Summer Seminar registration

Admission requirements

Admission to SCAD Summer Seminars is competitive. Applicants should demonstrate academic strength and social maturity as well as a desire to succeed in the arts.

Application materials should be submitted to the intended SCAD Summer Seminars location. If applying to both locations, all application materials, including the application fee, must be submitted to both locations.

The following application materials are required and must be received by May 1:

  • Completed online application
  • $40 application fee
  • High school transcript; official is preferred (include Fall 2012 grades)
  • One recommendation. The recommendation should be completed by a teacher-preferably of art. Recommendations from family members or friends are not considered.
  • Essay no longer than one page discussing your long-term goals as an artist and how the SCAD Summer Seminars program can help you achieve these goals.

The high school transcript, recommendation, and essay should be uploaded to the online application (preferred), or they can be mailed together in one envelope to the intended SCAD Summer Seminars location.

Application deadlines

March 1

  • Scholarship nomination application (if applicable) and all required documents

May 1 (Priority deadline)

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee ($40)
  • Supporting documents (Essay, recommendation, and transcript)

Still accepting applications to both locations and all sessions, after May 15.

May 15

  • Program fee (residential and nonresidential)

After May 15, completed application files are reviewed on a space-available basis. All programs fees must be paid in full, immediately, once you are notified of acceptance.

Waiting list

A waiting list is established when all spaces in a SCAD Summer Seminars session are filled. Only students who have been accepted into the program are eligible to be placed on the waiting list. If the preferred session is full, the student may request to be placed on a waiting list. If a space becomes available at least two weeks prior to the start of a session, the student is notified. If the student chooses to accept an available space, all fees are due immediately.

Cancellation/refund policy

Students who have been accepted into a SCAD Summer Seminars session and have paid their program fee are considered enrolled in the program. SCAD Summer Seminars sessions are limited in size and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by accepted applicants who have paid the program fee. Students who cancel enrollment more than two weeks prior to the start date of their session receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Students who cancel enrollment later than two weeks prior to the start date of their session receive a refund of 80 percent of the program fee. Students who cancel enrollment due to extenuating circumstances may submit a written request for a full refund less the $50 processing fee. Refunds are not granted to students who are dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons.


A limited number of full scholarships are available based on the scholarship nomination application. Students who excel artistically and exhibit financial need are eligible. To be considered, students must be nominated by a teacher or a guidance counselor. A nomination for scholarship consideration does not guarantee a scholarship award. Educators interested in nominating a student for scholarship consideration may contact via eamil for Savannah or Atlanta for the nomination application. Only one nomination per educator is accepted. All educator nominations must be received at SCAD Savannah by March 1, 2013, and must be accompanied by the supporting documents listed below.

A student must have completed the online application and paid the $40 application fee prior to SCAD receiving the scholarship nomination application and supporting documents. In addition to the initial documents required for regular admission, the following items are required for scholarship consideration:

One-page essay from the parent/guardian or student explaining why financial assistance is needed to attend the SCAD Summer Seminars program

One-page résumé outlining the student's extracurricular activities, clubs or employment

Two to three samples of completed artwork that best represent the student as an artist. All media are accepted; however, only 8-by-10 copies of the pieces or JPEG images, 300 dpi, should be included. Original artwork is not accepted and will not be returned; color works should be represented by a color copy or JPEG images; 3-D pieces should have multiple views of the artwork and be labeled accordingly (front, back, side, above, etc.). Label all copies or the CD with the student's name and the title of the work.

Scholarships include housing, meals, two daily workshops, workshop supplies, social activities and events. Scholarships do not include the application fee, travel expenses, or SCAD transportation to and/or from the airport.

All scholarship nomination applications are reviewed for preliminary qualification at the time the completed application and supporting documents are received. If nominees meet the scholarship criteria and program requirements, the Summer Seminars scholarship selection committee will review their scholarship applications and supporting documents on March 1, 2013. Awardees and their nominating teachers are notified by phone on March 15, 2013.

All Summer Seminars applications are reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis, regardless of scholarship review. As students are accepted to the program, letters of acceptance are emailed. Applicants who have been accepted to the program but are not awarded a scholarship receive email notification by April 1, 2013.

Scholarship nomination applications received after March 1, 2013, are not reviewed for scholarship consideration.

SCAD Challenge competition series

Winners of the SCAD Challenge Junior Scholarship Competition are awarded a SCAD Summer Seminars scholarship. View information about the SCAD Challenge submission guidelines and requirements.