who will you be?
As the only exclusively fine arts college in the nation with a 142-year living legacy, SFAI is a creative incubator for artists and scholars. At the cornerstone of an SFAI education is the conviction that art—a field in which imagination, critical dialogue, and experimentation is cultivated—is a gateway to cultural innovation of all forms.
SCHOOL OF STUDIO PRACTICE (BFA)
SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (BA)
Students can pursue a minor in any of SFAI's major programs.
SFAI alumni are a diverse group of creative mavericks, paving their way in every cultural sector imagineable. Your typical (atypical) SFAI students are:
Environmental entrepreneurs like ROXANNE QUIMBY—founder of Burt's Bees
Creative superstars like ANNIE LEIBOVITZ—portrait photographer
Art renegades like BARRY McGEE—painter and graffiti artist
Academic Award winners like KATHRYN BIGELOW—director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty
Hyperrealist masterminds like KEHINDE WILEY—Renaissance-style painter of hip-hop heroes
San Francisco is a vibrant center of art, design, and technology, with institutions ranging from world-class museums to alternative art collectives to digital media start-ups. Culturally and socially progressive and diverse, with a strong DIY ethos and an entrepreneurial bent, this is the perfect city in which to connect your individual artistic practice to the world at large.