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Savannah College of Art and Design

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Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private, non-profit degree-granting university located in Savannah, Georgia. The mission of the college is to prepare talented students for high demanding professional careers. The school that began with an enrollment of just 71 students today stands as one of the most sought-after institutes, boasting an enrollment of over 10,400 students. Apart from the Savannah campus, SCAD also operates campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, Hong Kong, Lacoste, and France.


Savannah College of Art and Design is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as National Architectural Accrediting Board, Council for Interior Design, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. SCAD awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as accessory design, advertising, cinema studies, design management, equestrian studies, fashion, graphic design, and illustration design.

SCAD confers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Urban Design degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Schools and Colleges:

Savannah College of Art and Design offers degrees, diplomas and certificates through the following academic divisions: School of Building Arts; School of Communication Arts; School of Design; School of Fashion; School of Film, Digital Media and Performing Arts; School of Fine Arts; School of Foundation Studies; and School of Liberal Arts.

SCAD Online:

The SCAD eLearning setting supports a comprehensive online education community, where students learn from experienced faculty and participate in distance learning through class time, critiques, meetings, and collaborative projects. The students may complete undergraduate and graduate degree requirements totally online or in combination with the on-site courses.

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SCAD is committed to the pursuit of excellence and welcomes applicants from the United States and foreign countries that have the same high standards of education. SCAD maintains selective admission policies, accounting for a student body that is enthusiastic about the programs of study and capable of advancing rapidly. The diverse student body boasts nearly 10,000 students that come from all 50 United States, three U.S. territories and over 100 countries worldwide.

New students may start in fall (September), winter (January), spring (March) or summer (June), although most students begin in September. The summer course offerings may be limited. Online applications are mostly preferred. Freshman students must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts, a non-refundable application fee, and their ACT/ SAT scored.

Transfer and International Students

Transferring to SCAD is fairly easy. Students must send their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes to SCAD. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. Students whose native language is not English must provide a proof of proficiency in English language.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is made available to qualified students to enable them to pay for their college education. There are various types of financial aid programs available at SCAD. Grants are the gifts that do not require repayment. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The state and federal grants offered at SCAD include athletic grants, the federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competiveness Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant, and SCAD Student Grant.

Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Some of the loans offered at SCAD are federal subsidized Stafford loans, federal unsubsidized Stafford loans, Federal Parent PLUS loans, William D. Ford Direct subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, the William D. Ford Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students, and the William D. Ford Direct Parent PLUS Loan Program. There are also work-study programs available which offer students the option to take on part-time jobs to help meet their educational expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1012th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at SCAD is active and appealing within as well as beyond the classroom. The SCAD campus experience includes programs and activities that encourage student interaction, leadership and community service, and promote a healthy lifestyle. There are more than 40 student organizations related to academic programs and over 25 that are recognized but not affiliated with any particular programs.

Some of the recognized student clubs are Asian Cinema Club, Black Student Association, Dyson Lounge Gaming Club, Foreign Comics League, Gamers Guild, Improv Club, Kamikaze Sushi, The Network, Savannah Maya Users Club, SCAD Skateboarding Club, and the Writer’s Block. Students are encouraged to get involved in the various events and activities such as Alternative Spring Break, Fall Fest, Masquerade ball, Leadership conferences, Student Activities Council planning meetings, and Service Opportunities for Students.

Media and Publications:

SCAD boasts two student-operated media organizations. District and SCAD Radio are located in Savannah. District also prints a quarterly magazine called District Quarterly.

Campus Facilities:

SCAD offers housing facilities to the students in its various residence halls. The variety of living options allow students to work, work out, play, eat and get involved in the campus experience. The Savanna campus offers more than ten residence halls such as Oglethorpe House, Turner House, Weston House, Dyson House, Turner Annex, Boundary Village, Alice House, Pulaski House, Forsyth House, The Terrace, and Barnard Village. The residence halls are well equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students.

