San Francisco Art Institute was founded by artists for artists in 1871.

Prepare for a career in the arts. Connect with museums, galleries and art collectors through SFAI's exclusive online artist registry. Complete an internship with an arts-focused organization, gallery or museum. 

Learn how to: 

  • PRICE your artwork
  • Find the right ARTIST RESIDENCY
  • MARKET yourself as an artist
  • DOCUMENT your work
  • apply to gallery and museum JOBS
  • write a quality ARTIST STATEMENT
  • INSTALL and hang art
  • start your own gallery or ART BUSINESS
  • prepare for EXHIBITIONS

... and more

Admissions Events + Deadlines

Sep 10: Graduate Virtual Q&A Session »

Sep 11: Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Session »

Oct 8: Graduate Virtual Q&A Session »

Oct 9: Undergraduate Virtual Q&A Session »

Oct 12: Undergraduate Open House »

Oct 19: SF Graduate Portfolio Day (GNPD) »

Fall 2019 Application Deadlines

The Fall 2019 application is available. SFAI will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis as long as space is available.

SFAI Alumni  go on to show work in galleries and museums, found art organizations, win academy awards, write books, and so much more... 

Read SFAI alumni stories »

Explore current SFAI student work »

Alicia McCarthy (BFA 1995) and Scott Trattner (BFA 1997) on SFAI: