Rising Star students working on sewing machine in classroom

Rising Star courses

Rising Star students participate in two five-quarter credit hour courses taught by SCAD faculty. By successfully completing these courses, participants earn college credits toward a SCAD degree or may transfer credits to other accepting institutions.

Course descriptions

Course selection

Upon acceptance to Rising Star, students are asked to indicate their preference of courses. Students are placed in courses based upon receipt of the $250 program fee and space availability. Placement in the student's top selections is not guaranteed.

Courses may include demonstrations, lectures, studio work and local field trips. Students also have access to SCAD's extensive facilities, resources and libraries.

Rising Star participants may select any combination of courses listed below.

  • Foundation studies course + general education course
  • Foundation studies course + major-specific course
  • General education course + major-specific course
  • Two general education courses
  • Two foundation studies courses


Upon successful completion of the program, each student earns 10 quarter hours of college credit that may be applied toward a bachelor's degree at SCAD or another college or university. (Course credits are applied to degree requirements at the discretion of the accepting institution.) Professors evaluate academic performance and artistic progress at the conclusion of the program.


Rising Star students are responsible for purchasing their own class supplies. Supply expenses vary by course. A list of supplies is provided with the course schedule and supplies may be purchased at the SCAD bookstore upon arrival arrival in Savannah and Atlanta. A list of supply stores in Hong Kong will be provided for Rising Star Hong Kong students. Photography students must bring a digital camera, with a minimum 6.1-megapixel capability. Students should not purchase supplies for any class until they have been admitted to the program and receive their course schedule, as classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon payment of the program fee.

Enrollment after Rising Star

Students who satisfactorily complete the program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may be admitted early to SCAD for further undergraduate study if they have submitted all first-time freshman application requirements (including standardized test scores in the form of an official SAT or ACT report for U.S. citizens). These students also may be invited to continue their Rising Star experience as eLearning students. Through eStars, students take one online course each quarter with other freshmen; eligible students may earn up to 25 quarter hours of credit. Students who wish to be considered for early admission should contact the admission department.


Rising Star Atlanta
P.O. Box 77300
Atlanta, GA 30357
404.253.2700 or 877.722.3285

Rising Star Hong Kong
292 Tai Po Road
Sham Shui Po
Hong Kong

Rising Star Savannah
P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
912.525.5100 or 800.869.7223


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