San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute Student Essentials

San Francisco Art Institute Student Essentials
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: $36,618
Out-of-State Tuition: $36,618
Retention Rate: 63%
Enrollment: 786
Year Established: 1871

About SFAI

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.

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SFAI Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 5 Reviews

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

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

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

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.


SFAI Map & Location

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133


Getting Around SFAI

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Transit

Excellent transit. This area has plenty of convenient public transportation.

10/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for San Francisco, CA

Winter
Dec
57
46
Jan
57
46
Feb
60
48
Spring
Mar
62
49
Apr
63
49
May
64
51
Summer
Jun
67
53
Jul
67
54
Aug
68
55
Fall
Sep
70
55
Oct
69
54
Nov
63
50

SFAI Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 511
Freshman Class 82
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 786

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 14%
  • African American: 4%
  • Caucasian: 60%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 12%
Latino 14%
African American 4%
Caucasian 60%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Unknown and Other 12%

Undergraduate 65%
Graduate 35%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%
Women 64%
Men 36%
International 7%
Domestic 93%

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