Young Artist Program

This three-week intensive summer program for artists ages 13–15 offers a fun and focused environment for exploring new techniques and developing artistic expertise.

Registration is now open for SFAI’s summer 2014 Young Artist Program (YAP).

Dates: July 28–August 15
Tuition: $800 full-day program / $450 half-day program

By studying at SFAI, students become part of a community of artists at one of the nation’s most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. For 140 years, SFAI has been a magnet for adventurous and innovative thinkers, making it the perfect place to get your hands dirty, experiment, learn techniques of art-making, and express yourself.

Courses take place in SFAI’s historic studios and are led by dedicated artists and teachers. We encourage students to enroll in both morning (9:30 am–12:30 pm) and afternoon (1:30–4:30 pm) sessions. Students may choose to relax between classes; eat lunch at the SFAI Café; spend time in the Anne Bremer Memorial library, which has over 20,000 art books, magazines, and videos; or participate in one of the YAP lunchtime social events.

Friday Workshops

In addition to studying in a traditional studio environment, students participate in group learning sessions on Fridays that encourage interdisciplinary art-making and that promote interaction among all students, faculty, and staff. These sessions take place between classes and will include visiting artist talks, hands-on workshops, and idea-driven exercises. 


Register online or browse the course scheduleSpace is limited, so early registration is recommended. Full tuition is due at time of registration and can be paid by credit card using our secure online registration system. If paying by check or money order, please call 415.749.4554.


A campus-wide exhibition and screening showcasing the work of YAP participants will be held on Friday, August 15 from 5–6 pm.

Meal Plan

SFAI offers a balanced and healthy lunch plan for YAP students. The plan is required for full-time students; half-time students are encouraged to participate in the meal plan and to join the YAP team for weekly lunchtime activities. A program registration packet will include more details on the meal program and meal plan waiver. Cost: $10 per day.