graduate admissions

SFAI’s internationally regarded graduate programs provide an environment where students are encouraged to move from critical reflection to hands-on application, from dialogue and critique to revision and transformation.

Under the guidance of our exceptional and accomplished faculty, and in continuous dialogue with their peers, graduate students at SFAI are prompted to reflect on the interconnection between art theory and art practice and to consider the contemporary, conceptual, traditional, and theoretical practices of art within a global community.

The Graduate Faculty Review Committee reviews applications from all programs, and the admissions process is highly selective.

For detailed information about each of our graduate programs, visit the pages listed below:

Master of Fine Arts
Master of Arts
Dual Degree MA/MFA
Low-Residency MFA
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Apply to SFAI

For details about SFAI's application process for the MFA, MA, Low-Residency MFA, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and Dual Degree programs, please visit our Graduate Applicants and Dual Degree Applicants pages, or simply click here our online application.

Important admissions dates can be found here

SFAI Graduate Admissions Viewbook


2014 Principal Catalogue

Showcasing the emerging artists featured in Principal, the 2014 MFA Exhibition at the Old Mint, this catalogue highlights diverse work from SFAI's MFA and MA programs.


2013 Currency Catalogue

This catalogue showcases the emerging artists featured in Currency, the 2013 MFA Exhibition at San Francisco's Old Mint, and work created throughout the MFA and MA programs.


2012 MFA/MA Art and Ideas

This book showcases SFAI's graduate programs and the diverse, ambitious work by the next generation of artists from this celebrated school.