Summer Swarm

Summer Swarm

Summer Swarm is an optional orientation session for first-year students who have paid the enrollment fee, indicating their intent to enroll fall quarter in Savannah. Sessions for students and parents are led by professional SCAD staff who are dedicated to student success.

Students who attend Summer Swarm stay in a SCAD residence hall, eat in the dining hall, and meet with current SCAD students, faculty and staff. During this time, students have their SCAD ID photos taken and discuss fall class schedules with the student success advisers. Admission counselors and other staff are available to answer questions about financial aid and scholarships.

A maximum of 125 students are accepted per session on a first-come, first-served basis. A nonrefundable fee is required that includes cost for housing, meals and activities. Sessions for parents and family members are free. Meals can also be purchased for guests online during the Summer Swarm registration process.

SCAD will offer four sessions for Summer Swarm 2014:

  • Swarm 1: June 26-27 
  • Swarm 2: July 10-11
  • Swarm 3: July 17-18
  • Swarm 4: July 24-25

Once you have been accepted and have access to MySCAD, follow these steps to sign up for Summer Swarm:

  1. Log in to MySCAD.
  2. Navigate to the New Student portal.
  3. Select Summer Swarm.
  4. Select “register” then follow the on-screen prompts.

Have questions? Contact Trey Reckling at 912.525.6969.

The following schedule is subject to change.

Student: Day 1 Thursday (June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24)

8-9 a.m.
Check-in (SCAD Museum of Art courtyard)
Students and families are welcomed to SCAD at the SCAD Museum of Art. A brilliant example of SCAD’s historic preservation efforts, the museum is housed in an 1856 Greek revival structure that was once home to the headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway. Students and their families are encouraged to arrive before 8:30 a.m. to allow for an unhurried check-in process and to begin their day on schedule.

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Welcome (Trustees Theater)
Students and families kick off the Swarm experience at SCAD’s Trustees Theater, host of the Savannah Film Festival, The Savannah Music Festival, and numerous lectures, concerts, and student activities council-sponsored events.

10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Student sessions part I: Rotating orientation sessions for students in small groups (SCAD Museum of Art)
Students are oriented on SCAD resources and policies that will help them understand what it means to be a SCAD student.

  • Student success and advising: SCAD MOA, Room 209
  • Student accounts: SCAD MOA, Room 217
  • MySCAD training: SCAD MOA, Room 219
  • Security/transportation: SCAD MOA, Room 226
  • Career and alumni success: SCAD MOA, Room 220
  • Dean of students: SCAD MOA, Room 210

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Celebrate SCAD luncheon (Arnold Hall and Poetter Hall)
Included in the Swarm experience for students, and optional at an additional fee for families, the Swarm luncheon showcases the local, fresh “farm to fork” experience provided by Bon Appétit, SCAD’s foodservice provider.

1:45-3 p.m.
SCAD tour (departs from SCAD Museum of Art)
Students will tour some of the many SCAD facilities, focusing on those most used during their first year.

3:15-4:45 p.m.
Foundations demo class (Wallin Hall)
(Group 1: Room 101, Group 2: Room 102, Group 3: Room 103, Group 4: Room 104, Group 5: Room 105, Group 6: Room 106)
Foundation studies professors lead demonstrations in a hands-on experience of some classes that contribute to the foundation of talents and success of SCAD students.

5-6 p.m.
Dinner at The Hive
Students reconvene at The Hive to compare notes, ask questions, and enjoy dinner provided by Bon Appétit.

6:15-8:30 p.m.
Tybee Island beach trip
Students are taken by bus to Tybee Island for beach activities such as volleyball, swimming, making friends and checking out the local culture. Music is provided by SCAD Radio DJs, who will encourage students to talk to them about becoming a DJ and contributing to SCAD’s nationally recognized student media team. (In case of rain, students will view a movie in the SCAD MOA Theater instead.)

9 p.m.
First night at Student Center
Once back from the beach and changed, students will experience their first night at the Student Center with a coffeehouse, live music from fellow SCAD students, games and snacks.

