Frequently asked questions

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What are the SAT/ACT/AP codes for SCAD?

To have an official report of SAT or ACT scores sent directly to SCAD, applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents should use SAT code 5631 or ACT code 0855 on the test forms. The code to have AP scores sent to SCAD is 5631.

How do transfer credits work? How many can I transfer? Will they transfer from my school? What classes should I take?

Transfer students have the opportunity to bring up to two years of college credit from another institution to SCAD. Once a student applies, he or she should send official transcripts from every college attended to his or her admission adviser. The adviser will have the transcripts evaluated, and a transfer credit report will be made within two weeks after an admission decision has been made. In addition, the transfer adviser will work with the applicants to decide which classes to take at their local college that will transfer to SCAD. Transfer evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis.

How recent do my Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores need to be?

TOEFL scores can be up to two years old. If you have scores older than that, you would need to retake the test or provide alternate proof of English proficiency.

What is the code to submit GRE scores to SCAD?

The GRE code is 5631.

How many credits will transfer? When will I know how many credits have transferred?

After a student is accepted, transfer advisers review transcripts to determine which classes have the potential to transfer to SCAD. Once the review is complete, students are emailed the transcript evaluation. A maximum of 90 quarter hours of undergraduate credit for a bachelor's degree may be given for courses appropriate to respective curriculum. Only grades of 2.0 (C) or better for undergraduate credit may be transferred.

How do I register for classes as a transfer student?

Upon acceptance, transfer students work with transfer advisers in the admission department to determine how earned college credit may apply toward degree requirements at SCAD and to register for first-quarter classes. Enrolled transfer students are assigned a student success adviser and a faculty adviser appropriate to their chosen major. They are required to meet with their student success adviser their first quarter of enrollment and once a year thereafter. Transfer students also should meet with their faculty adviser on a quarterly basis.

Are there application deadlines? When will I know if my application has been accepted?

Application materials are due at least 30 days prior to the start of the quarter in which the student intends to enroll. The Admission Review Committee may make a decision on your application as soon as all the required information is received. For SCAD Savannah and SCAD Atlanta students, an I-20 application for a student visa may be issued only after a student has been accepted and has provided the required certification of financial support. SCAD Hong Kong students may begin the visa application process after receiving acceptance to SCAD. New students may enter at the beginning of any quarter, although graduate students are strongly encouraged to begin their studies in the fall quarter.

What are the language/math course requirements for acceptance?

We do not have a language/math course requirement. Whatever the student's high school requires of them to graduate, we will accept.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my transfer credit, financial aid or scholarships?

Once you have applied, a team of admission advisers is available to assist you and answer questions about financial aid and scholarships. Transfer advisers are available to address questions regarding transfer credit.

I have a GED. Can I apply to SCAD?

Yes. A certificate of General Educational Development from the American Council of Education is considered equivalent to a diploma from a U.S. high school.

I have dual citizenship. Should I apply as a domestic or international student?

Students who have dual citizenship are considered U.S. citizens regardless of where they live or what their other legal citizenship is. They should apply as domestic students.

Can I double-major or do a dual degree as a graduate student?

Students can be admitted to multiple graduate degree or major programs that could be considered a double major or dual major. In order to be admitted to multiple degree programs or multiple majors, students must submit the application materials appropriate to both programs; however, only one admission application is required. Students who don't apply for both programs through admission may do so after enrollment through the graduate studies office. Admission to multiple programs will lengthen your time at SCAD. Admission to multiple programs is not guaranteed.

Do you have a support center for international students?

Yes, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) staff addresses questions concerning academics, university life, cross-cultural issues, employment, health care, housing, safety, immigration, insurance, scholarships, taxes, travel and personal matters. View scad.edu/life/student-services/international-student-information for more information.

Can I apply to the Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) program if my undergraduate degree is not in architecture?

