Public Education FAQ

Starting December 1, 2015, we have changed our registration system to Eventbrite. As this is a new system, you may choose to create a new account/profile when you register. You do not have to create an account/profile in order to complete your registration for Public Education courses.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding creating a profile, forgot your password, or have trouble logging in, please contact Eventbrite's 24 hour support line at 1.888.810.2063.

If you have any questions or need more information about a course on offer, please contact the Public Education office at 415.749.4554 or e-mail

We are so pleased that you would like to take a Public Education course. Please read through the visa information below. If you have any additional questions, please email us at:

If you plan to enter the United States on a B-type tourist visa, or are currently in the United States on another visa type, you may only be authorized to take coursework for personal enrichment. In other words, you may not enroll in courses for academic credit. Public Education courses fit this enrichment-only requirement and you would be eligible to enroll in any SFAI Public Education course as a tourist in the United States.

As Public Education courses are noncredit, and for personal enrichment only, this program does not fulfill the requirements for I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa. There is no appropriate visa category for students whose primary purpose for coming to the United States is part-time study. To attend SFAI as an F1 visa holder, you must be formally admitted to a full-time, degree-seeking program.

Yes, you can. While it is preferable that each adult student have and manage their own account, you are able to sign up a family member or friend. Under the My Account section of the registration website, click Add Account Member. You will have the option of selecting your family member or friend as the registrant for classes.

It does not. Materials lists will be provided to students prior to the course start date. 

Materials lists are posted on each course page approximately two weeks before the course start date. Find your course in the schedule, click on the course title, and then click on "Materials List" to view or download the PDF. Students should expect to bring all materials to the first class, unless otherwise instructed. Materials can range in cost from $0-$250 depending on the course. If you have concerns about the cost of materials, or have trouble locating your materials list, please contact Public Education staff at

Unfortunately, most SFAI studios are only available to Public Education students during class time. Studio courses are immersive and hands-on, providing students with ample time to complete their projects. The Digital Imaging Studio is available by appointment, allowing students to expertly print digital files. The Friday Open Drawing studio offers students the opportunity to drop in and work from a figure model.

No. We do not allow auditing in Public Education courses. If you are unsure of a course, please contact our staff and we will be happy to put you in touch with the instructor to get you as much information as possible.

All classes take place at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You will find directions by car or public transit to our campus online. SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students (in the Spring and Fall semesters) do not need to worry about moving their cars during class. Summer courses typically begin at 6:30 pm, and Public Education students are encouraged to take a break during class to move their cars, if necessary.

Course schedules are posted days before registration begins:

        Spring registration begins December 1

        Summer registration begins April 1

        Fall registration begins July 1

We will send you an email to notify you once registration is open. If you’re not on our emailing list, please request information or send a message to

We do not offer any certificates at this time. All of our Public Education courses are non-credit. If you need proof of enrollment, we are happy to provide a letter stating that you were enrolled in a course(s). No official transcript is available.

We send out a call for instructors once a year. To receive the call, email a letter of interest to Barbara Davidson, Director of Public Education, at

The minimum age for enrollment in Public Education courses is 17. We also offer two summer programs for teenagers:

    Young Artist Program (ages 13–15)

    PreCollege Program (ages 16–18)