SCAD Summer Seminars offer week long workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Students have the opportunity to gain a valuable educational experience while developing their creative vision through exciting art and design assignments and projects. Participants may attend only one session per location (Atlanta/Savannah).
Students attend two workshops each day, taught by SCAD professors or selected SCAD graduate students. Workshops allow students access to the university's extensive facilities, resources and libraries. The program consists of local field trips, lectures, studio work, and demonstrations. A closing exhibition of student work is held at the end of each session.
Application fee (nonrefundable): $35
All payments must be submitted online. Students who are unable to make an online payment should contact the Summer Seminars office.
The program fee can be paid in one or two installments.
Admission to SCAD Summer Seminars is competitive. Applicants should demonstrate academic strength and social maturity as well as a desire to succeed in the arts.
Application materials should be submitted to the intended SCAD Summer Seminars location. If applying to both locations, all application materials, including the application fee, must be submitted to both locations.
The following application materials are required:
The high school transcript, recommendation and essay should be uploaded to the online application (preferred), or they can be mailed together in one envelope to the intended SCAD Summer Seminars location.
May 1 (priority deadline)
A waiting list is established when all spaces in a SCAD Summer Seminars session are filled. Only students who have been accepted into the program are eligible to be placed on the waiting list. If the preferred session is full, the student may request to be placed on a waiting list. If a space becomes available at least two weeks prior to the start of a session, the student is notified. If the student chooses to accept an available space, all fees are due immediately.
Students who have been accepted into a SCAD Summer Seminars session and have paid their program fee are considered enrolled in the program. SCAD Summer Seminars sessions are limited in size and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by accepted applicants who have paid the program fee. Students who cancel enrollment more than two weeks prior to the start date of their session receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Students who cancel enrollment later than two weeks prior to the start date of their session receive a refund of 80 percent of the program fee. Students who cancel enrollment due to extenuating circumstances may submit a written request for a full refund less the $50 processing fee. Refunds are not granted to students who are dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons.
A limited number of full scholarships are available based on the scholarship nomination application. Students who excel artistically and exhibit financial need are eligible. To be considered, students must be nominated by a teacher or a guidance counselor. A nomination for scholarship consideration does not guarantee a scholarship award. Educators interested in nominating a student for scholarship consideration may contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Savannah) or email@example.com (Atlanta) for the nomination application. Only one nomination per educator is accepted. All educator nominations must be received at SCAD Savannah by March 1, 2013, and must be accompanied by the supporting documents listed below.
A student must have completed the online application and paid the $35 application fee prior to SCAD receiving the scholarship nomination application and supporting documents. In addition to the initial documents required for regular admission, the following items are required for scholarship consideration:
Scholarships include housing, meals, two daily workshops, workshop supplies, social activities and events. Scholarships do not include the application fee, travel expenses, or SCAD transportation to and/or from the airport.
All scholarship nomination applications are reviewed for preliminary qualification at the time the completed application and supporting documents are received. If nominees meet the scholarship criteria and program requirements, the Summer Seminars scholarship selection committee will review their scholarship applications and supporting documents on March 1, 2013. Awardees and their nominating teachers are notified by phone on March 15, 2013.
All Summer Seminars applications are reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis, regardless of scholarship review. As students are accepted to the program, letters of acceptance are emailed. Applicants who have been accepted to the program but are not awarded a scholarship receive email notification by April 1, 2013.
Scholarship nomination applications received after March 1, 2013, are not reviewed for scholarship consideration.
SCAD Challenge Competition Series
Winners of the SCAD Challenge Junior Scholarship Competition are awarded a SCAD Summer Seminars scholarship. View information about the SCAD Challenge submission guidelines and requirements.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SCAD Summer Seminars. Atlanta and Savannah are easily accessible by airplane, train, bus and automobile. A shuttle service is available for $25 (nonrefundable), providing transportation to and from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and SCAD Savannah, or the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and SCAD Atlanta. Shuttle service is offered on check-in and checkout days at specific times. Students should not make travel arrangements until written confirmation of acceptance has been received. Transportation is not provided between SCAD locations.
SCAD Summer Seminars students are permitted to bring cars, but these must remain in SCAD parking lots during the program. Students are not permitted to drive cars during the program. Transportation to and from class and activities is provided.
Students arrive and check in at the residence hall between 4 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, the first day of the program. International students may arrive one day before check-in but must notify the SCAD Summer Seminars office at least three weeks prior to the start of their session.
Residential students must vacate assigned rooms by 10 a.m. on Saturday, the last day of the program.
The program offers double occupancy housing in a SCAD residence hall. Rooms are equipped with beds, drafting tables and private baths. Bed and bath linens are not provided; however, linens are available for purchase during online program fee payment. Each student is assigned a roommate; no exceptions are made.
A professional residence director and resident assistants supervise students in the residence hall.
All students are assigned a resident assistant at check-in. Each RA is responsible for a group of students and reports to a professional residence director. Security guards are posted at the residence hall entrance 24 hours a day. A current SCAD ID card is required for access to any SCAD building/residence hall.
Residential students are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday in a SCAD dining hall. Dinner is provided Sunday; continental breakfast is provided on Saturday. Commuting students are provided lunch Monday through Friday.
Lunch for students who arrive early on Sunday is not included, but may be available for purchase.
SCAD Summer Seminars students have limited free time. At 7 p.m., students are required to be in the residence hall for the evening activity. After 11 p.m., students are required to be in their assigned rooms. Between workshops, students have lunch and are encouraged to participate in planned activities that may include campus tours, academic program demonstrations, cultural outings, shopping and social events.
Smoking is prohibited at SCAD Summer Seminars and in all SCAD facilities, including classroom buildings and residence hall rooms/hallways.
SCAD maintains a zero tolerance policy for all illegal activities, including possession or use of drugs or alcohol. At the discretion of the university, any student in violation of policies or otherwise creating an unsafe or unproductive climate is dismissed from the program.
Only family members and other SCAD Summer Seminars students are permitted to visit in the residence hall. Overnight guests are not permitted.
Workshops may include demonstrations, lectures, studio work and local field trips. Students have access to SCAD's extensive facilities, resources and libraries. Supplies are provided. Students participate in two different workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Families are invited to view student work from all workshops displayed at a closing exhibition Friday evening. Details are provided at check-in.
Students select workshops online after they are admitted to the program and the initial online program fee payment is submitted. Students are placed according to availability and receipt of the initial program fee. Students are notified of their workshop placement approximately two weeks prior to the start of their session.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Phone: 912.525.5100 or 800.869.7223
SCAD Summer Seminars Savannah
P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
Phone: 404.253.2700 or 877.722.3285
SCAD Summer Seminars Atlanta
P.O. Box 77300
Atlanta, GA 30357