SCAD Summer Seminars Savannah workshops

SCAD Summer Seminars students participate in two workshops per session. During the registration process if a workshop is not listed in the workshop options, this workshop is full. In Savannah, students may select any two of the following options:

School of Building Arts

Furniture design studio
Students explore furniture design as a discipline and as a creative activity and process. Students learn to bring their ideas to reality using a range of approaches with new and established techniques. They employ a variety of materials and hand processes to express furniture design ideas in scale.

Interior design
Students learn the role of interior designer and experiment with sketching techniques and layout studies. Students will also analyze color schemes and be introduced to the idea of a client.

Preservation design (offered Session I and III only)
Students engage in activities designed to deepen their appreciation for issues of cultural heritage protection and the preservation of historic built environments. Site visits in Savannah and workshops at SCAD's Thomas Center for Historic Preservation will support investigations in this seminar.

Sketching Savannah: Introduction to architecture
Students learn the fundamentals of freehand architectural sketching to record and analyze design objects accurately and rapidly through a variety of basic drawing techniques, including orthographic, axonometric and perspective.

School of Communication Arts

Advertising: The big idea
Students learn how to come up with “the big idea” and create advertising that is memorable and fun. Students explore the fundamental practice creative concepting and how ideas creatively communicate an advertising message to reach and influence specific target audiences.

Graphic design
Students come face-to-face with the revolutionary concepts of poster design, as well as real-life production techniques. They learn about Photoshop for image manipulation, as well as media convergence through augmented reality, creating content that extends the traditional print delivery system.

Illustration: Imaginative character design
Students will learn step by step how to create imaginative characters that are dynamic, compelling and emotive. Topics covered will include shape language, shape clarity, posture and construction as well as basic principles of design.

Scientific illustration
Scientific illustrators use observational, technical and aesthetic skills to portray a subject accurately. In this workshop, participants are given an overview on how to render forms known and imagined and observed and unobservable. From the micro to the macro, participants use a range of rendering techniques to discover scientific illustration throughout history to the present.

Sequential art: Cartoons, comics and characters
This workshop examines the application and effectiveness of storytelling in the comic book format. Students learn approaches to cartooning and short sequence comic pages, emphasizing the importance of character, brainstorming, pacing and staging.

Sequential art: Mini comics
Comics are a fun way to learn visual story structure. Mini comics provide a do-it-yourself technique that inspires students to not only draw, but write stories. Students learn how to write and draw a short story comic and will produce small comic books.

School of Design

Design thinking
Design thinking is the fundamental skill necessary for the development of solutions in both the applied arts and other professions seeking creative answers to difficult problems. Students gain an understanding of design process, key methods, and tools to solve creative and business challenges.

Industrial design
Students in this workshop explore industrial design through problem-solving exercises and through exploring the creative process. Students will be able to bring their ideas to life through the use of various techniques and materials.

Jewelry: Wearable art
By studying historic forms and participating in studio work, students gain a broad understanding of metals and jewelry. Focusing on jewelry and metalwork as an art form, students explore concepts and materials through a variety of processes and produce a finished piece of jewelry.

Textile techniques and processes
In this workshop, students gain exposure to the work of historic and contemporary fibers/textile artists and designers. Students explore basic techniques and processes through hands-on demonstrations and select a method with which to complete a final creation.

School of Digital Media

3-D animation: Character movement
In this hands-on computer animation course, students learn through step-by-step instruction how to animate a pre-rigged CGI character using the animation tools in Autodesk Maya. Participants also explore walk cycles and other animation.

Animation: Sculpting character maquettes
Participants will explore processes and techniques for quality character designs including 2-D character turnarounds and basic maquette construction. This workshop is perfect for all students interested in bringing their characters to life through sculptural hand-building. Students complete the workshop with a 3-D sculpture for the exhibition.

Game design
This course explores critical Photoshop concepts, skills and techniques for today’s 3-D artists and photographers. This workshop also covers essential skills with cloning, color correction, masking techniques, making tileable textures and other Photoshop concepts.

Motion media
This workshop allows students to develop concepts and experiment with storyboarding and industry standard motion graphic software. Students learn essential vocabularies and learn many roles of the motion media designer.

Stop motion animation
In this hands-on workshop, students are introduced to simple biped characters and the animation process through motion tests. Students also learn basic camera, lighting and capturing software.

Storytelling through 2-D animation
Students learn the basic principles of animation and develop an understanding of character movement, screen design and storytelling. Students explore a variety of digital and analog animation techniques while completing short films.

Visual effects
Students will learn the tools necessary for creating 3-D assets, and traversing the production pipeline in one most utilized programs in the visual effects industry. By the end of the session, students will have created a simple 3-D scene with their own unique images and assets.

