The institution was founded in 1975 by painter Jules Maidoff, whose goal was to offer the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of artists, art historians, and art conservators, as well as the opportunity to live out a full, first-hand immersion within Florentine culture and customs.


SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence.


SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.

Master's Programmes

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Studio Art Centers International!


Student services

SACI offers the Pre-departure, Orientation and Re-entry Support guide to outline the cultural and professional support for students during pre-departure orientation and re-entry services to maximize the global-minded study abroad experience.

Housing services

The SACI accommodation fee includes reasonable utilities usage and an administrative fee. SACI apartments differ in style, furnishings and amenities. Although most have been recently renovated, there is no way to standardize student apartments - some are in buildings which date back to the Renaissance and others are only a few decades old. Please note that none of the student apartments have telephones. Students can arrange for private portable cellular phone rentals if their budgets allow. Wifi is provided in all SACI apartments.

Library services

SACI's Worthington Library holdings include approximately 13,500 books, monographs and exhibition catalogs in the areas of art and art history, literature and criticism. There are extensive sections devoted to art history, conservation, museology, Italian history, language, film, literature and music.

Medical services

If you have a medical condition that we should be aware of (including allergies to medicines), please inform the Dean prior to your departure for Florence. You can always speak to the Dean about any personal problems you may be experiencing. Professional counselors who speak English can also be recommended.

Student Life

Campus life

The Palazzo dei Cartelloni (Via Sant'Antonino, 11), SACI's main facility, is in the center of Florence, 50 yards from the central food market, 600 yards from the Duomo, and 80 yards from the church of San Lorenzo with Michelangelo's Medici Chapel. Within five minutes walking distance there are bookshops, internet cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, cinemas and a myriad of stores. The school is also near to the train station, the bus station, and the Fortezza da Basso, where all international design fairs are held in Florence.

Student clubs

SACI students have a wide array of opportunities to interact with the Florentine community and give back to this magnificent city? Among SACI's many community involvement activities are restoration interventions in important historical spaces, opportunities to teach art to Italian children, decoration of local hospital wards, and public gardening.


  • Studio Art College International Is A Directly Accredited Institutional Member Of The National Association Of Schools Of Art And Design (NASAD).
  • Saci Is Affiliated With Bowling Green State University In Ohio, Which Is Accredited By Nasad And By The North Central Association Of Colleges And Secondary Schools.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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