Do you accept the SCAD challenge?
Your unique artistic vision could earn you a scholarship to SCAD, the university for creative careers.
The SCAD Challenge competition series gives you the opportunity to showcase your talents. Entries must demonstrate creativity, innovation and a strong understanding of aesthetics. Let your design speak to your skill level and ability to handle university-level design assignments.
Challenges are open to current juniors and seniors in high school as of the 2014-15 academic year. A panel of SCAD faculty will review and evaluate your submitted entry, and three winners will be selected from each category.
- Comic book
- 2-D design
- 3-D design
- Junior photography
- Junior 2-D design
How to enter
The 2014-15 SCAD Challenge is now closed, and the winners have been notified by phone and email. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Complete an application.
Senior entrants must complete an undergraduate application to SCAD.
Complete the undergraduate application
Junior entrants must complete an application to attend Rising Star — a fully immersive pre-college summer program available at SCAD.
Complete the Rising Star application
- Keep in mind that you can apply to SCAD with interest in a particular program but still submit a portfolio to be considered in one or more unrelated SCAD Challenge competitions. For example, even if you're interested in majoring in interior design as an undergraduate student at SCAD, you can still submit a portfolio in photography and enter that SCAD Challenge competition.
Submit your work.
Thanks for your interest! Our 2015-16 competition dates will be announced in September 2015.
What you can win
Senior challenge awards
Three winners from each senior challenge will receive a scholarship upon admission to the university. Scholarships are renewable each year until completion of a bachelor's degree as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
First place — platinum award
US$7,000 SCAD Challenge scholarship
Second place — gold award
US$5,000 SCAD Challenge scholarship
Third place — silver award
US$2,500 SCAD Challenge scholarship
Junior challenge awards
Three winners from each junior challenge will receive a scholarship to attend the SCAD Rising Star summer program for high school students.
First place — junior platinum award
US$1,200 artistic scholarship
Second place — junior gold award
US$750 artistic scholarship
Third place — junior silver award
US$350 artistic scholarship
SCAD reserves the right to use images or stills from the submitted work in promotional material.