Due to the small size of the PreCollege Program, acceptance and course selection is competitive.

We recommend applying early, by the priority application deadline. Acceptance to the PreCollege Program does not automatically enroll you in courses. We will notify you of the admissions decision within one week of submitting all application materials. For more information about selecting work for your portfolio and acceptable letters of recommendation, please visit the FAQ section.


Important Dates

January 5, 2015 Application processing begins
April 1, 2015  Priority, scholarship, and international student application deadline
May 1, 2015

Tuition and housing deposit due

May 30, 2015 Tuition and housing payment deadline
June 1, 2015*

PreCollege application deadline

June 21, 2015

Residence hall move-in

All-student and parent Orientation Dinner
June 22, 2015 Courses begin
July 17, 2015 Campus-wide Final Exhibition
July 18, 2015 Residence hall check-out

*Deadlines reflect when materials must be received by the PreCollege Program.


  • Completed and signed application form, apply online. Applications accepted beginning January 5, 2015.
  • CD with five to eight examples of work that reflect 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 work.

    Images should be in jpeg file format, no larger than 2,000 x 2,000 pixels and no smaller than 640 x 640 pixels. Video, animation, and movie files should be exported to QuickTime format, at least 320 x 240 pixels. No PowerPoint files please.

    IMPORTANT: Include an image list on the CD in a .doc or .rtf file.              
  • ​Artist statement (a one-page essay about your primary interests in making art) in a .doc or PDF file.
  • Letter of recommendation from an art teacher who knows you and your work
  • $65 application fee


International Applicants: Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents are required to obtain F-1 student visa authorization to participate. Please contact the Global Programs Office for assistance at or 415.749.4530


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

phone: 415.749.4554
fax: 415.351.3516