Savannah College of Art and Design

516 Drayton St, Savannah

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Welcome to SCAD!

SCAD offers more than 100 degree programs in growing fields like UX design, Visual Effects, Animation, Interactive Design and Game Development, Industrial Design, and more. Join students from more than 100 countries at campus locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Lacoste, France, and online through virtual learning. Our programs earn top rankings from more than 20 leading industry and media organizations, like the Business of Fashion, Variety, DesignIntelligence, Red Dot, and The Rookies. In fact, SCAD was named Red Dot Design Ranking's No. 1 university in the U.S. and the No. 2 University in the Americas and Europe for the fourth consecutive year.

Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, Savannah College of Art and Design is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.

SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ( to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.
The university confers:

  • Bachelor of Arts,
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts,
  • Master of Architecture,
  • Master of Arts,
  • Master of Fine Arts 
  • Master of Urban Design degrees,
  • as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.


Class sizes at SCAD are small, allowing each student the opportunity to receive individual attention. Faculty members have distinguished backgrounds in their fields. The international faculty and student body come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. An English as a Second Language program and dedicated international student services staff are available to assist international students with the adjustment to university life in the United States.
SCAD mission SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
SCAD vision SCAD will be globally recognized as the preeminent source of knowledge in the disciplines we teach.
SCAD values

  • Be Strategic. Research and measure to guide work and document results.
  • Be Innovative. Generate new ideas and relevant solutions.
  • Be Positive. Approach all endeavors with enthusiasm.
  • Be Collaborative. Embrace and act upon our collective genius.
  • Be Transformative. Create life-changing experiences.

Top Individual Program Rankings

 

#1 undergraduate and graduate Interior Design programs in the U.S. (Design Intelligence, 2020)

#1 Best Colleges Shaping the Future of Fashion (Forbes, 2021)

#1 Best Design University in the U.S., #2 globally (Red Dot Design Rankings, five consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Top 25 MA Animation Programs in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, four consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Best Production Excellence Game Design Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2020)

#1 Motion Graphics Schools in the World (The Rookies, six consecutive years, 2021)

#1 in 5 Top Sound Design Course You Should Know About (Backstage, 2020)

#1 Excellence in Service Innovation with Impact to Innovation (ISSIP - 2021)

#1 Best Product Design School in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

SCAD is the ONLY university that has been ranked in each of Hollywood Reporter’s FIVE academic rankings for top universities since 2018, including recognition for costume design, performing arts, film and television, production design, and visual effects programs.

 

Top Rankings

#1 Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

#1 10 Best Art Schools in the U.S. (Art & Object, 2021)

#1 Top 40 Specialty Focus Institutions Hosting International Students (Open Doors, three consecutive years, 2021)

 

STEM

Immersive Media:

#8 Top AR/VR Private Schools in the U.S., #13 Top 50 AR/VR Schools in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, 2021)

Industrial Design and User Experience Design:

#1 Best Product Design School in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

#1 Best Design University in the U.S., #2 globally (Red Dot Design Rankings, five consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Best Nationwide Offering Product Design Programs (Undergraduate) (Plexuss, 2021)

Service Design:

#1 Excellence in Service Innovation with Impact to Innovation (ISSIP - 2021)

Luxury and Brand Management:

#1 Best Colleges Shaping the Future of Fashion (Forbes, 2021)

#1 Best Fashion Merchandising Schools in the South (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Fashion Design Schools in the South (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Private Fashion Design Schools in the U.S. (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

Animation:

#1 Top 25 MA Animation Programs in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#2 Best Schools for 2D Animation in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021

Graphic Design:

#1 Top Graphic Design Schools in the South (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#1 The Best Online in Master’s in Graphic Design Programs (TheBestSchools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Online Master’s Degree in Graphic Design (Study.com, 2021)

Interactive Design and Game Development:

#1 Top 10 Game Design Schools in Georgia (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#1 Best Production Excellence Game Design Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2020)

#22 Top Undergraduate Game Design Schools, #16 Top Graduate Game Design Schools (Princeton Review and PC Gamer, 2021)

#1 Top Online Video Game Design Bachelor’s Degree Programs (TheBestSchools.org, 2021)

Visual Effects:

Top 10 Visual Effects Schools (Hollywood Reporter, 2018)

#2 Best Visual Effects Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021)

Architecture:

America’s Most Admired Architecture Schools (Design Intelligence, Top 25 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)

#2 Best Architectural Visualization Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021)

