Undergraduate programs

Undergraduate programs embrace a wide range of major areas and are designed to challenge students to perform at a high level, preparing them for professional careers. A well-rounded curriculum provides students with core courses in foundation studies and general education leading to focused majors emphasizing development of academic knowledge, technical and analytical skills, aesthetic sensibility, and the ability to express ideas visually and verbally.

Bachelor of Arts degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree program is a four-year course of study requiring 180 quarter credit hours (equivalent to 120 semester credit hours) and incorporating a foundation studies curriculum, comprehensive general education curriculum, area of concentration curriculum and electives. The majority of the Bachelor of Arts curriculum consists of fine arts, humanities, general education and liberal arts courses. An area of concentration complements the coursework. In the foundation studies curriculum, students receive instruction in basic principles, elements and techniques of art and design. In the general education curriculum, students are exposed to a broad base of knowledge through courses in humanities/fine arts, natural sciences/mathematics, social/behavioral sciences, written and oral communication, and computer literacy. The area of concentration allows students to develop knowledge and skill in a particular discipline. Students are required to take electives throughout the curriculum to broaden their experience and interests.

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is a four-year course of study requiring 180 quarter credit hours (equivalent to 120 semester credit hours) and incorporating a foundation studies curriculum, general education curriculum, major program curriculum and electives. The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum is designed to focus intently on acquiring knowledge and skill in the arts and design. In the foundation studies curriculum, students receive instruction in basic principles, elements and techniques of art and design. In the general education curriculum, students are exposed to a broad base of knowledge through courses in humanities/fine arts, natural sciences/mathematics, social/behavioral sciences, written and oral communication, and computer literacy. In the major program curriculum, students work toward developing knowledge, skills and a level of mastery in a specific discipline. Students are required to take electives throughout the curriculum to broaden their experience and interests.

Undergraduate certificate

SCAD offers certificate programs to provide special preparation in an area complementary to the student's major or intended profession. Current students may pursue a certificate by contacting their staff adviser. Additional coursework may be required to earn a certificate concurrent with an undergraduate degree.

The majority of certificate coursework cannot be redundant with degree program requirements. Degree-seeking students must complete certificate coursework prior to or within the final quarter of registration in degree coursework. New students may apply for admission to a certificate program by following the undergraduate admission requirements.

Undergraduate double majors

Many of the undergraduate majors offered at SCAD complement each other, and students may choose to earn a double major. With careful course selection and financial planning, students can double major without prolonging their programs of study substantially. Students who put forth that extra effort gain credentials and expertise that may be invaluable to their careers. In order to double major, undergraduate students must complete all courses unique to each major. Students are not required to duplicate core curriculum courses, nor must they always take two sets of electives; however, a student may not use major coursework for one major to serve as major coursework in the second major. Major coursework for one major may count as free elective or studio credit in the second major program. Students who wish to double major must follow course requirements as listed in the catalog they are following for their primary major.

For information about completing a double major, undergraduate students should consult with a staff adviser. Students also should check to be sure adequate financial aid is available, if needed, to cover the additional time and costs associated with completing coursework above the minimum credit hours required for a bachelor's degree.

SCAD Core

SCAD Core of foundation studies and general education courses provides undergraduate students with the essential skills necessary for success at SCAD. Foundation studies courses build visual, conceptual and creative abilities essential to students’ academic and professional development. General education courses are designed to develop students as critical thinkers by providing an intellectual foundation and breadth of knowledge for lifelong learning.

Foundation Studies
DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
DSGN 102 Design II: 3-D

General Education Courses
Each SCAD undergraduate degree program requires at least one course in humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. These general education courses are designed to enhance students’ competencies in aesthetic interpretation, computer literacy, critical analysis, multicultural/historical perspectives, quantitative reasoning, and written and oral communication.

Humanities/fine arts
Courses that satisfy the fine art/humanities requirement examine works of cultural production in historical context to identify, analyze, interpret and describe form, content, function and meaning. Courses such as Survey of Western Art I, Survey of Western Art II, Art Since 1945, African-American Literature, World Mythology, Aesthetics, and Business and Professional Writing satisfy the SCAD fine arts/humanities requirement.

