This is your time — experience it all

Cutting-edge resources. Connected faculty. Celebrated guests and world-renowned events. As an historic preservation student at SCAD, you can capitalize on every opportunity to get the most out of your student experience.

A location to match your education

Savannah is home to the largest National Historic Landmark district in the United States and will surround you with an astounding number of preservation examples and opportunities. Even the home for your studies —The Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation — is a rehabilitated 1908 Classical Revival-style orphanage and convent for the Missionary Sisters of the Franciscan order.

Premium tools always at your fingertips:

  • Conservation lab for testing materials, analyzing restoration treatments and experimenting with new techniques
  • Computer lab equipped with AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, ArcGIS, JRC Reconstructor, Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Restoration workshop and outdoor work pavilion
  • Faro Focus and Next Engine 3D laser scanners
  • 3D printer for rapid prototyping
  • 2 Olympus SZX7 stereo-zoom microscopes
  • Dino-Lite digital microscope
  • Minolta colorimeter
  • Model shop equipped with tabletop machines, hand-operated machines and laser cutters

"My time at SCAD provided a living laboratory for my passion for economic development in the context of historic preservation. SCAD helped prepare me for my exciting role working on community revitalization throughout the state of Iowa."

Michael Wagler | (B.F.A. historic preservation) | Main Street Iowa State coordinator, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Recognitions for outstanding work

Your SCAD professors will encourage you to become involved in academic and professional communities by pursuing opportunities to present your research and earn scholarship recognitions. Since 2004, SCAD has garnered more scholars than any other historic preservation program in North America, with students presenting at local, national and international conferences.

Recent student award winners include:

  • Bethany Emenhiser (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2015
  • Kendra Parzen (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2015
  • Sabrinna Cox (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Student Paper Competition winner, National Council for Preservation Education, 2014
  • Sehila Casper (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholar, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2014
  • Allison Asbrock (M.F.A. historic preservation) | George Stout Scholar, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2014
  • Caitlin Hart (M.F.A. historic preservation) | Ambassador Award, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2013
  • Dominic Henry (M.A. historic preservation) | Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholar, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2012

"My ongoing efforts to preserve sacred lands and the cultural resources tied to them is a privilege, and my current collaboration with other experts on new international preservation policies for indigenous peoples is rewarding."

Dominic Henry | (M.A. historic preservation) | International repatriation fellow, Association on American Indian Affairs
Actor Jeremy Irons lecturing on historic preservation in the Clarence Thomas Center chapel

Guidance from the industry’s best

You’ll have the chance to connect with professional and alumni mentors and special guests, such as preservation enthusiast Jeremy Irons, as they give lectures and host discussions with students at SCAD. These unique collaborative experiences offer even more exposure to conservation approaches worldwide. Recent guests include:

  • John Fowler, Executive director | Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Andrew Potts, Executive director | United States Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites
  • Michelle Magalong, Chair | Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation
  • Donovan Rypkema, Principal | PlaceEconomics
  • Susan West Montgomery, Vice president | National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation | City of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Bonnie Burnham, President and CEO | World Monuments Fund

Events to keep you inspired

No matter what SCAD location you journey to, there will always be something going on. Each year, we host huge signature events — like the Savannah Film Festival, SCADstyle and the School of Building Arts Lecture Series — so students can expand their networks, earn international press, meet lauded guests and just have fun.

Building arts lecturer Timothy Mansfield speaking at SCAD

School of Building Arts Lecture Series

Featuring an enriching roster of industry leaders every year, the School of Building Arts Lecture Series brings renowned design professionals to the university to visit classes, provide portfolio reviews, meet with students and present a formal lecture in the award-winning SCAD Museum of Art theater.

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Discover your niche

SCAD offers a diverse selection of electives allowing you to focus on the specific areas of historic preservation that appeal to you most. Students interested in historic urban landscapes can explore planning and revitalization courses, while hands-on enthusiasts enjoy restoration and conservation electives. Classes that focus on heritage tourism and international protections enable students to extend the preservation conversation globally.

Learn in a world-class museum environment

All historic preservation students at SCAD enjoy easy access to the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah's premier contemporary art museum. The award-winning facility serves as a teaching museum where you can attend academic classes, film screenings, gallery talks, annual events and more, including lectures and workshops with renowned visiting artists.

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Make your SCAD experience even more unforgettable

We encourage students to take a quarter abroad at one of our international locations as a means of gaining cultural perspective, adding a worldly dimension to their résumés, and drawing inspiration from the sights, sounds and characters of an entirely new setting.

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Take the first step to becoming an historic preservationist

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