new student orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the San Francisco Art Institute! We are thrilled to welcome you to the community this fall.

Please check the Current Students section of our website frequently, as pages are updated regularly with new information.

Student Orientation and Move-in Dates

Orientation serves as a formal introduction to the San Francisco Art Institute—its faculty and staff, facilities, and campus resources—and the opportunities that await you as you join this vibrant community and begin your educational career here at SFAI.

All new, incoming Fall 2014 students are required to attend orientation.

Undergraduate Students » Tuesday, August 19, 2014–Friday, August 22, 2014

Graduate Students » Thursday, August 21, 2014–Friday, August 22, 2014

International Students » Monday, August 18, 2014–Friday, August 22, 2014

For all international and exchange students, orientation begins one day earlier.

Family and Friends » Monday, August 18, 2014

A short welcome will also take place on Sunday at Residential Hall Move-In.

SFAI Residence Halls » Move-in day is Sunday, August 17, 2014

You will receive your room placement and specific move-in time by email in July. For more information on the SFAI housing program, including information on how to apply, please visit the apply for housing page.

Sample Schedule

This schedule is for travel planning and general information only. Please note that sessions are subject to change, and that you will receive an official schedule when you arrive at orientation check-in. All sessions will be held at the 800 Chestnut Street campus unless otherwise noted.

Family and Friends Orientation

Monday, August 18th

9:30am                    Check-in and Breakfast

10:00am                  Welcomes, SFAI at a Glance

12:00pm                  Lunch

1:00pm                    Sample Critique Session

2:30 pm                   Closing Reception with mimosas and light fare

                *Chestnut Campus is open for business until 5:00 pm


International Student Orientation

Monday, August 18th

10:30am                  Check in and Breakfast

11:00am                  Introductions and Immigration Presentation

12:00pm                  Sample Critique Session

1:00pm                    Lunch


Undergraduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 19th

10:00 am              Check-in and Breakfast

10:30 am              Welcomes: meet your orientation team

1:00 pm                Lunch

2:00 pm                Diverse Communities and Perspectives

3:00 pm                History of SFAI

4:00 pm                Social Event

Wednesday, August 20th

10:00 am              Critique Panel and Campus Support

12:30 pm              Lunch

2:00 pm                Campus Rights and Responsibilities

4:00 pm                Social Event

Thursday, August 21st

10:00 am              Rotating Sessions: Getting to Know SFAI, Writing Placement Exam

1:00 pm                San Francisco as your Classroom: Mission District Community Tour

Friday, August 22nd

8:30 am                Health and Studio Safety — required for studio use

12:00 pm              Taco Trucks! Closing Social Event


Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 21st

9:00 am                Check-in and Breakfast

9:30 am                Welcomes and History of SFAI

12:30 pm              Travel to Third Street Graduate Center

2:30 pm                Third Street Graduate Studio Orientation

5:00 pm                Swell Gallery Opening and Social

Friday, August 22nd

9:00 am                Campus Rights and Responsibilites, Campus Resources

12:00 pm              Taco Trucks!    

1:00 pm                Health and Studio Safety — required for studio use

5:00 pm                Closing Social Event

Places to Stay in San Francisco

SFAI students and their family and friends enjoy special rates at the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in San Francisco. To access these special rates, contact the hotels through the links below:

Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
1300 Columbus Avenue

Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf
550 North Point Street