Historic preservation professionals study, creatively repurpose and adapt buildings in a manner that transforms the historic fabric of cities and towns while empowering inhabitants. The SCAD location in Savannah is a stunning example of how a community can embrace the future while preserving the past.
A holistic approach to historic preservationThe SCAD historic preservation program is the most comprehensive in the world, offering bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a minor in cultural landscape. The Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation is one of few facilities solely dedicated to the academic study of historic preservation in the United States. At SCAD, the broad-based historic preservation curriculum exposes students to the multi-faceted field of historic preservation. Core classes cover the historic built environment and electives offer students an opportunity to study emerging disciplines.
Historic preservation is offered in Savannah and online via eLearning.
The SCAD historic preservation program emphasizes applied learning and research with preservation partners and hands-on revitalization initiatives. Preservation class projects include work with the National Park Service, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, the Historic Savannah Foundation and more. Undergraduate and graduate students participate in internships, thus building their résumés and gaining invaluable professional experience.
SCAD offers unparalleled amenities in the state-of-the-art Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation. The facility, completely restored in 2009, houses a conservation lab, restoration workshop, outdoor work pavilion, lecture hall, studios and drafting classrooms. The conservation lab is equipped for testing architectural materials, analyzing restoration treatments and experimenting with conservation techniques.