SFAI Description

Located in one of the most visually stunning cities, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) offers a visual arts curriculum that blends experimental art practice and Art Theory and History.

Bachelor’s, master’s and MFA programs are the main degrees offered at SFAI. Additional programs include a low-residency master’s program and a one-year certificate program.

In addition to the intense theoretical and practical training and education, students are also given access to some of the most recognized art and artists. Several SFAI galleries, each focusing on a different theme, cultural perspective or artistic movement, exhibit work by some of the most current visual arts practitioners.

SFAI also conducts residencies whereby renowned artists work, teach, exhibit and lecture on campus, giving students the opportunity to gain different perspectives from some of the art-world’s best.

Graduate students at SFAI exhibit their work as well at a gallery specifically devoted to their work.

SFAI’s locale is another compelling feature. Not only is San Francisco a visually and creatively inspiring city, it is also a city with a flourishing artistic culture, as seen by the numerous art galleries and museums throughout the city.

Admission to SFAI’s BFA and MFA programs is based primarily on one’s portfolio while admission to the BA program is primarily based on one’s academic performance and artistic commitment. Financial aid is available to qualifying students through loans, grants and other sources.

Quick Facts about San Francisco Art Institute

Region

Southwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)

Nickname

SFAI

Website

www.sfai.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$36,500

Out-of-State Tuition

$36,500

Retention Rate

56%

Enrollment

587

Year Established

1871

SFAI Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

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60% of students gave San Francisco Art Institute 4 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

What I like most about the school is the ability to study sculpture or photography even if one is a painting major. The most memorable experiences I've had have involved the myriad of teachers I've had. Whether they're giving a lecture or we're having a one-on-one discussion on a particular essay I'm writing or a painting I'm working on, these experiences are the ones I find most memorable and helpful at my school. If one really cares about what they're studying in school, the chances of a successful experience are more likely. Hard work is always important but again, it always makes it easier if one is passionate about what they're studying in school.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

I have never been more comfortable or happy then I am at SFAI. It has unreal resources for students and the public. The facilites are open 24/7, and can always be accessed. The academics incorporate art to make the students more interested. This is by the far the best art school in the world.

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SFAI Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
356
Freshman Class
82
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
587

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
61%
Graduate
39%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
98%
Part-Time
2%

Gender of Students

Women
64%
Men
36%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
8%
African American
4%
Caucasian
57%
American Indian or Alaska native
2%
Asian
8%
Unknown and Other
21%

International Students

International
8%
Domestic
92%

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