Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP)

As an institution within the AICAD consortium (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design), SFAI joined with other North American art schools to participate in the SNAAP (Strategic National Alumni Arts Project) survey, which will occur every two years. The survey provides SFAI with comparative data and enables staff to measure alumni successes against those of SFAI’s competitors.

Results from the 2012 SNAAP frequency report for graduate-level alumni were very promising, with SFAI graduate alumni comprising 7.5% of all AICAD institution respondents (24 institutions, total). Further, 95% of SFAI alumni who responded indicated that, upon matriculating in SFAI’s graduate program, they intended to work eventually as an artist, compared to 87% from all AICAD institutions. As reinforced by their responses, SFAI alumni are employed as artists or maintain an artistic practice at a much higher rate than other AICAD institution alumni. For example, 70% of SFAI alumni who completed the survey currently work or have worked as an artist, compared with 60% from AICAD schools and 58% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. 59% of SFAI alumni identify as fine artists, compared to 49% from AICAD institutions and 41% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. Additionally, 91% of SFAI alumni respondents to the survey make or perform art in their personal (not work-related) time, compared to 83% from AICAD institutions and 78% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges.

Results from the 2012 SNAAP frequency report for undergraduate-level alumni were equally promising. 91% of SFAI alumni who responded indicated that, upon matriculating in SFAI’s BFA and BA programs, they intended to work eventually as artists. 57% of SFAI undergraduate alumni identify as fine artists compared to 36% from AICAD institutions and 34% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. Additionally, 89% of SFAI alumni respondents make or perform art in their personal (not work-related) time, compared to 81% from AICAD institutions and 75% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges.

Frequency Reports from the Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP) are available for the Graduate Level and Undergraduate Level.