• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
San Francisco, CA, United States
At the Film program of San Francisco Art Institute students study filmmaking in the broader context of contemporary art practice. Our film program investigates the full range of moving-image genres, including experimental, narrative, documentary, animation, and hybrid forms. Students learn the craft of filmmaking in courses that teach skills of production and postproduction.
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The Film program of San Francisco Art Institute is flexible, keeping current with the ever-changing digital arena from multi-platform to alternative distribution. Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the medium by integrating film with gallery-based objects, performance, and sound-based works. Students leave the program having explored a variety of methods of display—from traditional theatrical screening, to single- and multi-channel installation, to alternative contexts such as emerging small screen and interactive formats.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students use production and postproduction tools to create personal and powerful works of art and communication.
  • Students use the tools and language of cinema to effectively convey creative ideas.
  • Students understand and discuss historical developments of the moving image as well as the essential theoretical issues of his/her filmmaking practice.
  • Students acquire historical and contemporary knowledge of the interrelationships between cinema and the other arts.
  • Students develop a commitment to artistic development through continuous production.
  • Students progress towards the creation of a singular body of work.
  • Students gain the ability to articulate how personal experience, contemporary issues, and theoretical concerns inform one’s work.
  • Students gain an ability to situate moving images within critical, conceptual, and historical frameworks.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Practice
  • Film
  • Film Production / Post Production
  • The Art of Screenwriting
  • Personal Film
  • Stop-Motion

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Online application, including the $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Portfolio and artist statement (BFA applicants only)
  • Letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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