Student: Day 2 Friday (June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25)

8-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast at The Hive
Breakfast is hosted by The Hive, one of SCAD’s many dining establishments

9-11 a.m.
Student sessions part II: Rotating orientation sessions for students in small groups (SCAD Museum of Art)
Students continue their orientation experience with more information about being a successful SCAD student and making the most of available resources.

  • Student success and advising: location TBA
  • Student accounts: location TBA
  • MySCAD training: location TBA
  • Security/transportation: location TBA
  • Career and alumni success: location TBA
  • Dean of students: location TBA

11:15 a.m. to noon
Being a SCAD Student Q-and-A (location TBA)
Students conclude their Swarm orientation with a Q-and-A session hosted by student leaders and an opportunity to evaluate their experience.

Noon
Checkout (Turner House Annex)

Family: Day 1

8-9 a.m.
Check-in (SCAD Museum of Art courtyard)
Students and families are welcomed to SCAD at the SCAD Museum of Art. A brilliant example of SCAD’s historic preservation efforts, the museum is housed in an 1856 Greek revival structure that was once home to the headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway. Families are encouraged to arrive before 8:30 a.m. to allow for an unhurried check-in process and to begin their day on schedule.

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Welcome (Trustees Theater)
Families and students kick off the Swarm experience at SCAD’s Trustees Theater, host of the Savannah Film Festival, The Savannah Music Festival, and numerous lectures, concerts, and student activities council-sponsored events.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Family session I (Trustees Theater)
While students go to the SCAD Museum of Art for their sessions, families will remain in Trustees Theater and receive a similar orientation, but from a perspective that will help them understand how to support their students.

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Celebrate SCAD luncheon (Arnold Hall and Poetter Hall)
Included in the Swarm experience for students, and optional at an additional fee for families, the Swarm luncheon offers a local, fresh “farm to fork” experience provided by Bon Appétit, SCAD’s foodservice provider. Tickets are an additional $20/person for families and children over 6 years of age.

2-3:30 p.m.
Family session II: What to expect the first year (Trustees Theater)
Families conclude their Swarm experience with an open Q-and-A session with staff and faculty.

3:45-4:45 p.m.
SCAD Tour (optional) (departs from Trustees Theater)
Families have an opportunity to tour some of the SCAD facilities that will be an essential part of their students’ experience in the first year. A second opportunity to complete this tour will take place on Friday from 9-10 a.m.

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Foundations demo class for families (optional) (Trustees Theater)
A foundations class demonstration will be held for families. Our instructor will be gentle, and the experience will be educational and contribute to a sense of understanding and empathy for the challenges that await first-year students. No artistic experience is necessary.

5-6 p.m.
Dinner on your own
Families are welcome to explore Savannah and its diversity of local and international cuisine. Staff members are happy to provide suggestions.

5-8 p.m.
Night at the SCAD Museum of Art (optional)
Visit the SCAD Museum of Art after hours. Explore exhibitions by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists and experience an award-winning architectural masterpiece.

Family: Day 2

7-10:30 a.m.
Breakfast at The Hive (optional)
Breakfast is hosted by The Hive, one of SCAD’s many dining establishments.

9-10 a.m.
SCAD tour (optional) (departs from The Hive)
A second opportunity for the same tour as day one. Families may tour some of the SCAD facilities that will be an essential part of their students’ experience during their first year.

9-10:30 a.m.
Trolley Tour (optional)
For families that have already had an opportunity to become familiar with SCAD and would like to become more acquainted with the city of Savannah, there is nothing like an open-air trolley tour. Families will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to tour Georgia’s first city at a group discounted rate.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
SCAD MOA Tour (tour begins in the SCAD MOA lobby)

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Offices open for consultation
Bradley Hall

  • Admission staff available to answer questions (8:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Counseling and student support services
  • SCAD Card
  • Student financial services
  • Student success and advising

Noon
Checkout
The Swarm experience concludes and we bid you farewell until the fall, when Swarm students will return to SCAD with the first part of their orientation already successfully completed.