Studyportals placeholder

Low Residency, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
SFAI's Low-Residency MFA program offers the rigor and artistic community of the full-time program in a flexible format ideally suited for individuals who want to advance their creative work while maintaining a professional career or personal commitment.


Completed over three years, the program allows students to work with our faculty during intensive eight-week summer sessions in San Francisco's art community, and independently through mentored, off-site, one-on-one study, during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, students in the program have studio space in the graduate facility and access to all of our facilities. The summer sessions combine critiques, art history and critical studies seminars, visiting artist lectures, and individualized tutorials to create a comprehensive studio- and research-based curriculum. Students participate in Summer and Winter Reviews in San Francisco each year, and the program culminates with the MFA Exhibition—a prestigious show annually heralded for its raw, cutting-edge, creative output.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Graduate Critique Seminar
  • Tutorial
  • Art History Seminar Electives
  • Elective

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    47850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

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.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?