Curriculum Supplements


Students are required to attend orientation as a way to be introduced to PreCollege’s policies and procedures, as well as to meet faculty, staff, and other PreCollege students. A student-parent orientation dinner will be held on Sunday, June 22 from 5–7 pm on campus, with an additional student-only orientation on Monday, June 23 from 12–2 pm.

Required Friday Activities

An exciting range of workshops and all-student activities fill Fridays during PreCollege, enabling you to meet new students, work with a range of faculty, explore the Bay Area art scene, and more. As a PreCollege student, you are required to participate in these Friday academic activities and workshops, in addition to classes and studio hours.

Fridays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Through faculty-led workshops, you will experiment with new mediums, materials, and interdisciplinary methods of creative production. These sessions provide structured opportunities for you to work with the broader faculty team and to learn about ideas and practices that will enhance your core coursework.

Workshop topics include:

  • Cyanotypes: Printing in Prussian Blue
  • Pinhole Photography
  • Bomb the Streets!
  • Figure Drawing
  • Real Life Comics
  • Let’s Make a Giant Inflatable
  • Expanded Cinema: Pairing Live Music with Film

Art in Context
Fridays, 1:30–4:30 pm

Each Friday, PreCollege participants gather to collectively engage in an activity or discussion that relates to the professional practice and contemporary context of working artists. Sessions include:

  • A guided portfolio workshop led by SFAI’s Admissions team to assist you in developing a cohesive portfolio for application to SFAI or other college art programs
  • Field trips to some of the Bay Area’s top museums
  • Guest artist talks to contextualize your practice within the contemporary art world

Evening Studio

Every course in the PreCollege Program will require you to commit time and effort to your creative practice outside of class. All students are required to work on their projects on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30–8:30 pm on campus. In addition to these allotted times, many studios and campus resources will be accessible to students throughout the week.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to arts-based programming, there will be opportunities to connect with your classmates and relax at weekly events such as a dance party, movie nights, and more.

Final Exhibition

In a campus-wide final exhibition, PreCollege students show the work they have produced during the program, sharing their accomplishments with family, friends, and the public. A closing reception will be held on Friday, July 25 from 4:30­–6:30 pm, with a screening of Digital Animation and Experimental Cinema projects beginning at 3 pm.