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Savannah College of Art and Design: Programs and School Info

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About Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), located in the historic city of Savannah, GA, focuses on training for creative careers, with a catalog of the most undergraduate and graduate degree programs and specializations of any art and design school in the nation.

Founded in 1978, SCAD offers the latest art and design technology, high-profile guest lecturers and student-centered corporate partnerships. The school also has a nearby campus in Atlanta and international campuses in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France.


Students at Savannah College of Art and Design can choose from bachelor's degree, master's degree and certificate programs spread over nine schools, including the School of Fine Arts, School of Fashion and School of Entertainment Arts. Out of the 38 available program areas, a selection of offerings includes painting, sound design, cinema, accessory design, dramatic writing and architecture.

SCAD staffs more than 700 faculty members, boasts state-of-the-art design technology and offers students the opportunity to participate in galleries and exhibitions. The campus also houses the SCAD Museum of Art, which contains approximately 4,500 items.

Several of the school's programs have received national recognition, including the college's design management master's degree program, which was named one of the 'World's Best Design Programs' in 2009 by Businessweek, and the school's game development program, which was ranked in the top ten by industry recruiters, according to the Los Angeles Times in 2012.

Students interested in web-based learning can enroll in programs in advertising, game development, photography, sequential art and more through SCAD's eLearning campus, which was recognized with the 2009 Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in distance-learning art and design programs.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and students may choose to begin school in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters. Prospective undergraduates can apply online and have the option of including their portfolios and personal artist statements. Students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores with their applications; the SAT score should be at least 1000 and ACT score at least 21. Additionally, a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

Freshmen attend SCAD as undeclared majors and can choose their majors after completing the school's First Year Experience program. Students may remain undeclared until the end of their sophomore year. A prospective graduate student must select a program to apply to and meet certain admissions requirements.

In 2011, more than 10,000 students applied and 49% were admitted. Out of those accepted, 35% enrolled at SCAD. Females made up 63% of the student body, and 43% of attendees were White. Nearly three-quarters of students were from out-of-state, 19% were from Georgia and 9% were foreign students as of 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition totaled $31,905 for full-time undergraduates and $32,670 for graduate students. This rate is based on enrolling for three quarters and taking three courses each quarter. Incoming students are charged a one-time $500 enrollment fee. Housing starts at $7,620 and goes up to $9,425 per academic year, and several residence halls include mandatory meal plans.

Students are eligible for grants and loans at the federal and state levels, and scholarships based on academic or artistic achievement are available to both undergraduates and graduates. Students may need to audition, submit portfolios or send writing samples to be considered for certain scholarships. Graduate students can also apply for the Dean's Fellowship program.

SCAD offers installment tuition payments through its My Payment Plan service. Students can use the school's Net Price Calculator, located on the financial aid page, to calculate total costs and potential financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Midsized city**
Student Body 8,728 undergraduates and 2,098 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 11 residence halls featuring apartment-style or dorm-style housing*
Schools and Programs Nine schools and colleges; 38 areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Bachelor's: Illustration (210)
Master's: Graphic design (80)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 51% in four years
66% in six years
68% in eight years
(students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 49% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 82% for full-time and 58% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Average score not available, but 75% of Fall 2011 students scored 1410 or higher (composite)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date 2-4 weeks*
Tuition $31,905 per year (base rate for undergraduates in 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (26%), state and local grants (16%), institutional grants or scholarships (91%), federal student loans (58%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Savannah College of Art and Design, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: SCAD Admission Department, P.O. Box 2072, Savannah, GA 31402
  • Phone: (912) 525-5100
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