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Founded in 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter
Type of institution: Private, nonprofit, accredited
President: Paula S. Wallace
Mascot: Art the Bee
Colors: Gold and black

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. The diverse student body of approximately 10,500 comes from all 50 United States, three U.S. territories and nearly 100 countries worldwide. The education and career preparation of each student are nurtured and cultivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. Through individual attention in an inspiring university environment, and with advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, SCAD is uniquely qualified to provide an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. SCAD has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications; see the latest at

Memberships: American Academy in Rome, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, EDUCASE, eLearning Guild, Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Sloan Consortium, Southeastern College Art Conference, U.S. Distance Learning Association.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, National Architectural Accrediting Board, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. For a complete description of institutional and programmatic accreditations, visit

For more information about academic programs, student life, admission and financial aid, visit

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SCAD is committed to the pursuit of excellence and welcomes applicants from the United States and abroad who have the same high standards. SCAD maintains selective admission policies, accounting for a student body that is enthusiastic about the programs of study and capable of advancing rapidly. Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. New students may enter fall (September), winter (January), spring (March) or summer (June), although most students begin in September. Summer course offerings may be limited. Online applications are preferred and are available at Applicants also may download, complete and send the application with fee to the appropriate mailing address. Admission is selective and early application is encouraged. Applications for admission are accepted at any time of year and must be received at least 30 days prior to the intended quarter of entry. Students needing a visa are encouraged to apply for admission at least 90 days prior to the intended quarter of entry.

All admitted students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. These funds are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers based on materials submitted for review. All students are encouraged to submit supplementary materials to enhance their application for admission and for scholarship consideration. As soon as all application materials are received, the Admission Review Committee considers the applicant's qualifications and renders an admission decision. The applicant is notified immediately.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

All undergraduate programs at SCAD begin with a core curriculum of foundation studies and general education courses to instill fundamental knowledge and teach skills necessary for success at SCAD. Foundation studies in studio arts build visual, conceptual and creative abilities, while general education courses in liberal arts develop critical thinking skills by providing an intellectual foundation and breadth of knowledge for lifelong learning. SCAD provides students the flexibility to pursue their interests while gaining knowledge and expertise in a specific discipline. In addition, students can broaden their education and career preparation through a variety of elective subjects or by completing a double major or minor.

SCAD undergraduate degrees: B.A., B.F.A.

Graduate programs build on current levels of knowledge and achievement to help students reach personal and professional goals, advance understanding and skills in art and design, and assume leadership roles. Through peer critiques and seminar discussions, students evaluate their own work through a self-critical perspective and analyze and explore old and new knowledge and skills in their fields. The graduate experience culminates in student teaching, internships and/or in a thesis or final project. Graduate students emerge from their studies at SCAD with a highly evolved theoretical and practical understanding of their fields.

SCAD graduate degrees: M.Arch., M.A., M.A.T., M.F.A., M.U.D.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Accessory Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Advertising (B.A. in Visual Communication, B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Animation (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Architectural History (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Architecture (M.Arch.), Art History (B.F.A., M.A.), Arts Administration (M.A.), Cinema Studies (M.A.), Design for Sustainability (M.A.), Design Management (M.A., M.F.A.), Dramatic Writing (B.F.A., M.F.A.), Equestrian Studies (B.A.), Fashion (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Fashion Marketing and Management (B.F.A.), Fibers (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Film and Television (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Furniture Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Graphic Design (B.A. in Visual Communication, B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Historic Preservation (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Illustration (B.A. in Visual Communication, B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Illustration Design (M.A.), Industrial Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Interactive Design (B.A. in Digital Communication), Game Development (B.A. in Digital Communication), Interactive Design and Game Development (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Interior Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), International Preservation (M.A.), Luxury and Fashion Management (M.A., M.F.A.), Metals and Jewelry (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Motion Media Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Painting (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Performing Arts (B.F.A., M.F.A.), Photography (B.A. in visual communication, B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Printmaking (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Production Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Sculpture (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Sequential Art (B.A. in visual communication, B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Service Design (B.F.A., M.F.A.), Sound Design (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.), Teaching Art/Teaching Drama (M.A.T.), Urban Design (M.U.D.).

Most degree programs have corresponding undergraduate minors. Minors are also offered in 52 other topics.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Equestrian/Equine Studies

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism
  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Radio and Television

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Graphics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
  • Apparel and Textiles, Other
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation

  • Precision Production

  • Furniture Design and Manufacturing

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Commercial Photography
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2011-2012, full-time undergraduate tuition is US$30,510; full-time graduate tuition is US$30,960. The housing fee for the academic year ranges from US$7,785 for dormitory style and US$8,835 for apartment style. Basic meal plan rate is $1,490 per quarter.

There is a one-time enrollment fee of $500, and a nonrefundable housing reservation fee of $250 for students who sign up for SCAD housing. SCAD offers meritand need-based scholarships, as well as federal and state financial aid. About 90 percent of SCAD students receive some form of financial assistance. Approximately USD $20 million in institutional scholarships is awarded annually to the incoming class.

Financial Aid

The Savannah College of Art and Design financial aid office exists to process federal, state and alternative loan aid available to students.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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Required Fees
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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
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Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


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Life at SCAD is active and engaging within and beyond the classroom. The SCAD experience includes programs and activities that promote student interaction, leadership, and community service, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. With more than 70 student organizations, SCAD students have many opportunities to meet others who share common interests-from swing dancing to blacksmithing.

SCAD sponsors student groups affiliated with professional organizations as well as clubs related to academic programs. Leadership development opportunities are promoted through all student organizations including the Student Activities Council and United Student Forum.

