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Letter from the president

Welcome! SCAD is the most comprehensive, accredited nonprofit art and design university in the United States. SCAD students can combine their studies in more than 40 majors, and more than 75 minors, at our locations in the U.S., Europe, and online via SCAD eLearning. The university celebrates the unique character of each location, where classrooms and residences are designed for utility, beauty, and security.

In Savannah, Georgia, SCAD students live and work in revitalized buildings ranging from a 19th-century synagogue to an antebellum railroad depot in the heart of the city’s National Historic Landmark District, near the Atlantic coast. North of Savannah, SCAD’s urban location in Atlanta, Georgia, flourishes amid the tenth-largest film and television market in the United States. Notable among SCAD Atlanta resources is the Digital Media Center, a 60,000-square-foot center featuring high-end television production sets and multi-camera sound stages. Across the ocean, SCAD Lacoste facilities — in a medieval village sited in the Provençal region of France — date from the ninth to the 19th centuries. 

At all locations, students learn from renowned professors and gain real-world experience through sponsored projects. SCAD professors are experienced educators who have won AIA awards, Cannes Jury Prizes, and Fulbright Scholarships; exhibited at the MoMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and had their work featured in Esquire, Architectural Digest, and Vanity Fair. SCAD students also learn from special guests and extraordinary professional partners. In fact, SCADpro – our innovation studio — has partnered in more than 500 collaborations with leading companies, including many ranked in the Fortune 100.

At SCAD, students experience holistic wellbeing. SCAD offers nationally ranked men’s and women’s athletics programs including cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Volunteerism is also integral to campus life. Through SERVE, SCAD’s student-led community service organization, SCAD students uplift hospital patients through art, donate their spring break to aid communities in need, mentor local school children, and more.

Internships and career coaching are very important at SCAD. All SCAD students share a legacy of success as the winners of Academy Awards, Emmys, and Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; the founders of successful businesses; and the leaders of top firms and brands. And, as a study of the spring Class of 2018 demonstrates, the demand for SCAD alumni continues: 99 percent are employed and/or pursuing further education within 10 months of graduation.

SCAD commands global recognition. Since 20017, DesignIntelligence (DI) has ranked the SCAD interior design undergraduate and graduate programs number one a total of 15 times. In 2019, for the third consecutive year, The Rookies recognized SCAD as the #1 school for 3D Motion Media Design. Please join us at SCAD, and contribute to The University for Creative Careers.

Ars longa, vita brevis,

Paula S. Wallace
SCAD president and founder