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 scholars. They work in an environment of rigorous critical and technical inquiry, both singularly and as part of an institution that is known for its formation of creative contemporary artists, and that utilizes the remarkable art-historical and cultural resources of Florence.
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 as well to Florence’s new Museo Novecento, which has a notable collection of modern Italian art and is a few steps from SACI’s main building, and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in nearby Prato.
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 available to emerging scholars only through advanced study in Florence, SACI seeks to develop a critical mass of graduates 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 and, upon completion of these programs, will be uniquely qualified to teach at colleges and universities.
At no additional cost, students travel to art-historically important sites and major museums throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe to deepen their understanding of Italian art and its relationship to art in Europe and throughout the world.
By exploiting fully the advantages available to scholars only through advanced study in Florence, graduates of the MA in Art History program will be highly competitive when seeking admission to doctoral programs in Art History and, upon completion of these programs, will be uniquely qualified to teach at colleges and universities.
Students complete all of their course work in Italy during one year of intensive study at SACI in Florence from September to July and earn 36 credits. They enroll for 12 credits in both the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credits in both the Late Spring and Summer terms.
The Major Discipline is the area in which the student chooses to concentrate and is at the heart of the program of study. It can be selected from the following:
- Italian Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art
- Italian High Renaissance, Mannerist, and Early Baroque Art
- Baroque and Rococo European and Italian Art
- 19th-Century European and Italian Art
- Modern European and Italian Art
- Contemporary European and Italian Art
- Women and the Arts in Italy
- Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
- History of Italian Cinema
- History of Photography
- Conservation Law, Business, and Management
Students begin planning, researching, and writing the thesis during the Fall semester and present it at the end of the Summer term. In addition to the resources in the SACI Worthington Library, which contains over 13,000 books and one of the largest collections in Florence of English-language art periodicals, students also have access to JSTOR, ARTSTOR, and a remarkable range of unique libraries in Florence.
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Last updated February 10, 2017