SCAD's architecture students participate in multidisciplinary opportunities and explore the discipline of architecture within the broader context of visual arts, including historic preservation and interior design, and diverse fields such as writing, drawing, sculpture and fashion.
Faculty in the architecture department and throughout the School of Building Arts offer a wide range of perspectives and qualifications including LEED certification and membership in the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, and American Planning Association. SCAD is an institutional member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and has active chapters of the American Institute of Architecture Students and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers.
SCAD is the first university in the South to become an institutional member of the United States Green Building Council, a rating and benchmarking system for the construction, design and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The department is housed in Eichberg Hall, a historically significant building constructed in 1887 for the Central of Georgia Railroad and rehabilitated for reuse by SCAD.
The 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.
SCAD seeks opportunities for students to gain experience in the various building trades. Download the Community Projects Proposal.