SCAD is the self-proclaimed college for creative careers. What exactly does SCAD stand for? Well, it’s an acronym for Savannah College of Art and Design. Yes, that’s right! Located in Savannah, Georgia, is a beautiful school for the artists at heart and at hand. If you’re interested in acquiring a degree in the arts, this may be just the article you need to read. I will discuss both the pros and cons in this article.

Art from SCAD's Sand Festival 2013. (photo by Bruce Tuten)

Art from SCAD’s Sand Festival 2013. (photo by Bruce Tuten)

At SCAD, there’s so much more than traditional art. In fact, they offer more degrees and specialization programs than any other art or design university. From accessory design to equestrian studies, to sequential art, to writing – you can find your artistic forte here.

They’re versatile too! They offer Distance Learning that unites students and professionals alike around the globe. If you truly want to learn about the different perspectives on art and it’s processes, their eLearning program is definitely a solid way to do so.

At SCAD it appears to not be about school, but about enveloping your life with art. From their dining, to their fitness and resident life, as well as student involvement,

If you want more information about the college, be sure to view the first link.

Assuming that you clicked that previous link, chances are you probably want more information regarding admissions among other things. If that is the case and my conclusion is valid, this is what you need to know about admissions to SCAD:

  • The admission fee is 35$ if submitted online
  • It is non-refundable
  • You need a high school diploma
  • They need your SAT/ACT scores
  • Proof of language proficiency if not a first-language English speaker
  • If applicable, documents required to obtain a student visa
  • (Optional, but recommended): 1-3 recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Personal or telephone interview

There are some things that you should know about SCAD – that I didn’t until I read this article by Creative Loafing.

“The Savannah College of Art and Design, although perhaps the country’s largest arts college, has always been an odd outlier in the world of academia. It isn’t a member of the prestigious Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, along with such peers as Parsons, the Rhode Island School of Design and NYC’s School of Visual Arts. Nor is it accredited by the industry-standard National Association of Schools of Art and Design. And the private, intensely for-profit school has fostered a reputation of secrecy and top-down totalitarianism that occasionally surfaces in complaints over suppression of student and/or instructor expression.”

The article then goes on to say that the writer doesn’t understand, because the school has cutting-edge equipment and does allow the students to learn – it’s just the Big Brother mentality of the school administration that makes the school seem cult-ish. He also says that the school founder, Wallace, makes two million a year. That’s more than the presidents of top-notch schools like Columbia, Harvard, and Yale.

Now, after all of that has been said – I hope you can decide if SCAD is the right college for you!

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