Rising Star 2012, architecture

SCAD Rising Star courses

SCAD Rising Star students participate in one or two five-quarter credit hour courses taught by SCAD faculty. By successfully completing these courses, participants earn college credits toward a SCAD degree or may transfer credits to other accepting institutions.

Virtual courses

SCAD Rising Star virtual courses offer students an unparalleled academic experience with access to immersive academic resources, one-on-one guidance from renowned instructors, and experience working with like-minded artists and designers.

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Course selection

Upon acceptance to SCAD Rising Star, students are asked to indicate their preference of courses. Students are placed in courses based upon receipt of the $250 program fee, which counts toward the cost of tuition, and space availability. Placement in the student's top selections is not guaranteed.

Courses may include demonstrations, lectures, studio work, and local field trips. Students also have access to the university's extensive resources, from cutting-edge studios to vast libraries.

Recommended course pairings:

  • Two foundation studies courses
  • Two general education courses
  • Foundation studies course + general education course
  • Foundation studies course + major-specific course
  • General education course + major-specific course


Upon successful completion of the program, each student earns 5 or 10 quarter hours of college credit that may be applied toward a bachelor's degree at SCAD or another college or university. Course credits are applied to degree requirements at the discretion of the accepting institution. Professors evaluate academic performance and artistic progress at the conclusion of the program.


SCAD Rising Star students are responsible for purchasing their own class supplies. Supply expenses vary by course. A list of supplies is provided with each student's specific course schedule and supplies may be purchased at the SCAD bookstore. Photography students must possess a digital camera, with a minimum 6.1-megapixel capability. Students should not purchase supplies for any class until they have been admitted to the program and receive their course schedule, as classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon payment of the program fee.

Enrollment after SCAD Rising Star

In response to SAT and ACT testing sites closing across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCAD will waive the SAT/ACT test requirement for admission consideration through Fall 2021. The university will now be test-optional, meaning students may choose to submit test scores if available, but applications from students without test scores will also be considered. The lack of test scores will not impact the university's evaluation of a student's application or scholarship consideration.

Students who participate in SCAD Rising Star will gain valuable experience, as well as build and enhance their portfolio, all while refining their skills under the guidance and instruction of SCAD faculty. Satisfactory completion of SCAD Rising Star with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher may qualify students for admission to SCAD for further undergraduate study if they have submitted all required first-time freshman application materials (including standardized test scores in the form of an official SAT or ACT report for U.S. citizens).

These students also may be invited to continue their SCAD Rising Star experience as SCAD joint enrollment students. Through joint enrollment, students take one online course each quarter with other freshmen; eligible students may earn up to 25 quarter hours of credit. Students who wish to be considered for early admission should contact the admission department.


SCAD Rising Star
P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402
912.525.5100 or 800.869.7223
[email protected]