Orientation | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

Student Life Orientation

SACI Orientation

Since most of you will have traveled for many hours during the night before reaching Italy, the first thing you'll want to do when you arrive in Florence is to get settled into your apartment, meet your roommates, and get some rest. Later in the day, you may want to venture out and explore your neighborhood. You will find a map in your housing packet that indicates the location of supermarkets, pharmacies, and SACI buildings.

Orientation Schedules

  • Fall 2020 Orientation


    Friday, September 4th

    Virtual Meeting for all students (see Zoom link sent via email).

    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Welcome Back
    SACI President Steven Brittan and SACI Dean Leo Rowland)

    4:30 pm – 4:50 pm – Registration and Course Related Issues
    SACI Assistant Dean & Registrar Elizabeth Johnso

    4:50 pm – 5:10 pm – Technology Use
    SACI Dean Leo Rowland

    5:10 pm – 5:30 pm - Social Outreach/Health and Safety
    SACI Director of Housing & Student Affairs Daniela Barbato

    5:30 pm – 6.30 pm –  Program Directors Meet with their Students
    Each MFA Program Director will set up a virtual meeting with all students in their program to give an overview presentation of plans for the Fall semester and the academic year as well as answer any questions.



    Sunday, September 6th

    For students in Florence.

    7:00 pm – Aperitivo Reception

    This event will be an opportunity for SACI MFA students, Program Directors, MFA Seminar faculty, and Senior Administrators to celebrate the start of the semester (and hopefully watch a beautiful sunset!)  just a few steps away from the breathtaking Piazzale Michelangelo.         

    Note: In case of rain or bad weather, this event may have to be rescheduled. Should this be the case, we will inform you via email.



    Monday, September 7th

    For students in Florence. Meet at Palazzo Maidoff, Via Sant’Egidio 14

    This meeting is mandatory for all students based in Florence this term.

    10:00 am – Health & Safety and Covid Prevention Rules in SACI facilities
    SACI Director of General Administration Anne Châtellier Pellegrini and SACI Health and Safety Officer, IT Manager, Facilities Manager Nicola Pianiri

    10:30 am - Practical Aspects of Student Life in Florence
    SACI Director of Housing & Student Affairs Daniela Barbato

    11:00 am - Studio Walk-Through and Set-Up
    Each Program Director with their group of students


    SACI reserves the right, in case of new COVID-19 restrictions in Italy, to make changes to the above schedule.

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