Preserve the past while securing your future

As a student of historic preservation at SCAD, you will benefit from the only historic preservation program in the country that offers immersive experiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia, with the largest faculty dedicated to preservation education. Pursue your passion at a school that has been on the vanguard of preservation for more than three decades, adaptively reusing nearly 100 historic facilities around the world that will serve as your exclusive living laboratory.

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Savannah is the place to study historic preservation

Students studying historic preservation in Savannah live and learn in one of America’s most significant National Landmark Districts. Their work with the local historic architecture forms the lessons of present-day preservation and offers valuable experience with issues of preservation advocacy, restoration, conservation, economics, project management and renewal.


Recent efforts in the local area include:

  • Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Museum | Savannah, Georgia
  • Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery | Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Planned historic district | Springfield, Georgia
  • Groton Plantation | Estill, South Carolina
  • Massie Heritage Center | Savannah, Georgia
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church | Savannah, Georgia
  • Harden House | Savannah, Georgia
  • Kennedy Pharmacy | Savannah, Georgia
  • Montgomery community | Chatham County, Georgia
  • Victory Drive corridor | Savannah, Georgia

"Working in one of America’s oldest and most unique National Historic Landmark communities prepared me for my current day-to-day projects including ongoing survey and assessment of historic sites and leading workshops on historic archaeology, masonry, and paint and finish treatments."

Jeff MacDonald | M.F.A., historic preservation, 2003 | Historic preservation officer, Virginia City, Montana

Historic preservation degrees

SCAD offers accredited B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in historic preservation in Savannah and online via eLearning.

  - Savannah    - eLearning

Chuck Chewning, creative director, Donghia, Inc.

Many programs at SCAD complement each other, giving you the option to explore multiple majors and diversify your skills. Learn how Chuck Chewning (B.F.A., historic preservation and interior design, 1986) used his two degrees to achieve international success.

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Creative collaborations

SCAD emphasizes collaboration between departments through opportunities like the SCADpad® micro-housing project. SCADpad combined students from 12 different fields to reimagine the spaces in which we live. The project earned global media attention and the World Architecture News Urban Design Award for its innovations.

Learn more about the groundbreaking SCADpad project

"As a professor, I strive to help students discover their own passions and challenge them to set goals that demand their very best. Each year, each quarter and each class consistently inspire me through my students' extraordinary accomplishments."

Jeffrey Eley | Historic preservation professor

Preservation on an international scale

Beyond our local preservation projects, SCAD garners continuous recognition for rehabilitation efforts around the world, including the revitalization of the new SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, La Maison Basse in Lacoste, France, and the historic North Kowloon Magistracy in Hong Kong.

SCAD has been recognized with awards from:

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • International Downtown Association
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF)


Related majors and minors

Historic preservation is an ever-evolving field. In order to thrive in such an industry, many students choose to pursue a double major or related minor while they are here. You can explore new perspectives, harness diverse creative approaches, and develop a unique, well-rounded style — all while earning multiple degrees.

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