Low-Residency

SFAI's Low-Residency MFA program offers the rigor and artistic community of the full-time program in a flexible format ideally suited for individuals who want to advance their creative work while maintaining a professional career or personal commitment.

Completed over three years, the program allows students to work with our faculty during intensive eight-week summer sessions in San Francisco's art community, and independently through mentored, off-site, one-on-one study, during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, students in the program have studio space in the graduate facility and access to all of our facilities. The summer sessions combine critiques, art history and critical studies seminars, visiting artist lectures, and individualized tutorials to create a comprehensive studio- and research-based curriculum. Students participate in Summer and Winter Reviews in San Francisco each year, and the program culminates with the MFA Exhibition—a prestigious show annually heralded for its raw, cutting-edge, creative output.

A robust summer Graduate Lecture Series provides opportunities for direct dialogue with contemporary artists.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Low Residency MFA is a dynamic experience that is designed to be flexible and organized around your individual artistic and professional goals. Students take 12-15 units per summer and 3 units in the fall and spring of Guided Study. Each class is 3 units, totaling of 60 units. 

Summer Semester 1 (12 Units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Electives 3
Elective 3
Summer Review 0
Total 12

Fall Semester 1 (3 units)

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Total 3

Spring Semester 1 (3 units)

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Winter Review (optional) 0
Total 3

Summer Semester 2 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Tutorial 3
Art History Seminar Electives 3
Critical Studies Seminar Elective 3
Elective 3
Summer Review 0
Intermediate Review 0
Total 15

Fall Semester 2 (3 units)

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Total 3

Spring Semester 2 (3 units)

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Winter Review (optional) 0
Total 3

Summer Semester 3 (15 units)

Title Units
Graduate Critique Seminar 3
Tutorial (2 classes) 6
Art History Seminar Elective 3
Elective 3
Summer Review 0
Final Review 0
Total 15

Fall Semester 3 (3 units) Guided Study

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Total 3

Spring Semester 3 (3 units)

Title Units
Guided Study 3
Winter Review (optional) 0
MFA Graduate Exhibition 0
Total 3