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The following questions refer to academic information for students who have been admitted to Studio Art Centers International.
If the question you would like to ask is not amongst these, please visit our exhaustive FAQ page, where a large number of topics are listed and many more questions are answered.
SACI accepts applications on a rolling basis, therefore as soon as we receive all your application materials, we can process your application for acceptance as long as space is available. Once you have been accepted, you will receive an invoice indicating a deposit payment due immediately. When we receive this payment, your space is secured. Should you decide that you will not be attending SACI, please contact the office immediately to arrange for a refund (if applicable).
Most SACI courses award 3 semester hours of credit. However, Early and High Renaissance Art History each have a co-requisite: Early Renaissance On Site and High Renaissance On Site (to cover the required field trips). Each are therefore considered equivalent to 2 courses. When pre- registering for Fall or Spring SACI courses, it’s important to request both the Art History and the On Site components.
Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, and MA students earn graduate credit for all Studio, Art History and Art Conservation courses at SACI.
Students attending SACI independently or through a home institution who have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) can request to earn graduate credit for all courses with the exception of Italian Language, Italian Cinema, and Creative Writing. The student must:
- send an official transcript indicating the conferral of the Bachelor of Arts degree
- clearly indicate this request to the SACI Registrar by email or in the “comments for the Registrar” section of the online application (under “course selection”).
Scholarship applicants must submit 15-20 images of their artwork or 5 minutes of time-based work or 2 writing samples. The New York Admissions Office will provide instructions on how to submit these online.
For placement in courses at the intermediate or advanced level or with pre-requisites, 6 samples of previous artwork are necessary when students have not met the official requirements (please note: Advanced Placement credit is not automatically equivalent to the college-level course). For additional information, please refer to “Portfolio requirements” in the Registration section.
In the Fall and Spring, students may enroll each semester in up to 5 courses. In the Late Spring and Summer, students may enroll each term in up to 2 courses. For additional information please refer to "Number of courses" in the Registration section
All students at SACI are expected to pursue course work full time. For additional information please refer to "Number of courses" in the Registration section.
Students must check with their home schools to find out if SACI credits are accepted. SACI is affiliated with Bowling Green State University, through which students can receive their transcripts should their home schools not accept them from SACI. The advisor signing the application form must check the appropriate box (requesting transcripts from SACI or from Bowling Green State University).
For additional information please refer to "Course requirements and credit transfer" in the Registration section.
The Registrar emails students on more than one occasion with information about the registration process; approximately one month before the beginning of the term each student receives from the Registrar their personalized schedule. To find out which courses students are registered for or to change classes before arriving at SACI, students should email the registrar. They will receive a reply shortly thereafter.
Students are registered for courses based upon the order in which they are listed on their application form. When schedule conflicts occur or courses are full, students will be placed in one of their alternative choices. For additional information, please refer to the Registration section (please also take a look at the Waiting list section).
There is a drop/add period in which students can drop or add classes without it appearing on their transcript. They need to see the Registrar to make these changes and in some cases need to request approval from their home schools to make sure the credits will transfer. At the end of this period, students must sign a Class Confirmation, where they confirm that the courses listed are correct. For additional information please refer to "Course changes" in the Registration section
As an Academic Semester Abroad or Academic Year Abroad student, would I be required to enroll in specific courses at SACI?
The answer would depend upon your home institution’s requirements. You should check with your home school advisor to learn whether you are required to take a specific course while at SACI. It would be helpful if the advisor could notify the SACI Registrar of any specific requirements. For additional information please refer to "Course requirements and credit transfer" in the Registration section.
Students can request to take a course pass/fail or to audit a course (in which case it appears on their transcript with no credit). After the drop/add period, however, they may not change their selected status. Students are required to obtain approval from their home schools in order to take a course at SACI as pass/fail grade.
Students are not permitted to audit studio, conservation, or creative writing courses.
Graduate students enrolled in SACI's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program and BGSU Master of Fine Arts Program - First Year in Florence at SACI are not permitted to take courses as audit or pass/fail.
Yes. If you wish to defer, please email the New York office and state your name, the term you were admitted into and the term you wish to attend. You will be responsible for contacting SACI at least one month prior to the term you wish to attend in order to confirm your intent to enroll.