SACI’s MFA in Communication Design program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore intensively and expand exponentially their personal practice through direct exposure to historical and contemporary 2D design approaches rooted in Europe and international in scope. Active participation and critical dialogue are fostered through frequent exchanges with SACI faculty members, visiting instructors, and guest lecturers.
Students visit the studios of cutting-edge designers, view exhibitions by emerging and established designers, and travel to design fairs throughout Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Instruction aims at stimulating growth and expanding consciousness by encouraging daily contact with the art of Tuscany, whether through viewing the masterpieces exhibited in its world-renowned museums or through immersion in Florence’s rich and colorful city life—dual and intertwined sources of fascination and inspiration for contemporary artists and designers. Students are encouraged to situate their own practice within this broad cultural panorama in ways that will equip them with essential career tools.
Students attend SACI for two successive academic years and earn 60 credits. During their first year, they put together a program that balances independent study with classroom study. In their second year, emphasis is placed upon career options for emerging communication designers. Students gain practical experience as SACI Teaching Assistants and undertake Design Internships in Tuscan design firms.
Their studio space is in a fully renovated Renaissance palazzo in the heart of Florence—the city that, during the Renaissance, revolutionized art and design and has since served as an inspiration and catalyst for generations of artists and designers. They explore the rich heritage of art masterpieces in Tuscany in order to gain a deep understanding of the roots of Western visual conventions, and they analyze how contemporary design approaches are employed to communicate worldwide diverse information about Italy’s renowned art, design, and culture.
Students in the program are expected to achieve:
- The ability to identify a problem and act as a visual author by (1) applying systems-based visual communications processes and research methodologies toward its solution and (2) approaching the totality of media and messages within a culture or organization through a single integrated design process rather than a series of discrete design efforts.
- Advanced professional competence, demonstrating depth of knowledge and achievement, as evinced through a well-developed and significant body of work.
- Demonstration of knowledge of theory and practices necessary for leadership positions in the profession.
- Advanced capabilities with technologies, as evinced through creation, dissemination, presentation, documentation, and preservation of work.
- Understanding of the significance of Italian, other European, and global Communication Design practices, both historical and contemporary, and the ability to articulate this knowledge and apply it to creative, innovative, and socially-responsible design projects.
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Last updated September 28, 2017