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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
City College of San Francisco: Art 103 History of Modern Art at the de Young
This spring, City College of San Francisco will host a semester-long class at the de Young. Using the museum's collection as a launchpad and led by professor Nicole Oest, this course examines modern and contemporary art in Europe and America from the mid-19th century through the early 21st century. Students will learn to identify pivotal artists, styles, and techniques and to critically analyze art within its cultural framework. Class meets Fridays from 2:10–5 pm in the Koret Auditorium between January 17–May 15, 2020. Submit a CCSF application to enroll for credit (City College is free for San Francisco residents; unit fees apply for non-San Francisco residents). There are no prerequisites for this course. Questions about registering for this class? Contact the City College Registration Center at 415.239.3732 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s education department offers volunteer internships for undergraduate and graduate students seeking academic credit. Education department internships offer exposure to potential careers in a visual art museum and provide mentorship and professional development.