Press Release / Nov. 12, 2015

SCAD interior design programs ranked No. 1 in the nation

SCAD undergraduate and graduate interior design students work on groundbreaking projects and collaborative global design challenges through SCAD's Collaborative Learning Center. Image courtesy of SCAD.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today announced the university's undergraduate and graduate interior design programs have been named No. 1 in the nation for 2016 by DesignIntelligence. This is the fifth consecutive year that SCAD's undergraduate interior design program has been awarded the top ranking on the annual "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools" list. SCAD has led the annual list from 2012 to 2016.

DesignIntelligence, the publication and rankings body of the Design Futures Council, has led industry-driven rankings in design disciplines for more than 15 years. The group's research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of deans and chairs from academic programs across the nation and leading practitioners with direct experience hiring and supervising recent design graduates. The rankings determine which schools are best preparing their students for success in design-related professions.

"SCAD’s success is by design," said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. "The clear vision and noted accomplishments of our interior design faculty, students and alumni consistently earn these well-deserved praises. High five to SCAD interior design!"

In September, SCAD announced an upcoming enhancement to its architectural program that will include an integrated path to architectural licensure in response to a 2015 Request for Proposal from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. This groundbreaking academic track at SCAD is anticipated to launch in the fall of 2016 with the first students enrolling in the program expected to graduate in 2023 as licensed architects.

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 careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. SCAD also offers minors in more than 60 disciplines. With 32,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD is known as a thought leader, preparing graduates for professional success.

At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of more than 12,000 students, from across the United States and over 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. Curricular collaborations with companies and organizations including Google and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) affirm the professional currency SCAD champions in its degree programs.

The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including five consecutive years of No. 1 rankings for the undergraduate interior design program by DesignIntelligence, 2015 ranking among the top five universities in the Americas and Europe by Red Dot, and the No. 1 graduate fashion program in the U.S. as determined by London-based Business of Fashion.

For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

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Ally Hughes
SCAD Director of University Communications


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