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SFAI's Summer Institute 2009 and Low-residency MFA Program

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
800 345 SFAI / 415 749 4500

Come join SFAI's Summer Institute 2009—an exciting and thought-provoking series of programs, intensives, study/travel opportunities, course offerings, lectures, and conferences for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, visiting, non-degree, and continuing-education students.

Consistent with the overall program objectives of SFAI's full-time MFA degree, the Low-residency MFA program—a component of Summer Institute 2009—combines a rigorous and challenging course of study with extensive flexibility of schedule. This ideal combination allows students—whether coming from the Bay Area, the wider US, or abroad—to study with SFAI's renowned faculty during an intensive eight-week summer residency and then to continue their studies, with artists in their home communities, during the fall and spring semesters. The variety of courses and formats available in the program enables students from the most diverse of backgrounds to adapt global strategies for inquiry and practice to their own individual contexts. Participating in the rich and creative intellectual culture that pervades SFAI's historic San Francisco campus, students are encouraged both to engage the broad range of theoretical and historical issues offered within the program's curriculum and to concentrate on one of the seven exceptional areas of study that comprise SFAI's School of Studio Practice: Design and Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics.
Together with core undergraduate and graduate classes in liberal arts and the humanities, course offerings for Summer Institute 2009 include such topics as

• how to make a website in ten days
• ceramics within a North European context (study/travel: June 1–June 11, 2009)
• the formal and conceptual aspects of the ceramics process
• the major art forms and critical ideas of global artistic practice from 2000 to the present
• the interrelation of psychology, perception, and creativity
• time-based object making and installations
• the basics of digital-image capturing
• painting and the ephemeral
• fabrication in wood and metal
• the redefinition of the art object in the late-twentieth century

Along with its array of course offerings, Summer Institute 2009 also presents the Summer 2009 Visiting Artists Lecture Series and the 2009 Art Criticism Conference. The Summer 2009 Visiting Artists Lecture Series (June 27–July 25) is designed to supplement SFAI's Low-residency MFA program by providing graduate students with weekly exposure and access to artists working in a wide variety of disciplines. The 2009 Art Criticism Conference (August 10–August 15) is a forum through which students become acquainted with the contemporary practice of writing about art in its many professional and poetic subfunctions. Presentations by the instructor will be augmented by seminars led by a variety of professional art writers. The keynote speaker for the 2009 Art Criticism Conference is Raphael Rubinstein, senior editor for Art in America.

Another component of Summer Institute 2009, the Summer 2009 Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program offers noncredit evening and weekend classes, including courses in design and technology, drawing, film, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and art history. Whether as preparation for applying to a full-time art program or as an opportunity for expanding core artistic and critical skills within a rigorous studio environment, ACE courses are designed to accommodate beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

SFAI's Low-residency MFA program is currently accepting applications for admission for Summer 2009.

SFAI's full-time MFA, MA, and Post-Baccalaureate certificate programs are all currently accepting applications for admission, on a space-available basis, for Fall 2009.

SFAI's BFA and BA programs are both currently accepting applications for admission, on a rolling basis, for Fall 2009.

To register as a non-degree or visiting student for Summer Institute 2009, please go to  and download the Summer Institute 2009 course schedule.

For more information about the Summer 2009 Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program, including course descriptions, please go to

For complete information about admissions at SFAI—undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate—please go to, send an e-mail to, or call 415 749 4500.

Inventive, inquisitive students from the broadest range of backgrounds and interests are invited to apply to join SFAI's ongoing crossdisciplinary investigations of, and experiments in, contemporary global art practice and theory.

San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art in the US. Focusing on the interdependence of thinking, making, and learning, SFAI's academic and public programs are dedicated to excellence and diversity.

SFAI's School of Studio Practice concentrates on developing the artist's vision through studio experiments and is based on the belief that artists are an essential part of society. It offers a BFA, an MFA, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Design and Technology, Film, New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Ceramics.

SFAI's School of Interdisciplinary Studies is motivated by the premise that critical thinking and writing, informed by an in-depth understanding of theory and practice, are essential for engaging contemporary global society. It offers degree programs in Exhibition and Museum Studies (MA only), History and Theory of Contemporary Art (BA and MA), and Urban Studies (BA and MA).

SFAI's Dual Degree MA/MFA program is ideally designed for students who seek a deep and balanced immersion in both theoretical discourse and art practice. A three-year commitment, the degree consists in an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art and an MFA in any area of study within the School of Studio Practice (see above).

For more information about Summer Institute 2009 or about graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate admissions at SFAI, please go to, send an e-mail to, or call 415 749 4500.
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