School of Entertainment Arts

Acting for the camera
This workshop allows students to develop skills specifically for film and television. Students gain hands-on experience in acting techniques, including cold reading, text work, immediate character development and the basic approach to on-camera acting. The class culminates in a final project showcasing each student’s work.

Film and television
Armed with only video cameras, computers and their imaginations, students collaborate to create unique, entertaining and creative video stories. A one-week assignment challenges participants to brainstorm, storyboard, script, shoot and edit in a compelling and professional manner.

Sound design (offered Session I, II, III and IV only)
This workshop introduces students to the unique contributions that dialogue, sound effects and music bring to media. Students develop an applied understanding of the workflow and practices associated with soundtrack development. This workshop seeks to promote effective collaboration between audio and video professionals. Students apply their knowledge and skills in the development of a basic soundtracks live action and animation projects.

School of Fashion

Accessory design and creation
Students experiment with basic patternmaking skills and rapid sketching techniques for accessory design. Students are introduced to different accessory style and materials for creation of finished products.

Fashion illustration
This workshop introduces students to fashion sketching techniques. Students explore the ideas, concepts and details of garments by visually interpreting fashion apparel. Students create fashion illustrations including basic fashion figures and color garment illustrations.

Fashion trend forecasting
Trend forecasting explores how current events, social changes and technology influence fashion and generate trends. Students are exposed to professional trend forecasting services and understand how they function, as well as how to use trend forecast information to inspire their own design work.

School of Fine Arts

Alternative photography
Students experiment with alternative photographic methods with the aid of basic camera structures. Prints are created by experimenting with paper negatives, digital manipulation and other printing techniques.

Exploring acrylic painting techniques
Students are introduced to a number of strategies for realist painting with a focus on still life. A major emphasis is placed on mixing color to create convincing light and depth. Traditional color theory and limited palettes are utilized to encourage a stronger understanding of how colors are created. Compositional structure, brush economy and processes of layering are also introduced. In additional to still life, students also experiment with abstract painting techniques and are given the opportunity to work from life through self-portraiture.

Mixed media painting: Material experimentation
This workshop emphasizes decision-making and intent and stresses formal and narrative implications of materials so students learn the value of art as a means of communication. Experimentation with new materials and approaches is encouraged, and strategies for articulating concepts through visual means are introduced. Ultimately, students come away with a new vocabulary of mixed media techniques and an improved awareness of visual literacy.

Techniques and aesthetics of digital photography
Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and field trips, students learn to see photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of digital photography, with an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure and digital imaging software. Students must possess basic computer skills. Required equipment to bring to the first day of class: 12 megapixel minimum digital camera, camera card and camera charger.

School of Foundation Studies

Color theory
Students will explore the properties of color and color interactions. Through a series of hand-on exercises and experiments, students will explore various ways to use color as a tool to enrich art and design. The work of professional artists and color theorists will be explored.

Drawing: The human form
Students explore the fundamentals of figure drawing, beginning with the basics of sighting and measuring, as well as simple structural anatomy. Students explore a variety of drawing techniques that allow them to experiment with both line and value. Clothed live models are used.

Drawing: The still life
As a traditional means of improving observational drawing skills, the still life has been a favorite of artists for centuries. Students explore approaches to the still life with emphasis on sighting and measuring to discover proportion, scale, structure, foreshortening and perspective.

The art of book making (offered Session II and III only)
Students explore various materials and tools to create handmade books. Students explore the ways images, words, traditional and digital media can be used to create unique artists books. They will understand book structure and format. The work of professional book artists will be examined.

School of Liberal Arts

Equestrian riding (offered Session I, II, IV and V only)
Students receive individualized riding instruction from award-winning coaches. Daily lessons include riding, grooming, and the proper way to cool the horse and return to the stall. Students must be competent in the hunter/jumper flat work (walk/trot/canter) as well the basic mechanics of jumping over two-foot-six-inch obstacles. Video evidence of this proficiency must be emailed to Eddie Federwisch, director of equestrian programs, at with the subject line “SCAD Summer Seminars video submission.” Students are required to bring proper riding attire, which includes an ASTM-approved helmet.

Feature film screenwriting: Outline and development
A feature film starts with the script. From researching the story and developing the narrative structure to outlining and beating out the script, students explore the process of molding their artistic visions into feature film screenplays based on an understanding of theme, premise, character development and commercial viability. Students will gain an overview of screenplay structure, and begin to develop their own materials through pitching and outlining.

Writing for new media: Digital communication
From the everyday to the unusual, this workshop examines all aspects of new media and the related writing processes. Students explore the history of new media and gain experience writing about new media and writing with new media tools and technologies.