Currently accepting applications for post-baccalaureate study

Currently accepting applications for post-baccalaureate study

San Francisco Art Institute

Javier Arbizu (MFA Painting, 2014), Prologue, 2014. Live filming at the Old Mint, San Francisco. Courtesy of the artist; View of SFAI’s Zellerbach Quad and Rooftop Amphitheater, photographed by Joshua Band; Studio of Li Ma (MFA Painting, 2014), photographed by Joshua Band.
March 11, 2015
Currently accepting applications for post-baccalaureate study

San Francisco Art Institute
Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

T 1+ 800 345 SFAI  or +1 415 749 4500
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Post-baccalaureate study at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) gives artists the opportunity to strengthen creative work through studio practice, critical engagement, community, and dialogue.

The program serves as a bridge between undergraduate and graduate programs, and as an immersive, two-semester commitment for mid-career artists looking to reinvest in a studio practice. By providing a rigorous yet supportive context that combines independent work, critical classes, and technical study, the program positions artists for future success in creative fields.

Artists in the program have gone on to study in the nation’s most competitive MFA programs, to receive fellowships and residencies from institutions around the world, and to produce some of the strongest work in SFAI’s MFA program.

Post-baccalaureate students are part of the larger graduate community at SFAI—a diverse group of 200 artists sharing space, context, and ideas to expand their individual practices.


SFAI’s philosophy
SFAI creates new ways of looking at and living in the world. Since 1871, SFAI has attracted individuals who push beyond boundaries to discover uncharted artistic terrain. A West Coast legacy of radical innovation grounds SFAI’s philosophy and fuels a learning approach that is gutsy and transformative. SFAI believes that art has intrinsic value.


SFAI’s faculty are accomplished cultural producers. They have received awards from NEA, Guggenheim, and MacArthur foundations; they exhibit internationally in museums, galleries, and biennials; and they are widely published in monographs and journals.

Notable faculty: Nicole Archer, Robin Balliger, Linda Connor, Christopher Coppola, Dewey Crumpler, Claire Daigle, Maria Elena González, Paul Klein, Tony Labat, Reagan Louie, Bruce McGaw, Asuka Ohsawa, Brett Reichman, John Roloff


Visiting artists and scholars
Post-baccalaureate and graduate students at SFAI have unparalleled access to international figures in art and culture through robust lecture series and exhibition programming in the Walter and McBean Galleries.

Recent guests: Aziz + Cucher, Anna Chave, John Divola, Isaac Julien, Nina Katchadourian, Lucy Lippard, Kerry James Marshall, Carol Mavor, Jill Magid, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Allan Sekula, Mickalene Thomas, Andrea Zittel


About SFAI
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), founded in 1871, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context.

SFAI offers BFA, BA, MFA, and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of continuing education and public programs. SFAI enrolls approximately 680 students in the degree programs. Notable past faculty and alumni include Lance Acord, Ansel Adams, Kathryn Bigelow, Enrique Chagoya, Angela Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Kos, George Kuchar, Annie Leibovitz, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Peter Pau, and Kehinde Wiley.


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