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San Francisco Art Institute

The prestigious San Francisco Art Institute offers programs in everything from sculpture to photography to museology to painting for a student body of about 650. Its long list of famous alumni include Jerry Garcia, Courtney Love, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

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The prestigious San Francisco Art Institute offers programs in everything from sculpture to photography to museology to painting for a student body of about 650. Its long list of famous alumni include Jerry Garcia, Courtney Love, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

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Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art.

We boast an illustrious list of faculty and alumni in all areas of focus. Most importantly, we have consistently held fast to a core philosophy of fostering creativity and critical thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary environment. At SFAI, we educate artists who will become the creative leaders of their generation.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 478
Gender 43% Male / 57% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 93% Full Time / 7% Part Time
Geography 9% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 28% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 53%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 9%
International 9%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $450.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

28% of students live on-campus.

85% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

Student Publications: SFAI Newspaper

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: study skills assistance writing center learning center remedial instruction tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: art galleries; production facilities for photography, printmaking, time-based media, digital imaging and sound; collection of rare books, periodicals, and limited-edition artists' books
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major english as a second language (esl) visiting/exchange student program independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Painting (45%), Photography (17%), Cinematography and Film/Video Production (9%), Design and Visual Communications (7%), Printmaking (7%), Visual and Performing Arts, Other (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Curators
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Any instructional program in visual and performing arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the application of social science principles to the study of urban institutions and the forces influencing urban social and political life. Includes instruction in urban theory, the development and evolution of urban areas, urban sociology, principles of urban and social planning, and the politics and economics of urban government and services.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Sociologists
Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.
Urban and Regional Planners
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Charles Desmarais
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 21
Student : Faculty Ratio 11 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 61 : 38
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 90
Tenure Track Faculty 9

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 82.7% accepted of 416 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite22 - 27
English23 - 30
Math20 - 24
 
SATMath450 - 560
Reading480 - 600
Writing470 - 600

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Talent Ability

Important: Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA, Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Volunteer Work, Level Of Applicants Interest, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 2
English 0 4
Math 0 2
Science 0 2
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 2
Visual Performing Arts 0 4

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $40,784 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $40,793
$30K-$48K $39,806
$48K-$75K $42,442
$75K-$110K $32,609
$110K+ $45,205

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $37,536, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,536 Same as On-Campus
Fees $870 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,086 $14,546
Books $1,840 $1,840
Total (before financial aid) $54,332 $54,792

Students Receiving Aid

90% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 48% $5,027
Federal Scholarships/Grants 28% $5,260
Institutional Grants 89% $13,039
Other Federal Grants 28% $989
Pell Grants 28% $4,271
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 9% $6,589
Student Loans 48% $5,027

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.sfai.edu/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.sfai.edu/financial-aid-calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

22% of students graduated on time.

28% of students graduated in six years.

65% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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