Information About Savannah College of Art and Design

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About Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private, 4-year college dedicated to preparing students for professional careers in areas such as interior design, graphic art, architecture and video graphics. The main campus in Savannah, Georgia, encompasses 70 buildings in an around the downtown historic district. The school has additional campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France.

Although SCAD has only been open since 1979, it has built a reputation as one of the best design schools in the world, according to Bloomberg Businessweek in 2009. In 2013, Design Intelligence ranked several of SCAD's programs in the top 20 in the nation, including undergraduate and graduate interior design and industrial design programs and the graduate architecture program.


SCAD offers on-campus and online bachelor's and master's degrees in art and design fields, such as photography, graphic design, animation, illustration and fashion. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the graduate architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Attending an NAAB-accredited architecture program is required for professional architect licensure in the United States.

There are many facilities available to help SCAD students, including studio spaces, libraries and computer labs. Additionally, the Savannah campus hosts a frame shop and the SCAD Museum of Art.


SCAD operates on a quarter system, and new students can enroll at the beginning of any quarter. In addition to completing an online application, applicants must submit supplemental materials, including portfolios of relevant art or written work. Students applying for performance art programs must audition.

SCAD's admissions department organizes SCAD Days programs throughout the year at each campus. During these days, new students can take tours of the campus, talk to admissions counselors, complete applications and even get instant admissions decisions.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Full-time SCAD undergraduate students take three classes per quarter for three quarters annually. The per-quarter charge for the 2014-2015 academic year is $11,265, which comes to $33,795 a year for full-time students. Student housing is available, and housing costs vary by campus location.

Financial aid options include federal and state grants and loans. SCAD also offers several merit-based scholarships for new and current students. Students who attend SCAD Hong Kong may also be eligible for aid from the Student Financial Assistance Agency of Hong Kong.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 8,845 undergraduates and 2,219 graduate students in 2012*
Student Housing 41% of undergraduates live on campus**
Schools and Programs Eight schools and over 40 majors***
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012:
Bachelor's: Animation, video graphics and interactive technology (185),
Master's: Graphic design (76)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 47% in four years
68% in six years*
Admission Rate 65% in 2013***
Entering Class Size 1,789 in 2013***
First-Year Retention Rates 80% for full-time and 60% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2013: Average SAT scores: 545 in critical reading, 520 in math; Average ACT composite score: 24***
Application Due Date Rolling admissions***
Decision Notification Date Within 2-4 weeks of completing application file***
Tuition (2014-2015) $33,795 per year for undergraduates***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2012: Federal grants (22%), state and local grants (18%), institutional scholarships (95%) and federal loans (57%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **College Board, ***SCAD.

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