San Francisco Art Institute

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Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is the oldest art school west of the Mississippi River and one of the oldest in the United States. It is is a non-profit, private higher education institute that offer an extensive selection of programs in the contemporary arts. SFAI’s main campus is located in the Russian Hill district in San Francisco, California. The institute’s graduate studies center is located in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.

The San Francisco Art Institute offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), and Master of Fine Arts (MFA)) degrees and Post-Baccalaureate certificates. SFAI also awards honorary PhDs. The institute’s current Dean of Academic Affairs is Jeannene Przyblyski and it’s accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

General Information

800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2299

General Phone:(415) 771-7020
Website URL:www.sfai.edu
Type of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered:BA/BS degrees
Postbaccalaureate certificate
MA/MS degrees
Campus setting:City: Large
On-campus housing:Yes
Student Population:765 (495 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty:9 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $28,455 $30,196 $31,350 $33,294 +6.20%
Books and Supplies $2,125 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,300 $9,972 $12,524 $12,810 +2.28%
Other $2,805 $2,970 $3,042 $3,146 +3.42%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,300 $9,972 $12,524 $12,810 +2.28%
Other $3,005 $3,170 $3,242 $3,497 +7.87%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $41,685 $44,704 $48,554 $50,870 +4.77%
In-state Off Campus $41,885 $44,904 $48,754 $51,221 +5.06%
In-state with Family $30,580 $31,762 $32,988 $34,914 +5.84%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $34,800
In-state Student Fees $435
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $34,800
Out-of-state Student Fees $435

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 56 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 55 93% $724,747 $13,177
• Federal grants 22 37% $117,560 $5,344
• Pell grants 22 37% $85,561 $3,889
• Other federal grants 21 36% $31,999 $1,524
Local and state government scholarships or grants 4 7% $14,361 $3,590
Institutional scholarships or grants 55 93% $592,826 $10,779
Student loan financial aid 38 64% $254,000 $6,684
• Federal student loans 37 63% $229,000 $6,189
• Other student loans 1 2% $25,000 $25,000

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 85 102 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 1 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Museology/Museum Studies 2
Social Sciences 1 2
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts 83 98 14
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 2
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 6 10
Design and Visual Communications, General 6 3
Painting 25 33 4
Photography 18 20 8
Printmaking 4 4
Sculpture 6 7 1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 17 19 1

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

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