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A list of texts and materials for each course is available in the syllabus located just after each course description. Make sure term and instructor name correspond to the course you are enrolled in.
Most texts can be found in the SACI Library or can be purchased easily in Italy (at Paperback Exchange bookstore, or online at Amazon-Italy, Internet Bookshop Italia or Amazon-UK to name a few). If you are enrolled in a studio course where materials need to be purchased, most instructors will accompany the class to the supply store on the first day.
If you already own materials for studio classes you like working with (such as paints or chisels), feel free to bring them with you. However, remember not to pack anything in your carry-on luggage that could be considered dangerous by airline security inspectors.
Some instructors expect you to have purchased certain texts or materials before arriving in Italy so you have them on the first day of the term. Please click on the course titles below for more information.
Graphic Design - intermediate and advanced levels
Fall and Spring terms
Instructor: Camilla Torna
Adobe Creative Cloud is installed on the SACI computers. If you bring your own laptop, it would be helpful, although not necessary, to have these programs.
Italian beg. 1
Fall, Spring, Late Spring terms
Instructor: Marta Martini
Lazzarino, Graziana, Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2011. (Don't purchase the workbook or CD.)
ISBN 978-0073386256 (Retail price: $ 204.67)
Students are encouraged to look for used copies online.
If you are enrolled in an Italian language section with Patrizia Bonucci, there is no need to purchase the text.
- 35mm SLR Film camera with manual capacity and interchangeable lenses (ability). “Manual” means that the shutter and aperture can be manipulated independently of each other. It would be very helpful if you can independently change the ISO/ASA overriding DX encoding. You may use auto-focus cameras as long as they have a manual exposure system incorporated in the camera. There are many cameras that fit this description. Your local photo store sales representatives can be very helpful in this area for suggestions. Be careful when purchasing on internet (Ebay or other), and make sure the camera is in perfect working conditions.
- 50mm lens or zoom with 50mm setting.
- 20 rolls of black and white 400ASA Kodak film (best if purchased in Italy since metal detector X-rays in US airports tend to damage the film).
- Ilford anti-static cloth.
- Negative sleeves and binder - best to purchase in your home country due to size differences, so you can keep a unified system. Good companies are: Print File or Archival.
Please do NOT purchase photo paper in the US because the size differences create problems. In addition, if photo papers are opened for examination by security officials at airports, they may no longer be usable.
Photography I - text:
Henry Horenstein, Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual, Little, Brown and Company, 2005.
ISBN: 9780316373050 (Retail price: $28)
This is a useful text especially for those who intend to continue their studies in Photography. It would be helpful to buy this in the States before leaving, but it is available in Florence, although much more expensive. If you prefer not to purchase it, a copy is also available in the SACI Library.
Photography III: Color, Advanced Color Photography
Fall and Spring terms
Instructor: Jacopo Santini
- 35 mm camera or DSLR camera with RAW file capabilities with manual control settings
- External hard drive and flash drive
- Blank writable CD’s (CDRW or CDR)
Please do not purchase the following in advance:
- Negative dusting cloth and pressurized air canister with nozzle
- 20+ rolls of speed
- Digital Printing Paper
- 35mm clear negative sleeves
If you have a laptop with Photoshop 5 (or more recent) + Bridge (plug-in), it would be helpful to bring it.