SCAD is one university — offering degrees in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, and online via eLearning, with additional study abroad opportunities in Lacoste, France and other locations. Each SCAD location provides a new experience, and students can choose to study in any location, at any quarter during their education. Find your muse in Lacoste, get a taste of the fast life in Atlanta, or fall in love with the southern charm of Savannah. You can even choose your own setting and enjoy full access through our eLearning environment. Academic excellence and inspiring settings Each SCAD location offers a specified set of degree programs tailored to its unique urban context. But no matter what location your degree is offered, you have the ability to explore them all by taking foundations studies, general education courses, electives and more in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste. Benefits and resources Access to SCAD amenities Alumni may access SCAD buildings for 90 days following graduation, with the exception of ClubSCAD and SCADfit. Only current SCAD students, faculty, or staff are permitted to use ClubSCAD and SCADfit.  Access to SCAD libraries Alumni have access to Savannah or Atlanta library computers and electronic resources on site for two quarters after graduation. Alumni may permanently access the libraries with a valid SCAD ID and check out up to five circulating books for two-week periods. Alumni Atelier Explore a world of opportunity with SCAD Alumni Atelier, an artist ambassadorship conceived of and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. Alumni events SCAD alumni have exclusive access to an array of networking and professional development events. SCAD invites alumni back to the hive for the annual Family and Alumni Weekend and Sidewalk Arts Festival Behance SCAD alumni have access to a free online portfolio through Behance Bookstore discounts Bring a valid SCAD alumni ID to Ex Libris bookstore in Savannah or the SCAD Atlanta Bookstore to enjoy a 10 percent discount on clothing and gift merchandise. Discount excludes supplies, textbooks, and software Discounted SCAD museum memberships Extend your alumni experience with memberships to the SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Members provide crucial support for community outreach, educational programs, exhibitions, and art conservation, and also receive exclusive benefits and privileges. SCAD and ACA alumni scholarships Scholarships of US$250 per course, with a maximum of US$3,000 per year, are awarded to SCAD and ACA alumni who apply and are accepted to any undergraduate or graduate program. Industry and alumni engagement Dedicated industry and alumni engagement leaders in seven major markets connect you with top industry partners within your SCAD creative community, giving you access to employers and fellow alumni in your area. Mentor a student Engage with future SCAD grads by mentoring a current student. You can review their portfolio, answer questions about post-graduate life, offer professional and academic insight, and more. Participate in a panel Offer your expertise at a prestigious panel discussion. SCAD provides several opportunities to share your knowledge like Business of Creatives panels for graduate entrepreneurs and SCAD signature event panels for major players in a variety of markets. SCAD Casting Office The SCAD Casting Office, the only professional-run university casting office in the world, connects alumni with production companies including Amazon, Hulu, NBC, CBS, and more.

Discover how SCAD supports its international student family The International Student Services Office (ISSO) can walk you through every step on your SCAD journey. From learning a new language to getting health care information, ISSO guides thousands of international students through their academic careers at SCAD and beyond. Health care As a SCAD student, you are automatically enrolled in the SCAD health care policy provided by UnitedHealthcare. ISSO is available year-round to answer questions about health care, medical bills and claims. Explore health care in the U.S. Safety and security To give you the safest possible learning environment, SCAD works closely with police, fire and emergency agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Connect to an online community For additional academic, cultural and virtual support, international students are automatically enrolled in the SCAD Culture, Language and Academic Support Site (CLASS) through Blackboard.

Applying to SCAD is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply apply, log in and upload your documents. That's it! Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. There are no deadlines to apply; although, students are encouraged apply at least six months in advance to allow time to arrange for financial aid, and no later than 30 days prior to the start of their first quarter. Admission results normally take between two and four weeks. Funding your creative career with financial aid Financial aid is available to help students pay for their SCAD education. Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, federal and private loans, and work-study. Advisers are available to help you make a financial plan.

As the University for Creative Careers, SCAD is dedicated to helping students and alumni succeed in their chosen fields. The office for career and alumni success prepares students and alumni to become industry leaders of the creative class through individualized advising, professional development resources, workshops and career opportunities. Ninety-nine percent employment rate A recent study found that 99 percent of SCAD Spring 2019 alumni reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation. Prepare for a bright future SCAD specializes in preparing students for outstanding creative careers. Our alumni have gone on to work for some of the biggest companies, the best clients and the most influential names in their industries. SCAD Career Fair The annual SCAD Career Fair features hundreds of top employers offering looking for SCAD talent. Job portal Our online job portal lists thousands of jobs and internship opportunities at top companies specifically looking to hire SCAD students and alumni.

About

Welcome to SCAD!

SCAD offers more than 100 degree programs in growing fields like UX design, Visual Effects, Animation, Interactive Design and Game Development, Industrial Design, and more. Join students from more than 100 countries at campus locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Lacoste, France, and online through virtual learning. Our programs earn top rankings from more than 20 leading industry and media organizations, like the Business of Fashion, Variety, DesignIntelligence, Red Dot, and The Rookies. In fact, SCAD was named Red Dot Design Ranking's No. 1 university in the U.S. and the No. 2 University in the Americas and Europe for the fourth consecutive year.

Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, Savannah College of Art and Design is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.

SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ( to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.
The university confers:

  • Bachelor of Arts,
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts,
  • Master of Architecture,
  • Master of Arts,
  • Master of Fine Arts 
  • Master of Urban Design degrees,
  • as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.


Class sizes at SCAD are small, allowing each student the opportunity to receive individual attention. Faculty members have distinguished backgrounds in their fields. The international faculty and student body come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. An English as a Second Language program and dedicated international student services staff are available to assist international students with the adjustment to university life in the United States.
SCAD mission SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
SCAD vision SCAD will be globally recognized as the preeminent source of knowledge in the disciplines we teach.
SCAD values

  • Be Strategic. Research and measure to guide work and document results.
  • Be Innovative. Generate new ideas and relevant solutions.
  • Be Positive. Approach all endeavors with enthusiasm.
  • Be Collaborative. Embrace and act upon our collective genius.
  • Be Transformative. Create life-changing experiences.

Top Individual Program Rankings

 

#1 undergraduate and graduate Interior Design programs in the U.S. (Design Intelligence, 2020)

#1 Best Colleges Shaping the Future of Fashion (Forbes, 2021)

#1 Best Design University in the U.S., #2 globally (Red Dot Design Rankings, five consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Top 25 MA Animation Programs in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, four consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Best Production Excellence Game Design Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2020)

#1 Motion Graphics Schools in the World (The Rookies, six consecutive years, 2021)

#1 in 5 Top Sound Design Course You Should Know About (Backstage, 2020)

#1 Excellence in Service Innovation with Impact to Innovation (ISSIP - 2021)

#1 Best Product Design School in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

SCAD is the ONLY university that has been ranked in each of Hollywood Reporter’s FIVE academic rankings for top universities since 2018, including recognition for costume design, performing arts, film and television, production design, and visual effects programs.

 

Top Rankings

#1 Top 50 Creative Media & Entertainment Schools and Colleges in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

#1 10 Best Art Schools in the U.S. (Art & Object, 2021)

#1 Top 40 Specialty Focus Institutions Hosting International Students (Open Doors, three consecutive years, 2021)

 

STEM

Immersive Media:

#8 Top AR/VR Private Schools in the U.S., #13 Top 50 AR/VR Schools in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, 2021)

Industrial Design and User Experience Design:

#1 Best Product Design School in the World (The Rookies, 2021)

#1 Best Design University in the U.S., #2 globally (Red Dot Design Rankings, five consecutive years, 2021)

#1 Best Nationwide Offering Product Design Programs (Undergraduate) (Plexuss, 2021)

Service Design:

#1 Excellence in Service Innovation with Impact to Innovation (ISSIP - 2021)

Luxury and Brand Management:

#1 Best Colleges Shaping the Future of Fashion (Forbes, 2021)

#1 Best Fashion Merchandising Schools in the South (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Fashion Design Schools in the South (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Private Fashion Design Schools in the U.S. (Fashion-Schools.org, 2021)

Animation:

#1 Top 25 MA Animation Programs in the U.S. (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#2 Best Schools for 2D Animation in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021

Graphic Design:

#1 Top Graphic Design Schools in the South (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#1 The Best Online in Master’s in Graphic Design Programs (TheBestSchools.org, 2021)

#1 Best Online Master’s Degree in Graphic Design (Study.com, 2021)

Interactive Design and Game Development:

#1 Top 10 Game Design Schools in Georgia (Animation Career Review, 2021)

#1 Best Production Excellence Game Design Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2020)

#22 Top Undergraduate Game Design Schools, #16 Top Graduate Game Design Schools (Princeton Review and PC Gamer, 2021)

#1 Top Online Video Game Design Bachelor’s Degree Programs (TheBestSchools.org, 2021)

Visual Effects:

Top 10 Visual Effects Schools (Hollywood Reporter, 2018)

#2 Best Visual Effects Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021)

Architecture:

America’s Most Admired Architecture Schools (Design Intelligence, Top 25 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)

#2 Best Architectural Visualization Schools in the U.S. (The Rookies, 2021)

