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MFA in Studio Art Program Curriculum

In the MFA in Studio Art program at SACI, programs of study are flexible, vary from student to student, and are geared to meet individual study goals.

At the beginning of and throughout each semester, students meet with the Director of the MFA in Studio Art Program to solidify courses. Students are able to pursue specific subjects of interest by undertaking Directed Independent Study that complements classroom study. Students must complete 60 credits of course work within two academic years, and normally enroll in 5 courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year.

For additional information, view or download the MFA in Studio Art brochure.

Curriculum

Students are required to take the following courses. For descriptions and syllabi for all SACI courses, visit Course Listings. Use the category filters to view only Studio or Academic courses.


Fall Semester (First Year)

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices I

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite I

3 semester hours: Directed Independent Study in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Studio or Academic Elective


Spring Semester (First Year)

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Contemporary Practices II

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite II

3 semester hours: Directed Independent Study in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Studio or Academic Elective


Fall Semester (Second Year)  

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum I

6 semester hours: Directed Independent Study in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Studio Art Teaching Assistantship or Studio Elective


Spring Semester (Second Year)

3 semester hours: MFA Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum II

6 semester hours: Directed Independent Study in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Studio Art Teaching Assistantship or Studio Elective

Studio Art Teaching Assistantships

A number of Teaching Assistantships in Studio Art classes are awarded annually to students who have completed the first academic year of the MFA in Studio Art program, made on the basis of teaching potential and academic distinction. Teaching Assistantships are available in classes ranging from beginning to advanced levels, and prepare the Teaching Assistant for teaching by providing an introduction to the pedagogy for the subject matter.

The Study Proposal

At the beginning of each semester, students write a new Study Proposal, which includes: proposed goals for the semester; problems the student is seeking to resolve and questions he or she is proposing to answer; themes or subjects to investigate; the means and resources that will be used to realize these goals (courses, museums, libraries, materials, techniques, and other resources); and a statement about how all the above relate to the student’s prior work. The Study Proposal is submitted to the Program Director for review and approval, and serves to define and redefine the student’s goals and provide major points of reference throughout his or her entire course of study.

Directed Independent Study

Each semester, students enroll in a Directed Independent Study (DIS) in a Studio Art discipline. The DIS is an intensive and individually-designed tutorial in which the student meets weekly with an instructor to review studio work created specifically for the DIS. The DIS format enables a student to propose a study plan to meet a specific educational need pertinent to an individual’s artistic or scholarly development.

Work(in)Space

As part of the Professional Practicum Seminar, 2nd-year students take part in Work(in)Space, a series of exhibition projects in which students work within SACI's Maidoff Gallery to critically engage with the challenges of preparing an exhibition. Students work one-on-one with SACI instructors to step outside the studio environment and rethink their works in a gallery. Work(in)Space includes all phases of the exhibition, from planning and installation to hosting an opening reception, and each student has individual access to the space for the duration of this process. Visitors from the SACI and Florence community are invited to attend the opening receptions and visit during gallery hours.

Final Papers/Presentations

At the end of the final semester, each student undergoes an hour-long comprehensive review, the Final Presentation, conducted by the student’s Graduate Review Board. During the review, the student presents art works completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MFA degree and describes how his or her artistic and academic research relates to the work being presented. Prior to this Final Presentation, each student prepares and submits a research paper, the Final Paper, in which themes, problems, and concepts relevant to the student’s visual, conceptual, and art-historical concerns are explored.

MFA Exhibitions

An MFA final exhibition of works by graduating students takes place at the end of their final semester. To gain experience of professional practice, graduating students are required to take part in all aspects of the exhibition, with reasonable assistance given by faculty, advisors, and staff. MFA final exhibitions are held at prominent contemporary galleries in Florence.

MFA graduates also have the opportunity to exhibit at the SACI New York Gallery in the Chelsea Arts District of Manhattan. Each year, a student or a group of students is chosen to represent the MFA in Studio Art program in the Graduate Summer Exhibition Series, held at the SACI New York Gallery from May through August.

 

Learn more about all program curriculum components, including grades, transcripts, documentation, and degrees, in the MFA in Studio Art brochure.

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