Call for applications: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in Studio Art

Call for applications: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
in Studio Art

San Francisco Art Institute

Alexis Arnold (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 2008; MFA, 2010), Catcher in the Rye, 2011. Book and borax crystals, 7 x 5 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
December 18, 2013
Call for applications: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Post-Baccalaureate study at 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 midcareer 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.

Immersed in a tight-knit community of artists who are challenging the boundaries of contemporary art, Post-Baccalaureate students have the opportunity to experiment within a flexible framework and personalize the program based on individual artistic and career goals.

Artists in this 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.

Applications are currently being accepted and review of applicants begins on January 15, 2014.

Post-Baccalaureate study may begin in the summer, fall, or spring semesters; priority application deadlines vary depending on the desired enrollment period:

Summer 2014: January 15, 2014
Fall 2014: April 1, 2014

Detailed application instructions can be found at

SFAI’s Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate faculty are accomplished cultural producers. They have won MacArthur Genius Grants, Rome Prizes, Guggen­heim Fellowships, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; have been nominated for Academy Awards; have exhibited at Venice Biennales, Documentas, and in lauded museums around the world. They run nonprofits, cultural agencies, and design studios, curate major exhibitions, launch publications, and have been awarded prizes for excellence in teaching.

Notable faculty: Nicole Archer / Keith Boadwee / Linda Connor / Christopher Coppola / Claire Daigle / Tony Labat / Jennifer Locke / Reagan Louie / Bruce McGaw / Rigo 23 / Will Rogan / Clare Rojas / John Roloff / Henry Wessel

Visiting Artists and Scholars
Post-Baccalaureate students at SFAI have unparalleled access to international figures in art and culture through various lecture series and exhibition programming.

Recent guests: Thomas Demand / Liam Everett / Keltie Ferris / Michelle Grabner / Isaac Julien / Nina Katchadourian / Annie Leibovitz / Kerry James Marshall / Carol Mavor / Richard Misrach / Wangechi Mutu / Shirin Neshat / Allan Sekula / Mickalene Thomas / Andrea Zittel

Financial aid
For information about financial aid and grant opportunities, visit

About the
San Francisco Art Institute
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) 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 its students with a rigorous education in the fine 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 strongly believes that a rigorous artistic and intellectual community is enriched by diversity and inclusion. SFAI promotes artistic and intellectual freedom by fostering environments that value our diverse students, faculty, and staff and provide all community members with a respectful and challenging space in which to address divergent opinions and ideas. The full SFAI Diversity Statement can be found at

SFAI offers BFA and BA degrees, MFA (academic year and summer options) and MA degrees, a dual MA/MFA degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and a range of continuing education and public programs. The institution enrolls approximately 680 students in the degree programs and employs 21 full-time tenure/tenure-track faculty, five emeriti faculty, and some 150 part-time faculty. 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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