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Post-Bac in Studio Art Program Curriculum

In the Post-Bac 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 Post-Bac in Studio Art Program to solidify courses. Students are able to pursue specific subjects of interest by undertaking Studio Electives that complement Major Discipline courses. Students must complete 30 credits of course work within one academic year, and normally enroll in 15 credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

For additional information, view or download the Post-Bac in Studio Art brochure.


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

3 semester hours: Graduate Seminar in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Graduate Seminar in Studio Art (Studio Co-Requisite)

3 semester hours: Course in the Major Discipline

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Open Elective

Spring Semester

3 semester hours: Graduate Seminar in Studio Art

3 semester hours: Graduate Seminar in Studio Art (Studio Co-Requisite)

3 semester hours: Course in the Major Discipline

3 semester hours: Studio Elective

3 semester hours: Open Elective

Major Discipline

All students in the program work intensively in one of the eight Major Disciplines listed below:

Two-Dimensional Area
Drawing • Painting • Printmaking

Three-Dimensional Area
Sculpture • Ceramics

Visual Media Area
Photography • Video • Digital Multimedia

The Study Proposal

At the beginning of each semester, students write a new Study Proposal, which includes: a clear statement defining the student’s focus within his or her Major Discipline; proposed goals for the semester; problems that 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.

Final Papers/Presentations

A Final Research Paper is prepared by each student and presented during the Spring semester. It is based upon an area of research related actual completed and should serve as a final summary of the year’s exploration.

For the Final Presentations, which are required and scheduled at the end of the Spring semester, each student submits visual documentation of work completed in the program and presents themes, problems, and concepts found that are relevant to his or her own visual, conceptual, and art-historical concerns. Concentration of the presentation must be on work in the Major Discipline. Students must pass the Final Presentation to receive the Post Baccalaureate in Studio Art certificate.

Directed Independent Study

Students have the option of working at an advanced level with a SACI faculty member in a Directed Independent Study (DIS) course. 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.

Post-Bac Exhibition

Post-Bac final exhibition of works by Post-Bac in Studio Art students takes place at the end of the Spring 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. Post-Bac exhibitions are held at prominent contemporary galleries in Florence.


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

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