No. If you have a degree in a major other than architecture, you cannot apply to enter the program as a graduate student. You must have a degree from a preparatory or pre-professional architecture program in order to enter directly into the graduate program. Students who hold any bachelor's degree that isn't from a preparatory or pre-professional architecture program must apply as undergraduate transfer students in the B.F.A. in architecture program. Students with a preparatory or pre-professional architecture program will be considered for admission once they have submitted all of the application requirements. These students will have required credit hours that will be determined on an individual basis, dependent upon review of the student's academic transcripts and portfolio by the architecture faculty and transfer credit evaluator at SCAD. Students may be assigned preparatory (preliminary) courses from the SCAD B.F.A. program in addition to two years of graduate study. The graduate admission review ensures that the undergraduate coursework of all applicants who enroll in the professional M.Arch. program is evaluated according to the NAAB student performance criteria required at the pre-professional level.

Can I receive financial aid or scholarships?

Because of U.S. government restrictions, international students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid in the form of personal grants, loans or work-study funds, but university-funded work-study jobs are available at some locations. SCAD offers some scholarships for international students; however, these do not fully cover the cost of tuition or living expenses. International students must have sufficient financial resources for the full course of study. The Student Financial Assistance Agency of Hong Kong covers certain types of financial aid for eligible Hong Kong residents, including the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (NLS) and Student Travel Subsidy Scheme.

What if my grades and test scores are below SCAD's preference?

All applicants may submit supplementary materials to enhance their admission files. Applicants whose high school or secondary school grade-point average is below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or who did not score at least 1000 on the SAT (math and reading only) or at least 21 on the ACT are strongly encouraged to submit supplementary materials, such as a portfolio, audition or writing submission, recommendations, statement of purpose, résumé/list of achievements and awards, and personal or telephone interview. These items will enhance your application and give the committee a better understanding of what type of student you will be if accepted to SCAD.

What is the difference between a Masters of Arts (M.A.) and a Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)?

The Master of Arts is a minimum of 45 hours of study. It does not usually include a field internship or a thesis. The Master of Fine Arts, a minimum of 90 hours of study, is often a terminal degree for that program. This means that there is not a degree that goes higher than an M.F.A. within this specific program of study. Students will be completing a thesis and internship; plus, they will have more classes concentrated within that program. With the M.F.A. they will also have the ability to teach at the college level.

How do I pay my enrollment fee?

You may pay the enrollment fee online at scad.edu/enrollfee.

Can international students apply for certificate programs?

International students can only apply for certificates offered through eLearning. Since a certificate is not a full degree, we would not be able to issue them a student visa.

How do I apply for a scholarship or fellowship?

Applicants are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility based on materials submitted. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded to accepted international students based on academic and other achievements.

Does SCAD accept the Common Application (Common App)?

Yes. You can find the Common App at scad.edu/apply. Students submitting the Common App will still have to pay the $40 application fee. Additionally, the Common App is also integrated with SlideRoom. If students choose to submit a portfolio, they are redirected to SlideRoom, where they can submit the portfolio through the Common App Undergraduate Portfolio category. The SlideRoom fee (whether they go through the Common App or the SCAD website) is $10.

How do I register for first-quarter classes?

All incoming students are registered for their first-quarter of classes at SCAD by a student success adviser. Fall class registration usually begins in August. Keep in mind that your schedule is only tentative and subject to change until you receive your official class schedule at orientation in September. You will have the opportunity to discuss or request necessary changes to your schedule with an adviser at orientation if needed. A typical first-term freshman course schedule includes three classes and usually consists of a general education course (such as English or Communication, etc.) and two foundation studies courses (such as 2-D or 3-D Design, Color Theory, etc.) All first-term freshmen will also be registered for a course called First Year Experience, which is designed to assist students in becoming acclimated to university life at SCAD.

Will my associate's degree fulfill the first two years of my course of study at SCAD?

Transfer credit at SCAD is evaluated on a course-by-course basis, so associate's degrees may or may not fulfill the first two years of a student's course of study at SCAD.

How does it work going from an M.A. to an M.F.A.? Will the M.A. coursework transfer into an M.F.A. program?

If you are admitted to an M.F.A. program, the office of graduate studies will consult with your department to determine if any prior coursework can be used as combined credit in a new program.

Do you accept home-schooled applicants?

Yes, SCAD welcomes home-schooled students. Review our freshman admission information for more details about this admission option and to apply as an incoming freshman.

Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

Transfer students are eligible for scholarships based on academic and/or artistic achievements. SCAD also offers a limited number of need-based scholarships.

In addition, transfer students may qualify for the following opportunity:
Transfer scholarship: An $18,000-per-year scholarship is awarded to a limited number of accepted transfer students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and have excelled in the areas of art, design, riding or writing. Minimum requirements include 45 quarter hours or 27 semester hours of college-level coursework with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, demonstration of outstanding leadership potential, and documentation of extracurricular activities, honors and awards. In addition, a portfolio, audition, riding or writing submission is required and must be judged to be of excellent quality by the Admission Review Committee.

How can I pay the application fee if I do not have an American credit/debit card?

Students without a valid credit or debit card may mail a check or money order for US$40 to SCAD Admission Department, P.O. Box 2072, Savannah, GA, 31402-2072 USA.

Is the GRE required for graduate admission?

While not required of most applicants, submission of GRE scores is strongly encouraged for applicants to architectural history, art history, business design and arts leaderships and cinema studies. Additionally, if your undergraduate program doesn't meet certain requirements regarding accreditation and/or approval by the U.S. Department of Education, GRE scores may be required. Please discuss this with your admission adviser to be sure what will be required of you.

How much is the meal plan?

There are a variety of meal plans to choose from at a range of costs. You can view your options and pricing at scad.edu/life/dining/meal-plans.

Can I apply to the graduate program if I am coming from a totally different undergraduate program?

While your bachelor's degree may be in an unrelated field, your portfolio should be specific to the intended course of graduate study. The portfolio guidelines are specific to each graduate program. If you are not sure you can put together an appropriate body of work for a graduate program, you may want to consider applying as a nondegree-seeking student or a transfer student. Learn more about graduate portfolio submission at scad.edu/admission/portfolio-and-writing-guidelines/graduate/portfolio-guidelines. One exception to this policy is the Master of Architecture program. You must have a degree from a preparatory or pre-professional architecture program in order to enter directly into the graduate program. Otherwise, you would have to apply as a transfer student into the B.F.A. program.

How much does housing cost?

Housing costs vary depending on the type of residence hall you live in. You can see a breakdown of housing costs at scad.edu/tuition or within each residence hall description available at scad.edu/life/residence-life/residence-halls.

How do I get transfer credit at SCAD?

Transfer credit may be awarded to students who have already completed college-level courses. Credit is awarded only from accredited institutions or institutions recognized by the ministry of education or equivalent agency in the student's home country.

The university awards a maximum of two years worth of transfer credits to a student. Students must submit their academic transcripts for a transfer credit review. To ensure that the maximum amount is awarded, it is recommended that students include course descriptions and syllabi from all classes they wish to transfer. Additionally, a portfolio review may be required to award transfer credit for drawing, painting or other studio coursework.

Can my scholarship portfolio be used as my transfer credit portfolio?

A portfolio review may be required for transfer of specific studio courses during the student's first quarter of enrollment and for final determination of transfer credit. To receive specific studio course credit, students must follow the portfolio submission criteria and guidelines available from the admission office. Guidelines and criteria are also included with transfer credit evaluations. While the scholarship portfolio can be used, it may not necessarily prove competency in a specific studio course. Applicants should contact a transfer adviser in the admission department if they are planning to use a scholarship portfolio for transfer credit.

How do I pay my housing deposit?

As a newly accepted student, you will pay the housing reservation fee through your MySCAD account. Login to your MySCAD account, then navigate to the New Student tab > New Student Task List and select the payment you would like to make.

If I am applying to the graduate program but my undergraduate degree was a three-year degree, will you accept this? If not, what do I need to do to apply to the master's program?

SCAD uses the standards established by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to determine the equivalent academic achievement of a bachelor's degree. Transcripts are evaluated to determine the conferment of bachelor's degrees from institutions that are recognized by the ministry of education or equivalent agency in the applicant's home country. Course content is evaluated by comparing the curricula of other institutions with that of SCAD and assessing whether or not foundation studies, general education and major discipline courses are comparable to those offered at SCAD. Level of instruction is evaluated by comparing the percentage of faculty at other institutions who hold graduate and terminal degrees with the percentage of faculty at SCAD who hold graduate and terminal degrees.

