Application Checklist

PreCollege Application deadline May 30, 2017

  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

For more information about selecting work for your portfolio and acceptable letters of recommendation, please visit the FAQ section

Due to our small program and course sizes, acceptance into the program and course selection is competitive. We highly recommend applying early, or by the priority application deadline of April 3, 2017.

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.


January 4, 2017 Application processing begins
February 1, 2017 Scholarship application review begins
April 3, 2017

Priority student application deadline

May 1, 2017
Tuition and housing deposit due
May 30, 2017

Extended Application Deadline!

Tuition and housing payment deadline

June 18, 2017

Residence hall move-in + housing orientation

June 19, 2017 Courses begin

All-student orientation (parents welcome)
July 14, 2017 Campus-wide Final Exhibition
July 15, 2017 Residence hall check-out

*Deadlines reflect when materials must be received by SFAI PreCollege

“Art has always been a passion of mine but it was not until I attended SFAI PreCollege that I felt my art had a voice and I could change the world with it. I have never been in such a caring and open-minded environment where everyone accepts each other and their work. This program has truly opened my eyes to a bigger and better world.”

Rachel Bidinost
Redwood City, CA


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

phone: 415.749.4554
fax: 415.351.3516