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(Updated 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Apr. 28)

Coronavirus procedures

SCAD recommends any student exhibiting symptoms to immediately contact a health care provider. Students should not enter a SCAD building if they are exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID-19, according to the CDC. Savannah- and Atlanta-area students can search available testing sites through the Georgia Department of Public Health. Students should follow CDC guidelines related to quarantine and isolation, and can consult with the SCAD Department of University Safety for additional guidance.

Students living in a SCAD residence hall or using university facilities who fall into categories defined by the CDC for quarantine or isolation should immediately contact University Safety for guidance on next steps. They may be reached in Savannah at 912.525.4500 and in Atlanta at 404.253.3333. This will allow us to help arrange for self-quarantine, isolation, or other actions, as well as to begin contact tracing in an effort to keep our university community safe.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must meet qualifications based on CDC guidelines to return to SCAD or end isolation if living in a residence hall. If an on- or off-campus student has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, they will not be allowed in any SCAD buildings. They are to contact the SCAD Security Operations Center (912.525.4500 in Savannah and 404.253.3333 in Atlanta), who will then contact the Dean of Students and create an incident report for reporting purposes. Asymptomatic students who test negative but who have been exposed to someone who tested positive should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure date.

Students should inform the Dean of Students at their respective location if they have a sick family member at home or are living with someone who has COVID-19. Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive should follow the advice of a health care professional. Students in this situation who live in SCAD residence halls must immediately inform SCAD University Safety, take a test for the virus, and begin self-quarantine until the test results are received.

SCAD'S Contact Tracing team stay in frequent communication with students in quarantine and isolation,  allowing for tracking, notification, and connecting the student with testing and health care resources.

The SCAD attendance policy allows for four missed class sessions, or about two weeks. Students should contact their faculty to inform them of the situation if they are unable to participate according to course guidelines.

Employees affected by the virus, either directly or indirectly, should contact SCAD Benefits at [email protected]. Employee resources and procedures for coronavirus can be found in MySCAD.

Students may direct any additional questions to the Dean of Students for their respective SCAD location by emailing [email protected] for SCAD Savannah or [email protected] for SCAD Atlanta.

Health and COVID-19


  • Face coverings are required on all SCAD property, whether inside or outside, except for individual living spaces.
  • All individuals who wish to enter a SCAD building are required to undergo a temperature screening prior to entering.
  • Any individual who registers an elevated temperature during a screening is asked to step aside to a designated waiting area outside of every SCAD building where they wait a few minutes before undergoing a second screening. If the same individual registers an elevated temperature during the second screening, they are asked to return to their residence and await further instructions in a call from the SCAD Contact Tracing team.
  • If the university receives confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, SCAD staff who have completed training through Johns Hopkins University initiate contact tracing. Students, faculty, and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19 are notified as appropriate.
  • Additional temperature check stations are available in high traffic areas for self-monitoring throughout the day.
  • All utilized SCAD spaces are sanitized throughout the day, and SCAD has enhanced procedures for equipment checkout and sanitization.
  • Students and staff should maintain 6 feet of separation in all spaces outside of private rooms, including in common spaces within residential units, as guided by CDC recommendations for physical distancing in congregate housing.

COVID-19 vaccines

  • SCAD remains in communication with the Georgia Department of Public Health regarding the availability of vaccines and distribution guidelines, which are overseen at the state level. All adults in Georgia are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Visit the Georgia Department of Health website often to stay updated on the current status of the distribution process.
  • A walk-in vaccination site at the Savannah Civic Center operated by Hospice Savannah is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can also be made via Hospice Savannah.
  • The university encourages all members of the SCAD community to become vaccinated as soon as they are able.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will not be required for students, faculty, or staff to return to work or study at a SCAD location.

In Atlanta:
Vaccines are available to eligible residents of Fulton County, where SCAD Atlanta is located, at the Fulton County Board of Public Health. Additionally, vaccines are available at many local pharmacies and medical facilities by appointment. Residents in surrounding counties can also find vaccine information online.

In Savannah:
Vaccines are available to eligible residents at the Coastal Health District's vaccination sites. In addition, many pharmacies and local medical facilities have vaccines available by appointment. Individuals who meet the current eligibility criteria and wish to be vaccinated should schedule their appointment in advance.

For SCAD faculty and staff:

  • COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive in Georgia in limited supply. The Georgia Department of Public Health is responsible for determining the exact vaccine dose allotments distributed to each registered provider. Once SCAD receives its allotment, faculty and staff who choose to be vaccinated at a SCAD location will be contacted by email with further instructions on scheduling their appointments.
  • Although the university is a registered vaccine provider for its employees in the state of Georgia, SCAD faculty and staff who meet the state's eligibility requirements may choose to be vaccinated by another registered provider at an earlier date. To see Georgia's current eligibility requirements and to locate available vaccination sites, visit the Georgia Department of Health website.

SCAD students, faculty, and staff who have been fully vaccinated should follow CDC guidance on continuing precautions to protect the health of others, including:

  • Wearing a well-fitted mask, practicing social distancing, and adhering to other prevention measures while in public or when visiting unvaccinated people (including from multiple households) who are at increased risk for COVID-19, or people who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for COVID-19.
  • Avoid medium- or large-size in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Masks are still required in SCAD classrooms and common areas.

COVID-19 testing

  • The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

Atlanta COVID-19 Testing Options

  • SCAD Atlanta will offer limited testing on campus on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 307, starting Thursday, April 1. The tests will be administered by Atlanta Urgent Care at Peachtree medical staff. Register for an appointment and select the day and time for your test. Students should complete the New Patient Form prior to first test appointment and bring insurance information and an ID to their testing appointment.
  • As testing varies by county within the metro Atlanta area, current information on testing sites, locations, and hours is available on the Georgia Department of Health website. Many pharmacies and urgent care centers also offer COVID-19 testing for a fee. COVID-19 testing is covered by many insurance policies.

Savannah COVID-19 Testing Options

  • SCAD Savannah will offer limited testing options on campus on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting Tuesday, March 30.
  • Appointments will be located in Room 210 of the SCAD Museum of Art noon to 2 p.m. and the second-floor conference room of Forage at Victory 2:30–4:30 p.m. Students can register for an appointment and should take their SCAD student ID and insurance information with them to the appointment.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available in Savannah, but locations and hours vary. Refer to the Chatham County Health Department's website for up-to-date information. Be aware that results could take several days or longer depending on demand. Rapid, PCR, and antibody testing is available for a fee at ExperCARE, at 818 Abercorn St. in downtown Savannah, as well as at many local pharmacies and urgent care centers. COVID-19 testing is covered by many insurance policies.

Contact tracing

  • All members of the SCAD Contact Tracing Team have received certification in COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University to ensure adherence to proper contact tracing processes and protection of the confidentiality of the SCAD community.
  • The SCAD Contact Tracing team provides information to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and conducts further tracing of potential on-campus exposures as directed. GDPH is responsible for contact tracing of all off-campus exposures.

Increased sanitization

  • High-touch surfaces (door handles, handrails, elevators, bathrooms, communal seating areas, etc.) in all public areas are sanitized regularly.
  • All utilized SCAD spaces are sanitized throughout the day, and SCAD has enhanced procedures for equipment checkout and sanitization.
  • Surfaces are sanitized with an EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfecting cleaner.
  • All hand soaps in public restrooms are antimicrobial/antibacterial.
  • All employees are expected to sanitize their work area at the beginning and at the close of each work day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are provided in all building lobbies and at all elevator/stair lobbies in multi-story structures.
  • Sanitizing wipes dispensers are provided for all computer labs for self-sanitizing of equipment between uses.

Isolation and quarantine

Isolation is used for persons who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Quarantine is used for asymptomatic persons who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19.


  • Upon notification of a positive case of an on-campus student, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Residence Life and Housing implement their isolation/quarantine plan and notify any suitemates so they can be tested. Housing and Residence Life staff assist in moving the resident(s) to a pre-identified isolation or quarantine area.
  • SCAD ensures that students in isolation or quarantine are supported with the following services:

    • Dining Services: Individually boxed meals are delivered to their residence.
    • Health Services: Transportation to needed health services is provided.
    • Academic Support: The dean of students notifies the appropriate faculty to make necessary accommodations for the student.
  • Students residing off campus who test positive or have been in contact with a positive case work with the Dean of Students Office to determine an isolation and quarantine plan, develop an academic plan, identify needed resources, and maintain communication to determine when the student can return to campus.


  • If an employee needs to isolate or quarantine, they should do so at their primary residence. Isolated and quarantined individuals must follow CDC and GDPH guidance and should notify their supervisors prior to returning to the campus population.

Face coverings

Face coverings are required on all SCAD property, whether inside or outside, except for individual living spaces.

Only individuals who are wearing face coverings will be allowed to enter SCAD buildings and to access university labs, studios, and other resources.

Any individual who is not wearing a face covering while on SCAD property, whether inside or outside, will be asked to leave. Violations will be referred to Student Conduct (or SCAD Human Resources if an employee is in violation) for disciplinary action as appropriate. Access to and continued use of SCAD facilities may be revoked. This does not include individual living spaces.

Cloth face coverings are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when a person wearing one coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. Masks with one-way exhalation valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled through holes in the material. This can allow respiratory droplets to travel outside of a person’s mask and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus to others. Therefore, the CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Students should plan to supply their own face coverings at all times. A limited quantity of reusable masks may be available for purchase at shopSCAD.

Those who cannot wear a cloth face covering for medical reasons should contact Counseling and Student Support Services by emailing [email protected] for SCAD Savannah or [email protected] for SCAD Atlanta. In most circumstances, a plastic face shield is an effective substitute for a cloth face covering.

Disposable face coverings should only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. Employees may also wear a cloth face covering.

Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again.

Face coverings will be required on all SCAD buses, SafeRide shuttles, and other forms of SCAD transportation.

PPE Policies and Guidance:

  • Based on CDC recommendations stated above, SCAD will require face coverings on all SCAD property, indoors and outdoors, except within the following situations:

    • A student’s own private residence hall room.
    • A staff or faculty member's office when there is no one else in the office.

Based on CDC guidance, avoid wearing:

  • Masks that do not fit properly (such as ones that have large gaps or are too loose or too tight)
  • Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as plastic or leather)
  • Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted (such as fabrics that let light pass through)
  • Masks with one layer (such as a bandana)
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents
  • A scarf or ski mask in place of a mask (such as a bandana)


Daily health checks

SCAD students and employees utilizing university spaces must conduct a daily health check and symptom monitoring before attending class or visiting a SCAD building. The daily health check is sent by email daily via Qualtrics.

Students and employees should perform self-temperature checks before entering a SCAD building. All university buildings that students and employees access have required touchless temperature kiosks on-site.

Students and employees should self-assess for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (normal temperatures should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Students and employees should not enter a SCAD building if they are exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID-19, according to the CDC. Students who reside in SCAD housing should immediately notify the SCAD Department of University Safety if they exhibit these symptoms. They may be reached in Savannah at 912.525.4500 and in Atlanta at 404.253.3333. Students should inform the Dean of Students at their respective location if they have a sick family member at home or are living with someone who has COVID-19.

Touchless Temperature Kiosks

SCAD deployed non-touch thermal image screening kiosks at strategic locations on campus.

  1. All individuals seeking access to a SCAD building has their temperature checked prior to gaining entry, ensuring a safe environment for all inside.
  2. Screening does not create bottlenecks, crowding, or other counterproductive results.
  3. Screening does not place personnel at unnecessary risk of exposure.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to have their temperature taken when entering a building.

Hand washing

Regular hand washing is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Complete the following steps each time you wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel.

