Architects create the built environment. They synthesize issues of human need, environment setting, building technology, visual perception and aesthetic theory to create buildings and spaces where people live, work, shop, learn, worship, play and entertain. The SCAD architecture program prepares students to be multi-specialist professionals with a vast range of technical and creative skills.
At home in a global cultureAt SCAD, architecture students learn in a stimulating environment that emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge, collaboration and progressive thinking. The SCAD architecture program offers students a unique art and design context in which to study. Students learn traditional architecture concepts with access to the distinct perspectives of SCAD's other art and design degree programs. Architecture studies at SCAD engage students in multi-disciplinary learning and celebrate the increasingly global culture of design.
Architecture is offered in Savannah.
SCAD offers a professional Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The program meets and exceeds all student performance criteria required for accreditation. Intensive coursework, internships, community service and off-campus study opportunities ensure that architecture students have the tools required for success upon graduation.
SCAD offers outstanding studios, technology, fabrication equipment and unparalleled facilities. Architecture students have access to state-of-the-art electronic design software including Bentley MicroStation V8, Adobe Photoshop and CS5 Master Collection, 3D Studio VIZ, SURFCAM, AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya and Revit. Students also benefit from studying in Savannah, a city based on one of the most admired urban plans in the world.
The professional M.Arch. degree 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 (NAAB), 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. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
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 preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: M.Arch. (180 undergraduate credits plus 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2013.
The NAAB Conditions for Accreditation and NAAB Procedures for Accreditation can be found on the NAAB website.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' (NCARB) primary function is to design tools and model procedures for jurisdictions to apply to their regulation of the path to licensure, ranging from internship guidelines to licensing examination to certification for reciprocal licensing. NCARB maintains records for its 54 jurisdictional boards, providing services to architects and interns as key stakeholders.