SCAD graduate students focus on increasing knowledge and expertise in a specialized discipline while refining a personal creative vision. Advanced coursework, hands-on experience and internships, and the completion of a thesis or final project prepare students for emerging and relevant professional practice.
Redefining graduate school for today's artists and designersWithin the SCAD graduate environment, peer and individual critiques and seminar discussions provide a forum for the development of a self-critical framework. Students may select electives to reflect their interests and delve into related disciplines, gaining inspiration and diverse perspectives.
Graduate programs at SCAD are designed for dedicated, self-motivated students who are committed to the pursuit of excellence through advanced study. Graduate curricula are structured to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and to ensure ongoing student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences. Graduate courses require students to analyze, explore, question, reconsider and synthesize old and new knowledge and skills.
The graduate experience culminates in student teaching or in a thesis or final project demonstrating a mature and resolved body of work and/or research. Graduates are prepared to hold leadership positions, to enter a variety of professional disciplines, to teach, or to accomplish other personal and professional goals.
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SCAD's credentialed and experienced faculty of nearly 700 professors - 72 percent of them full time - is drawn from throughout the world and teach graduate-level courses at each of SCAD's locations. Members of the faculty have gained national and international recognition as winners of Academy and Emmy awards, best-selling authors, Fulbright scholars, U.S. patent holders, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship recipients and AIGA award winners. With an annual retention rate of 96 percent, SCAD professors are deeply committed to the students, mission and values of SCAD, and are passionate and engaging experts in their disciplines.
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Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsThe 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.
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.