Post-Baccalaureate Awards

China—US Culture Scholarship

The China—US Culture Scholarship supports San Francisco Art Institute’s institutional commitment to cross-cultural exploration and preparing students to be global citizens. SFAI, located in the Pacific Rim city of San Francisco, was the first art school of higher education to have an official partnership with China. To continue this partnership, China Academy of Art is offering 10 select SFAI Post-Baccalaureate students a scholarship to the three-year IMFA (International Master of Fine Arts) degree after successful completion of SFAI's one-year Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. The prestigious China Academy of Art has three campuses located in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China. The IMFA is a full residency program in China. This China—US Culture scholarship is merit-based; reviewed by a committee composed of faculty and staff. More information can be found here.


Award Amount
The China Ministry of Education will award two scholarship amounts: the Government Full Scholarship which includes full-tuition, free room and board, health insurance, and a stipend to 5 select applicants and the Provincial Scholarship which includes a full-tuition award to 5 additional applicants each year. The award is renewable for up to the published length of the IMFA program at CAA (three years). Awards may be used toward the IMFA degree at CAA only and are not transferable to the tuition costs of the one-year Post-Baccalaureate program at SFAI.


Applicants must be US citizens and must complete the Post-Baccalaureate program at SFAI as a pathway to receiving this scholarship.

For the inaugural year of this scholarship only (to begin study at CAA in Fall 2018), SFAI's current Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, and Dual Degree students graduating in May 2018 and alumni of these programs who graduated between 2013–2017 are also eligible to apply.

No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required for admission. The IMFA requires a minimum result of 90 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS for non-native English language speakers.


How to Apply
I. Applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate program at SFAI, which is the Pathway Program to the IMFA, must submit the following items by April 1, 2018:

II. Current SFAI Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, and Dual Degree students graduating in May 2018 and recent alums of these programs in or after the year 2013 may submit the CAA Application and essay question by April 1, 2018, in order to be considered.

  • Online application to China Academy of Art
  • Answer one of the questions below and submit via email with your full name, program, contact information, and year of graduation to by April 1, 2018, in order to be considered.

Essay Questions
Choose 1 question below and respond with an 800-word response essay. Please type your response and email it as an attachment to if you are a new applicant or to if you are an SFAI alum. Include your name, program, contact info, and date of SFAI graduation, if applicable, on each page of your response essay. File types accepted: pdf or word doc.

  1. Given your unique perspective, background, and set of experiences, how would you contribute to cultural exchange with China? How do you see your art and ideas participating in cross-cultural art education?
  2. What is your vision of world art? How do multi-culturalism, social practice, and extended media define contemporary art of the last quarter of a century?