We’re thrilled to welcome you to the SFAI community!

Check out the Current Students section frequently, as pages are updated regularly with new information.

Questions about New Student Orientation?
Contact studentaffairs@sfai.edu | 415.351.3509

Orientation + Move-in Dates

Orientation is required for all new incoming students. It serves to get you acquainted with your student colleagues before classes start, and is a formal introduction to SFAI—its faculty, staff, facilities, campus resources—and the opportunities that await as you join this vibrant community.

All new, incoming undergraduate and graduate students attend orientation. Dates for upcoming orientation sessions are below.

Spring 2020 MOVE-IN DATE

  • Residence Hall Move-in is on January 15, 2020. 

For more information, please visit Housing and Residential Life.  Email: Housing@sfai.edu


All new students attend orientation. Sessions are desiged to provide a seemelss integration into SFAI facilities, staff, students, policies, and expectations.  Please note that attendance to the full program is necessary.  Questions about orientation?  Please email studentaffairs@sfai.edu.


  • All New Students: 
    • Thursday, January 16 from 11am - 4:30pm and
    • Friday, January 17 from 10am - 3:30pm. 

Meet both days at Courtyard of the 800 Chestnut Street Campus.  A detailed Orientation schedule is posted below and is subject to change.  Please note, only new students are to be present during the new student orientation sessions.  

  • Special Session for International Student Orientation: Thursday January 16 from 9am - 11am.


Special Session for International Students: 1/16/2020

When  What Where
9:00am Check- In and Document Drop Off (light morning refrensments) 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
9:15am Introduction to International Student F-1 Obligations Studio 18
11:00am Document pickup and join all new students for the remainder of the Orientation Program! 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 1/16/2020

When What Where
11:00am Check-in 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
11:15am Welcome Studio 18
11:25am Community Building through Artmaking Studios 13 + 14
12:25pm Lunch and History of SFAI Cafe
1:25pm Campus Resources  Around Campus
2:25pm Academic Resources, Advising, Counseling, Accessibility Services Studio 18
3:30pm Social Justice and Inclusion Studio 18


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 1/17/2020

When What Where
1:00pm Academic Best Practices @ SFAI Studio 18
1:45pm Department Chair Introduction Studio 18
2:45pm Campus Resources #2 Around Campus
3:45pm Facility, Safety, and Policy Expectations  Studio 18
5:00pm Travel to Fort Mason Campus Bus, Walking, Uber/Lyft
5:30pm Dinner at Fort Mason Seminar Room 2

Undergrad: Painting Facility Introduction

Graduate: Curriculum Overview and Studio Assignments

Fort Mason Campus
7:00pm To Be Real Opening Reception Main Gallery - Fort Mason

SFAI Student ID Card

Get a Student ID Card

New students will receive their Student ID Card during Orientation.

About Student ID Card

Your Student ID card helps SFAI make sure that campus is secured to only students after hours—that is, when SFAI is closed to the public. 

Your Student ID is also used to check out library books, audio-visual equipment, and purchase food at the SFAI Café.