SFAI is a private college located in San Francisco, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 279 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the SFAI acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. Graduating 41% of students, SFAI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,500.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.7 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.7 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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San Francisco Art Institute Reviews
Horrible school. I had never been to school before, and my first year there, I had been misinformed many times, been shut down by the school president (yes, you heard this right) for trying to advocate for low income students to get help with buying supplies for classes, and eventually I was kicked out the first month of my sophomore year. I found teachers to be great, but the staff does not handle things well and whoever runs the school does a terrible job at listening to students and even helping them. I've asked for help numerous times and their solution was just to kick me out. Way to run a school!
SFAI is for students committed to discovering their unique talents who have the courage & commitment to become professional artists. Since 1871, this has been the birthplace of one important cultural movement after another from fine art photography to Burning Man. Faculty are dedicated mentors and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1 means every student receives individual attention. A spectacular waterfront graduate campus just opened where students are assigned their own studios. That's in addition to the historic campus where Kehinde Wiley, Annie Liebowitz, Barry McGee, and many other artists once studied. These well-known artists say SFAI played a critical role in development & often return for master classes, fundraising events, and exhibitions -- part of a network of influential alumni that is global in scope. Many also say that SFAI helped establish a local culture that embraces creativity, making San Francisco a hotbed of innovation across every industry.
Definitely wouldn't recommend for younger first-year students, being that there's a lot of responsibility and maturity you're taking on. I enjoyed smaller class sizes, was less than 10 students for some of my own. This offers more time for discussions and one on ones with the teacher. Personally, I would've liked to see greater diversity among SFAI's student body! This school is easily one of the most relaxed academic settings I've been in. Faculty at SFAI stress the importance of healthy mental and emotional health and does a great job promoting their resources for students.