MFA in Studio Art Summer Low-Residency

How to Apply

  • Eligibility

    US and international students who have earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent may apply for admission to the SACI MFA Summer Low Residency in Studio Art. 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. 

    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 the proposed Major Discipline

    • Artistic promise in studio art as evinced through submission of a portfolio with images of a substantial number of high quality works.

    • Strong support from instructors or other artists 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 study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as an artist and educator.

    • A background evincing both a high level of achievement in artistic endeavor, as indicated through exhibitions, membership in arts organizations, etc., and sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying studio art at the graduate level in Florence.

    • Clearly articulated educational goals and artistic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s Summer Low Residency MFA in Studio Art program.

  • Create an Online Application

    Create a SACI Online Application and Pay the $70 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee

    You can edit your application at any time before it is submitted. When submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the application fee online with a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. You will be able to check the status of your SACI application through your online account. Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents.

    If you wish to apply for a SACI scholarship, you must indicated on your online application that you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Supporting Docments

    Official Transcripts

    One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    International Students: All non-Canadian international students are required to complete a degree equivalent evaluation, in place of your Official Transcripts requirement, through World Education Services.

    Three Letters of Recommendation 

    (Academic preferred) from instuctors or other artists familiar with your work. The Recommendation Letter Form can be used, but the letters or forms must be sent directly from the recommender to the SACI New York Admissions Office, either by mail or email.

    Short Essay

    The essay should describe your area of specialization, objectives, and reasons for wishing to enter the program.


    For admission, an ePortfolio of 15-20 images of your strongest and most recent work in Studio Art, Photography, or Design (depending on the degree program) 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.

    If You Have Been Out of School for More Than Three Years:

    Curriculum Vitae

    In addition to the above, a curriculum vitae is required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years.

    If Your Native Language Is Not English:

    Evidence of Language Proficiency

    See the Non-US Students section for information about English language proficiency assessments.

  • How to Submit Documents

    All documents listed above should be mailed or emailed to SACI's New York Admissions Office by the application deadline. 

    In order for your application to be considered complete, we will need your online application, processing fee and supporting materials prior to the application deadline for your program.

    Please note that official transcripts cannot be sent by email.

    Mail documents to:
    Studio Arts College International
    454 W 19th St
    New York, NY 10011

Tuition & Fees

  • Summer 2018

    $19,000 May 17 - August 11, 2018

    $1,100 Activity Fee

    $850 Student Services Fee

    $3,160 Housing Fee

    $1,280 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $1,000 General Program Deposit

  • Summer 2019

    $19,000 May 16 - August 10, 2019

    $1,100 Activity Fee

    $850 Student Services Fee

    $3,160 Housing Fee

    $1,280 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $1,000 General Program Deposit

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadlines

    Application Deadline Rolling admissions, space permitting

    All applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis; students who apply earlier have a better chance at receiving placement in the term that they are applying for. Applications received beyond the indicated deadlines will only be considered if space is still available in the selected term/study program.

  • Scholarship Deadlines

    Scholarship Deadline March 15

    Completed application and supporting materials for scholarship applicants must be received at SACI’s New York Office by the indicated Deadline.

  • Term Dates

    SUMMER 2018

    Term start/end dates: May 17 - August 11, 2018

    Arrival - Housing Opens May 17

    Orientation May 18-20

    Class Begins May 21

    Class Ends August 10

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes August 11

    SUMMER 2019

    Term start/end dates: May 16 - August 10, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens May 16

    Orientation May 17-19

    Class Begins May 20

    Class Ends August 9

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes August 10

    SUMMER 2020

    (Dates to be posted soon)

Scholarships & Aid

  • Scholarships & Aid

    Studio Arts College International makes every effort to make study abroad an achievable goal for every student. Find out more about how to apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid.

  • SACI Scholarships

    We offer many scholarships for incoming students. View SACI Scholarships.

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