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Top Art Schools in San Francisco

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Updated: 11 December 2015
As the proud location of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum fine arts museum, San Francisco hosts some amazing artists. With its dozens of art schools, San Francisco is one of the best places for aspiring artists, in addition to art lovers, to go. These are the best schools for an art education in San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Bridge in mixed media | © Nicolas Raymond/Flickr
The Golden Gate Bridge in mixed media | © Nicolas Raymond/Flickr

California College of the Arts – San Francisco

Based in Oakland, and with another location in San Francisco, the California College of the Arts, a nonprofit and private university, was founded in 1907 by a German cabinetmaker named Frederick Meyer. CCA presents opportunities for degrees in design, writing, architecture and more. Approximately 1,950 students attend both campuses combined. Several clubs surrounding the school’s mission are also offered. Both campuses have a stylish, modern look to them, and the spirit of the artistry is felt just by looking at it. Clearly one of the best art schools SF has to offer, those who want to learn all about art should enroll in CCA today!

California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA (415) 703-9500

Academy of Art University building | © Andy Melton/Flickr

California College of the Arts (Montgomery Campus in San Francisco) | © Edward Blake/Flickr
California College of the Arts (Montgomery Campus in San Francisco) | © Edward Blake/Flickr

Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University is definitely a prominent art school in San Francisco. Founded in 1929, the AAU now has over 10,000 students enrolled, and everyone is accepted! The AAU not only has more than 70 shows and exhibitions and offers online art education, but also has exceptional athletics and an invitation for student work to be shown to be shown every second year at New York Fashion Week. They have also had amazing alumni such as a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Deanne Fitzmaurice. If you are passionate about turning your art into a career and inspiring people with it, then AAU is the place for you.

Academy of Art University, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

(800) 544-2787

Academy of Art University building | © Andy Melton/Flickr
Academy of Art University building | © Andy Melton/Flickr

Lenses art piece – San Francisco Art Institute fundraiser | © Steven Damron/Flickr

San Francisco Art Institute

Their website reads: ‘Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art.’ Who can argue with that? SFAI s a place of culture, modern thinking, and great art. Offering degrees in photography, sculpture, film and more, SFAI also offers opportunities for children, as well as for the general public. This institute encourages uniqueness and looking at things from a different perspective. To those who are eager to find the great, creative beast inside themselves, and to change the face of art, there is no better place for them than SFAI!

San Francisco Art Institute fundraiser | © Steven Damron/Flickr
San Francisco Art Institute fundraiser | © Steven Damron/Flickr

San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, USA (415) 771-7020

By Kyla Giffin

Kyla attends school at Livermore High School in Livermore, and has lived in the SF Bay Area her whole life. To her, the best parts about San Francisco are Pier 39, the de Young museum of fine art and the Giants. Her ultimate passion is writing, and she dreams of going to Stanford University or John Hopkins University and becoming an English professor. She is currently a contributing writer for The Mindful Word in addition to The Culture Trip. You can find Kyla’s published articles from The Mindful Word at http://www.themindfulword.org/author/kyla-giffin/, and can also find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylagiffin and on Google Plus at https://plus.google.com/u/0/102209384388560437952/about.