Frequently asked questions

How do I get to SCAD?

An international airport, train station and bus station provide service from major cities in the United States. Students traveling from the airport may take advantage of Marta, Atlanta's public transit system. Shuttles run regularly between SCAD Atlanta buildings from Marta's Art Center Station which is adjacent to the ACA House residence hall.

Directions to SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St., Atlanta

From I-85 Southbound

  • Take exit 86 (Route 13, Peachtree Street).
  • Stay on this exit/access road for about three miles; stay in the left lane. Do not take any exits as you pass them.
  • Follow signs for Spring Street/Peachtree Street. Stay in the left lane and take the Peachtree Street exit.
  • At the second traffic light, take a left onto Peachtree Street.
  • SCAD Atlanta is on the left next to Peachtree Christian Church.

From I-75 Southbound

  • Take exit 252 (Northside Drive/Howell Mill).
  • Stay on the Northside Drive lane to your left. Turn right onto Northside Drive.
  • At the second light, turn left onto Deering Road.
  • This is a residential road; follow it until it dead-ends into Peachtree Street. The Amtrak train station is on the right.
  • Turn right on Peachtree Street, and SCAD Atlanta is on the right side of the street.

From I-85 and 1-75 Northbound

  • Take exit 250 (10th Street/14th Street/Georgia Tech).
  • Stay straight onto Williams Street. At the second traffic light (14th Street) turn right.
  • Take a left onto West Peachtree.
  • Follow until you hit Peachtree Street and turn left at the traffic light.
  • SCAD Atlanta is on the left. 

Is transportation provided? Is parking available?

SCAD buses provide free transportation to and from all academic buildings and residence halls and to various college events. Students with medical needs may arrange for transportation at any time. Bicycles are a convenient source of transportation in Atlanta, and bicycle racks are located at SCAD buildings. Parking is available at various academic buildings and at Spring House. Students who wish to park on SCAD property must register their vehicles during orientation or the drop/add period and display a current decal on their vehicles at all times. To obtain a parking decal, students must present a valid college ID, and proof of automobile registration and insurance. For more information, visit transportation and parking.

How many buildings are at SCAD Atlanta?

Currently, SCAD Atlanta has six Midtown locations: the 1600 Peachtree St. main academic building, ACA Sculpture Studio and ACA House residence hall, Spring House residence Hall, Ivy Hall — SCAD Writing Center, and the new Digital Media Center that houses the School of Film and Digital Media. SCAD Atlanta also operates four art galleries: ACA Gallery of SCAD, Trois Gallery, Gallery See and The Dewberry Gallery.

How safe is it for students at SCAD Atlanta?

SCAD's security staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. SCAD security officers, along with the Atlanta Police Department, provide 24-hour patrol around SCAD Atlanta facilities and work closely with residence life staff to educate students about personal safety. Hand-activated emergency call boxes are strategically located throughout SCAD to automatically signal a 24-hour security dispatcher. A staff greeter or security officer is posted in each building, and students, faculty and staff are required to present a SCAD ID in order to gain admittance to SCAD Atlanta facilities.

How do students travel between SCAD Atlanta facilities and around the city?

A SCAD bus system provides free regularly scheduled shuttle service between university buildings and residence halls during academic quarters. This service is available to all registered SCAD students, faculty and staff. Expanded service is offered during midterms and finals.

In Atlanta, MARTA operates a network of bus routes linked to a rapid transit system consisting of 48 miles of rail track with 38 train stations, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. MARTA also operates a separate paratransit service for disabled customers.

Tell me about student life at SCAD Atlanta

Opportunities exist at SCAD to have a student life experience that enhances your personal growth, professional development and leadership skills through an outstanding array of events and activities. There is a full calendar of lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations by world-famous artists and designers. Students also enjoy opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics, intramural and recreational sports and more than 30 student organizations. And, as a world-class city, Atlanta offers easy access to concerts, arts and cultural festivals; performances by nationally ranked ballet, symphony and opera companies. Added to this, the city is home to four professional sports team: Braves, Hawks, Falcons and Thrashers.

Is it difficult for students to transfer from one SCAD location to another?

For students who want to benefit from living and learning in more than one SCAD location, the university offers the opportunity to do so through what is virtually a seamless transfer process. SCAD Atlanta's exciting quality of life offers a lively, urban counterpoint to the more leisurely pace that exists in Savannah — one of the nation's most charming and historic cities. At SCAD, students have the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds.