- Florence, Italy
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- 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.
Founded in1975, SACI offers Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, Summer Studies, MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MA in Art History, MFA in Communication Design, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Conservation and Studio Art.
During these terms, students additionally have the possibility to work as apprentices with artisans, and advanced students may be eligible to take a directed independent study or traineeship in a design firm, museum, or gallery. As part of their classes, SACI students often create artwork for local hospitals and human rights organizations, and restore major art treasures that are a part of Italy’s cultural heritage. Outside of class, student volunteers can teach English at elementary schools, serve as English-language museum guides, and assist at human rights agencies. Since 1975, over 10,000 students have benefited from the high educational standards offered at SACI. Among 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.
The extensive range of studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian culture and language courses provides our students with the means to meet their individual educational needs while connecting them with the rich cultural heritage of Italy.
- Setting Description:
- SACI's main facilities are two beautiful historical palazzi in the center of Florence: the Palazzo dei Cartelloni acquired in 1999, and the Palazzo Jules Maidoff for the Visual Arts, acquired in 2010.
- Please see website for details.
Based on 2 Reviews
- Amore mio, Firenze06/26/16
To think I wasn't going to study abroad fall semester, rather spring semester. To think my initial choice was actually a school in Prague. And to think that my fear of taking chances would have probably gotten in the way of where I am right now. Everything
happens for a reason. SACI offers so many different classes from High Renaissance to Ceramics, and from Women in the Arts in Italy to The Body Archives. They only hard part was having to choose what courses I wanted to take! The courses aren't just sit and study, but they literally take you on a journey to true Italy through field trips and immense knowledge from the professors who are teaching us. Your feet will hate you and you will probably gain more leg muscle here than anywhere else, but trips with Helen Watterson are both mentally and physically straining but in the best, most amazing way possible. Not only do the professors have rich knowledge about what they're teaching, but the rest of the faculty was the true cherry on top. The librarian, Sam at the front desk at Palazzo dei Cartelloni, both Luccas, and the staff at front desk at Palazzo Jules Maidoff who make sure you don't fall asleep in the studios, they all made it worth while. Those 4 months studying at SACI and living in the heart of Florence have been the most memorable months of my life for so so so many different reasons. It's true when they say you develop a lifelong bond with the people you study abroad with. It's true that getting lost alone in a foreign country will not only scare you, but teach you so much. And one more truth is that you'll probably get pickpocketed (it's basically a rite of passage). I struggled at first, but I also got back up and made the best of it and got so much more in return. I am definitely going back as soon as possible, my love for Italy has not stopped growing since.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My home away from home08/19/15
The school offers numerous amazing courses ranging from general classes such as literature and Italian language to studio art courses like photography, ceramics, and fresco painting. It was truly unique to take these courses abroad; it made them feel
more special and intriguing. One of my favorite experiences was the field trip to nearby Certaldo to help in Raku ceramics firing. It was so surreal to be in the Tuscan hillside, creating beautiful art with intriguing people. Another great aspect about the academics would be the traveling six-credit art history courses offered. It was an art history lover's dream come true to go visit famous artworks in Florence and around Italy! Yes, the teacher is fast paced, but you understand why you spend three days in Rome when you realize how much art there is to see. Admiring the artwork first hand is an experience I will never forget. Each of my instructors and other faculty at the school were approachable and helpful to me and other students. They understand that culture shock is a real phenomenon, and also try to help you find the best places to eat or hang out throughout the semester. If you're looking for a school abroad to release your creativity and indulge in a fantastic culture, I would suggest this program.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend