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The office of institutional effectiveness is charged with managing compliance and reaffirmation efforts related to regional accreditation SACSCOC and specialized accreditation (i.e., NAAB, CIDA). The office also facilitates the review of faculty qualifications in collaboration with human resources, and conducts studies of policy interest to SCAD using best practice quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The office of institutional effectiveness at SCAD reports substantive changes to SACSCOC according to the Commission's published policies.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: M.Arch. (180 undergraduate credits plus 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2021.
The following SCAD Hong Kong degree programs are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (10 Siu Sai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 852.3658.0001, email) and are recognized on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework, with a validity period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016:
QF Level 5
QF Level 6
The following SCAD Hong Kong degree programs are accredited by HKCAAVQ and are recognized on the QF with a validity period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2017:
QF Level 5
QF Level 6
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Atlanta and Savannah is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-4014.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degrees offered by the Savannah College of Art and Design are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, a body created by the Georgia General Assembly to assume full responsibility for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. The Commission is also responsible for the development and administration of teacher certification testing.
SCAD is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (1122 Lady St., Suite 300, Columbia, S.C. 29201; telephone number 803.737.2260). Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.