As an international student, how far in advance do I need to apply?

We suggest that students apply as early as possible to allow for admission processing and to accommodate the visa application process. Our final deadline is 30 days prior to the term that the student wishes to enroll in the university.

Can I save my application and come back to it later?

If you start the application but do not complete it, it will not be saved and you will have to start over from the beginning. If you complete the application and submit without paying the $40 application fee, you will receive an email with portal instructions, but you will not be assigned to an admission adviser. The only way to get an admission adviser is to complete the application in its entirety and pay the $40 fee.

How can I obtain information about the TOEFL, IELTS or ACTFL examination?

Information regarding these examinations, including testing dates and fees, is available online. When you take the test, request that your score be sent directly to SCAD. SCAD's TOEFL institution code is 5631.

Are international students eligible for financial aid and scholarships?

Because of U.S. government restrictions, international students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid in the form of personal grants, loans or work-study funds, but university-funded work-study jobs are available at some locations. SCAD offers some scholarships for international students; however, these do not fully cover the cost of tuition or living expenses. International students must have sufficient financial resources for the full course of study.

What if I do not have a major-specific portfolio?

Applicants who don't have a major specific portfolio would have to apply as a transfer student or nondegree-seeking student. A major-specific portfolio is a requirement to be considered for graduate admission. If a student has a major-specific portfolio that would not qualify for regular graduate acceptance, then the faculty does have a limited number of undergraduate conditional courses that can be assigned instead of or in addition to any intensive course requirements.

When should I apply, and when are the application deadlines?

SCAD accepts applications year-round for all quarters, so there are no firm deadlines to apply. It is recommended, however, that students apply at least six months in advance to allow time to arrange for financial aid and no later than 30 days prior to the start of the quarter. Fall quarter is the most popular quarter; it has the most applications and the most course offerings. Early application is encouraged if you wish to enroll in fall quarter.

How do I apply?

You can access the online application at scad.edu/apply.

How does eLearning work?

Each quarter is 10 weeks long. During each eLearning course, you have 10 units, one unit per week. Each unit will have different assignments depending on the course and weekly topics, but generally include a reading assignment, discussions and a project. Classes are asynchronous and synchronous: asynchronous because you can log in anytime and anywhere, and synchronous because you have designated due dates. There are no designated meeting times. All SCAD eLearning classes follow the same academic calendar as the Savannah and Atlanta locations. The program of study is the same, and many of the same faculty that teach at the Savannah and Atlanta campus teach online. Allow approximately 12 to 17 hours per week per unit for each eLearning course (remember there are 10 units per eLearning course). For more information, visit scad.edu/elearning.

Am I required to live in SCAD housing? Where can I find information about off-campus housing?

Living in university residence halls gives students the opportunity to experience personal growth and form lasting friendships. SCAD residential communities celebrate diversity and foster educational, social, emotional, intellectual and cultural development. Students are not required to reside in SCAD housing; however, SCAD scholarship amounts for undergraduate students vary according to the students' choice of residing in SCAD housing or residing off campus.

Do you accept graduate transfer credit?

For the 45-hour M.A. graduate degree, we do not accept transfer credits. For the 90-hour M.F.A. graduate degree, however, a maximum of 20 quarters hours of graduate academic credit may be given for courses appropriate to the SCAD curriculum. Only graduate courses with grades of at least a 3.0 (B) taken at institutions with a level of graduate course content and level of instruction comparable to that of SCAD may be transferred. Graduate transfer credit can only be considered after a student has been accepted to a SCAD graduate program.

Where can I learn more about ESL?

The SCAD Language Studio provides English as a second language instruction appropriate to varied student needs, levels and proficiencies. Learn more by visiting the SCAD Language Studio site at scad.edu/life/student-services/scad-language-studio.

What is the climate like at SCAD?

