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Admissions MFA in Studio Art

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How to Apply

Apply to the MFA in Studio Art program at SACI and begin your journey to Florence. Discover eligibility requirements for US and international students. Learn how to create and submit your online application form. Find out what supporting documents are needed for your application.

  • Eligibility

    US and international students who have earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent may apply for admission to the SACI MFA in Studio Art program. Applicants who attend, or attended, a US college or university must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (based upon a scale in which A = 4.0). The required minimum undergraduate grade point average in studio art course work, if the applicant has had no previous graduate experience, is 3.3. The required minimum grade point average in previous graduate work in studio art is also 3.3. 

    In addition to the above, to be admitted to the program applicants must demonstrate:

    • Academic distinction in prior university-level study as evidenced through submission of transcripts from all schools attended showing courses completed and grades received.  In reviewing applicants’ academic records, special attention will be paid to course work in areas most relevant to the program of study applicants have indicated on their application.

    • Artistic promise in Studio Art as evinced through submission of a portfolio with images of a substantial number of high quality works.

    • Strong support from instructors or other artists familiar with the applicant’s work as indicated through submission of at least three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s past academic and/or artistic performance; assess the applicant’s appropriateness for MFA study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as an artist and educator.

    • A background evincing both a high level of achievement in artistic endeavor, as indicated through exhibitions, membership in arts organizations, etc., and sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying studio art at the graduate level in Florence.

    • Clearly articulated educational goals and artistic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s MFA program.

  • Create an Online Application

    Create a SACI Online Application and Pay the $70 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee

    You can edit your application at any time before it is submitted. When submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the application fee online with a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. You will be able to check the status of your SACI application through your online account. Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents.

    If you wish to apply for a SACI scholarship, you must indicated on your online application that you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents

    Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents. Upon completion of your online application, directions will be given on how to properly submit each supporting document through your MySACI account.


    Official Transcripts

    One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    International Students: All non-Canadian international students are required to complete a degree equivalent evaluation, in place of your Official Transcripts requirement, through World Education Services.


    Three Letters of Recommendation 

    Three recommendation letters from instructors or other artists familiar with your work (academic references preferred). A Recommendation Letter Form, which should accompany each written Letter of Recommendation, must be sent directly from the recommender to the SACI New York Admissions Office, either by mail or email. This form can be accessed on the applicant’s MySACI account.  


    Short Essay

    The essay should describe your area of specialization, objectives, and reasons for wishing to enter the program.



    For admission, an ePortfolio of 15-20 images of your strongest and most recent work in Studio Art must be submitted. This ePortfolio must be posted online via SACI’s electronic portfolio provider. SACI does not require a payment for submitting an ePortfolio. Upon submission of your SACI application, you will receive an email with a link for your ePortfolio submission. Acceptable file formats and sizes for ePortfolios are: Images: JPEG at a resolution of 72 dpi which must be no larger than 600 pixels in the longest direction. Videos: .flv, .wmv,.mov—up to 60 MB each and no longer than five minutes. Text documents: PDF format up to 10 MB each.  All submissions must include an inventory list with title, medium, size, date, and description.


    If You Have Been Out of School for More Than Three Years:

    Curriculum Vitae

    In addition to the above, a curriculum vitae is required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years.


    If Your Native Language Is Not English:

    Evidence of Language Proficiency

    See the Non-US Students section for information about English language proficiency assessments.

  • Interview

    Once all application materials are submitted to SACI’s New York Admissions Office, a Skype Interview will be conducted. The Skype Interview is an opportunity for candidates to elaborate on their submitted materials, discuss their interests and abilities, and explore the opportunities SACI can give to meet their goals.

    Interviews begin in January, and are conducted by the director of the applicant’s program of choice. You will be contacted by the program director by email to schedule the interview. If you are in Florence, you may choose to interview in person.

Key Deadlines

Use this comprehensive list of application deadlines and scholarship deadlines as you apply for two-year MFA in Studio Art program at SACI.

  • Application Deadlines

    Application Deadline May 1

  • Scholarship Deadlines

    Scholarship Deadline March 15

  • Program Deposit Deadlines

    Program Deposit Deadline June 1

    In order to secure a place in the program to which you have been admitted, a deposit of $1,000 must be paid by June 1.

  • Full Payment Deadlines

    Fall Term August 1

    Spring Term December 1

  • Commencement

    The MFA 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on April 23rd at 6pm.

Term Dates

Use this comprehensive list of academic term dates as you apply for the MFA in Studio Art program at SACI.

  • Academic Year 2020-21

    Spring 2021

    Term start/end dates: January 7 - April 26, 2021

    Arrival - Housing Opens January 7

    Orientation January 8-9

    Class Begins January 11

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates February 27-March 7

    Easter Monday - School Closed April 5

    Final Exams April 19-23

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes April 26

  • Academic Year 2021-22

    FALL 2021

    Term start/end dates: September 2 - December 20, 2021

    Arrival - Housing Opens September 2

    Orientation September 3-4

    Class Begins September 6

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates October 30 - November 7

    Final Exams December 13-17

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes December 20



    SPRING 2022

    Term start/end dates: January 6 - April 26, 2022

    Arrival - Housing Opens January 6

    Orientation January 7-8

    Class Begins January 10

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates February 26 - March 6

    Easter Monday - School Closed April 18

    Final Exams April 19-22

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes April 26

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & fees for the MFA in Studio Art program at SACI are released at least one year in advance. To calculate the direct costs owed to SACI for one year at a time, add the tuition, activity fee, student services fee, housing fee (if applicable) for the Fall and Spring terms, as well as the deposit (refundable general program deposit and non-refundable tuition deposit). Second year MFA students do not need to repay the deposit. What is included in tuition & fees? For information about the projected Cost of Attendance (including estimates for food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses), see the 2020-2021 Projected Cost of Attendance MFA, located in the Important Documents box in the Scholarship and Federal Aid section.

  • Academic Year 2020-21

    Spring 2021

    $13,500 Tuition (January 7 - April 26, 2021)

    $500 Activity Fee

    $150 Student Services Fee

    (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, SACI housing is not offered during the Spring 2021 term. SACI will assist in helping students secure independent housing.)

  • Academic Year 2021-22

    FALL 2021

    $14,500 Tuition (September 2 - December 20, 2021)

    $1,200 Activity Fee

    $900 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 SACI Housing Option - SACI shared room in a shared apartment

    Add an additional $1,850 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.

    $5,990 Homestay Housing Option - 2 students in 1 room in a host family's home 

    Add an additional $910 to the above for single occupancy in SACI homestay.

    $1,000 Deposit ($500 refundable General Program Deposit, $500 non-refundable Tuition Deposit)


    SPRING 2022

    $14,500 Tuition (January 6 - April 26, 2022)

    $1,200 Activity Fee

    $900 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 SACI Housing Option - SACI shared room in a shared apartment

    Add an additional $1,850 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.

    $5,990 Homestay Housing Option - 2 students in 1 room in a host family's home 

    Add an additional $910 to the above for single occupancy in SACI homestay.

Scholarships & Aid

Learn how you can finance your study abroad experience in Italy through Federal Financial Aid and SACI Scholarships.

  • SACI Scholarships

    Full and partial scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit may apply for SACI scholarships. 

    Learn more about SACI Scholarships.

  • How to Apply for SACI Scholarships

    See complete instructions on how to apply for scholarships for each SACI program.

  • Financial Aid

    Any/all U.S. Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. Learn more about Federal Financial Aid for undergraduate students and graduate students.

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