Bee Well resources

  • Throughout the year, Bee Well offers workshops, group sessions, and individual appointments to foster connection.
  • Bee Well's toll-free number is staffed by licensed SCAD counselors and staff, for SCAD students who need to connect — including those in a crisis situation: 1-877-959-3620
  • Students can also contact SCAD counseling and student support services staff via:

  • Daily and weekly workshops and Zoom offerings (on mindfulness, healthy habits, and more) will be posted and shared through the usual channels, including MySCAD and the above links.
  • To reach a counselor or make an appointment, please contact:


Phone number


Additional info

Savannah 912.525.6971 Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Counselors available 24/7
Atlanta 404.253.3210 Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Counselors available 24/7
After hours and emergencies 912.525.6971   Staffed 24/7

Academic calendar

  • The SCAD Winter 2021 quarter began Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and ends Thursday, March 11, 2021.
  • The SCAD Spring 2021 quarter begins Monday, March 22, 2021, and ends Thursday, May 27, 2021.
  • For more details, please see the academic calendar.

Academic instruction

  • In keeping with the university's announcement made in mid-January, SCAD plans to offer a complete schedule of on-ground courses in both Summer and Fall 2021. Additionally, almost every course will include real-time, virtual instruction via SCADnow. This will provide students the option to attend all classes, with very few exceptions, on-ground and in-person, or virtually, or through a combination of the two. Courses marked with an asterisk and noted in the course title as "ON GROUND ONLY" will meet in a physical SCAD classroom. Virtual attendance is not permitted in these specific courses.
  • While we recognize that most of our students are eager for an in-person SCAD experience, this will allow for those who may be feeling unwell on a given day to stay in their rooms and participate virtually until they are feeling better. It also provides those who may not yet feel ready to make a physical return to campus the opportunity to participate fully from home. No matter how students choose to learn at SCAD, The University for Creative Careers will honor its mission of preparing talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
  • For students enrolled in real-time courses, active participation in live lectures — whether in person or virtually via SCADnow — is the most beneficial form of academic engagement and the best way to demonstrate attendance. However, if students are unable to attend live lectures due to time zone or other individual challenges, they should demonstrate academic engagement and attendance by logging in to the course and participating in academically related activities on at least two separate days per unit/week.
  • The majority of Spring 2021 courses are offered virtually. In addition to supplementing the course with online course content — e.g. presentations, videos, demonstrations, discussion posts, and more — each professor holds virtual lectures during the scheduled class day and time. Students participate in these live sessions, ask questions, and engage with their professor, or access these sessions as recorded lectures. Students complete assignments, participate in discussion posts, and take exams and quizzes according to due dates and deadlines published in the syllabus. While the virtual setting gives 24/7 access to course content, students are expected to log in twice per week, preferably during the scheduled meeting days and time of the original course. Like all online courses, attendance is defined as active participation in academic activities and tracked by your professor through unique academic engagement on at least two separate days of each week.
  • More than 860 sections of the spring schedule include nearly 7,000 on-ground seats. Upper-level courses, including senior capstone, final project, portfolio, professional practices, production, senior collection, graduate studios, and more, will be prioritized for on-ground instruction. These offerings, as well as additional foundation studies and general education courses, will be supplemented with robust virtual learning via SCADnow. On-ground courses will allow for a limited number of students physically present, about 6 to 10 per course, with some larger academic spaces such as university auditoriums and theaters allowing for 20 to 30 students, as determined by SCAD health and safety guidelines.
  • SCAD eLearning courses continue as designed for online learning. These courses guide students through 10 units where coursework is completed in an online environment with interactive course content, discussion posts, assignments, and live sessions for students and professors to meet, collaborate, and critique work. Students participate in all online discussions, submit assignments, post in blogs, take quizzes and exams, and complete other requirements guided by the schedule, due dates, and deadlines of each unit. Attendance is defined as active participation in academic activities and tracked by your professor through unique academic engagement on at least two separate days of each unit.
  • The SCAD Technology Support Center is available. Students, faculty, and staff can contact 912.525.4567 for support.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can also utilize the Web Help Desk or visit MySCAD > Workspace > My IT > FAQs for resources.
  • The university works to keep all students on track for graduation. Students who have questions about their courses are encouraged to work directly with their success advisers, who are available during university business hours.
  • SCAD Libraries are accessible both on-ground and virtually to serve the SCAD community. Building access is managed in accordance with CDC guidelines, and enhanced sanitization protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of the SCAD community. Visit the library web portal,, or email [email protected] for more information.

