This intense and rich year of study, offers graduate students a challenging study opportunity in Studio Art, Art History, or Art Conservation.
Students select a Major Discipline in one of the available fields (see list below of Major Disciplines and courses) and participate in the Graduate Seminar relative to their discipline, which is central to the study experience. Post-Bac students also visit artists’ studios, museums, galleries, and conservation laboratories. The Graduate Seminars explore a wide variety of approaches—from traditional to cutting edge—and connect students to Italian art, culture, and leading contemporary artists, critics, art historians, and conservators.
The Graduate Seminar in Studio Art focuses on the role and identity of the contemporary artist in society, with particular emphasis on the impact of the arts in Italy both today and in the past. Field trips include visits to the Venice Biennale; contemporary art fairs; exhibitions at the Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato and many other galleries, studios, and museums. Significant amounts of time are devoted to studio work, developing skills and understanding content. Students receive individual graduate studio space within a Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence, where they create a documented body of artistic work, make presentations on their art, and participate in a major end-of-year graduate exhibition.
Students in the Graduate Seminar in Art History investigate critical approaches to the visual arts from Medieval and Renaissance to Contemporary practices, to which students are exposed in a unique way in Italy. Students travel throughout Italy, visiting sites where they see directly some of the foremost masterpieces of Western Civilization. They then build upon this knowledge to complete a thesis on an art-historic topic of their choosing.
Students have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary conservation techniques in the Graduate Seminar in Art Conservation. After choosing a specialized field, students work hands-on restoring paintings and/or artifacts that are part of Italy’s recognized cultural heritage. They meet in class with Italy’s top conservators, with whom they explore approaches and diagnostic systems for the conservation of paintings, drawing, sculpture, textiles, wood, paper, and archaeological artifacts. Additional classes also cover conservation laws and business practices. Students choose an original topic which they present in a thesis at the conclusion of their studies. An Italian State certificate can be given to students who have conserved officially-recognized cultural heritage works.
SACI’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Year Abroad Program is well suited to those who have prior training in studio art, art history, or art conservation and who decided after completing their bachelor’s degree that they would like to pursue a career in one of these fields. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Year offers unique opportunities to those who intend to earn an MFA, MA, or Phd, and want to create a significant body of work in their field as a basis for application to an advanced degree program.
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(Please click on on the following titles for a full list of Major disciplines and Courses offered)