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Download the SACI MFA Degree in Photography Brochure.
Please click on one of the titles below to read about eligibility requirements and how to complete the application process.
US and international students who have earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, prior to beginning graduate study at SACI may apply for admission to the MFA in Photography program. Applicants who attend, or attended, a US college or university must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (based upon a scale in which A = 4.0). The required minimum undergraduate grade point average in studio art course work if the applicant has had no previous graduate experience is 3.3. The required minimum grade point average in previous graduate work in studio art is also 3.3.
Those whose native language is not English who have not demonstrated English-language proficiency through prior study in the English language at an institution of higher learning will be required to demonstrate English-language proficiency through one of the methods indicated in the Non-US Student Admissions section of the SACI web site.
In addition to the above, to be admitted to the program applicants must demonstrate:
- Academic distinction in prior university-level study as evidenced through submission of transcripts from all schools attended showing courses completed and grades received. In reviewing applicants’ academic records, special attention will be paid to course work undertaken in areas most relevant to Photography.
- Artistic promise in Photography as evinced through submission of a portfolio with images of a substantial number of high quality photographs.
- Strong support from instructors or other artists or photographers familiar with the applicant’s work as indicated through submission of at least three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s past academic and/or artistic performance; assess the applicant’s appropriateness for MFA in Photography study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as a photographer and educator.
- A background evincing both a high level of achieve- ment in photography, as indicated through exhibitions, membership in photography organizations, etc., and sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying Photography at the graduate level in Florence.
- Clearly articulated educational goals and artistic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s MFA in Photography program.
All proficiencies required for entrance to the program must be achieved prior to admittance. No credit toward the degree is permitted for study directed toward completion of these proficiencies.
Students may begin study in the Master of Fine Arts in Photography program in the Fall semester only.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, space permitting.
Applicants for scholarships must apply by March 15.
Applicants should complete and submit the online application form through the SACI web site, including a $70 non-refundable processing fee. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, you are requested to contact the SACI New York office before submitting your application.
Please note: If you are a SACI alumnus/alumna, you are not required to pay an application fee.
In addition, the following materials should be sent directly to the New York Admissions office of Studio Art Centers International:
- Short essay describing the applicant’s area of specialization, objectives, and reasons for wishing to enter the program
- One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation (academic preferred) from instructors or other artists familiar with the applicant’s work. Recommendation letters must be in sealed envelopes. You can download the Letter of Recommendation Form.
- Curriculum vitae (required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years).
Submitting Your e-Portfolio
For admission, an ePortfolio of 15-20 images of your strongest and most recent work in Photography must be submitted. This ePortfolio must be posted online via SACI’s electronic portfolio provider. SACI does not require a payment for submitting an ePortfolio. Upon submission of your SACI application, you will receive an email with a link for your ePortfolio submission. Acceptable file formats and sizes for ePortfolios are: Images: JPEG at a resolution of 72 dpi which must be no larger than 600 pixels in the longest direction. Videos: .flv, .wmv,.mov—up to 60 MB each and no longer than five minutes. Text documents: PDF format up to 10 MB each. All submissions must include an inventory list with title, medium, size, date, and description.