Academic software

SCAD students have access to an array of software and online resources, allowing them to continue honing their creative talents from any location. The following programs are FREE to all students and will be available for download prior to the start of the quarter. (Note: Some include specific trial periods.)

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Autodesk
  • Cinema 4D (software is free but requires a $2.99 processing fee to Kivuto)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Azure (limited applications)
  • Houdini Apprentice
  • Toon Boom
  • Substance by Adobe
  • Unreal Engine
  • Unity
  • CLO 3D Fashion

In addition, professors will provide software requirements via their course syllabi or during instruction. 

There are both minimum and suggested requirements for each student's computer setup. Individual programs may have additional hardware, software, operating system, and browser requirements. Learn more about technical requirements.

Adobe Certified Associate exams will continue to be available for students interested in taking the test. Certiport has developed a pilot for a temporary solution, Certiport Exams from Home, which allows us to offer ACA exams students can complete on their computers from home. For more information and to register, visit the MySCAD ACA page. Questions? Email [email protected].

Building access

  • Designated SCAD buildings in Savannah and Atlanta are open with limited capacity to students who require access to labs and studios with specialized equipment and other physical resources.
  • SCAD has developed an all-new online resource, the SCAD building and room finder, that provides listings for open academic spaces at SCAD Atlanta and Savannah.
  • With the SCAD building and room finder, students are able to determine the following information before visiting SCAD academic buildings:
    • An up-to-date list of open buildings and access hours at the individual room level
    • Total capacity allowed in each room
    • Available technology resources, including Macs and PCs with the corresponding preloaded software
    • Additional studio resources, where applicable

    Find buildings and rooms
  • Building access is managed in accordance with CDC guidelines, and enhanced sanitization protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of the SCAD community.
  • Entry to buildings is regulated and monitored. Your SCAD Card is required for entry to all buildings, and you may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person.
  • Take note of signage that may modify entry points as entrance or exit only for the flow of overall building traffic.
  • Visitors and guests are not allowed in SCAD buildings until further notice.
  • As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, access to SCAD spaces may be limited to keep the university community safe.
  • Temperature-taking stations are established at the entrance to all buildings.
  • All utilized SCAD spaces are sanitized throughout the day, and SCAD has introduce enhanced procedures for equipment checkout and sanitization.
  • Students and staff will need to maintain 6 feet of separation in all spaces, as guided by CDC recommendations for physical distancing.
  • Face masks are required at all times, except in residence hall units where 6 feet of separation is possible.
  • For more information on steps SCAD is taking to ensure the safety of the entire university community, please refer to the Health and COVID-19 section.

SCAD dining 

SCAD dining services will offer a range of options in Atlanta and Savannah, from fresh meals to-go at dining halls to regular food truck service. Enhanced mobile ordering services and dine-in reservation services will also be available. 

  • All dining facilities offer take-out.
  • Limited dine-in available at select locations by reservation. Download Transact Mobile ordering to make reservations.
  • Serving areas allow for 6 feet of physical separation between students and staff.
  • Temperature-taking stations are established at the entrance to all dining facilities.
  • Staff serve to-go meal boxes to order.
  • Meal plans are required for students living in residence halls, with procedures in place to provide for the safety and health of all students.
  • For more information on steps SCAD is taking to ensure the safety of the entire university community, please refer to the Health and COVID-19 section.

We continue to encourage students to practice good hygiene, wash their hands frequently, and use the hand sanitizer stations located at the entrances of each dining location. Students with questions should email [email protected].

Employee work schedules

Events and meetings

SCAD has developed a robust calendar of virtual events, including:

  • Guests and Gusto talks and masterclasses
  • Academic workshops
  • Career preparation sessions
  • Extended learning opportunities
  • Health and wellness activities hosted by Bee Well

Graduating students

  • SCAD is working to ensure that students on track to graduate are able to complete their remaining courses and requirements.
  • Students who are on track to graduate and who meet all published graduation requirements will graduate.
  • SCAD academic leaders are assessing the registration and remaining graduation requirements of each student on track to graduate.

