College Junior 2013-07-31T00:44:57Z
Getting into my major was quite easy. A representative helped me along the way and made sure that all my questions were answered. Theres always enough space for students to get the classes they need and classes are kept relatively small.
College Junior 2013-07-31T00:41:38Z
San Francisco is a fast moving, creative city that embraces young artist such as myself. There are many galleries and museums that make the college experience even more enjoyable.
College Senior 2013-05-23T17:47:37Z
There isn't a lot of diversity when it comes to ethnicity at the school. Much of the population is white, which can lead to some glazing over of problematic issues in peoples works, but other then this there are a wide range of people coming from different places and doing completely different things. You'll for sure meet some interesting people at SFAI.
College Senior 2013-05-23T17:43:23Z
If you're looking for a top notch studio space this is not the place for you. That being said, SFAI is built on the idea of getting things done with what you have and just making art anyway possible. One great thing about the school is the library. Talk to Jeff, the head librarian, and he'll pull out hand made books by famous artists, rare prints, and things you couldn't even imagine. The view from the roof is awe inspiring and the architecture is beautiful. There's a Diego Rivera mural on campus, what more could you need?
College Senior 2013-05-23T17:30:27Z
There are two faculty parking lots that can be used by students after 7 pm, but during the day there is only 2 hour parking, but classes are three hours, so you have to leave in the middle of class to move your car. Tickets are given out frequently in the area so make sure you keep an eye on the time. Overall, having a car in San Francisco in general is a real pain, so I wouldn't really suggest it.
College Sophomore 2013-05-02T20:45:10Z
There are numerous computer labs at my school, as well as computers in the dorms, and laptops you can check out. The DIS is equipped with large, color printers for making photographic prints. And the other labs all have black and white printers as well. The internet connection is always very fast on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-05-02T20:34:47Z
There is a large variety of italian restaurants and coffee shops around the campus because it is located near North Beach. But if you go too far down the street you'll end at the Warf where everything costs 10x as much because its such a tourist destination.
College Sophomore 2013-05-02T20:22:47Z
The policies on campus are very lose, but the dorms are a different situation. Every time you need to enter the building you need to be buzzed in or have your key with you. And if you want to bring over a guest you need to sign them in and stay with them at all times. Another annoyance is the regulations on alcohol and drug use. If you are under 21, you cannot even be in the same room as someone over 21 if they're drinking. And if you are caught breaking this rule you will be kicked out of the dorms for good.
College Senior 2013-01-26T22:29:22Z
The school has a limited number of internships available. Private interships are also available in the city with museums and galleries, publications, etc. I had both a paid and unpaid intership so far. The pay is mimimum but the experience was worth it.
College Senior 2013-01-26T22:26:28Z
San Francisco is a large city with an excellent transportation system. You can get a public transporation card (Clipper card) which makes it even easer to get around without carry the cash. If you choose to have your own vehicle then be prepared to pay a premium for parking. City does have parking permits available for on street parking. The 2 dorm houses do not have onsite parking. The school doesn't either but has a bus stop just down the sidewalk from the front door.
College Senior 2013-01-26T22:21:21Z
The school provides excellent academic support. However, they are very strict once a student starts to struggle. They will pull scholarship support but offer an appeal process. Little counseling is given to the student as far as financial alternatives. Best advise is if you feel you are struggling academically, start working with the school early on to see how to avoid problems. Approach teachers and guidance for assistance. They can only help you if you let them know you need the help. Follow up with their suggestions and check back with them frequently on progress improvement.
College Senior 2013-01-26T22:13:13Z
The student population is made up of a wide variety of religious beliefs, races, sexual preferences, and cultures. Students are from all over the states and a large international population. The atmosphere is very accepting of the diverse student backgrounds.
College Sophomore 2013-01-12T20:22:00Z
The library is a great place to be at. The librarians are really friendly, and let you sleep there, and even offer to wake you up for class. The atmosphere is nice, and there is a really interesting collection of books.
College Sophomore 2013-01-12T20:17:26Z
It is health food and there are a lot of vegetarian options, but it is way over priced. There is only one place to eat, so you have no other choice but to eat there or go off campus. The advantage is that the location of the campus is near north beach, so there are a lot of great places to eat nearby.
College Sophomore 2013-01-12T20:14:40Z
The school campus is definitely an enjoyable place to be in. A lot of students hang around school to do their projects, and hang out as well. the architecture is beautiful, and gives an nice view of the city, making and perfect spot to both create art and have fun.
College Sophomore 2013-01-09T22:06:02Z
Terrible service and limited selection at high prices.
College Sophomore 2013-01-09T22:05:14Z
Guys & Girls:
My freshman class is awful and all they do is party. There are a few gems. The upperclassmen are better.
College Senior 2012-11-29T21:00:00Z
I did not apply for financial add. I heard its not hard to get though.
College Senior 2012-11-29T20:57:39Z
We only have two buildings in the center of downtown San Francisco. Most students find housing elsewhere.
College Senior 2012-11-29T20:56:40Z
Again, our school is very small so these things are limited but still a good time. Sports are not serious at our school but we have a running club that have some active student. The roof of our campus is a student hangout and a blast!
College Senior 2012-11-29T20:53:35Z
We do not have any transportation since our school is small and located in an easily accessible area in San Francisco but nightlife at my school is very active. Our campus is beautiful so we have a lot of private parties that we are allowed to attend most of the time. Our school also has a lot of things going on. Not only do we have a gallery opening every week, but we have at least one main event every month. Fun art stuff and more!
College Sophomore 2012-11-27T18:37:08Z
It's about a half hour walk to campus from the dorms, and the hills are not too bad. The dorms are right in Nob Hill by Union Square, so location is fantastic for the price. Plenty of restaurants and nightlife around. However, buildings are old and feel detached from campus.
College Senior 2012-09-05T20:32:47Z
Very Divers Community – San Francisco Art Institute has a very divers community of students. Majority of the student base are independent thinkers and artist. This can also make a clash of ideas between people, but that is what it is all about. Challenging each and creating a supportive environment to do so.
College Senior 2012-09-05T20:26:09Z
MUNI and Bart – The public transportation in San Francisco can be unpredictable and eventful. Each transit line has it own story. If you are ridding the Bart you are going to get where you are going no problem. As for the MUNI bus system you never know. Along with this you have the historic street cars that cruse down Market street, and the famous cable cars that coast up and down the giant hills of the city. The rout you take is the adventure you decide to embark on.
College Senior 2012-09-05T20:21:07Z
What Can I Say It San Francisco – San Francisco is a city without boundaries. You will see everything in this city, and sometimes it is things you do not want to see. Weither it be the great local food and wine or the culture. Take a walk you China Town and you are transported into a whole other world. Or go down to the Mission and see the happenings of local artist. There are so many hidden gems in this city that one may never discover unless you get out there.
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