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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Language Pre-requisite: none
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Shared Apt. Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

This programs allows you to study studio art, art history, graphic design and art conservation in a conservatory environment in the exciting destination of Florence Italy! While you are not required to be an art major to participate, you should be interested in a completely art- focused term in Florence.


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FlorenceStudio Arts College International (SACI) provides a stimulating educational experience that draws upon the rich cultural resources of both past and present Italy. The inspiring and well-equipped facilities of the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, which houses the SACI Program, is located steps away from Michelangelo's Medici Chapel, the Laurentian Library, the Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Novella and the bustling activity of Florence's central market. 

SACI owns the historic Palazzo dei Cartelloni, a landmark building in the center of Florence, near the San Lorenzo market, Medici Chapel, and a few minutes walk from the Duomo. SACI's facilities include classrooms for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, computer art, video, conservation and design. The SACI palazzo also contains a garden courtyard, gallery, library, computer center, darkrooms, language classroom, large lecture hall, and administrative offices.


Studio spaceCurrently courses are available in two-dimensional area, three-dimensional area, media, design, art history, art conservation, craft arts as well as Italian language and culture. Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on SACI's Academics Page.

In addition to the three drawing/painting classrooms, individual studio space is provided for advanced painting students. All facilities have natural ventilation, and most areas of the communal studio space have natural lighting. Storage space for art supplies is available as well as a work area for canvas stretching, sizing and the preparation of painting surfaces. SACI also has an external studio for Fresco.


SACI has several opportunities for which AU students may qualify, including the SACI consortium scholarships. For more information on applying, visit the scholarship page.  Please note:  All scholarship deadlines are firm.  All application pieces must be submitted on or before the deadline.

Student Life

Housing & Meals

Florence aptAll students will coordinate their housing directly with Studio Arts College International. SACI students are offered independent housing in residential apartments with double or single occupancy bedrooms. Student Apartments are located throughout the city. SACI apartments are fully furnished and allow students to live independently. All apartments have bathrooms and kitchens, and are fully equipped with stoves, refrigerators, heat, and hot water. The SACI accommodation fee includes reasonable utilities usage and an administrative fee.

Throughout each term, SACI hosts lectures by artists, art historians, curators, authors, filmmakers, and performance artists. Films are regularly screened in SACI's lecture hall, and concerts are held both in SACI's lecture hall and gallery. The work of artists from all over the world is regularly featured in SACI's gallery, and at the end of each year selected SACI student work is showcased in a group exhibition that attracts visitors from throughout Florence.

Visa Information and Permit to Stay

Sculpting in the SACI courtyardStudents attending SACI for a semester or longer are required to secure a student visa prior to departure.  It is the sole responsibility of the student to secure the visa and Permesso di Siggiorno (Permit to stay). The SACI program will provide the necessary proof of enrollment required for your student visa and may advise and assist students with the necessary papers to maintain legal status in Italy as a student, but ultimate responsibility for obtaining and maintaining legal status remains with the student. Students are responsible for contacting the Italian Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.

You will be able to contact alumni for this program when you start an application.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 04/23/2019
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Florence on this date.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 12/22/2018
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Florence on this date.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 01/03/2019 04/23/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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