SCAD Savanna campus also offers an array of dining options and meal plans. There are several eateries located through the campus. Some of the famous eating joints are Bobbie’s Diner, Byte Café, Café SCAD, Ex Libris, Gryphon Tea Room, Streamliner Diner, and Turner House Convenience Store and Snack Shop.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Savannah College sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Fencing is played as a club sport. The athletic teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’s Florida Sun Conference. The colors are Gold and Black. The sports teams are nicknamed the Bees.

Additional School Information

SCAD offers community education classes, summer courses, camps, and workshops in Savannah in a variety of disciplines. These workshops are offered on an open-enrollment and non-credit basis to provide educational and personal enrichment for teens, youth, and adults. Other summer programs include the Art Educators’ Forum, Rising Star, the Advanced Placement Institute, ArtSmarts, and SCAD Summer Seminars.


  • Savannah College of Art and Design. 2010.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design: Michael Nolin, Tom Lyle, Winrich Kolbe, Daves Rossell. General Books, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Georgia and 385th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 4 0.04

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 229th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,950 $32,950 $32,950
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $500 $500 $500
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $732 $732 $732
FT Graduate Tuition $33,750 $33,750 $33,750
FT Graduate Required Fees $500 $500 $500
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $750
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $51,279 $51,279 $51,279
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $51,279 $51,279 $51,279
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,905 $37,905 $37,905

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $31,010 $32,405 $31,010 $32,405 $31,010 $32,405
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,400 $2,496
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,255 $12,945
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,872
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,255 $12,945
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,800 $1,872
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,800 $1,872

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,292 (2,396 male / 5,896 female)
Admitted 5,429 (1,496 male / 3,933 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 1,691 (535 male / 1,156 female)
FT Enrollment 1,599 (505 male / 1,094 female)
PT Enrollment 92 (30 male / 62 female)
Total Enrollment11,093

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Track & Field Conference Florida Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

394th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 42%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

527th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,120
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$8,500
Board Fee$5,850

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 349 106 77 49 13 966 1,015 2,590
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 45 8 6 4 1 64 103 232
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 14 11 3 2 38 41 110
Apparel and Textiles, Other 3 1 1 6 6 17
Architectural History and Criticism, General 4 1 5
Architecture 22 6 4 4 1 58 55 150
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 4 6 11
Art Teacher Education 1 4 5
Art/Art Studies, General
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 13 7 2 1 60 84 168
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 3 2 5
Commercial Photography
Commercial and Advertising Art 20 4 1 1 1 25 34 86
Computer Graphics
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management 2 2
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Design and Applied Arts, Other 8 2 10 9 30
Design and Visual Communications, General 14 3 3 6 36 9 73
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 16 5 2 3 22 16 64
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 24 18 45
Equestrian/Equine Studies 1 1
Fashion/Apparel Design 24 4 6 4 1 34 54 130
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 2 3 1 35 29 70
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 4 4
Fine and Studio Arts Management 3 8 1 1 41 5 60
Game and Interactive Media Design 12 2 3 2 1 36 43 99
Graphic Design 33 7 9 7 98 91 246
Historic Preservation and Conservation 1 1 45 18 65
Illustration 28 12 11 5 1 89 124 271
Industrial and Product Design 30 2 2 2 27 26 89
Interior Design 18 3 3 1 41 44 111
Metal and Jewelry Arts 6 1 1 7 12 27
Painting 11 1 1 1 20 36 71
Photography 11 5 3 2 2 60 74 157
Playwriting and Screenwriting 1 3 2 9 10 25
Printmaking 1 3 6 10
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 2 1 14 10 28
Radio and Television 5 1 1 2 9
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 4 3 2 1 19 25 55
Sculpture 1 1 6 9 17
Sustainability Studies 1 4 5
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 3 3 2 1 14 14 37

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1186th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,216 ($73,189 male / $69,413 female)
Number of FT Faculty 496 (294 male / 202 female)
Number of PT Faculty 622
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $9,633,182

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