Transfer to SFAI

Transfer Applicants

On this page you'll find information about applying as a transfer student and step-by-step application instructions. 

Students planning to transfer to SFAI in the future are strongly recommended to take an average of 2 liberal arts and 3 studio introductory courses eligible for transfer (see Articulation Agreements) each semester prior to applying to SFAI for a smoother transition. Students who do not transfer in this balance of courses may need a substantively adjusted schedule during their first semester or two at SFAI.

Articulation Agreements

Want to know which courses at your college will transfer to SFAI?

SFAI has articulation agreements either in place, or in the final planning stages, with the community colleges listed below. Check this page frequently for updated information related to transfer credit policy and articulation agreements:

City College of San Francisco (CCSF)
Contra Costa College (CCC)
Foothill College (Foothill)
Memphis College of the Arts (MCA)
Santa Monica College (SMC)


How to Apply

Acceptance is based on thoughtful review of your application materials:

  • Online application, including the $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Portfolio and artist statement (BFA applicants only) via SlideRoom
  • Critical essay (BA applicants only)
  • Official high school/secondary school transcript(s) or CHSPE/GED certificate
  • Letter of recommendation 

Important Dates

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Spring 2020 MFA & Post-Baccalaureate Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Fall 2020 Graduate Deadline

January 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Low-Residency MFA Deadline

January 15, 2020

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Freshman Deadline

February 1, 2020

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Transfer Deadline

March 15, 2020

Official Transcripts

All transfers for both incoming and continuing students require official transcripts of courses petitioned for transfer. 

  • Official transcripts are sealed in an envelope with appropriate stamp or seal from the institution.
  • Must be submitted at the time of application for incoming students; submitted once grades are posted from outside institutions for continuing students
  • Failure to submit all transcripts may result in a change of admission status or academic standing/progress
  • All documents submitted for evaluation become the property of SFAI regardless of admissions or concurrent registration decision

Scholarship Opportunity

Direct transfer students from any California community college pursuing their first bachelor’s degree will be automatically eligible for a Transfer Scholarship in the amount of $20,000 provided that they are admissible to SFAI with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. There will be no limit to the number of scholarships available each semester and no additional application required to receive funds.


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