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SCAD, the university for creative careers, is shattering records again. The university's undergraduate and graduate interior design programs have been named No. 1 in the nation for 2013 by DesignIntelligence in its annual "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools." Last year, SCAD was the first university in the ranking's history to be honored with both top honors. With the consecutive top honors, the university has made history again.
DesignIntelligence, the publication and rankings body of the Design Futures Council, has led industry-driven rankings in design disciplines for the past decade. The group's research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of deans and chairs from academic programs across the nation and leading practitioners with direct experience hiring and supervising recent design graduates. The rankings determine which schools are best preparing their students for success in design-related professions.
"SCAD interior design is a source of pride for the entire university," said SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace. "Many thanks to our brilliant students, faculty, and staff who strive every day toward a new era of creative and academic excellence."
Wallace was singled out by DesignIntelligence as one of the "30 Most Admired Educators for 2013." According to the publication, "Wallace has emerged as one of the world's strongest advocates for design excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork ranging from digital design competencies to bold and beautiful historic preservation."
DesignIntelligence chose the nation's 2013 education role models based on extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academicians and students.
In addition to SCAD's interior design programs' No. 1 rankings, SCAD's industrial design undergraduate program was ranked sixth in the nation, and the university's graduate industrial design program was ranked seventh in the nation. The publication lauded the university's industrial design programs' strengths in communication and design education.
Rounding out DesignIntelligence's honors for SCAD, the publication ranked SCAD's Master of Architecture program 20th in the nation. Regionally, SCAD's M.Arch. program was ranked fifth among the "Top Schools in the South." Hiring practitioners in the South ranked SCAD's M.Arch. program fourth in the region.
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The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.
SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni, and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from 49 states and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of nearly 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD's innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, Design Intelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times.