Frequently asked questions

What is SCAD Lacoste?

Savannah College of Art and Design Lacoste offers artists the unique opportunity to live, learn and create art in a supportive environment rich with culture and history. The campus facilities are located in Lacoste, a beautifully preserved medieval village of about 300 inhabitants in Provence, the south of France. Perched on steep hillside, the school buildings date back to the 12th, 15th and 16th centuries. Programs are 8-weeks in length and occur four times annually.

Is SCAD Lacoste an academic program?

Students come from all over the world to study at SCAD Lacoste; the exquisite rural setting serves as a springboard for a focused educational experience. Classes are taught in English with academic credit being offered through the Savannah College of Art and Design. Course topics vary each quarter and may be offered in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film, photography, historic preservation, interior design, art history, architecture, English, illustration, graphic design, industrial design, performing arts, animation, and fashion.'

What are the factors taken into consideration when determining if an applicant is accepted into the program?

SCAD Study Abroad will take into consideration a combination of academic performance, information gathered from faculty comments and faculty references, class standing/seniority, student conduct records, and submission date of a completed application to determine an applicant’s acceptance status.

What types of facilities are available at SCAD Lacoste?

Within its ancient walls, SCAD Lacoste offers a variety of modern facilities, including two computer labs with Internet and e-mail access. Well-equipped teaching studios are dedicated to painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. Studios are available for students’ work outside the classroom.

Where do participants live and eat at SCAD Lacoste?

The SCAD Lacoste dining hall and student housing are located within the village in historic buildings. All students live in residence facilities and dine as a community with faculty and staff in the dining hall. Three meals are served every day except Sunday, when brunch takes the place of breakfast and lunch. Picnic lunches are provided during field trips, but students are responsible for their own meals during overnight excursions.

Are SCAD Lacoste students involved outside of class?

Students at SCAD Lacoste are members of a vibrant art community. Evening lectures highlight the work of faculty members and visiting artists. At the end of each quarter, students have an opportunity to show their work at an exhibition and vernissage. Opportunities abound throughout the year for outdoor recreational activities including hiking, biking and touring.

Do SCAD Lacoste participants explore other parts of France?

Each quarter, students have the opportunity to visit nearby cities and enjoy the weekly Provençal markets. The rural retreat of life at Lacoste is balanced by excursions to the nearby cultural centers such as Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Marseilles, as well as trips farther afield. Paris may be reached in two hours and 40 minutes by high-speed train from Avignon.

What fees are associated with studying at SCAD Lacoste?

All students are encouraged to enroll full-time (15 credit hours) while studying in Lacoste. Tuition rates per course vary for undergraduate and graduate students. Transient and non-degree seeking students are assessed tuition rates at the undergraduate rate.

An additional program fee covers charges for room and board, site visit fees and travel fees associated with planned overnight excursions. Participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from Lacoste and meals during weekend excursions.

Students may apply financial aid toward SCAD Lacoste. Students should consult with their financial aid counselor to ensure that their applications for funds are in order.

What is the best way to travel to SCAD Lacoste?

Students may arrange their own transportation or use transportation arranged by the university. Each quarter, SCAD arranges for airport service and transfers from Savannah to Lacoste for a designated fee. Students who choose to make their own travel arrangements are encouraged to fly into Marseilles, France. They receive detailed instructions in their pre-arrival materials on traveling from the airport to SCAD Lacoste.

How do you apply for SCAD Lacoste?

Admission to the program is competitive, and students can look forward to a challenging educational environment. Current Savannah College of Art and Design students can obtain application materials at the study abroad office in Bradley Hall or online at scad.edu/lacoste.

Those not currently attending SCAD must apply and be accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design; a $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Students at other colleges and universities may apply as transient students. Once accepted to attend SCAD, students from other schools must complete the study abroad program application ($35 application fee included).

Do you need a passport or visa to study at SCAD Lacoste?

Participants are responsible for checking the validity of their passports. A student's passport must be valid for the duration of his or her stay in France. Visas are not necessary for U.S. citizens visiting France for fewer than 90 days. Students who are not U.S. citizens must determine if they need an entry visa and are responsible for obtaining such visas.