Early enrollment at SCAD

SCAD offers a variety of ways for highly motivated students to begin their college education early through joint enrollment opportunities, SCAD eStar courses or the omission of their senior year of high school.

Begin your SCAD journey while in high school

Immerse yourself in the creative environment of a leading art and design university by taking advantage of early-enrollment opportunities and pre-college programs at SCAD. Some students may be eligible to earn college credit, launching their university careers that much sooner.

Joint enrollment

High school students 16 years of age or older who wish to be admitted for joint enrollment on a part-time basis during their junior or senior years must apply using the application process for first-time freshmen and must be recommended for joint enrollment by a counselor and a teacher. In addition, joint enrollment applicants should meet or exceed normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Joint enrollment is on a space-available basis. Courses are not intended to fulfill high school graduation requirements; they do carry college-level credit and may be used in fulfillment of a certificate or degree program if the student applies and is accepted as a degree-seeking student. Joint enrolled students may be considered for scholarships, but are not eligible for federal or state financial aid and may not reside in university housing while joint enrolled. Joint enrolled students who have taken courses on a nondegree-seeking basis and wish to become degree-seeking must reapply to SCAD and fulfill the application requirements in effect for degree-seeking students.

Omitting senior year

Applicants are encouraged to complete high school or earn a GED certificate before attending SCAD. However, students with exceptional motivation and ability may be admitted early if they meet certain requirements.

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SCAD eStar: Take college-level courses online before graduating high school

High school and home-school students who meet or exceed the admission criteria for joint enrollment may be eligible for the SCAD eStar program. 

Through SCAD eStar, students can receive college credit by taking college-level courses online while still in high school. Participating students may also be eligible for reduced tuition through eLearning pre-college scholarships offered by SCAD.

For more information, contact SCAD admission at [email protected] or 800.869.7223.

eStar courses

Courses offered may vary.

  • ANAT 100 General Anatomy
  • ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ADBR 150 Introduction to Advertising: Concept to Content
  • CTXT 121 Visual Culture in Context: Caves to Cathedrals
  • CTXT 122 Visual Culture in Context: Age of Exploration to Postmodernity
  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
  • DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
  • DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
  • DSGN 102 Design II: 3-D Form in Space
  • DIGI 130 Digital Communication
  • ENGL 123 Ink to Ideas: Critical Concepts in Literature and Writing
  • MATH 100 College Mathematics
  • PHIL 202 World Religions
  • PHOT 113 Camera Exploration and Technique
  • POLS 100 Politics in America: Freedom, Equality and Power
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • WRIT 255 Business and Professional Writing


Pre-college summer programs

SCAD offers summer programs for high school students of all ages to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world.

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