We're thrilled to welcome you to the SFAI community.

Please check the Current Students section frequently, as pages are updated regularly with new information.

Questions about New Student Orientation?
Contact Galen Crawford, Assistant Dean of Students, at gcrawford@sfai.edu or 415.351.3509.

Orientation and Move-in Dates

Orientation serves as a formal introduction to SFAI—its faculty, staff, facilities, and campus resources—and the opportunities that await as you join this vibrant community.

All new, incoming students are required to attend orientation. Dates for upcoming orientation sessions are detailed below.

Spring 2018


SFAI Residence Halls Move-in » Wednesday, January 10

Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information.


All New Students » Thursday, January 11 AND Friday, January 12 | 10am–3pm (both days)

All new students attend orientation.  Sessions are desiged to integrate studetns into the SFAI community via information and introductions to the people, places, and things that you will interact with as you move about the SFAI curriculum, facilities, and administration.

Undergraduate + Graduate Orientation Schedule 

Thursday, January 11

9am International Student Check-in: 800 Chestnut Street
9:15am International Orientation
10am Check-in: 800 Chestnut Street
10:15am Welcome + Overview
10:25am Oral + Visual History of SFAI
11:15am Short Break
11:20am Chestnut Street Campus – Studio + Media Resource Intro #1
12pm Lunch + Department Chair Introduction
12:45pm Social Justice and Inclusion
1:45pm Short Break
1:50pm Moodle + SFAI Email
2:10pm Academic Resource Center, Accessibility, Advising, and Counseling


Friday, January 12

10am Check-in: 800 Chestnut Street
10:15am Equity Policy + Resolution Process
11:45am Short Break
11:50am Chestnut Street Campus – Studio + Media Reource Intro #2
12:20pm Lunch
1pm Undergraduate: Student Rights + Responsibilities
Graduate: Travel to Fort Mason Campus
1:30pm Graduate: Fort Mason Orientation + Studio Assignments
1:45pm Undergraduate: Travel to Fort Mason Campus
2:15pm Undergarduate: Fort Mason Orientation 
3pm Swell Gallery – Exhibition Opening

Student ID Cards

SFAI is a 24-hour campus and your student ID card helps SFAI make sure that campus is secured to only studnets after we close to the public.  Your student ID is also used to check out library books, audio-visual equipment, and purchase food at the SFAI Café. To receive your ID at orientation, you must submit a photo by January 8, 2018.

Photos must be submitted through Moodle. Visit moodle.sfai.edu, and follow the links for User Accounts > Student User Account Services > Student ID Picture Upload.