PreCollege offers a diverse and introductory course of study comparable to that of a first-year BFA student.

With an innovative curriculum and a commitment to hands-on learning and active dialogue, SFAI fosters an authentic artistic community engaged in interdisciplinary thinking and contemporary studio practice. PreCollege offers a diverse and introductory course of study comparable to that of a first-year BFA student. Students pick two different courses (morning and afternoon) that meet for three hours each, Monday through Thursday. Friday academic activities, studio hours, and exploratory workshops enhance the studio curriculum.


Morning Courses

Afternoon Courses

Student Campus Schedule
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tuesday and Thursday

Fridays in Focus

An exciting range of workshops and activities fill Friday at PreCollege. Meet new people, work with faculty, and explore the Bay Area. Friday morning and afternoon activities are required for PreCollege students—you wouldn’t want to miss them anyway—in addition to classes and studio time.


Friday, June 23 + June 30 | 9:30am–12:30pm
Friday Workshops introduce new mediums and methods of creativity. You’ll interact with SFAI faculty and discover new ideas and practices to enhance your own work.

Workshop topics may include:


Friday, June 23 + June 30 | 1:30–4:30pm
Friday afternoons at PreCollege are all about engaging with the local art community and your peers. See what the Bay Area’s museums have to offer and find new artists to inspire your practice.

  • Friday, June 23 – Visit the recently-expanded SFMOMA, home to groundbreaking special exhibitions, as well as a world-renowned collection of celebrated artists from the past century.
  • Friday, June 30 – Explore cutting-edge, contemporary art museums in downtown San Francisco, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Friday, July 14
You will meet with your studio courses on Friday, July 14 for exhibition preparations and final critique. Then, show off all the work you’ve produced in PreCollege and share your accomplishments with friends, family, and the public in a culminating campus-wide final exhibition.

For families and friends, we’ll kick things off at 3:30pm with a screening of projects from the Performance and Video Art, and Experimental Cinema courses, followed by a campus-wide exhibition from 4:30­–6:30pm.

Attendance in all Friday sessions is mandatory. If you choose to withdraw from PreCollege early without attending the final exhibition you will not receive program credit.

Evening Studio

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4:30–6:30pm
Commitment to the creative process is integral at PreCollege. The required Evening Studio allows you to practice making work independently and is a fruitful time for collaboration and peer support. Studios, equipment, and campus resources are available throughout the week, and students should expect to commit approximately ten hours per week—including the required studio hours—to thoroughly develop and complete projects.

"Before SFAI I hadn’t really been able to intensely focus on art for a long enough time to figure out what I really liked to work on. PreCollege gave me the space to discover my strengths and weaknesses as an artist. But what I’ll remember most about my time at SFAI are the people. All this wouldn’t have meant much if I wasn’t surrounded by other students that I respect this much. They know who they are, and I’m going to miss them.”

Daniel Holzman
San Francisco, CA