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All courses are taught by SCAD professors. The level of instruction is challenging and class sizes are small, with a maximum of 20 students per class.
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. 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.
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.
Rising Star students live in a SCAD residence hall and are supervised by a professional residence director and resident assistants. Rooms are furnished with beds, drafting tables and private baths. Residence hall accommodations are double occupancy; no exceptions are made. All SCAD residence halls have 24-hour guards on duty. A current SCAD ID card is required to access any SCAD building.
Students have their meals in SCAD dining halls. The Rising Star program includes three meals per day, Monday through Thursday, and two meals (brunch and dinner) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Students who satisfactorily complete Rising Star 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). 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.
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.