This program is open to Studio Art majors ONLY with a 3.0 minimum GPA in art and studio art courses.
Highly qualified Studio Art minors may be considered based on the following criteria: 1) minimum 3.0 GPA in studio art and art history courses; 2) completion of at least two courses in studio art and art history, one of which must be ARTH 101 or 102 3) approval of the Studio Art minor advisor.
Art History majors should apply to the Art History Program in Florence (Syracuse University); Art History minors may be considered for the Art History Prrogram (see program for more information).
Studio Art Centers International (SACI) Florence
Florence, an ancient Roman city, is the capital of Tuscany, the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ and an indisputable world-hub of art and art history. At the same time, it is a vibrant urban area, teaming with current exhibits, musical events and numerous other festivals, lectures and sporting events. With its circa 380,000 inhabitants, Florence is a relatively small city with a strong local transportation network. Most of the activities that constitute the Florentine lifestyle take place in the city's historical center. SACI's two Renaissance buildings are located in this area, and the student housing options offered by SACI are also either within the center itself or on its immediate outskirts.
SACI, founded in 1975, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is a non-profit university-level educational institution. SACI’s stated 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. Studying at SACI will offer you direct access to centuries of Florentine and Italian culture; a wide range of art and design studios and complementary academic courses of outstanding quality; an opportunity to be part of an institution engaged in leading areas of research and exploration; and an unparalleled opportunity to interact with the Florentine community through a variety of social and humanitarian programs.
CEDEI - Cuenca
Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, (or S.A.C. I.). Based on our site visits and history of positive results with our students, their quality of teaching, opportunities for students, facilities, course offerings, and consistency, we feel it is nearly a de facto partner program already. We regularly have an average of three students a year taking summer, semester, or year-long study there, with uniformly positive results. As an independent and accredited institution, SACI handles housing, orientation, language instruction, internship opportunities, field study, and a wide range of courses and levels that correspond with and expand on, many of our requirements for the major. This is accomplished in one of the great artistic and historical centers of the world, where students can view so much of the art and architecture that will shape their learning, their careers, and their lives. SACI’s facilities are in the center of Florence, instruction is in English, and students of both art history and studio can also take courses in art restoration and conservation, which provides a rare opportunity for hands-on experience in a field that is rarely available to undergraduates.
SACI offers the only undergraduate offerings abroad (or in the US to the best of our knowledge) in art conservation. They also offer a one-year MA program in conservation, which we have had one of out students successfully complete – she is currently a professional conservator in Washington, D.C. Students in both art history and studio art have been interested in pursuing conservation after Dickinson (one in art history is currently tracking in that direction), and SACI offers an excellent opportunity for first-rate training in both specially-designed labs and on-site locations that no other program offers.
The SACI student body is comprised of students enrolled at US universities and at institutions in other countries. In both Fall and Spring, a student can enroll in five classes for a total of 15 credits. Successful completion of those courses will earn the student four (4) Dickinson credits. 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.
In addition to visiting many famous Italian cities over the course of the year, students use a museum pass provided by SACI to visit Florentine museums and historic sites. Students visit artists’ and designers’ studios, private collections, galleries, art fairs, and theaters. They have access to modern and historic art collections, research libraries, and contemporary art museums.
Academic Year and Semester Abroad Program students enjoy many opportunities to exhibit their artwork in SACI’s two galleries. The Academic Year Abroad culminates in a major end-of-year student exhibition which serves as an opportunity for students to display their work also to the Florentine public.
Sample Courses – SACI
Ceramics - Beginning
Ceramics - Intermediate
Ceramics - Advanced
Conservation of Archaeological Objects
Digital Animation 3D
Drawing - Beginning
Drawing - Intermediate
Drawing - Advanced
Eco Design Studio
Etching - Beginning
Etching - Intermediate
Etching - Advanced
Graduate Seminar in Studio Art (Co-Requisite)
Graphic Design - Beginning
Graphic Design - Intermediate
Graphic Design - Advanced
Interior Design - Beginning
Interior Design - Intermediate
Interior Design - Advanced
Italian Fashion Design
Jewelry Design - Beginning
Jewelry Design - Intermediate
Jewelry Design - Advanced
Lithography - Beginning
Lithography - Intermediate
Lithography - Advanced
Painting - Beginning
Painting - Intermediate
Painting - Advanced
Painting Conservation - Beginning 1
Painting Conservation - Beginning 2
Photography - Beginning Black-and-White
Photography - Intermediate Black and White
Photography - Advanced Black and White
Photography - Color
Photography - Advanced Color
Printmaking Workshop - Beginning
Printmaking Workshop - Intermediate
Printmaking Workshop - Advanced
SACI Consortium Internships
Sculpture - Beginning
Sculpture - Intermediate
Sculpture - Advanced
Serigraphy - Beginning
Serigraphy - Intermediate
Serigraphy - Advanced
Field trips are an integral and deeply rewarding part of the SACI overseas study experience. In the Fall and Spring, the institution runs over 120 field trips, and, in the short Late Spring and Summer terms, a large number of field trips also take place. 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.
SACI apartments are fully furnished and allow students to live independently. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens, and are fully equipped with stoves, refrigerators, heat, and hot water. The SACI accommodation fee includes reasonable utilities usage and an administrative fee. SACI apartments differ in style, furnishings and amenities. Although most have been recently renovated, there is no way to standardize student apartments - some are in buildings which date back to the Renaissance and others are only a few decades old. Please note that none of the student apartments have telephones. Students can arrange for private portable cellular phone rentals if their budgets allow. Wifi is provided in all SACI apartments.
Students will not receive their housing assignments until their arrival in Florence.
Please note that overnight guests are not allowed in SACI housing. No pets are allowed in SACI housing.
For more information, contact:
Prof. Ward Davenny, On-Campus Coordinator
Departments of Art & Art History
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1053