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Graduate admission information

Students who have graduated or anticipate graduating from a four-year college and wish to enroll in a graduate program at SCAD should complete the graduate application.

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Getting started at SCAD as a graduate student




Log in to MyAdmission


Submit your documents

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an invitation to log in to MyAdmission. An admission adviser will be assigned to you to help guide you through the remaining steps.

What documents will I need to submit?

Below is a list of materials you will need to submit as a graduate applicant. These documents can be submitted at any time to your adviser via email, standard mail, and in some cases, online.

The application process

SCAD accepts new applications throughout the year. There is no deadline to apply. Admission decisions typically take between two and four weeks, and applicants should apply at least 30 days before their intended term of entry.

New students may enroll:

  • Fall quarter (begins in September)
  • Winter quarter (begins in January)
  • Spring quarter (begins in March)
  • Summer quarter (begins in June)


Portfolios are required for graduate admission. Your portfolio should be specific to your intended course of study and should present your best work samples as professionally as possible.

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Financial aid and scholarships

SCAD assists students who need help paying for college through scholarships and information on federal and private loans, grants, work-study programs and more.

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International student admission information

International students from more than 100 countries attend SCAD to learn and create as part of a diverse community of artists and designers.

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Graduate admission with preliminary coursework

Graduate applicants who are academically qualified but need additional practical skills, contextual knowledge, or studio work may be asked to complete preliminary coursework to prepare for the rigorous specialized disciplines offered at SCAD.

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Continuing your education at SCAD

The application fee and enrollment fee are waived for SCAD and Atlanta College of Art alumni accepted into a SCAD degree program, and their SCAD transcript may be requested by SCAD admission at no charge.


What's next?

Once you have been accepted to SCAD, you must pay a one-time nonrefundable enrollment fee in order to reserve your space and confirm your intent to enroll at the university. Payments can be submitted online at

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Join in special events for prospective students

SCAD offers a number of options for prospective students and their families to explore locations, discover programs, and meet faculty and current students.

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Experience SCAD from wherever you are

Our virtual tour guides are eager to show you more about our international locations. Enjoy an inside look into what makes SCAD the university for creative careers.

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