2-Year MFA in Photography Degree Program at SACI Florence accepting applications by March 15

Photo by Jacopo Santini

SACI’s MFA Degree in Photography: 2 years in Florence, Italy

Do you know about the Studio Art Centers International MFA Degree in Photography? SACI’s unique two-year MFA program is accepting applications. For detailed information about the curriculum and other special features of the program, please read below and click here or see the program brochure. Application deadline: March 15.

MFA_Photo_72dpiSACI MFA in Photography students live and work in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists.  At no additional cost, students travel to major art sites, attend international art and photography fairs throughout Italy and Europe. They go to some of the major European photography festivals, such as Paris Photo, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, and Photolux in Lucca. Other trips are organized to Milan, the castle of Fontanellato (Parma) to see one of the oldest functioning camera obscurasthe natural reserve of Valle Peligna in the region of Abruzzo, Agro Pontino (south of Rome)and the Volterrana Road (an Italian Route 66 in Tuscany!).

Beginning with the achievements of the Alinari brothers, who in 1852 established what would become their legendary photography workshop in Florence, a tradition of dynamic photographic practice has arisen in Italy and thrives today in fields such as conceptual photography, landscape photography, and photojournalism, in which an international renaissance is being led by Italian photographers.

Students in the MFA in Photography program pursue a curriculum integrating practical and critical skills that encourages individual innovation, creative collaboration, mentorships, and instruction from SACI’s outstanding faculty.  They benefit as well from interaction with members of SACI’s Artists Council and the Friends of SACI, which include established artists, photographers, critics, curators, and publishers, many of international renown.

Photo by Jacopo Mazzoni

Photo by Jacopo Mazzoni

Working in their studio space in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, students are near the Alinari National Museum of the History of Photography, which features a large permanent photography collection and holds regular exhibitions of works by major contemporary photographers, and the Alinari Archives, an internationally-renowned repository of photographs taken worldwide from the 19th to 21st century.  Students are surrounded by great works that have drawn artists and photographers past and present to Florence to seek inspiration and develop their own pictorial language.  In their graduate seminars, students explore a range of contemporary photographic practices, visit photographers in their studios, and interview museum curators, critics, and other significant figures in the art and photography worlds.

Photo by Jacopo Santini

Photo by Jacopo Santini

Students are encouraged, through individual practice and group critiques, to explore to the fullest their potential as photographers. Students are aided in accomplishing their goals through sponsorship of the program by Leica, Canon, SilvestriJoin, and BAM.

MFA in Photography students attend SACI in Florence for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits.  During their first year, under the mentorship of their selected Major Professor, they put together a program that balances independent study with classroom study.  In their second year, emphasis is placed upon career options for emerging photographers.  Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and their photographic work is featured in major exhibitions in Florence.

By exploiting fully the advantages available to emerging photographers through advanced study in Florence, SACI MFA students can become highly competitive when pursuing careers in photography and university-level teaching positions.

Graduate Seminar Instructors

SACI Photography instructor, Romeo Di Loreto (Photo: Jacopo Santini)

SACI Photography instructor, Romeo Di Loreto (Photo: Jacopo Santini)

Romeo Di Loreto – Exhibitions of his work have been held in galleries in Canada, Atlanta, New York, Cologne, England, and Florence. His photographs have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and are in the collection of “L’Hôtel Les Ateliers de l’Image” in Saint Remy, France. He has worked as a consultant for the Alinari archives in Florence and the Zanobio laboratory in Venice.

SACI Photography instructor, Jacopo Santini (Photo by Jacopo Mazzoni)

SACI Photography instructor, Jacopo Santini (Photo by Jacopo Mazzoni)

Jacopo Santini – From 1999 through 2001, he was in charge of photographic documentation of restoration work conducted under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana Centro di Restauro. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany. He is known for his outstanding photo project on L’Albergo Popolare, a shelter for the homeless in the San Frediano district of Florence.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the SACI MFA in Photography Brochure.

CLICK HERE to navigate an interactive slideshow presenting the SACI 2-year MFA Degree in Photography on Prezi.

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.


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