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Download the SACI MA Degree in Art History 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 MA in Art History 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 Art History 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 Art History is also 3.3. Those whose native language is not English who have not demonstrated English-language proficiency through prior study at a US institution will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and have their TOEFL scores sent directly by ETS to SACI’s Admissions Office.
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 Art History.
- Academic promise in Art History as evinced through submission of two papers on art-historical themes.
- Strong support from instructors or others familiar with the applicant’s work as indicated through submission of at least three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s past academic performance; assess the applicant’s appropriateness for MA in Art History study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as an art historian and educator.
- A background suggesting sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying Art History at the graduate level in Florence.
- Clearly articulated educational goals and academic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s MA in Art History 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 MA in Art History 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.
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 from instructors or other artists familiar with the applicant’s work
- Two examples of original papers demonstrating the applicant’s scholarship on art-historical themes. Submit in PDF format, up to 10 MB each, to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curriculum vitae (required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years).