San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Program Reviews

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58%
of students recommend
(3.36 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 12 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: NASAD
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 599 (412 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 8% part-time, 92% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $43,204
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2017

SFAI is a Great school with long-standing traditions. Technical facilities as well the main campus need to be updated. The tuition cost is very expensive. This school for those who want to develop more of a conceptual way of thinking rather than to gain a knowledge of tools and technics. Concept VS Craft.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: faculty Cons: cost of the 2 years program. Not enough grants or scholarships offered.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2017

MFAs are expensive for a field that is financially risky. SFAI has an amazing, collaborative environment, an impressive history, and classes, professors, and students who challenge you to become a better artist, global citizen, and human being.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2014

The program has a lot of value, it focuses on items other programs oversee. The cost of the program is what is unfortunate. As a single mom, it definitely isn't a convinience to keep taking loans out to better my sons and I future. Any help is more than greatly appreciated.
2.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2014

I went to the Art Institute of Washington and it was good, i want to go to another school to get my bachelors
2.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

it is a fun place to go to, but kind of mediocre art wise...
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

Sfai Is a fun place. It is a small artists community that has students from all around the world attend to. The main campus is beautiful and located near the marina district in San Francisco. There is a school's gallery in both campuses (grad and undergrad) that both students and artists show in. you can apply for shows several times a year and add it to your resume once you got in. The grad studios is located in the developing dog patch area across town and are in a large warehouse facility. Studio sizes are pretty good sized, and there is a wood shop both in the main campus and at the dog patch studio. The faculty is usually helpful and friendly, you can go and chat during office hours. I find this school to be only on the average side because of the following: - The wood shop in the grad studios is lacking, basic things are missing which makes it hard to be able to create art. -too many things are forbidden to use at the studios. (such as plaster, or spray paint) - little to no help in the main campus wood shop by assistants, you basically have to beg to get a basic question answered, and always get the feeling you are bothering them. - School provides nothing and charges for everything. example: in grad studios they don't provide as little as screws, the students are expected to have their own. On the other hand for final graduate exhibition, you'de have to pay an extra 300$ for exhibiting, but got to get your own projectors and eveything else you need for presentation etc. The school doesn't provide any of the necessary things for that, but still charges you. - The security level in the studios is low to non-existing, at least once a month a students car gets broken into. Note that they are moving to a new facility soon. - bottom line is that it is a school for the privileged, you see a lot of people coming for a strong soci-economic background, which is not a bad thing, but the academic level as well as the ideas and agendas being depicted in the art are very mediocre and boring at best. - if you really want to go to a stimulating art environment that puts art as a top priority, better go to a different school. If you want a fun place where you get drunk a lot in a gorgeous city go to sfai. :)
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

SFAI is a great school for anyone pursuing a career in visual arts and/or community building.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2012

Great school. 24-hr access, what more can I can ask for.
2.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

I feel it's too over rated and the Audio Program is barley getting it's foot out the door but does not provide any locked in career after upon graduating. Not much recognition as oppose to Culinary and Video Game Arts.
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