College Programs

College programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco focus on artistic enrichment, art history perspectives, studio art, and performing arts that highlight specific time periods, current events, or a traveling exhibition.

Collections Research

Visit the permanent collection pages at the de Young or the Legion of Honor, or search our online collection to view more than 80,000 images!

Docent Tours for College Groups

Docent-led tours are available for college classes that come with their professor or instructor from any accredited college. Tours must be arranged four weeks in advance and are about 45 minutes long. Currently, we offer tours of our permanent collections and special exhibitions. Please note that tours of special exhibitions have a fee.

To arrange a tour of the permanent collection, please download the College Reservation Form or email

To arrange a tour of a special exhibition, please contact Group Sales at 415.750.3620.

Independent Viewing and Fee Waiver

Educators are also welcome to lead their classes on self-guided tours through either the de Young or the Legion of Honor. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please note that self-guided tours of special exhibitions have a fee.

To arrange a self-guided visit to the permanent collection, download the College Reservation Form or email

To arrange a self-guided visit to the current special exhibitions, please contact Group Sales at 415.750.3620.

Sketching in the Galleries

Classes that wish to sketch in the permanent collection galleries must obtain permission and make a reservation at least four weeks in advance by completing the College Reservation Form.

Prior to the visit, instructors are asked to prepare students with the museum guidelines included in the Sketching Permit. Remit the signed permit by fax to 415.750.3540 or by email to

City College of San Francisco: Art 123U French Art at the Legion of Honor

This fall, City College of San Francisco will host a semester-long class at the Legion of Honor. Using the museum's collection as a launchpad and led by professor Nicole Oest, this course explores 18th-century French painting. Paintings will be discussed with both a critical and historical perspective with regard to cultural context and formal elements of style. Class meets Fridays from 2 to 5 pm in the Gunn Theater between August 23 through December 20, 2019. Submit a CCSF application to enroll in this class for credit (City College is free for San Francisco residents; unit fees apply for non-San Francisco residents), or enroll for no credit via Continuing Education. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Class Visits to the Works on Paper Collection

The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts houses the Museums’ collection of works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) and is available for classes of up to 15 students to engage with works from the permanent collection. Object selection and class sessions are coordinated by a curator in the department and visits are monitored by a FAMSF docent.

Classes may be scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be scheduled by January 15 (spring semester), May 15 (summer session), or August 15 (fall semester). Please review the guidelines before contacting for an appointment.


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s education department offers volunteer internships for undergraduate and graduate students seeking academic credit. Descriptions of current internship opportunities and links to applications are listed below. Education department internships offer exposure to potential careers in a visual art museum and provide mentorship and professional development.

Get Smart with Art Internship
The School Programs internship provides participants with an opportunity to work with K-8th students at the de Young Museums. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of the functions of the permanent school programs and museum pedagogy, including techniques for leading student centered, in-gallery teaching and hands-on activities.

Apply online here

Past and Present Internship
This internship provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of FAMSF’s Past and Present school program, and an opportunity to actively support the program’s mission of student-centered learning. Interns support museum staff and volunteers in the management and instruction of visiting sixth-grade groups.

Apply online here

Communications Internship
The Communications internship provides participants with an in-depth understanding of communications and media relations, and its role inside an art museum, by working closely with our Communications team. Gain first-hand experience working with the media, pitching reporters, and learning the ins and outs of the art media landscape.

Apply online here