We’re thrilled to welcome you to the SFAI community!

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Questions about New Student Orientation?
Contact studentaffairs@sfai.edu | 415.351.3509

Orientation + Move-in Dates

Orientation is required for all new incoming students. It serves to get you acquainted with your student colleagues before classes start, and is a formal introduction to SFAI—its faculty, staff, facilities, campus resources—and the opportunities that await as you join this vibrant community.

All new, incoming undergraduate and graduate students attend orientation. Dates for upcoming orientation sessions are below.


  • Residence Hall Move-in »
  • Monday, August 19 for International Students
  • Tuesday, August 20 for Domestic Students

For more information, please visit Housing and Residential Life.


All new students attend orientation. Sessions are desiged to provide a seemelss integration into SFAI facilities, staff, students, policies, and expectations.  Please note that attendance to the full program is necessary.  Questions about orientation?  Please email studentaffairs@sfai.edu.

  • Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 | 4–6pm at SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus
  • International Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 | 10am–2pm
  • All New Students: Wednesday, August 21–Friday, August 23.  A detailed Orientation schedule is posted below and is subject to change.  Please note, only new students are to be present during the new student orientation sessions.  


International Student Orientation: 8/20/2019

When  What Where
10:00am Check- In and Document Drop Off 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
10:30am Introduction to International Student F-1 Obligations Studio 18
11:45am  Lunch Quad and Cafe
12:45pm   Activity and US Acculturation  Studio 18
2:00pm Document Pickup Studio 18


Parent Orientation: 8/20/2019

 Sign up to Attend Parent Orientation Here

When What Where
4:00pm Student Resources for Success Lecture Hall
4:45pm Financial Aid, FERPA, and Business Office Lecture Hall
5:00pm Alumni Spotlight Lecture Hall
5:15pm Diego Rivera Gallery Opening Reception Diego Rivera Gallery


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/21/2019

When What Where
9:00am Check-in 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
9:30am Welcome Lecture Hall
9:45am Community Building through Artmaking Quad, Roof, Courtyard
11:30am Equity, Access, and Inclusion Quad
12:30pm Lunch Quad and Cafe
1:15pm Studio and Resource Introduction Studios and Offices about campus
2:25pm History of SFAI Lecture Hall
3:25pm Alumni Spotlight Lecture Hall
4:00pm Program Close for the Day  


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/22/2019

When What Where
9:00am SFAI Expectations Lecture Hall
10:00am Studio and Resource Introduction Continued Studio and Offices about campus
10:45am  Community Buidling through Artmaking  About Campus
11:45am Lunch Quad and Cafe
12:30pm Large Group Critique Discussion Lecture Hall
1:30pm Faculty Critique Walter & McBean Galleries
3:00pm Fort Mason Orientation and Painting Studio Introduction Fort Mason Campus
5:00pm  Program Close for the Day  


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/23/2019

When What Where
9:30am Mission District Mural Tour Mission District, San Francisco
2:00pm  Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin (free tickets to students who attend all orientation sessions)  De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

SFAI Student ID Card

Get a Student ID Card

New students will receive their Student ID Card during Orientation.

About Student ID Card

Your Student ID card helps SFAI make sure that campus is secured to only students after hours—that is, when SFAI is closed to the public. 

Your Student ID is also used to check out library books, audio-visual equipment, and purchase food at the SFAI Café.