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 101 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, professor Diana Scott presents a survey of the achievements, influences, and intercultural relationships in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Western Art from 35,000 BCE to 500 CE (Prehistoric–Early Middle Ages). Students will learn to identify major works of art and to place them in the context of the artistic, philosophical, cultural, religious, and historical background in which they were created. The course will also include information on art terminology, techniques, aesthetics, and provide opportunities to discuss, critically analyze, and write about art. 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 ($205). There are no prerequisites for this course. The syllabus is available here.

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.


Unpaid internships are available for students in the Education Department. Academic credit is available.

Please visit the Museums' Employment page to view current internship opportunities.