Post-Baccalaureate Year

Studio Art Centers International - SACI Florence

Program Description

Post-Baccalaureate Year

Studio Art Centers International - SACI Florence

Post-Baccalaureate Year

This intense and rich year of study, offers graduate students a challenging study opportunity in Studio Art or Art Conservation.

Students select a Major Discipline in one of the available fields 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 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 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.

Subjects offered

Graduate Seminars

  • Art Conservation
  • Studio Art

2D Studio Art

  • Drawing (all levels)
  • Etching (all levels)
  • Fresco Painting
  • Lithography (all levels)
  • Painting (all levels)
  • Serigraphy (all levels)

3D Studio Art

  • Ceramics (all levels)
  • Sculpture (all levels)

Art Conservation

  • Conservation I
  • Conservation II
  • Conservation Law, Business & Management
  • Conservation of Archaeological Artifacts
  • Diagnostic Techniques for Conservators
  • Mural Conservation

Art History & Museology

  • Art and Medicine
  • Baroque and Rococo Art History
  • Contemporary Art
  • Early Renaissance Art History
  • High Renaissance Art History
  • History of Photography
  • Modern European and Italian Art
  • Museology
  • Museology Traineeship
  • 19th-Century European and Italian Art History
  • Women & the Arts in Italy


  • Artisan Apprenticeship
  • Batik (all levels)
  • Book Arts
  • Jewelry Design (all levels)
  • Weaving (all levels)


  • Contemporary Furniture Design
  • Design Futures: A Seminar
  • Design Traineeships
  • Eco Design (all levels)
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Italian Fashion Design

Language & Literature

  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Italian Language (all levels)
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Modern & Contemporary Italian Women Writers

Performance Studies

  • Acting: Italian Methods and Techniques
  • History of Italian Cinema
  • History of Classic Rock
  • History of Opera
  • History of Italian Theater

Photography & Media Studies

  • Animation
  • Digital Multimedia (all levels)
  • Photography (Black-and-White) (all levels)
  • Photography (Color) (all levels)
  • Video (all levels)
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

Last updated December 6, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
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Application deadline to be considered for scholarships: March 15
Italy - Florence
Start date: Sept. 2018
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Italy - Florence
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