About SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
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. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines, in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.
SCAD has more than 27,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from 49 U.S. states and more than 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of nearly 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, DesignIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times.
About the School of Building Arts
In its ideal form, the built environment provides beauty and well-being, supports human interaction, houses memory and inspiration, exhibits the craft of its making and fosters human responsibility. At SCAD, students learn to become professional architects, designers and preservationists who are strategic thinkers, global communicators, collaborative partners and ethical practitioners of the building arts. With six connected disciplines – architecture, architectural history, furniture design, historic preservation, interior design and urban design – SCAD School of Building Arts’ innovative programs provide opportunities for collaborative, cross-disciplinary immersion, access to three continents through distinctive SCAD locations and guidance from industry leaders in and out of the classroom.
SCAD offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in architecture and a professional Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In 2013, NAAB awarded the M.Arch. program a new and unprecedented maximum eight-year term of accreditation.
For students who already hold undergraduate degrees in related disciplines, SCAD also offers preparatory courses to enter the professional M.Arch. degree program. SCAD architecture students study within living laboratories around the world. With the opportunity to study on three continents, students gain an acute awareness of how citizens move through historic, ever-evolving built environments and develop a sense of how rural and urban cultural contexts drive design. In Savannah, students thrive among one of the most celebrated urban plans in the world, inspired by a cityscape of historic and contemporary architecture. In Lacoste, architecture students recently collaborated with Jakob + McFarlane, one of Paris’ most celebrated design firms, to develop a new protocol for international internships.
At SCAD, interdisciplinary collaboration is an integral component of career preparation, and architecture students unite with undergraduate and graduate students from across the university to address topical design challenges and to create innovative solutions with real-world impact. Architecture courses include the rigor of paired comprehensive design and thesis studios to advanced electronic design courses in parametric and generative design strategies. Students have access to the latest computer technology and software such as Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Cloud Complete, Autodesk 3ds Max, Rhino, Grasshopper, Dynamo, City Engine and more.
At SCAD, students study in an interior design department that earned No. 1 rankings for both its undergraduate and graduate programs from DesignIntelligence ’s America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2014. SCAD is the only university to have received top honors for both undergraduate and graduate programs in these rankings. Earning consecutive top honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014 is another history-making achievement that belongs only to SCAD.
In every interior design course at SCAD, students are challenged to become thoughtful designers capable of critical thinking, effective communication and productive teamwork. Undergraduate students study history, construction methods, materials, furnishing, lighting, building codes, barrier-free design and other specializations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at both SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Savannah is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, affirming that graduates of the university’s interior design program are prepared to enter professional practice. Students who graduate in interior design meet one of the criteria to qualify to take the exam toward certification as a LEED Green Associate and Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification.
At the graduate level, the curriculum emphasizes emerging materials, human response and research methods. Master of Fine Arts students investigate the design discipline in depth to become practitioners and earn the credentials to teach the next generation of interior designers. Work includes commercial, residential and institutional design, and addresses a wide range of behavioral, environmental, decorative and technical issues. Students at every level work with electronic design software including Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Cloud Complete and Autodesk 3ds Max. A fully integrated intranet system offers online help, shared drive space, downloadable 3-D models, building use maps and access to online resources.
At SCAD Industrial Design, students work directly with industry professionals on design challenges and have opportunities for internships that often lead to employment after graduation. Sponsored projects present students with unique challenges and ask for the most imaginative thinking; recent partners include The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Fossil, The Limited, Fisher-Price, and JCB, to name a few. Students produce innovative real-world solutions to design challenges. The undergraduate curriculum fosters technical literacy and explores cognitive methodologies as students become creative problem-solvers capable of innovating solutions that positively impact people’s lives and effectively address market and production needs.
Graduate students deepen their work with a focused research project (M.A.) and engage in a significant research project that culminates in a thesis (M.F.A.). Students study in the renowned SCAD Gulfstream Center for Design, a 42,000-square-foot facility equipped with studios, labs, workshops and tools to help students turn their concepts into realities—including high-end computers with Cintiq monitors running the latest industry software, such as the Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite, the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, Rhino 3D, SolidWorks and Autodesk Maya. Eight 3 D printers allow students to print ABS and polycarbonate models of their computer-generated designs, and two laser cutters enable students to transfer their digital designs to a wide range of materials. In a nearly 10,000-square-foot model shop, students work with wood, metal, plastics and composites to actualize their design solutions. They also have access to a three-axis computer, numerically controlled vertical milling machine and a large envelope five-axis CNC router.
SCAD is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number 404.679.4500) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Urban Design degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. The professional M.Arch. degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The SCAD interior design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, (accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). For a complete list of SCAD accrediting bodies, visit the office of institutional effectiveness accreditation page.