An Honors Semester in Florence
Intensive study in places of great aesthetic and historical resonance has long been an important tradition in an artist's education. To build on this tradition, MICA and Studio Art Centers International (SACI) have established the MICA@SACI honors program in Florence. This program is unique in that a MICA faculty member is in residence at SACI every semester and works intensively on site with a cohort of talented MICA students. Students combine course work in advanced, individually-directed studio with SACI's academic and studio electives.
Participation is open to all majors. The program celebrates artistic diversity and expects the highest quality of work from its students. Admission is competitive, and selected participats can look forward to working with an accomplished group of peers and experienced international faculty at SACI.
The six-credit honors independent studio course, under supervision of the MICA faculty member in residence, is designed to foster each student's personal direction and development. Students also choose up to three elective courses from SACI's numerous studio and academic offerings. Among SACI's many electives are courses in art conservation, fresco painting, art history (taught on site in the museums and monuments of Italy), Italian language and culture, museology, and much more – all of which complement MICA’s curriculum and take full advantage of Florence's world-class artistic and cultural treasures.
Students' schedules are organized as follows:
|Honors Independent Studio||6 credits|
|SACI Electives||9 credits|
All instruction is in English and no previous knowledge of Italian is required.
SACI Consortium Internships
MICA students can now apply for 3 credit internships when they study abroad for a fall or spring semester. SACI interns assist SACI instructors, teaching assistants, and administrators in a non-teaching capacity to ensure the smooth functioning of classes and events in their assigned areas. Examples of possible tasks include preparing materials for class, maintaining studio facilities, and installing exhibitions. Interns will work 8 hours a week.
Applications will be reviewed by Faculty Area Heads and SACI Faculty. Grades will be on a Pass/Fail basis and there will also be a written evaluation of the internship.
Internships are available in the following areas:
- Painting - Design
- Fresco - Digital Multimedia
- Drawing - Photography
- Printmaking - Illustration
- Sculpture - Ceramics
- Library - Renaissance & Baroque Art History
How to Apply:
- Fill out MICA's normal SACI application (i.e. follow the Application Checklist and turn in all required paperwork by the appropriate deadline).
- Submit an additional letter indicating your desired intern subject.
- Obtain one recommendation letter from your academic advisor supporting the internship area/subject chosen.
MICA’s faculty member in residence at SACI during the spring 2014 semester is Jo Smail.
SACI’s resident faculty members are international (Italian, British, American, and more) and are experienced and expert studio artists, art historians, and educators.
SACI is housed at the ‘Palazzo dei Cartelloni,’ a beautifully restored Renaissance building in the center of Florence that boasts gallery and exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, an art conservation laboratory, media facilities, and studios that surround a large, traditional Italian garden. Facilities at SACI include dedicated MICA studio space. Students live in the city of Florence in fully furnished, self-catering apartments.
Applicants must have junior status while abroad and a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Qualified students are encouraged to apply.
See the "Applications and Deadlines" link on this website for complete application information. The deadline to apply for fall abroad is March 1 and for spring abroad is September 15.
SACI offers several competitive scholarships for semester study abroad. One large scholarship and several partial scholarships of $500 to $2,500 are available. A committee at SACI confers awards based on a combination of need and merit. You will need to have filed a FAFSA form to be considered and to obtain an SAR report from MICA's Financial Aid office to submit with your study abroad application. (See MICA's Financial Aid office for more information about filing a FAFSA.) Be sure to check with International Affairs to confirm the SACI scholarship application deadline, which may be earlier than the regular semester study abroad application deadline.
MICA @ SACI: An Honors Program in Italy (Florence)
|Semester Dates||Fall: September to December; Spring: January to April|
|Application Deadlines||September 15 (for spring), March 1 (for fall)|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Subjects||Students take a total of 15 credits on the program, including the Honors Independent Studio (a required 6-credit course with the resident MICA faculty member), plus a choice of SACI electives in Art Conservation, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Fresco Painting, Italian Language and Culture, Jewelry, Liberal Arts, Museology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.|
|Housing||Available through SACI. Students have private or shared rooms in furnished apartments with other SACI students in Florence.|
For more information about the MICA @ SACI Honors Semester in Florence, please contact MICA’s International Affairs Office. Additional information about SACI may be found on SACI's website.