SCAD is one university — offering degrees in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, and online via eLearning, with additional study abroad opportunities in Lacoste, France and other locations. Each SCAD location provides a new experience, and students can choose to study in any location, at any quarter during their education. Find your muse in Lacoste, get a taste of the fast life in Atlanta, or fall in love with the southern charm of Savannah. You can even choose your own setting and enjoy full access through our eLearning environment. Academic excellence and inspiring settings Each SCAD location offers a specified set of degree programs tailored to its unique urban context. But no matter what location your degree is offered, you have the ability to explore them all by taking foundations studies, general education courses, electives and more in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste. Benefits and resources Access to SCAD amenities Alumni may access SCAD buildings for 90 days following graduation, with the exception of ClubSCAD and SCADfit. Only current SCAD students, faculty, or staff are permitted to use ClubSCAD and SCADfit.  Access to SCAD libraries Alumni have access to Savannah or Atlanta library computers and electronic resources on site for two quarters after graduation. Alumni may permanently access the libraries with a valid SCAD ID and check out up to five circulating books for two-week periods. Alumni Atelier Explore a world of opportunity with SCAD Alumni Atelier, an artist ambassadorship conceived of and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. Alumni events SCAD alumni have exclusive access to an array of networking and professional development events. SCAD invites alumni back to the hive for the annual Family and Alumni Weekend and Sidewalk Arts Festival Behance SCAD alumni have access to a free online portfolio through Behance Bookstore discounts Bring a valid SCAD alumni ID to Ex Libris bookstore in Savannah or the SCAD Atlanta Bookstore to enjoy a 10 percent discount on clothing and gift merchandise. Discount excludes supplies, textbooks, and software Discounted SCAD museum memberships Extend your alumni experience with memberships to the SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Members provide crucial support for community outreach, educational programs, exhibitions, and art conservation, and also receive exclusive benefits and privileges. SCAD and ACA alumni scholarships Scholarships of US$250 per course, with a maximum of US$3,000 per year, are awarded to SCAD and ACA alumni who apply and are accepted to any undergraduate or graduate program. Industry and alumni engagement Dedicated industry and alumni engagement leaders in seven major markets connect you with top industry partners within your SCAD creative community, giving you access to employers and fellow alumni in your area. Mentor a student Engage with future SCAD grads by mentoring a current student. You can review their portfolio, answer questions about post-graduate life, offer professional and academic insight, and more. Participate in a panel Offer your expertise at a prestigious panel discussion. SCAD provides several opportunities to share your knowledge like Business of Creatives panels for graduate entrepreneurs and SCAD signature event panels for major players in a variety of markets. SCAD Casting Office The SCAD Casting Office, the only professional-run university casting office in the world, connects alumni with production companies including Amazon, Hulu, NBC, CBS, and more.

Discover how SCAD supports its international student family The International Student Services Office (ISSO) can walk you through every step on your SCAD journey. From learning a new language to getting health care information, ISSO guides thousands of international students through their academic careers at SCAD and beyond. Health care As a SCAD student, you are automatically enrolled in the SCAD health care policy provided by UnitedHealthcare. ISSO is available year-round to answer questions about health care, medical bills and claims. Explore health care in the U.S. Safety and security To give you the safest possible learning environment, SCAD works closely with police, fire and emergency agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Connect to an online community For additional academic, cultural and virtual support, international students are automatically enrolled in the SCAD Culture, Language and Academic Support Site (CLASS) through Blackboard.

Applying to SCAD is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply apply, log in and upload your documents. That's it! Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year. There are no deadlines to apply; although, students are encouraged apply at least six months in advance to allow time to arrange for financial aid, and no later than 30 days prior to the start of their first quarter. Admission results normally take between two and four weeks. Funding your creative career with financial aid Financial aid is available to help students pay for their SCAD education. Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, federal and private loans, and work-study. Advisers are available to help you make a financial plan.

As the University for Creative Careers, SCAD is dedicated to helping students and alumni succeed in their chosen fields. The office for career and alumni success prepares students and alumni to become industry leaders of the creative class through individualized advising, professional development resources, workshops and career opportunities. Ninety-nine percent employment rate A recent study found that 99 percent of SCAD Spring 2019 alumni reported being employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation. Prepare for a bright future SCAD specializes in preparing students for outstanding creative careers. Our alumni have gone on to work for some of the biggest companies, the best clients and the most influential names in their industries. SCAD Career Fair The annual SCAD Career Fair features hundreds of top employers offering looking for SCAD talent. Job portal Our online job portal lists thousands of jobs and internship opportunities at top companies specifically looking to hire SCAD students and alumni.

University highlights

QS WUR Ranking By Subject

  • 2015
    #35
  • 2016
    #51-100
  • 2017
    #=49
  • 2018
    #=36
  • 2019
    #47
  • 2020
    #36
  • 2021
    #33
  • 2022
    #26

Student & Staff

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Campus locations

SCAD Savannah,

516 Drayton St , Savannah , United States , 31401

P.O.Box 2072, Savannah, US,

P.O.Box 2072 , Savannah , Georgia , United States ,

+ 1 More Locations

English language requirements