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SACI Distance Learning: Innovative Projects and Overseas Collaborations

Jewelry Design e-lesson by instructor Naomi Muirhead

SACI distance learning leads to innovative projects and overseas collaboration as faculty members and students work together from around the world.

SACI distance learning courses, implemented March 16th in response to Coronavirus restrictive measures, have led to impressive collaborations and approaches between faculty members and students, sparking hope and enthusiasm during these challenging times. We are incredibly encouraged to see how our community has banded together to celebrate art making and creative dialogue. Through these efforts, SACI has been able to continue courses, online artist visits, virtual open studios events, graduate thesis work, and alternative exhibition initiatives during this period.

From Fresco to Sculpture to Italian Fashion Design, our faculty have found creative methods for producing and sharing lessons, diligently working and recording in home studios and using e-classroom platforms to correspond with students. Our students, now scattered around the world, have shown great ingenuity in setting up their own home studios and using alternative materials for their projects – proving their creativity knows no boundaries, even in vastly different time zones. View the carousel below to see images of e-lessons and recent student works.

Our design department has also been working on a virtual collaborative project between the students of the Executive Master of Organization Development Program (EMOD) at Bowling Green State University and SACI Infographics and MFA in Communication Design students, in which they use visuals to depict organization development. Follow their initiative on Instagram to see the progress of this partnership.

SACI graduate students, in addition to their courses and final projects, are set to participate in SACI Global Studios from April 10th to April 17th, a virtual edition of our traditional Open Studios event, during which they’ll share and discuss their work with our online audience.

Our faculty, too, continue to amaze us by participating in online exhibitions, special initiatives, and rigorous research. We’re thrilled to announce that an exhibition carried out and curated by Post-Bac in Studio Art Director Justin Randolph ThompsonOn Being Present, at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence – was named one of the top ten online exhibitions in the world in The Times article The wonders of art viewed from your sofa. Interested in seeing the works? Tour the exhibition online on the Uffizi’s website.

We’re so proud of our students and faculty, and greatly admire their determination and positive outlook. We are also thankful for the support coming from our entire SACI community, and wish everyone health and safety during this time.



The distance learning program was implemented thanks to the hard work of SACI's Distance Learning Team led by Bruno Spinazzola, and with the enthusiastic cooperation of faculty and students. Our faculty and staff continue to work around the clock to make this possible, using a variety of online tools, tutorials, "virtual" office hours, and live class assignments and activities.

Distance learning is expected to continue, in part, through Fall 2020 Term.

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