Which SF Bay Area Schools Offer Art Classes?

Find out which San Francisco schools offer art programs and classes. See admissions requirements, prerequisites, and school information for an art education in the San Francisco region. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Preview the four schools in San Francisco offering courses in art as part of a degree program. Discover what you can learn from the graduate and undergraduate degrees in the field.

What You Need to Know

You can take art classes at 2-year, public schools and 4-year, public and private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The classes at the 2-year schools can be applied toward an associate's degree in art, which may take 2-2.5 years of full-time study to complete. At the 4-year institutions, you can pursue a bachelor's or a master's degree in art. You'll need 4 years to finish the bachelor's degree, and the master's degree can be completed in 3 years of full-time study. You may be required to submit a portfolio of your work to enter some of these programs.

Art Associate Degree Programs in the San Francisco Region

College of Marin

The College of Marin's associate degree program in art includes general education requirements in subjects like English, the natural sciences and the humanities. In addition, you'll take mandatory classes in drawing, 2-D art and art history. Electives available in the art program offer instruction in various media, including jewelry design, painting, drawing, printmaking, interior design, sculpture, photography and ceramics. The school's location in Kentfield is about 20 miles north of San Francisco.

  • Program Name: Associate in Arts in Art
  • Program Length: 2 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,492 per year for in-state; $9,712 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 5,026 students (all undergraduate)

Laney College

Laney College is located across the Bay about 12 miles east of San Francisco. The school's art program offers instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, watercolor, ceramics and printmaking. To obtain the associate degree, you'll need to complete general education classes in areas such as the humanities, math, science and ethnic studies. The art program also allows students to select elective courses that cover topics like design, color dynamics, figure drawing and art history.

  • Program Name: Associate of Arts in Art (Fine Arts)
  • Program Length: 60 units (approximately 2.5 years, full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,254 per year for in-state; $7,806 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 10,404 students (all undergraduate)

Art Bachelor's Degree Programs in the San Francisco Area

Dominican University of California

Your post-graduation goals may influence which art program you're most interested in at Dominican; the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in studio art is oriented toward preparation for graduate school, teaching or art management positions, while the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) studio art program emphasizes creative studio work, making it geared more toward preparation for a career as a fine artist. If you're interested in the graphic art degree, the B.A. program allows room to explore electives in other areas, while the BFA program is more closely focused on graphics creation and portfolio development.

Both graphic art degree programs include courses on topics such as drawing, computer modeling and design history, and you may choose an emphasis in graphic art and design, multimedia and animation or digital photography. As far as the studio art options, the BA and BFA programs both include courses in photography, color and design, art history and life drawing. In either studio art degree program, you may undertake a concentration in analog and digital photography, drawing and painting, ceramics and ceramic sculpture or printmaking.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Field of Study Options: Studio art, graphic art
  • Program Length: 4 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $45,850 per year (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Personal essay, 1 academic recommendation letter
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 1,355 undergrad and 424 grad students

San Francisco State University

In San Francisco State University's bachelor's degree program in art, you'll choose one of the four offered concentrations (including the dual concentration in art history and studio art) after you have completed the required foundational program courses; in some cases, you may need to apply for a concentration with a portfolio or other requirements. The program's foundational courses offer instruction in an artistic media area of your choice including printmaking, textiles and drawing, among others, as well as courses in art history. If you choose the studio art concentration, you may pursue a track in textiles, photography, printmaking and print media, conceptual and information arts, sculpture, painting and drawing or ceramics. The art program also includes general education classes, in areas like science, history and foreign language.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Specialization Areas: Art education, studio art, art history, studio art and art history
  • Program Length: 4-years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,260 per year for in-state; $19,140 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: A portfolio may be required for admission into a program concentration area
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 26,531 undergraduate and 3,247 graduate students

Art Master's Degree Programs in the San Francisco Region

San Francisco State University

The majority of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program courses at San Francisco State University are focused on studio work: you'll take studio tutorials and seminars, as well as enroll in studio classes with the school's visiting artists. You'll also take non-studio courses in areas such as art theory and art history, and you may take additional electives outside the art department. During your final semester, you'll be required to undergo an exhibition and review of your work to graduate.

  • Program Name: Master of Fine Arts in Art
  • Specialization Areas: Painting and drawing, photography, new practices, conceptual and information arts, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, printmaking
  • Program Length: 3 years, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,694 per year for in-state; $18,198 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in art or equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA and 3 units of contemporary art history
  • Admission Requirements: Portfolio, resume, statement of purpose, 3 recommendation letters, GRE test scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 26,531 undergraduate and 3,247 graduate students

Of the San Francisco schools offering art classes as part of a degree program, the College of Marin and Laney College provide associate's degrees, while the Dominican University of California and San Francisco State University have bachelor's degrees, the latter also providing a master's.

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