Press Release / Sept. 1

Groundbreaking integrated path to architectural licensure coming to SCAD

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced an upcoming enhancement to its architectural program that will include an integrated path to architectural licensure in response to a 2014-2015 qualification and proposal process from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

“SCAD is honored to be partnering with NCARB to inaugurate a momentous new era in architectural education. Integration is the real key. The reciprocal benefits of experiencing education, internship and examination in a fully integrated program amplifies the effects of each individually. The deliberation and care that NCARB’s Licensure Task Force has taken in moving this landmark initiative forward has been exemplary. It underscores not just the magnitude of the task, but their commitment to evolving the profession into the 21st century,” said SCAD’s School of Building Arts Dean, Christian Sottile.

In a joint letter to SCAD, Dennis Ward, NCARB president, and Ronald Blitch, chair of NCARB’s licensure task force, said: “We appreciate the effort and substance of your proposal and its creative integration of experience and examination into your existing, NAAB-accredited curriculum. With the identification of these initial programs, the opportunity to enhance preparation for licensure through a concurrent approach to education, experience, and examination, and reduce the time to licensure, is one step closer to reality.”

The seven-year academic track, which will involve students in professional internships during each summer quarter, has already received enthusiastic support from partnering architectural firms, including HKS, Perkins+Will, OMA and many others. It has also received the endorsement of local and regional components of the American Institute of Architects, including AIA Georgia and AIA Savannah, as well as the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers.

“The integrated path to licensure is fully aligned with the university’s mission to prepare talented students for professional careers,” said Ivan Chow, AIA, NCARB, Director of the School of Building Arts. “It allows students to begin accumulating Internship Development Program hours the summer after they complete their first year of their B.F.A. curriculum.”

In addition, the 3-year Master of Architecture segment of the track will incorporate preparation for and completion of all six sections of Architectural Registration Examination, thus allowing successful students to become licensed upon graduation from SCAD.

This groundbreaking academic track at SCAD is expected to be launched in the fall of 2016 with the first students enrolling in the program expected to graduate in 2023 as licensed architects.

About SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional cpeers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With over 30,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 12,000 students, from across the United States and more than 100 countries.

SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including Time, Vogue Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

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