Preserve the past while securing your future

Enter a lauded community of preservationists located in the world’s preeminent example of adaptive reuse

Across the globe, preservation designers spearhead the adaptive reuse of historically significant buildings, repurposing them to meet contemporary and future needs while honoring their past to create a richer local fabric. As a preservation design student at SCAD, you will develop the skills and strategies to lead the transformation of these burgeoning communities via a studio-based and digital-focused curriculum drawing directly from the university’s international recognition as a model for preservation and design.

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Preservation design degrees

SCAD's preservation design degrees are offered in Savannah and online via eLearning.

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Savannah is the place to study preservation design

Study preservation design in Savannah, one of America’s most significant National Historic Landmark Districts, where your work with local historic architecture and projects with major partners like the ICAA form the lessons of modern preservation. You’ll gain real-world experience balancing business demands, local priorities, sustainability, and the value of heritage.

Recent efforts in the local area include:

  • First African Baptist Church | Savannah, Georgia
  • Victorian District | Savannah, Georgia
  • Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery | Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • United Asbury Methodist Church | Savannah, Georgia
  • Planned Historic District | Springfield, Georgia
  • Groton Plantation | Estill, South Carolina
  • Massie Heritage Center | Savannah, Georgia
  • Historic A.M.E Chapel | Bluffton, South Carolina


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"Working in one of America’s oldest and most unique National Historic Landmark communities prepared me for my current day-to-day projects including ongoing survey and assessment of historic sites and leading workshops on historic archaeology, masonry, and paint and finish treatments."

Jeff MacDonald | M.F.A., historic preservation, 2003 | Historic preservation officer, Virginia City, Montana

Preservation on an international scale

SCAD garners continuous recognition for revitalization efforts around the world. The university has rehabilitated and repurposed more than 100 buildings worldwide since its founding, resulting in more than 70 honors globally, including the adaptive use of the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; La Maison Basse in Lacoste, France; and the historic North Kowloon Magistracy in Hong Kong.

SCAD has been recognized with awards from:

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  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Association for Preservation Technology International (APTi)
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic/Artistc Work
  • National Council for Preservation Education
  • International Downtown Association
  • The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF)
  • Congress for the New Urbanism


Become a well-rounded preservationist

Many programs at SCAD complement each other, giving you the option to explore multiple majors and diversify your skills. Learn how Chuck Chewning (B.F.A., historic preservation and interior design, 1986) used his two degrees to achieve international success.

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Related majors and minors

As a preservation design student, you can explore courses that compliment your studies in programs like urban design, architectural history, sustainability, interior design, museum studies, and more. Expand your understanding of the built environment and creative reuse of historic buildings further by pursuing a double major or minor.

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