Summer Program

July 25–August 12, 2016

YAP is an immersive summer program for young artists ages 13-15.

Join a creative community of individuals while getting your hands dirty, learning new artistic techniques, and expressing yourself.

Courses are led by dedicated artists and teachers in both morning (9:30 am–12:30 pm) and afternoon (1:30–4:30 pm) sessions. While on SFAI's historic campus in the heart of San Francisco, you'll look out at Alcatraz and the Bay during lunch in the SFAI Café; spend time in the Anne Bremer Memorial Library, which has over 20,000 art books, magazines, and videos; or participate in a YAP lunchtime social event.

Register beginning March 1, 2016

Space is limited. Early registration is recommended. Full tuition is due at time of registration and can be paid by credit card using our secure online registration system. To pay by check or money order, call 415.749.4554.



$900 Full-Day
(taking both a morning and afternoon course)

$475 Half-Day
(taking either a morning or afternoon course)


YAP Brochure

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YAP courses run for the entire three-weeks. Students choose one morning and/or one afternoon course to take for the whole program.

Morning | 9:30 am–12:30 pm
24 Frames per Second: Digital Animation
Expressive Painting: From Fundamentals to Inspiration
Through the Lens: Black-and-White Photography

Afternoon | 1:30–4:30 pm
From Line to Life Drawing
Action: Video Life
Lights, Camera, Click: Digital Photography
Clay Forms: Imagining the Figure



Friday Workshops

In addition to studying in a traditional studio environment, students participate in collaborative projects on Fridays. These sessions take place between classes from 12:30–1:30 pm and include technical workshops and conceptual exercises such as a collaborative mural project, exquisite corpse drawing exercises, or stop motion animations.

YAP Final Exhibition

A campus-wide exhibition and screening celebrates the extraordinary work of YAP participants. Join us Friday, August 12 from 4:30–6 pm.

A video and animation screening will commence at 4:30 pm in the Lecture Hall, followed by program closing remarks and the campus-wide exhibition until 6 pm.

Meal Plan

SFAI offers a balanced and healthy lunch plan for YAP students. The plan is required for full-time students; half-time students are encouraged to participate in the meal plan. After registering for courses, students and families will receive more information on the meal program and meal plan waiver.
Cost: $10/day.

All are encouraged to join the YAP team for weekly lunch activities ranging from an ice cream sculpture contest to a photobooth.