In Savannah, winter temperatures average 49 degrees Fahrenheit, summer temperatures average 82 degrees and average rainfall is 49 inches. In Atlanta, winter temperatures average 41 degrees Fahrenheit, summer temperatures average 79 degrees and average rainfall is 51 inches. In Hong Kong, winter temperatures average 60 degrees Fahrenheit, summer temperatures average 90 degrees and average rainfall is 94 inches.

What kinds of fellowships, teaching assistantships and internships do you offer for graduate students?

At the graduate level we offer graduate and dean's fellowships. To be considered for a graduate fellowship, applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.3 (on a four-point scale), and must submit a superior-quality portfolio and statement of purpose. To be considered for a dean's fellowship, applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.5 (on a four-point scale), and must submit a superior-quality portfolio and statement of purpose. Teaching and field internships are available for college credit. For more details, visit scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/incoming-students.

I am applying as an undergraduate student. Is a portfolio required?

A portfolio isn't required for undergraduate admission, but you are encouraged to submit one for scholarship consideration. It does not have to be related to your intended major and should consist of your very best work. You can learn more at scad.edu/admission/portfolio-and-writing-guidelines.

How can I check the status of my application?

Applicants can access the online application checklist by logging into MyAdmission at scad.edu/psp/login. Here, applicants can also contact their admission adviser with specific questions.

How do I submit my portfolio?

Applicants should submit portfolios using the online file management system SlideRoom. From scad.slideroom.com, applicants can upload still images, Word documents, digital and multimedia files, and find instructions for creating a corresponding inventory of work in the portfolio (required) including titles, dates, media, dimensions and specific responsibilities on group projects, if applicable. A fee of US$10 is charged by SlideRoom for each portfolio submission. For more information, visit scad.edu/admission/portfolio-and-writing-guidelines.

What should I do to prepare to apply to SCAD?

We give admission preference to students with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above and scores at the national average or above, which is 1000 for the SAT (combined math and critical reading) or a composite score of 21 for the ACT. We encourage all students to apply, however. If your scores are below the recommended SCAD average, there are several supplemental items you can submit to help strengthen your overall file, such as a résumé, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Review the admission requirements for entering freshmen at scad.edu/admission/admission-information/freshman.

Do you require the writing portion of the SAT?

Applicants may submit the writing section of the SAT as part of their application file; however, at this time, we do not consider the writing score when reviewing for admission.

What type of portfolio can I submit and how do I do it?

Applicants may submit a visual portfolio, a writing portfolio, a riding portfolio or an audition. Portfolios should be uploaded to scad.slideroom.com. Please review the portfolio guidelines for additional information at scad.edu/portfolio.

What should be included in a visual portfolio?

Visual portfolios should include between 10 to 20 pieces of a student's best work. See the full list of visual portfolio guidelines at scad.edu/admission/portfolio-and-writing-guidelines/portfolio-guidelines-and-tips.

Can I double-major?

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 substantially prolonging their programs of study. Students who put forth that extra effort gain credentials and expertise that may be invaluable to their careers.

Do you accept dual enrollment?

Yes, we accept dual-enrollment credits. If the student hasn't graduated from high school but has taken college coursework, he or she will still apply as a freshman, but the college transcripts will be reviewed for credit after he or she has applied and has been assigned to an adviser.

Where can I view the graduate portfolio guidelines?

Acceptance into graduate programs at SCAD is based heavily on the portfolio. Unlike undergraduate portfolios, graduate program portfolios are required for acceptance and must be program-specific. Each program has its preferred types of portfolios. To learn more, visit scad.edu/admission/portfolio-and-writing-guidelines/graduate/portfolio-guidelines#graduate.

Does SCAD grant experiential credit?

SCAD does not grant experiential credit; however, the university may recognize the following exams for credit: Advanced Placement (AP), A-level (including British A-level/AS-level and Hong Kong A-level/AS-level), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, College-Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate and German Abitur. Credit is awarded on a selective basis.

My school is on the semester system. What system does SCAD use?

Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught on the quarter system, with each course carrying five hours of college credit. Students normally enroll in three courses each quarter, spending 15 to 20 hours per week in class and at least 15 to 20 hours per week working on assignments outside class. The normal academic year includes three quarters. Students may enroll in the summer quarter as well; however, course offerings may be limited.