off-campus study requirement
All undergraduate students are required to complete six units of off-campus study toward their degree. These units may be taken at anytime between a student’s sophomore and senior years, and can be fulfilled with short- or long-term study abroad opportunities, off-campus courses, internships, exchange programs, or regularly offered courses that have a significant off-campus component such as visits to locations in the city and beyond. Courses that count for off-campus study may also satisfy studio, liberal arts, or art history degree requirements.
Off-campus faculty-led programs are offered during the summer and winter sessions to a variety of places in the United States and abroad. Through a combination of travel and formal classes, faculty-led programs immerse a student in the history and culture of a particular place. Faculty-led programs range in duration from two weeks to eight weeks.
Internships are an opportunity for students to develop an extended relationship with a group, nonprofit, or business. The goal is for students to experience the broader world of work, career, and community.
Study Abroad programs allow SFAI undergraduate students to study for one semester at an exchange partner institution in another country while being officially registered at SFAI. All tuition payments are made to SFAI, and all credits are fully transferable to the undergraduate program. Students may also use all of their federal, state, and institutional aid to fund the experience. SFAI has established international exchange programs with the following international schools:
Academy of Fine Arts — Prague, Czech Republic
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design — Jerusalem, Israel
Chelsea College of Art and Design — London, England
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts — Paris, France
Glasgow School of Art — Glasgow, Scotland
Gerrit Rietveld Academie — Amsterdam, Holland
University of Fine Arts — Hamburg, Germany
Korea National University of the Arts — Seoul, Korea
Valand School of Fine Arts — Gothenburg, Sweden
AICAD Exchange Program
The AICAD Exchange program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a one-semester exchange program at another U.S. or Canadian art school. AICAD Exchanges are also possible with Osaka University of Arts in Japan and Burren College of Art in Ireland. The program is sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.