San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1871, is one of the country's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context. Notable alumni include Aziz + Cucher, Kathryn Bigelow, Joan Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Richard Diebenkorn, Karen Finley, Howard Fried, Toba Khedoori, Paul Kos, Annie Leibovitz, Liza Lou, Paul McCarthy, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Laura Poitras, Jason Rhoades, Leslie Shows, and Kehinde Wiley.

DEGREES OFFERED: BA, BFA, MA, MFA, Dual Degree MA/MFA, Low-Residency MFA
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, WASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Art and Technology
Exhibition and Museum Studies**
Film
History and Theory of Contemporary Art
New Genres

 

Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Studio Art**

MINORS OFFERED:

Art and Technology
Film
History and Theory of Contemporary Art
New Genres

 

Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
SFAI’s First-Year Program enhances skills in research, critical thinking, and written/visual expression, and challenges students to move beyond assumptions about what art is and can be. Contemporary Practice is the cornerstone of the first-year experience, introducing students to the SFAI community and resources and exposing them to the range of possibilities for a practicing contemporary artist. The First-Year Program also includes five 100-level studio courses, two art history courses, and two English composition courses. Together, these components lay the foundation for advanced study in SFAI’s major and minor disciplines.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 42,220
MANDATORY FEES 870
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,791
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 11,500
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 13,850
OTHER 3,168
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $15,664 100%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,872 28%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 5,591 19%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 4,899 59%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $22,205
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 90%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 23%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 322

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 312
PART-TIME 26

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required, depending on program
SAT / ACT: Recommended
PORTFOLIO: Required, depending on program

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 59

FULL-TIME 25
PART-TIME 114
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
8.0 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
54%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
49%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
38%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
40%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
62% FEMALE
38% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Adult Public Education
Young Artists Program
PreCollege Program
City Studio (community outreach)
Summer Undergraduate Residency Program

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Career & internship Services
Study Abroad and Domestic Exchange with Dozens of Institutions
Academic Resource Center (tutoring services)
On- and Off-Campus Exhibition Opportunities
24/7 Access to Studio Facilities
Student Government
Student-Led Clubs and Organizations
Counseling Services
First-Year Program
Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
Graduate Lecture Series
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Painting Fellows
Harker Award for Interdisciplinary Studies Artists-in-Residence
Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellows
Exhibitions and Public Programs Fellowship
SFAI + Kadist Fellowship
AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).