Applicants to an undergraduate certificate program should follow the application guidelines for first-time freshman or transfer applicants. Applicants to graduate certificate programs should follow the application guidelines for graduate degree applicants. For more information, certificate applicants should contact the admission office by telephone or email
Enrollment for nondegree-seeking students is on a space-available basis for individuals who, while not wishing to pursue a degree, would like to enroll in SCAD courses. Nondegree-seeking applicants must submit an application for admission, a résumé, and a nonrefundable US $35 application fee if submitted online
; US $70 application fee if submitted in paper form. Applicants denied admission to SCAD as degree-seeking students may or may not be eligible for enrollment as nondegree-seeking students. Performance in courses taken as a nondegree-seeking student does not automatically qualify an applicant for admission as a degree-seeking student. Nondegree-seeking students who wish to become degree seeking must reapply to SCAD (application fee is required) and fulfill the application requirements in effect for degree-seeking students. Nondegree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships, but they may reside in SCAD housing on a space-available basis. The administrative unit responsible for nondegree-seeking admission decisions is the Admission Review Committee.
I-20s cannot be issued to international students who are nondegree-seeking. All students for whom English is not their first language must pass an English proficiency test before being allowed to enroll in any academic or studio courses at SCAD. These students may be asked to submit TOEFL or other English proficiency documentation and may be required to enroll in and successfully complete English as a Second Language coursework before being allowed to register for academic or studio courses.
Enrollment for transient students is on a space-available basis and has been established for individuals who, while enrolled in another college or university, would like to enroll for one quarter at SCAD. Transient applicants must submit an application for admission, a nonrefundable US $35 application fee submitted online
(US $70 application fee if submitted in paper form), a résumé and a letter of good standing from their college or university that indicates permission to take specific courses. International students wishing to be transient must be granted exemption from English as a Second Language coursework. Applicants denied admission to SCAD as degree-seeking students may or may not be eligible for enrollment as transient students. Performance in courses taken as a transient student does not automatically qualify an applicant for admission as a degree-seeking student. Transient students who wish to remain longer than one quarter, or who wish to become degree-seeking at SCAD must reapply to SCAD (application fee is required) and fulfill the application requirements in effect for transient or degree-seeking students, as applicable. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships through SCAD, but they may reside in SCAD housing on a space-available basis. The administrative unit responsible for transient student admission decisions is the Admission Review Committee.
Students who have attended SCAD, but have not been enrolled at SCAD for at least five consecutive quarters, or have attended another college or university in the interim, must apply for readmission and meet current admission requirements and fees. All readmission applications are evaluated on an individual basis by the Admission Review Committee. Any prior awards of financial aid and/or scholarships may or may not apply. Students should complete new FAFSA forms and re-submit any required materials to be considered for aid or scholarship awards.
SCAD and ACA Alumni Application and Enrollment Fee Waiver
The application fee and enrollment fee are waived for SCAD and ACA alumni accepted into a SCAD degree program, and their SCAD transcript may be requested by SCAD admission at no charge.
Continued enrollment from M.A. to M.F.A.
Currently enrolled students completing the Master of Arts degree program and wishing to continue with the Master of Fine Arts degree program in the same major the first quarter following completion of the M.A. (excluding summer quarter) should contact the office of graduate studies prior to the conclusion of M.A. studies and must be approved by the department chair of the area of study.