How do transfer credits work? How many can I transfer? Will they transfer from my school? What classes should I take?

Transfer students have the opportunity to bring up to two years of college credit from another institution to SCAD. Once a student applies, he or she should send official transcripts from every college attended to his or her admission adviser. The adviser will have the transcripts evaluated, and a transfer credit report will be made within two weeks after an admission decision has been made. In addition, the transfer adviser will work with the applicants to decide which classes to take at their local college that will transfer to SCAD. Transfer evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis.

Do you accept dual enrollment?

Yes, we accept dual-enrollment credits. If the student hasn't graduated from high school but has taken college coursework, he or she will still apply as a freshman, but the college transcripts will be reviewed for credit after he or she has applied and has been assigned to an adviser.

What should be included in a visual portfolio?

Visual portfolios should include between 10 to 20 pieces of a student's best work. See the full list of visual portfolio guidelines at

What type of portfolio can I submit and how do I do it?

Applicants may submit a visual portfolio, a writing portfolio, a riding portfolio or an audition. Portfolios should be uploaded to Please review the portfolio guidelines for additional information at

How do I submit my portfolio?

Applicants should submit portfolios using the online file management system SlideRoom. From, applicants can upload still images, Word documents, digital and multimedia files, and find instructions for creating a corresponding inventory of work in the portfolio (required) including titles, dates, media, dimensions and specific responsibilities on group projects, if applicable. A fee of US$10 is charged by SlideRoom for each portfolio submission. For more information, visit

I am applying as an undergraduate student. Is a portfolio required?

A portfolio isn't required for undergraduate admission, but you are encouraged to submit one for scholarship consideration. It does not have to be related to your intended major and should consist of your very best work. You can learn more at

Are international students eligible for financial aid and scholarships?

Because of U.S. government restrictions, international students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid in the form of personal grants, loans or work-study funds, but university-funded work-study jobs are available at some locations. SCAD offers some scholarships for international students; however, these do not fully cover the cost of tuition or living expenses. International students must have sufficient financial resources for the full course of study.

As an international student, how far in advance do I need to apply?

We suggest that students apply as early as possible to allow for admission processing and to accommodate the visa application process. Our final deadline is 30 days prior to the term that the student wishes to enroll in the university.

Do you have a support center for international students?

Yes, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) staff addresses questions concerning academics, university life, cross-cultural issues, employment, health care, housing, safety, immigration, insurance, scholarships, taxes, travel and personal matters. View for more information.

Where can I learn more about ESL?

The SCAD Language Studio provides English as a second language instruction appropriate to varied student needs, levels and proficiencies. Learn more by visiting the SCAD Language Studio site at