Accreditation

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.

 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

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.

 

National Architectural Accrediting Board

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.

 

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

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, QRAdmin@hkcaavq.edu.hk) and are recognized on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework, with a validity period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016:

QF Level 5

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising, 
QR Registration Number: 11/001053/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, 
QR Registration Number: 11/001052/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 
QR Registration Number: 11/001054/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, 
QR Registration Number: 11/001055/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development, 
QR Registration Number: 11/001056/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Media Design, QR Registration Number: 11/001057/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, QR Registration Number: 11/001058/5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects, QR Registration Number: 11/001059/5

QF Level 6

  • Master of Arts in Graphic Design, QR Registration Number: 11/001060/6
  • Master of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development, QR Registration Number: 11/001061/6
  • Master of Arts in Photography, QR Registration Number: 11/001062/6
  • Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, QR Registration Number: 11/001063/6
  • Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development, QR Registration Number: 11/001064/6
  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography, QR Registration Number: 11/001065/6

 

The following SCAD Hong Kong degree programs are accredited by HKCAAVQ and are recognized on the QF with a validity period of Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2017:

QF Level 5

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion, 
QR Registration Number: 13/000159/L5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Marketing and Management, QR Registration Number: 13/000160/L5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, 
QR Registration Number: 13/000161/L5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 
QR Registration Number: 13/000162/L5
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art, 
QR Registration Number: 13/000163/L5

QF Level 6

  • Master of Arts in Luxury and Fashion Management, QR Registration Number: 13/000164/L6
  • Master of Fine Arts in Luxury and Fashion Management, QR Registration Number: 13/000165/L6

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

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.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

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.

Contact

912.525.5875
mdargan@scad.edu