- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
- National Architectural Accrediting Board
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation
- Georgia Professional Standards Commission
- South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
- American Academy in Rome
- Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
- Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education
- eLearning Guild
- Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- Sloan Consortium
- Southeastern College Art Conference
- U.S. Distance Learning Association
SCAD is the first art and design university to receive the Instructional Technology Council's award for Outstanding Distance Education Program and the rank of Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning from the Sloan Consortium. Sloan C is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education.
Other recognition for SCAD eLearning includes:
- Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award, United States Distance Learning Association
- Outstanding Student Services Award, Instructional Technology Council
- Outstanding Online Course Awards, Instructional Technology Council
- Silver Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming, United States Distance Learning Association
- Technology Innovation Certificate of Merit, National Academic Advising Association
- Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary Course Award Finalist
The largest among art and design universities, SCAD's extensive, professional faculty is empowered to do more for students than ever before. Teaching both on-ground and online courses, faculty members act as the catalysts of collaboration-among programs, with faculty and students from other disciplines, and among other industry professionals.
Members of the SCAD faculty have gained national and international recognition as winners of Academy and Emmy Awards, best-selling authors, Fulbright scholars, U.S. patent holders, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship recipients, LEED-accredited professionals and AIGA award winners. With an annual retention rate of 96 percent, SCAD professors are deeply committed to the students, mission and values of SCAD, and are passionate and engaging experts in their fields.
Professor Trudy Abadie recently received the 2011 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award - Bronze from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Presentation of this award took place at the 2011 USDLA Annual International Awards Ceremony as part of the national conference.
Online undergraduate degrees Online graduate degrees
- Arts Administration, M.A.
- Graphic Design, M.A., M.F.A.
- Historic Preservation, M.A.
- Illustration, M.A.
- Illustration Design, M.A.
- Interactive Design and Game Development, M.A., M.F.A.
- Interior Design, M.A.
- Motion Media Design, M.A.
- Painting, M.A., M.F.A. (limited residency)
- Photography, M.A.
- Teaching (Art or Drama), M.A.T.
Courses begin and end on a 10-week schedule to coincide with on-site courses at all SCAD locations. Blended learning or limited residency options may be available.
Undergraduate degree programs
Requiring no specific meeting times, eLearning courses follow SCAD's academic calendar. Students complete assignments by designated due dates and participate in asynchronous online class sessions to meet, assess and critique work and expand upon discussion board postings. The Blackboard learning management system, which provides students access to their eLearning courses, is available through the MySCAD digital portal. Professors post presentations and lectures in the Virtual Lecture Hall.
are designed to challenge students to perform at a high level, preparing them for professional careers. A well-rounded curriculum provides students with core courses in foundation studies and general education leading to focused major programs emphasizing development of academic knowledge, technical and analytical skills, aesthetic sensibility, and the ability to express ideas visually and verbally.
Graduate degree programs
are designed for dedicated, self-motivated students who are committed to the pursuit of excellence through advanced study. Graduate curricula are structured to address the literature of the discipline and to ensure ongoing student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences. The graduate experience culminates in student teaching or in a thesis or final project demonstrating a mature and resolved body of work and/or research.
are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Designed to provide special preparation in an area complementary to a student's major or profession, certificate programs are comprised of four or five courses taken in a suggested sequence. Coursework completed as part of a certificate program may be applied to some SCAD degree programs.
SCAD supports and enhances the educational experience of eLearning students. Student success advisers provide academic advising while career counselors offer students individual guidance about professional pathways, résumés, portfolios, interviews and job-search strategies.
Students have online access to one of the largest art and design library systems
in the United States, including the Visual Resource Center, which provides more than 70,000 reference images. Through the library's searchable online catalog, eLearning students can select materials to borrow, which are delivered priority U.S. mail with return postage paid. An online bookstore is also available for ordering textbooks.
SCAD eLearning students have numerous opportunities to participate in university life. The Virtual Lecture Hall and SCAD.tv
provide an online video library of events and lectures taking place at SCAD locations, in addition to webcasts and other Web-based media coverage of signature events such as the Savannah Film Festival
, the annual student fashion show
and the Sidewalk Arts Festival
. eCampus staff organize events and extracurricular activities to ensure eLearning students are connected with the SCAD community and technical support services are provided by online specialists. SCAD eLearning staff organizes events and extracurricular activities to ensure that eLearning students are connected with the SCAD community and eLearning specialists provide comprehensive technical support services.
SCAD's relationships with major companies and industry leaders translates to job opportunities for students. SCAD alumni are employed by many of the top companies, organizations and brands in the world, including Apple, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, DC Comics, DreamWorks, ESPN, Google, National Geographic and more.
College Central, SCAD's online job portal, provides access to listings for approximately 500,000 jobs and 20,000 internships. Access to the site is exclusive to SCAD students and alumni, and is available to them permanently at no cost. SCAD also maintains a private, growing database of more than 5,000 employers throughout the world. Annually, hundreds of national and international companies and organizations recruit SCAD students and alumni. In 2011, more than 2,000 SCAD students and alumni attended the annual SCAD Career Fair, where more than 130 employers interviewed students, viewed portfolios and discussed career opportunities at their companies. For more information, visit scad.edu/careers