Announcing SACI’s new one-year MA in Art History Degree Program in Florence

SACI's MA in Art History

Studio Art Centers International is pleased to announce that students can apply now to enroll at SACI, starting in Fall 2015, to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Art History. SACI’s new unique one-year MA in Art History program is described below. For detailed information about the curriculum and other special features of the program, please click here.


SACI’s MA in Art History students live in the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and art historians. They work in an environment of rigorous critical inquiry at an institution known for its formation of creative contemporary artists and scholars. They encounter great artworks not only in museums, but in the venues for which they were intended: churches and other public buildings,squares, gardens, and private houses throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe. They have the rare opportunity to conduct research at the Uffizi Gallery’s Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, and are able to learn art conservation and diagnostic techniques that they can apply to art-historical study in their selected areas.

Florence, Italy (Photo: Carlo Fei)

Florence, Italy (Photo: Carlo Fei)

Classes are held on site and in SACI’s two landmark palazzi in Florence’s historic center. These fully renovated Renaissance buildings are a short walk from Florence’s renowned Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia, and Palazzo Pitti museums and a number of the world’s greatest libraries. See a list of libraries in Florence and information about the SACI Worthington Library. Students also have access to the remarkable modern and contemporary collections of the nearby Museo del Novecento and Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art.

Museo Novecento

Museo Novecento, Florence

The Major Discipline can be chosen from any of the following areas:

• Italian Late Medieval & Early Renaissance Art
• Italian High Renaissance, Mannerist, & Early Baroque Art
• Baroque & Rococo European & Italian Art
• 19th-Century European & Italian Art
• Modern European & Italian Art
• Contemporary European & Italian Art
• Women and the Arts in Italy
• Contemporary Art Theory & Criticism
• History of Italian Cinema
• Museology

Florence's Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio

Students enroll for one academic year from September through July and earn 36 credits. They travel to art-historically important sites and major museums throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe, study historiography and research methodology in special Graduate Seminars, and focus on a broad range of art history topics as well as those specific to their own research interests. Their scholarly endeavors, which are rooted in direct experience of Italian and European art and culture, culminate in the writing of a thesis on a subject selected by the student and approved by his or her faculty advisors.

By exploiting fully the advantages of advanced study in Florence, SACI seeks to develop scholars who, because of the unique nature of their graduate training at SACI, will be highly competitive when seeking admission to doctoral programs in Art History.



For details about the MA in Art History program, see:

To request further information about the program, write to:

  Application deadline: March 15


CLICK HERE to read more info about the program and the instructors.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the SACI MA in Art History Brochure.

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Studio Art Centers International
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino 11, Florence – ITALY


Support SACI. For more information about SACI, see our website or contact SACI.

Founded in 1975, Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is a U.S. non-profit 501 c (3) university-level institution in Florence, Italy, offering undergraduate and graduate students fully accredited studio art, design, conservation, and liberal arts instruction. SACI’s study programs include: Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, 2-Year MFA Degree in Photography, 2-Year MFA Degree in Studio Art, 1-Year MA in Art History, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Year Abroad, and Summer Studies.

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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