SCAD libraries are focal points for inspiration, information, study and research. Collections vary and are targeted to the needs of the SCAD community. At each location, the library contributes to every aspect of academic and intellectual life by providing a broad range of collections and services, including access to digital images, online databases, media, course reserves, archival materials and personalized research instruction.

SCAD galleries and exhibitions in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste showcase the work of students, alumni, faculty and other distinguished and emerging artists.

The SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah is an integral part of the SCAD educational experience. The museum engages in education, exhibitions, research, collection care and programming. Among its significant collection of 4,500 objects, the museum has 17thto 19th-century British and American works, including paintings by van Dyck, Hogarth and Gainsborough, and prints by Hogarth, Goya and Renoir; 20th-century works by Picasso and de Kooning; a major African-American collection with iconic works by Bearden and Lawrence; 19thand 20th-century photography; and designer costumes by Chanel and Christian Dior. A 60,000-square-foot expansion opens in Fall 2011, adding galleries, classrooms, a cafe and a theater to the museum complex.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



67% female
33% male
79% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time


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SCAD offers distinctive yet complementary locations, so students can choose the environment that best suits their lifestyle and interests. Students may study for one quarter or longer at any other location through which their degree program is offered.

In the heart of Midtown Atlanta, nearly 2,000 SCAD students thrive in the midst of Fortune 500 companies, leading fine art and design organizations, and nonprofits.

Within the venerable walls of the historic former North Kowloon Magistracy Building, SCAD brings prestigious U.S. art and design education and professional career preparation to Hong Kong, a sophisticated international city on the southeastern coast of China.

SCAD Lacoste is a residential study abroad location in the South of France, offering immersion in the history and culture of Provence. Course offerings vary each quarter and offer students an opportunity to pursue intensive study in coursework designed to take advantage of the cultural landscape of Lacoste.

SCAD's flagship location in Savannah offers a unique university experience in a charming historic environment near the beautiful beaches of the coastal South. About 70 SCAD facilities, encompassing more than 2 million square feet, are woven into the fabric of one of the largest and most renowned national Historic Landmark districts in the United States.

The SCAD eLearning environment encompasses an online global community where students learn from SCAD faculty and one another, participating in critiques, meetings and collaborative projects. Students complete undergraduate and graduate degree requirements online or in combination with on-site courses.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

In every department and program, SCAD students work with advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and resources. For example, SCAD is a Digidesign Certified Pro School for sound design and students can become Pro Tools certified before graduating. Illustration students create work using Wacom Cintiq displays.

Students of the building arts use the latest electronic design software including Bentley MicroStation V8, 3D Studio VIZ, SURFCAM AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya and Revit. Fibers students work with Compu-dobby looms, an electronic Jacquard loom and a Mimaki textile printer. The advanced technology labs for furniture and industrial design students include computer numerically controlled equipment for rapid prototyping and production as well as a large envelope five-axis CNC router and laser cutters. Comptuer resources include SolidWorks and Rhino 3-D. Seven 3-D printers allow students to print ABS and polycarbonate 3-D models of their computer-generated designs.

Photography students work in both digital and film/chemistry labs equipped with Macintosh computers, Adobe CS5 software, Imacon scanners and wide-format inkjet printers. Students can expose and process RA-4 photographic materials using a Durst Theta printer in Atlanta and an Epsilon printer in Savannah.

Metals and jewelry students explore a wide range of technology in facilities for precision casting, finishing, enameling, laser welding, lapidary, anodizing, CAD/CAM, forming and stone setting processes. Resources include a laser welder and microscope system, a Stratasys Dimension SST 1200 printer for ABS plastic, two Solidscape T66 wax printers, and two Roland JWX-10 milling machines. Advanced modeling tools include SensAble pens with Claytools software. Accessory design students use specialized equipment such as men's and women's shoe lasts, a shoe finishing machine and cylinder industrial sewing machines. Industry-standard Lectra Romans CAD software is used for designing bags and shoes. Fashion students use industry-standard dress forms, cutting tables, professional sewing machines and specialty finishing equipment. Digital labs offer an Infinity Plus plotter for patternmaking and a Mimaki textile printer, as well as software including Kaledo, Vision Fashion Studio, Gerber Suite, Lectra U4ia and Virtual Fashion Pro.

Film and digital media students work with equipment found at major production and postproduction facilities, and use digital technology, nonlinear editing systems, digital audio workstations and comprehensive labs for screenwriting, scheduling and budgeting. Production facilities and equipment include Steadicam EFP, Super Panther and Fisher dollies, chroma key/green studio and sound stage. Students have access to high-end Avid Media Composer Nitris DX and Symphony Nitris DX editing suites. Cameras include Red One digital 4k cameras, Panavision Panaflex G2 cameras, Ariflex 416 and 35 mm Ariflex and 35 mm MovieCam.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions

Christopher Corbett

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Men's Sports (Bees)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bees)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services



Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Students are able to get discounts on Apple and HP computers. Students are able to get Adobe and Microsoft software for free.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Emilio Reyes Le Blanc
Executive Director of Admission Ops

P.O. Box 3146
Savannah, GA 31402-3146

(912) 525-5100


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SCAD Museum of Art
Jen Library
Trustees Theatre

Most Popular Places Off Campus
River Street
City Market
Tybee Beach
Historic District
Various museums and historic homes

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Various dates throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Greyhound Bus Station Amtrak Train Station Local bus service and taxis available Free campus shuttles services

Driving Instructions to Campus
Access from I-95 and I-16.

Local Accommodations
Numerous hotels and motels available throughout the historic district that are very accessible to the campus.

Articles & Advice