Important Dates

PreCollege Application deadline extended to June 1, 2014!

January 2, 2014

Application processing begins

April 1, 2014     

Scholarship application deadline
International student application deadline

May 1, 2014

Application deadline
Tuition and housing deposit due

May 30, 2014

Tuition and housing payment deadline

June 22, 2014

Residence hall move-in
All-student and parent Orientation Dinner

June 23, 2014

Classes begin
All-student Policy Orientation and Meet the Faculty

July 25, 2014

Campus-wide Final Exhibition

July 26, 2014

Residence hall check-out

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early in order to get your first choice of classes.

Application Checklist

  • A completed and signed application form
  • A disc containing five to eight examples of work that reflects your imagination and originality. For students pursuing time-based mediums such as video or film, please submit a DVD with five to ten minutes of your work.
  • Images should be in jpeg file format, and be no larger than 2,000 x 2,000 pixels but no smaller than 640 x 640 pixels. Video, animation, and movie files should be exported to QuickTime format, and be at least 320 x 240 in pixel dimensions. Please no PowerPoint files. Important: include the image list on the CD in an .rtf or .doc file.
  • An artist statement: Write a one-page essay about your primary interests in making art.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows you and your work sent directly to the PreCollege office via mail or email.
  • A $65 application fee

International Applicants

Please contact us for pertinent information and international application overview.

2014 PreCollege Application Documents:

APPLY ONLINE! Click here to apply now.

Or, submit your printed materials to us via mail:

2014 PreCollege Application, PDF document

2014 PreCollege Scholarship Application, PDF document

2014 PreCollege Teacher Recommendation Form*, PDF document

*Applicants: Direct your teachers to this website page to fill out the teacher recommendation form. You may also print the document for them to mail in to us directly.
*Teachers: Open the teacher recommendation form to download and fill out. Save the completed version and e-mail it back to us as an attachment at You may also print the document and mail it in, or write a letter in place of this format.


Send all documents to:

PreCollege Program
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

phone: 415.749.4554
fax: 415.351.3516