well as members of SACI’s Artists Council and President’s Council, which include internationally established artists, critics, theorists, curators, and publishers.

SACI MFA students work in their own individual studios in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, just steps away from the great works that have drawn artists past and present to Florence.

MFA students attend SACI in Florence for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits.

Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and their artwork is featured in major exhibitions in Florence.
students will see..........
Maurizio Seracini
Studio spaces
Le Murate
SACI MFA students in Berlin
SACI MFA Students in Cortona
SACI MFA student at the Bologna Art Fair
SACI MFA Student exhibition in Xenos Gallery
SACI MFA Exhibition in Cortona's
Archaeology Museum
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