SFAI is interested in you and who you will become—and that interest begins with the very first inquiry.
We have suspended applications from first-year students. Yet, we are available to discuss your path to SFAI.
Undergraduate Transfer Deadline
November 15, 2021*
Undergraduate Transfer Deadline
March 15, 2022*
*After the deadline, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.
Submit your portfolio and artist statement via SlideRoom.
For BFA applicants, your portfolio is a chance to introduce yourself and may include examples of your artwork across several different mediums or artwork you created within one medium. Creative writing, journals, and proposals may also supplement visual submissions.
Show us what you’re made of with 10–15 digital images and/or 3–4 video clips. Please include the Title, Medium, and Date in Slideroom.
For your artist statement, briefly explain the ideas and content of the work in your portfolio. What factors have influenced this body of work? What do you want to accomplish at SFAI in terms of your art-making? You may also include artists and outside sources that have influenced you.
Please write 500–750 words on one of the three topics listed below.
Submit your critical essay via SlideRoom.
Letters of recommendation are submitted online via Slideroom, and should come from a teacher or another individual familiar with your abilities and goals.
As you complete the application you will be required to enter your recommender’s name, title, email address, phone number, organization and your relationship to your recommender, along with a personal message to your recommender.
An automatic email will be sent to each of your recommenders with instructions on how to complete the process. Please let your recommenders know in advance to expect this email.
You do not need to wait for your recommenders to send their letters to submit your application on Slideroom, SFAI will continue to receive recommendation letters after your application has been submitted.
You can submit your transcripts 3 different ways:
1. Request an official transcript online via Parchment. Please take a screenshot or save a PDF of your transcript request to attach to your application in Slideroom.
2. If your official transcript is not available through Parchment, request an official transcript directly from your school.
If your school has the option to send official transcripts through an online service other than Parchment, these should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If your school requires official transcripts to be sent by mail, please mail to the following address:
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Please take a screenshot or save a PDF of your transcript request to attach to your application in Slideroom.
3. If you have not requested an official transcript yet or your degree is still in progress, you can attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to your application in Slideroom. If you are submitting unofficial transcripts from multiple schools, please scan them all into a single PDF.
Final/Official Transcripts and Documents
Students who have not submitted final official transcripts by the end of their first term at SFAI will not be considered officially admitted and will be unable to register for a subsequent term in their degree or certificate program until all outstanding documents have been received. SFAI will return any disbursed Title IV funding to the Department of Education and the student will be responsible for any charges due to SFAI as defined by the financial policies in the Student and Campus Handbook.
Summer-start students have until the last day of the fall semester following their term of matriculation to submit final official documents.