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San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute is dedicated to the intrinsic value of art and its vital role in shaping and enriching society and the individual. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides its students with a rigorous education in the fine arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment and an integrated liberal arts curriculum.

About

History

Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art.

Education

Our degree programs are about much more than making or looking at objects. Art is embedded in culture in a myriad of ways, and students work closely with faculty and peers—in studio and liberal arts courses, and across disciplines—to strengthen modes of creative, visual, and analytical thinking that are essential for success.

Career

Career Resources at SFAI creates and supports programs and services targeted at providing students with skills and knowledge to grow their artist practice and build a successful career.

Career Resources can further assist students in their search through engagements such as:

  • One-on-one career counseling
  • Short and long term goal setting and action planning
  • Self-evaluation and knoweldge as it realtes to professional development.
  • Document review: resumes, cover letters, artist statements, and more
  • Support in building a strong, professional portfolio
  • Assistance with the job and residency search and application process

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Student Life

Campus life

SFAI’s historic 800 Chestnut Street campus, located in Russian Hill, has:

  • Studios and classrooms with individual studios for honors students
  • Walter and McBean Galleries—a professional exhibition space featuring work by international contemporary artists
  • Diego Rivera Gallery—a student-run space that provides opportunities to curate and exhibit work
  • Prentice and Paul Sack Still Lights Galleries for photo-based work
  • State-of-the-art digital labs supporting sound, photography, film, video, design, web programming, and print
  • Rooftop amphitheater
  • Courtyard café

Accreditation

SFAI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

San Francisco, California, United States

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