San Francisco Studio School of Drawing, Painting, Photography & Mixed Media


The admissions process at SFSS concentrates equally on the intent of the applicant and the materials submitted to either SFSS Studio Program or the SFSS Photography Seminar. A belief in possibilities, a love of paint and of color, or a passion for the moment fixed in a photographic image are the most essential prerequisites to study at the school.

Prospective students for both the SFSS Studio Program and the SFSS Photography Seminar can submit the following materials via mail or email. Contact us if you have questions about SFSS programs or the admissions process.

  1. Application - Downloadable PDF
  2. A resume or CV
  3. A concise one-page statement of intent regarding your interest in study at the school including brief background information.
  4. Examples of work, which may take the form of 15 to 20 35mm slides, CD-ROM containing image files no larger than 300KB each, or website. If you would like the materials returned, please include a suitable return envelope with sufficient return postage.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from references relevant to the area of study, whether a teacher, artist or employer.
  6. A non-refundable application fee of $60, which may be sent by regular mail or at your request we will send you a PayPal statement.
Apply by regular mail

If mailing materials, please send to:

San Francisco Studio School
Re: Admissions
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133

Apply by email

If emailing materials, please send to:

Your program is an integral part of my
development as a painter. I am grateful
for having found truly dedicated teachers
who take such a genuine interest in their
students' work as well as in their own work.

- Anne Scallon, SFSS Alum

Art School in San Francisco