Application Checklist

PreCollege Application deadline May 30, 2018

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Five to eight examples of work that reflect your imagination and originality. For students pursuing time-based mediums such as video or film, please submit five to ten minutes of work
  3. Artist statement (a one-page essay about your primary interests in making art)
  4. Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or teacher who is familiar with your artistic interests
  5. $65 application fee

For more information about selecting work for your portfolio and acceptable letters of recommendation, please visit the FAQ section

Due to our small program and course sizes, acceptance into the program and course selection is competitive. We highly recommend applying by the deadline of May 30, 2018.

Acceptance to SFAI PreCollege does not automatically enroll you in courses. In addition to applying early, we recommend submitting your tuition deposit promptly in order to have the best chance of getting into your first-choice courses. You will be notified by phone and e-mail of an admissions decision within one week of receiving your completed application and materials.


January 5, 2018 Application processing begins
February 1, 2018 Scholarship application review begins
April 2, 2018

Priority + International student application deadline

May 1, 2018
Application deadline

Tuition and housing deposit due
May 30, 2018

Extended Deadline

Tuition and housing payment deadline

June 17, 2018

Residence hall move-in + housing orientation

June 18, 2018 Courses begin

All-student orientation (parents welcome)
July 13, 2018 Campus-wide Final Exhibition
July 14, 2018 Residence hall check-out

*Deadlines reflect when materials must be received by SFAI PreCollege

“SFAI let me exist solely as an artist. I was treated as an individual, and experienced life for myself. I grew as an artist technically, but more than that I found a voice for myself which I didn't have before. I learned to be vulnerable, but also was expected to be responsible. This program is a once in a life time opportunity, and I loved every second of it.”

– Alice Bundy

Los Angeles, CA


San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

phone: 415.749.4554
fax: 415.351.3516