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The Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. Please contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 with questions about the accreditation of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The five-year, professional Master of Architecture degree offered by the Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. SCAD offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: M.Arch. The next accreditation visit for the SCAD M.Arch. program is in Spring 2013.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degrees offered by the Savannah College of Art and Design are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, a body created by the Georgia General Assembly to assume full responsibility for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. The Commission is also responsible for the development and administration of teacher certification testing.
SCAD is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (1333 Main St., Suite 200, Columbia, S.C. 29201; telephone number 803.737.2260). Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.