Rising Star student life

By participating in the SCAD Rising Star program, students can enjoy a taste of what life is like as a fully enrolled SCAD student. The following is an example of what a Rising Star participant's day might look like:

6:45-7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Meet your friends at a SCAD dining facility and grab cereal, pancakes, coffee and more to fuel your morning.
7:30 a.m. Board shuttles to class
8-10:30 a.m. Course I
Watch a demonstration given by your professor and experiment with new materials during class time.
10:30 a.m. Students return to residence hall
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch/free time/clubs
Prepare for your next class while you grab a slice of pizza at the dining facility. Don't forget the sketching club meeting!
1:30 p.m. Board shuttles to class
2-4:30 p.m. Course II
Mini-critique today — be prepared to share new ideas with your peers and revamp old projects.
4:30 p.m. Students return to residence hall
5-7 p.m. Dinner/free time
Sesame chicken with spicy potato cakes is one of many menu options tonight. After dinner, take time to get some laundry and homework done.
7-10 p.m. Museum courtyard block party
Relax with your friends while the hottest DJ gets everyone on the dance floor.
10-11 p.m. Free time
11 p.m. Curfew

Activities and excursions

Students gain an authentic experience of life as a SCAD student. Resident assistants plan and coordinate a variety of activities to build community among Rising Star participants and help them become familiar with SCAD and community resources. All students also have access to SCAD fitness centers in Savannah and Atlanta.

Optional excursions may include trips to local sites and attractions, including:

  • Tybee Island, the local beach for Savannah
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • The Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • The High Museum of Art in Atlanta
  • SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah
  • Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
  • Savannah's Telfair Museums
  • Shopping in Atlanta, Hong Kong or Savannah
  • Weekend kayaking
  • The Big Buddha in Hong Kong
  • Baseball games
  • Artist studio visits
  • Interactive workshops
  • Cooking lessons
  • And many more

Activities are subject to change. Students may sign up during the program.


While attending the program, students can choose to reside in one of SCAD's residence halls: Spring House (Atlanta) or Turner House (Savannah) or Gold Coast Residences (Hong Kong).

Housing options are subject to change.

Each student will be paired with a roommate in a double occupancy room in Atlanta and Hong Kong and triple occupancy in Savannah. Rooms are furnished with beds, drafting tables and private baths. Bed and bath linens are not provided; however, linens are available for purchase during online program fee payment, or students may bring their own.


Students enjoy 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.

Lunch for students who arrive early on Sunday is not included but may be available for purchase.