SACI's two-year MFA Degree in Photography
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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.
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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.