Mathematics/natural sciences
Courses that satisfy the natural science/mathematics requirement employ appropriate tools and methods to collect and use empirical evidence to analyze, predict and/or describe phenomena, quantity, structure, space or time. Courses such as General Anatomy, Introduction to Astronomy, Environmental Science, College Mathematics, Evidence and Inference: The Power of Statistics, The Geometry of Physical Space, and Applied Physics satisfy the SCAD mathematics/natural sciences requirement.

Social/behavioral sciences
Courses that satisfy the social/behavioral sciences requirement emphasize the study of human behavior and development, theories of cultural production and identity, and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research. Courses such as Introduction to Anthropology, The Design of Business, Introduction to Economics, COMM 205 Intercultural Communication, Politics in America: Freedom, Equality and Power, Introduction to Psychology, and Psychology of Group Processes satisfy the SCAD social/behavioral sciences requirement.

Students should complete SCAD Core coursework within their first 90 hours of study. The organization of these courses into a two-year sequence allows students to complete neccessary prerequisites for future study and prepares them for the work of the major. Students should consult their success adviser when selecting general education course to ensure that the course meets the requirements of the program. Similarly, students should contact their faculty advisor to when selecting any elective course to ensure the course meets the requirements of the program. Students must meet prerequisites in order to register in any course.

Undergraduate mathematics competency requirement

SCAD ensures that all undergraduate students are able to demonstrate fundamental mathematics competency in one of the following ways: by successfully completing one MATH course at SCAD; by presenting proof of a qualifying math score on the SAT (580 or above) or the ACT (24 or above); or by presenting proof of qualifying math scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College-level Examination Program or other equivalent international examinations as published on the SCAD admission website. These scores may qualify for transfer credit in addition to satisfying the mathematics requirement.

Students who have successfully completed a course at another college or university similar in content and level of instruction to a mathematics course at SCAD may be permitted to transfer that course in satisfaction of the mathematics requirement.

Undergraduate architecture applicants who present SAT math scores lower than 580, ACT math scores lower than 24, or are unable to demonstrate a competency for the study of mathematics and science may be admitted to the architecture program on a provisional basis and must take MATH 101. The credit hours earned in MATH 101 may be applied as an undergraduate general education elective. All undergraduate architecture students are required to take MATH 201 Applied Mathematics.

Students who demonstrate math competency with exam scores may take any math or natural science class to satisfy the natural sciences/mathematics general education requirement. Students should consult with their staff adviser before registering for any math or science courses to be sure they meet the requirements for their specific program of study.

First Year Experience

First Year Experience is a required, non-credit, extended orientation course for first-year incoming undergraduate students designed to help prepare them for academic success and professional careers. The course provides a discussion-based environment in which students are introduced to university requirements, their responsibility in the learning process, and skills that enable them to identify and efficiently use university resources. In addition, the course addresses topics such as major exploration, academic advisement and registration, career planning, campus technology, and student involvement opportunities.

All incoming first-year students are registered for First Year Experience during their first term of enrollment. Successful completion of First Year Experience is a graduation requirement for first-year students. Students who have transferred to SCAD after attending another institution are not required to complete the course but may opt to participate in the course to take advantage of the learning opportunities presented.

Undergraduate minors

Minors are designed to broaden students' education and enhance their employment opportunities. Students enrolled in any bachelor’s degree program may elect to declare a minor outside their major field of study. Each minor program at SCAD includes required introductory-level courses followed by a sequence of advanced courses and/or carefully selected electives, and students may choose to complete more than one minor or apply the hours earned for a minor toward the completion of a second major.

In order to receive designation of a minor on his or her transcript, a student must satisfy the following requirements: declare the minor in writing with a staff adviser, successfully complete a minimum of 40 quarter credit hours (eight courses) as specified in the minor program of study, and maintain an overall 2.0 grade point average in the minor. Some courses have prerequisites that may require additional credits to complete the minor. Students should consult minor descriptions and course descriptions to ascertain requirements and prerequisites. Required courses in the foundation studies curriculum or in the general education curriculum may count toward a minor.