SCAD facts


In 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter.


Type of institution

Private, nonprofit, accredited


Paula Wallace




Gold and black

Areas of study

More than 40 majors and more than 75 minors

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SCAD is committed to the ideal that academic pursuits should be the top priority for all student-athletes.

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Housing and dining

SCAD has housing and dining facilities in Savannah, Atlanta, and Lacoste.

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More than 15,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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2020-21 academic year
Undergraduate: $37,575 
Graduate: $38,475 

Faculty and staff

SCAD employs nearly 1,900 full- and part-time employees. Of the nearly 700 full- and part-time faculty, 76 percent have earned a terminal degree.

Auxiliary services

Exhibition spaces

SCAD has six galleries in Savannah and two galleries in Atlanta.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design libraries are focal points for information, learning, inspiration and research.

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Student media

Student media sponsors student-run, online news sources and radio stations in Atlanta and Savannah.

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Community service

The SCAD community volunteers time and talent in support of organizations such as the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, Center for Pupperty Arts, United Way of the Coastal Empire, American Cancer Society and many others.


SERVE is the Savannah College of Art and Design's student-led community service initiative. Student service coordinators facilitate programs that serve local communities while offering students opportunities to gain valuable life skills. SCAD students work with local agencies in a spirit of cooperation while learning the importance of networking, recruiting, project planning, decision-making, promotion, delegating responsibilities and more.

Alternative Spring Break

This is a community-service road trip during SCAD's spring break during which SCAD students volunteer their time to help meet needs in another community. Past ASB groups have traveled to locations including New Orleans, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Cherokee, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Caretta, West Virginia; and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Book Buddies

Book Buddies is a mentoring and reading program in which SCAD students meet weekly with children from Garrison Elementary School, East Broad Elementary School, Union Mission, and Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that exists to offer safe and affordable housing to low-income families. SERVE works with the Coastal Empire chapter to offer regular workdays. During these workdays, students gets hands-on experience building a house from the ground up.

H.E.Art for Humanity

H.E.Art, or (Healing and Education through Art), works with cancer survivors at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health in Savannah. This project allows students to spend time with patients by doing arts and crafts to liven their day and ease patients of their anxieties at the hospital.

Kids Café

Kids Café is a community-service program that visits charitable organizations and engage students in art projects with local children. 

Pet Project

Pet Project visits Savannah Animal Control and gives students the opportunity to socialize with dogs and cats in order for the animals to be more easily adopted by future pet owners.

Special events

Participants volunteer throughout the Savannah community ranging from bagging groceries for the elderly, cleaning up the streets of Savannah and Tybee Island, helping with the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, planting trees with the Savannah Tree Foundation, and much more.

Public safety data and information

The need to ensure the safety and security of students, faculty and staff is the foremost priority at SCAD. As such, SCAD strives to provide the university community with a safest possible environment.

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