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San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco Art Institute is a nonprofit private art school, which is located in San Francisco, CA. Over ten different programs are offered at San Francisco Art Institute, with a Master's degree being the highest level offered. The more popular programs among aspiring artists are shown below:

  • Painting
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Museum Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Cinematography And Film

Student and special services are available at San Francisco Art Institute, offering personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:

  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Students can use a variety of means to gauge school performance. A school's graduation and loan default rates are among the strongest indicators of educational and career success. San Francisco Art Institute has a yearly graduation rate of 45%, and a loan default rate of near 6%.

San Francisco Art Institute has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation having first received its accreditation from that agency in 1961. Please visit sfai.edu for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

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Programs Offered

The following is a list of areas of study available at San Francisco Art Institute. Programs that have a link will take you to the program's profile page where education requirements, career pathways, and other information is available.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Visual and Performing Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies

Social Sciences

  • Urban Studies and Affairs (B, M)

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average annual "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $37,500. To calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance visit the net price calculator. There is also a $65 application fee for those applying to a program. Students in need of financial assistance can get more information through the school's financial aid department, by calling (415) 749-4560. The financial figures shown on this page provide information regarding costs and fees at this school, these numbers may change in a given year due to a variety of factors.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Tuition & Fees Information

Undergraduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $36,000-$43,000
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,600 to $1,900 per credit hour
  • Required fees for full-time students: $910

Graduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • The estimated tuition range for graduate students is around $38,000-$46,000 per year
  • For part-time students, charges are between $1,700-$2,000 per unit
  • Required fees for graduate students are around $910

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships97%$13,402
Receiving Student Loans84%$5,658

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.