Application Checklist

PreCollege Application deadline May 2, 2016

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Five to eight examples of work that reflect your imagination and originality. For students pursuing time-based mediums such as video or film, please submit five to ten minutes of work
  3. Artist statement (a one-page essay about your primary interests in making art)
  4. Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or teacher who is familiar with your artistic interests
  5. $65 application fee

>> International Applicants: SFAI has authorization under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents are required to obtain F1 student visa authorization to participate. Please contact the Global Programs Office for assistance at or 415.749.4530 <<

For more information about selecting work for your portfolio and acceptable letters of recommendation, please visit the FAQ section. For a paper application, please click here.

Due to our small program and course sizes, acceptance into the program and course selection is competitive. We recommend applying early by the priority application deadline of April 1, 2016.

Acceptance to SFAI PreCollege does not automatically enroll you in courses. In addition to applying early, we recommend submitting your tuition deposit promptly in order to have the best chance of getting into your first-choice courses. You will be notified by phone and e-mail of an admissions decision within one week of receiving your completed application and materials.


Important Dates*

January 4, 2016 Application processing begins
February 1, 2016 Scholarship application review begins
April 1, 2016

Priority, and international student application deadline

May 2, 2016 PreCollege Application Deadline

Tuition and housing deposit due
May 30, 2016 Tuition and housing payment deadline
June 19, 2016

Residence hall move-in

All-student and parent Orientation Dinner
June 20, 2016 Courses begin
July 15, 2016 Campus-wide Final Exhibition
July 16, 2016 Residence hall check-out

*Deadlines reflect when materials must be received by SFAI PreCollege


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

phone: 415.749.4554
fax: 415.351.3516