San Francisco Art Institute was founded by artists for artists in 1871.

SFAI is a laboratory for art + ideas where you can push the boundaries of:

Admissions Events + Deadlines

Nov 12: Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions »

Nov 16: Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions »

Nov 23: Graduate Preview Day »

Dec 10: Graduate Virtual Q&A Sessions »

Dec 14: Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Sessions »

2020 Application Deadlines

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Deadline: Nov 15, 2019

Spring 2020 MFA & Post-Baccalaureate Deadline: Nov 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Graduate Deadline: Jan 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Low-Residency MFA Deadline: Jan 15, 2020

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Freshman Deadline: Feb 1, 2020

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Transfer Deadline: Mar 15, 2020

Prepare for a career in the arts. Connect with museums, galleries and art collectors through SFAI's exclusive online artist registry. Complete an internship with an arts-focused organization, gallery or museum. 

Learn how to: 

  • PRICE your artwork
  • Find the right ARTIST RESIDENCY
  • MARKET yourself as an artist
  • DOCUMENT your work
  • apply to gallery and museum JOBS
  • write a quality ARTIST STATEMENT
  • INSTALL and hang art
  • start your own gallery or ART BUSINESS
  • prepare for EXHIBITIONS

... and more

SFAI Alumni  go on to show work in galleries and museums, found art organizations, win academy awards, write books, and so much more... 

Read SFAI alumni stories »

Explore current SFAI student work »

Alicia McCarthy (BFA 1995) and Scott Trattner (BFA 1997) on SFAI: