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 a specific time period, current events, or a traveling exhibition.

Collections Research

The Museums’ web site is an excellent place to start researching our collection. Visit the permanent collection pages at the de Young or the Legion of Honor, or use the ImageBase to search more than 80,000 images from the collection!

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 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 collections must obtain special permission and make a reservation four weeks in advance by filling out 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

Related City College of San Francisco Course for Credit

Art History
Courses are taught by Maria Cheremeteff and relate to the collections at the Legion of Honor. Most classes are taught in the Florence Gould Theater.

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), August 15 (fall semester). Please review guidelines before emailing for an appointment.

New Generations Student Showcase

Each year, the de Young hosts a Student Showcase event in conjunction with Friday Nights at the de Young when local students are invited to submit and exhibit works of art in relation to a specific theme or special exhibition. This year, the event will be held April 24 to 26, 2016. To submit works of art, please see the student showcase flyer.


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.

Additional Information

Questions? Email or call 415.750.3638.

Downloadable Forms

Please mail all forms to:

Cynthia Inaba, de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Or fax them to: 415.750.3540