San Francisco Art Institute PreCollege

    San Francisco Art Institute PreCollege


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 16, 17, 18
    • Accreditation: American Camp Association
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    San Francisco Art Institute PreCollege helps you get a jump on the college experience with a four-week intensive and transformative program in the arts.

    Through intensive study with renowned professional artistswho also teach in SFAIs undergraduate programstudents build skills, develop their portfolios, collaborate with peers, and make lasting connections in the Bay Area arts community. PreCollege students experiment with new media and meet other artists who are driven to create. The immersive program also features visits to museums and public exhibition opportunities. Participants are offered a diverse, introductory course of study and an experience comparable to that of a first-year BFA student. At San Francisco Art Institute, we create new ways of looking at and living in the world.

    Since 1871, SFAI has attracted individuals who push beyond boundaries to discover uncharted artistic terrain. A West Coast legacy of radical innovation grounds our philosophy and fuels a learning approach that is gutsy and transformative.

    PreCollege takes place on San Francisco Art Institutes legendary campus in the heart of San Franciscoinspiring views of the Bay, a monumental Diego Rivera fresco, and a constant rotation of visiting artists are all part of everyday life here. High school students choose two studio courses (morning and afternoon) that meet for three hours each, Monday-Thursday, during the summer. Friday academic activities, studio hours, and workshops bolster the core curriculum. SFAIs PreCollege Summer Program is designed for students who have completed the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades, but who have yet to begin college.

    Summer Classes for College Credit
    High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit during the summer! In addition to Faculty-Led Workshops, Evening Studio, and a Final Exhibition, courses offered include: Expressive Line and Life Drawing, Black-and-White Photography, Painting and Permutations, Digital Photography, Digital Animation, Experimental Cinema, Screenprinting, and Sculptural Forms: Hand-Building and Materiality. PreCollege faculty are practicing artists who actively participate in gallery and museum exhibitions at spaces such as MoMA PS1, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; and international art fairs, including the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Their active involvement in the field means that PreCollege students are introduced to relevant contemporary concepts, techniques, and practices. In addition to teaching and creating, faculty form mentoring relationships with students that last well beyond the program.

    Summer in the City
    San Francisco is thriving, and SFAI is your gateway to the cultural scene. PreCollege introduces students to artists and art spaces through visits to museums such as SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, De Young Museum, and Legion of Honor, as well as galleries, pop-up spaces, and site- specific happenings. Our ample green spaces, eclectic music venues, spirited technological innovations, and proximity to the ocean are part of what make the Bay Area one of the most exhilarating places in the U.S. In addition to arts programming, there will be many lighthearted opportunities to connect with friends and kick back at weekly events such as a dance party, movie nights, community dinners, zombie tag, photo shoots, and more.


    • People at our high school don’t cry at graduation, but we all cried on the last day of PreCollege. It’s because PreCollege is like a slice of a dream. It was like an island or an oasis that you never wanted to leave.

      - Daisy Faragher, PreCollege 2013 - December 4, 2014
    • I definitely have a better grasp on my own artistic process and the way that I work. I figured out how to work through a concept and a piece from start to finish by being in that environment. After being constantly surrounded by art, I am driven to keep working.

      - Emma Rudman, PreCollege 2013 - December 4, 2014
    • With SFAI I learned how to push the boundaries with my work, experiment with old and new mediums, and not be afraid to ask for help. With every day that passed while attending precollege I learned how to grow up and take responsibility for myself. I gained life skills and created a network of friends that will last a lifetime...It also gives me an extra edge when applying to colleges and scholarship programs because I have already gained life skills and experiences that most of my competitors have not. It sets me apart from the rest of the crowd. By surrounding myself with supportive people, including my SFAI PreCollege teachers and fellow students, I am much more driven toward chasing my dreams and continuing to pursue the arts.

      - Kiersten Mercado, PreCollege 2014 - December 2, 2014
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