precollege program

SFAI's PreCollege Program is a five-week, six-college-credit course of study especially designed for artists who have completed the tenth grade, but who haven't yet started college.

2014 Dates: June 22July 25
Application deadline extended to June 1, 2014

The program introduces participants to what it’s like to be in art school—to the broad range of techniques, concepts, and debates that make up the contemporary art scene. Student participants, together with faculty, help create an authentic artistic community engaged in interdisciplinary thinking and contemporary studio practice.

Here, you’ll study with practicing artists (many of whom teach in SFAI’s undergraduate program), experiment with new media, and meet other students who—like you—are driven to create. You’ll also visit museums and galleries, exhibit your work, and develop a portfolio that will help further your artistic goals. All this takes place in beautiful San Francisco, a city full of activity and inspiration.

“People at our high school don’t cry at graduation, but we all cried on the last day of PreCollege. It’s because PreCollege is like a slice of a dream. It was like an island or an oasis that you never wanted to leave.” –Daisy Faragher, PreCollege 2013

“I definitely have a better grasp on my own artistic process and the way that I work. I figured out how to work through a concept and a piece from start to finish by being in that environment. After being constantly surrounded by art, I am driven to keep working.” –Emma Rudman, PreCollege 2013

2014 PreCollege Brochure