San Francisco Art Institute

  • CA


800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco
United States

About Us

Mission Statement

San Francisco Art Institute provides its students with a rigorous education in the fine arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an innovative, intensive studio environment; a vital liberal arts experience; and engagement with the world at large. SFAI also strives to be a leader in promoting awareness of the relevance of the arts in contemporary culture.

To fulfill this mission, SFAI:

encourages art making that reflects a broad spectrum of forms and philosophical and aesthetic approaches

fosters critical thinking and creative development through ongoing intensive critiques

promotes artistic and intellectual freedom, imagination, creativity, experimentation, and risk taking in a diverse and heterogeneous environment

engages a broad cross-section of local, national, and international artists, scholars, and communities in mutual exploration of art, and of the roles, responsibilities, and integrity of art and the artist in society

emphasizes a combination of creative individual expression and technical skills in its academic programs: the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees; the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees; and certificate and non-degree programs

encourages public understanding of an involvement in the practices and issues of contemporary art and generates public dialogue concerning these topics
Adopted by the San Francisco Art Institute Board of Trustees, December