What happens when you mix modern aspiring creative professionals with one of the South’s most historic and beautiful cities? That would be Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD offers a full university experience (numerous student organizations and championship intercollegiate and intramural sports program including a world class equestrian facility) in a charming and renowned historic district abundant with parks. Savannah is also nicely situated near the beaches of Georgia and South Carolina.
When I approached the admissions office (above picture) the beauty of the building itself was stunning and a clear introduction to the schools commitment to historic preservation - nearly 70 SCAD facilities, encompassing more than 2 million square feet, are woven into the fabric of Savannah's National Historic Landmark districts, one of our nation’s largest. When I entered, I was surrounded by interesting artwork, eye-catching fashions, unique furniture, and movie quality animations. Not your typical college admissions office décor and SCAD is far from your typical college. Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD successfully prepares talented students for creative careers through programs and signature events such as shopSCAD, Working Class Studio, the Sidewalk Arts Festival, SCAD Style, the annual SCAD Fashion Show, the Savannah Film Festival, and the award winning SCAD Museum of Art.
Founded in 1978, the school set out “to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. The goal of the university is to nurture and cultivate the unique qualities of each student through an interesting curriculum, in an inspiring environment, under the leadership of involved professors.” (SCAD Mission Statement). Thirty-five years later, SCAD is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit arts university in the nation, awarding degrees (BA, BFA, MA, MFA) in more than 40 areas of study. Examples of majors and minors include animation, accessory design, equestrian studies, fashion marketing, photography, and urban design. Campuses are located in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste. SCAD prides itself not only in giving students an excellent arts education, but also effective career preparation. Yes, one can create and also pay the bills.
Curious if the art school experience is a fit for you or your student? SCAD Summer Seminars are weeklong workshops for high school students giving them the opportunity to gain a valuable educational experience while developing their creative vision. For the more focused art student, they offer a five-week summer program for rising seniors to enroll in two college-level classes and have the opportunity to build or enhance their visual arts portfolios.
SCAD helps students master the fundamentals of their field through a core curriculum of foundation studies and general education courses that teach skills necessary for success at SCAD and beyond. Undergraduate portfolios, auditions, writing and riding submissions are not required for admission but are accepted from applicants who wish to be considered for achievement scholarships.