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Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university in the U.S. state of Georgia, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.

Brief History of the Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design was founded in 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter to provide college degree programs not previously available in southeast Georgia (United States) and to create a specialized professional art college to attract students from throughout the United States and abroad.

The curriculum at SCAD was established with dual goals of excellent arts education and effective career preparation for students. Today, with multiple locations and online distance education offerings, SCAD continues to assiduously adhere to these goals.

SCAD was legally incorporated in the state of Georgia Sept. 29, 1978. A board of trustees was established, and the search was begun for a competent faculty and an appropriate facility.

In the spring of 1979, SCAD purchased and renovated the Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory to serve as the first classroom and administration building. The historic significance of the 1892 structure was recognized by its nomination for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Named Poetter Hall in honor of two of the founders, the building remains in active use by SCAD today.

SCAD exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. The goal of the university is to nurture and cultivate the unique qualities of each student through an interesting curriculum, in an inspiring environment, under the leadership of involved professors.

SCAD is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone number 404.679.4500) to award bachelor's and master's degrees. The university confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Urban Design degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. The professional Master of Architecture Degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

SCAD is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The SCAD interior design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. SCAD Hong Kong courses of study are registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau (registration numbers 261958-261971), are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and are recognized on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework with a validity period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016.

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 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.

Mission, Vision and Values of the Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD Mission Statement

The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. 

SCAD Vision

The Savannah College of Art and Design, an institution with distinctive yet complementary locations, will be recognized as the leader in defining art and design education. By employing innovation in all areas, SCAD will provide a superior education through talented and dedicated faculty and staff, leading-edge technology, advanced learning resources and comprehensive support services. 

SCAD Values

  • Being a student-centered institution.
  • Providing an exceptional education and life-changing experience for students.
  • Demonstrating quality and excellence in every aspect of operations.
  • Sustaining a respectful and honest university environment.
  • Growing while continually improving.
  • Being innovative and results-oriented.
  • Promoting a cooperative team spirit and a positive "can-do" attitude.
  • Going the "extra mile."

Savannah College of Art and Design: Fast Facts


In 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter.

Type of institution

Independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt, accredited


Paula Wallace


Art the Bee


Gold and black

Areas of study

More than 40 majors and 60-plus minors


SCAD is committed to the ideal that academic pursuits should be the top priority for all student-athletes.

Housing and dining

SCAD has housing and dining facilities in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste.


More than 11,000 students from nearly 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled at SCAD. Approximately 23 percent of the student body is international.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to SCAD?

SCAD Savannah is easily accessible from Interstate 95 and U.S. 17. An international airport, train station and bus station provide service from major cities in the United States. A shuttle from the airport, train station, and bus station to SCAD will be available during orientation. Shuttles run at 60-minute intervals.

Is transportation provided? Is parking available?

SCAD buses provide free transportation to and from all academic buildings and residence halls and to various college events. Students with medical needs may arrange for transportation at any time. Bicycles are a convenient source of transportation in Savannah, and bicycle racks are located at SCAD buildings. Limited college parking is available at various residence halls and near academic buildings.

To park on SCAD property, students must register their vehicles through MySCAD and request a parking permit. Students may pick up their requested parking decals at any SCAD Card Services location by showing a valid college ID and proof of automobile registration and insurance. The current decal must then be displayed on their registered vehicles at all times. For more information, visit transportation.

Where can I get my schedule adjusted?

A representative from the office of academic advisement can assist you in Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St.

When is drop/add?

Drop/add takes place at Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St. Drop/add week is the first five business days of each quarter.

I have questions about my classes.

If you have questions about what is covered in your class, you talk to the professor. If you have concerns about why you are registered in a particular course, talk to an academic adviser during drop/add week.

When do classes start?

The first day of class varies each quarter. Visit the academic calendar for more information.

Do I have to attend the orientation sessions?

All incoming students are required to attend the orientation sessions.

I arrived late. How do I check in?

You can check in with your academic adviser in Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St.

I arrived late. How do I find my orientation group?

Your orientation group number is on the front of your folder. Most orientation group meetings take place either before or after orientation sessions.

How do I get my parking permit?

Students may obtain parking permits at Bradley Hall or the Turner Express Office weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Vehicles must be registered in MySCAD in order to request a parking permit. To obtain the parking permit, students must show a valid college ID and proof of automobile registration and insurance.

I am an international student. Where should I go?

You should plan to attend the ISSO orientation. There you will be able to pick up a valid college ID. If you do not attend the ISSO orientation, call Jeff Jones, ISSO director, at 912.525.7304.

I don't know which residence hall I have been assigned to.

You should speak with a member of the residence life staff in Oglethorpe House.

I have not paid for housing but want a place to live.

You should speak with a member of the residence life staff in Oglethorpe House.

How do I connect to the Internet in my residence hall room?

There will be instructions on how to connect your computer to the Internet at the computer services table at the college services fair and at the Technology Support Center in Propes Hall.

Where can I turn in financial aid forms?

The financial aid office is not available at orientation. However, there is a locked financial aid drop box in Bradley Hall; 115 E. York St. Staff from financial aid will pick up all forms periodically throughout the day.

When should I buy books and supplies?

Attend your first class for each course. The individual professors will walk you through your syllabus and needs for each course.

Is it too late to submit my portfolio for scholarship consideration?

All admission scholarships are awarded at least 30 days prior to the start of the quarter. Contact your admission adviser for further details.

We need a general estimate of how much to put on the SCAD debit account (for books and miscellaneous expenses).

Because we have no idea as to the cost of books and miscellaneous expenses for each class, this depends solely on the classes the student is taking. However, a student and/or parent can add money to the card anytime by visiting the SCAD Card site.

How do I put money on my SCAD debit account?

Students can activate their SCAD Cash account by completing the SCAD Card and SCAD Cash agreement, located in the My SCAD Card channel under the My Info tab in MySCAD. Students and/or parents can access the SCAD Card site and deposit money via credit card, or they can contact the office or come in to put money on their card by cash, money order, check, or transfer of excess funds on their student account.

Can I change my meal plan after a few weeks into the quarter?

A student can change his/her meal plan during the first two weeks of the quarter. After this time, the meal plan cannot be changed under any circumstances. Meal plans cancelled by the fourth week of the quarter may entail a prorated refund (see a SCAD Card representative for details).

What activities are planned for parents?

An extensive array of orientation information sessions is planned. Parents and families are encouraged to attend these sessions.

All Programs Available:
  • Architecture, Building and Landscape
    • Architecture
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
    • Theatre
    • Performing Arts
    • Photography
    • Interior Design
    • Fashion
  • Communications
    • Film TV and video
  • Computing
    • Information Technology
  • Engineering
    • Graphic and Industrial Design Engineering
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Art History
Language of instruction


Type of school

Public University




342 Bull St, Savannah, Georgia, The United States, 31401