PreCollege Application Deadline:  May 1, 2019

  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 early, or by the priority application deadline of April 1, 2019.

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 4, 2019 Application processing begins
February 1, 2019 Scholarship application review begins
April 1, 2019 Priority + International student application deadline
May 1, 2019 Application deadline
May 30, 2019 Extended deadline + tuition and housing payment deadline
June 16, 2019 Residence hall move-in + housing orientation
June 17, 2019 All-student orientation (parents welcome)
July 12, 2019 Campus-wide Final Exhibition
July 13, 2019 Residence hall check-out

“SFAI has pushed me into getting more personal and meaningful with my work, trying out things that I was terrified of doing, thinking out of the box, and stepping out of my boundaries. Really, art is a lifestyle—and life itself—which it what makes it so captivating.”

—Paula Nyangabyaki, Kampala, East Africa