Careers in historic preservation

Become a preservationist. Become a conservator. Become a restoration artisan. SCAD has been in the vanguard of preservation for more than three decades. From adaptively reusing nearly 100 historic facilities around the world and being the only historic preservation program in the country to offer immersive studies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, to receiving honors from UNESCO, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Congress for the New Urbanism and others, SCAD is global in its presence, influence and impact.

Launch your career as a professional:

  • City and regional preservation planner or researcher
  • Digital cultural heritage specialist
  • Preservation design consultant

And get recruited and hired by the best of the best:

  • Architectural Digest
  • Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery

Design your legacy

As a student at SCAD, you will develop a keen understanding for the design and cultural significance of historic structures. Alumna and 2014 presidential medalist Zoe Leung explains how SCAD's unique environment inspired her work as a student and helped her land an internship with the leading international organization for historic preservation.

"I chose to focus my career on historic preservation because I have always loved history and working with my hands. I do not know of another field where you can truly touch history and take pride in knowing that you have preserved something special for future generations."

Jason Church | (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Materials conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Historic preservation, Harden House

SCAD will see you to success

We make it a point to support our students both within the classroom and beyond. As part of that effort, the office of career and alumni success at SCAD offers students and graduates an array of career-building services, including:

  • Résumé development
  • Portfolio building
  • Mock interviews
  • Self-promotion
  • Assistance finding internships and employment opportunities

With professional guidance and one-on-one advising, SCAD will stay with you to help you kickstart your creative career.

Take the next step

Put your creative career in motion and explore SCAD's Historic Preservation degree programs. Degrees are available in Savannah and online. Program availability varies by location.

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