The distinguished legacy of painting at SFAI informs the present and future of the medium.
The Painting program at SFAI has been at the forefront of many important historical developments, including Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, the California Funk Movement and the street art-inspired projects of the Mission School. This pluralistic history informs the contemporary moment where all possibilities are valued, from traditional approaches on canvas to interdisciplinary painting practices.
At SFAI, the ever-expanding definition of painting is affirmed by a philosophically diverse faculty enthusiastic about a wide range of approaches to material and conceptual solutions. Faculty challenge students to ask bold questions and to develop their own authentic approach to painting.
|In Studio Art (with Optional Emphasis)||0|
|Graduate Critique Seminar||12|
|Electives (3 units in emphasis with emphasis option)||6|
|Topics Seminar (in emphasis with emphasis option)||6|
|Art History Seminar Electives||9|
|Critical Studies Seminar Electives||6|
|Graduate Lecture Series||0|
Virtual Tour of Painting Studios