Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught on the quarter system, with most courses carrying five hours of academic credit. Each five-credit course meets for at least two and one-half hours twice weekly for a total of five hours weekly for 10 weeks. The academic year includes four quarters and students may enroll each quarter, including the summer quarter; however, course offerings may be limited in the summer. Students should expect to spend a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of direct faculty instruction in class, including internships, independent studies and studio work. Students enrolled in SCAD eLearning courses should expect to spend a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work to manage course content and complete assignments for each hour of participation in the digital classroom.