Residence life

SCAD plans to have all residence halls and dining facilities fully operational for the Fall 2021 quarter. Students who plan to live in SCAD housing will have roommates and suitemates. As students plan to return to on-ground classes for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 quarters, students can prepare to sign up for housing for each of these quarters.

Current SCAD students who plan to live in SCAD housing in Atlanta or Savannah this fall must pay the $500 nonrefundable and nontransferable reservation fee by 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday, April 12.

Paying a housing reservation fee
Students seeking to pay their housing reservation fee for summer or fall quarters can do so via MySCAD. Log in to MySCAD, click the "My Info" tab, and select the "My Student Account online" link. Click "Deposits" in the top menu bar and select the applicable quarter: Summer 2021 (housing reservation fee option available Thursday, April 1) or Fall 2021 (housing reservation fee option available now). Authorized parents can also log into student accounts at

Summer 2021
SCAD currently plans to return to full occupancy for summer quarter. Students who choose to live in SCAD housing should be prepared to have a roommate and suitemates. Students can list preferred roommates or suitemates in their summer housing application. A traditional meal plan is required.

Students interested in living in SCAD housing during summer quarter will be able to pay the $250 nonrefundable and nontransferable housing reservation fee starting Thursday, April 1. Additional details, including housing options, are available on the residence life and housing MySCAD page.

Once the fee is paid, students must wait 24 to 48 hours to receive and complete their summer housing application in MyHousing. Priority is given to students who complete their summer housing application by Saturday, May 1. Housing assignments will be sent out in mid-May. Summer residence halls are FORTY in Atlanta and The Hive in Savannah. Summer quarter move-in is Friday, June 18.

Fall 2021
SCAD currently plans to return to normal occupancy for the 2021-22 (starting Fall 2021) academic year. Students who wish to live in SCAD housing should be prepared to have roommates, suitemates, and apartment-mates, as applicable.

All continuing students, including those newly enrolled for Spring 2021 or earlier, who wish to live in SCAD housing for the 2021-22 academic year should pay the $500 nonrefundable and nontransferable housing reservation fee payment by 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday, April 12. Once the fee is paid, students must wait 24 to 48 hours to receive and complete their summer housing application in MyHousing.

All continuing students who pay the housing reservation fee payment on time and complete their housing application will be able to match up with roommates and select their specific fall housing assignment in April and May, regardless of whether they currently live in SCAD housing or are currently enrolled.

Additional details

  • All on-ground safety measures currently in place have been extended in line with CDC guidelines. These include mandatory face coverings while on all SCAD property, indoors and outside except in private living spaces in residences, social distancing, daily health screenings, reduced capacity in SCAD academic buildings, limited dine-in options at SCAD dining halls, and more.
  • Conditions may change quickly and updates may be made at any time.

    Atlanta contact information:
    Residence life: [email protected] or 404.253.3200

    Savannah contact information:
    Residence life: [email protected] or 912.525.7000

SCAD athletics

  • The spring quarter will see a return to intercollegiate athletic competition for the university. SCAD artist-athletes will receive further communications the week of Januar 18, 2021. For more information, contact SCAD Atlanta director of athletics Glen Hill at [email protected] or 404.253.2777 and SCAD Savannah director of athletics Doug Wollenburg at [email protected] or 912.525.4781.

SCAD Lacoste

  • SCAD Lacoste will remain closed for Spring 2021 due to travel restrictions.
  • Questions about future quarters in Lacoste should be directed to [email protected]
  • Payments already made toward the winter quarter in Lacoste, including the Lacoste deposit, will be credited back onto the student’s account.
  • Students who booked airfare independently should contact their airline to make the appropriate adjustments to their flights.
  • Students who were registered to study in Lacoste and wish to stay in residence halls in either Atlanta or Savannah will have the option to apply for housing.

Student accounts

Billing and payment for Spring 2021

  • Initial spring quarter billing statements will be sent Tuesday, Feb. 23.
  • Payment for spring quarter will be due Tuesday, March 15. Late fees will be applied on Thursday, April 1, to all unpaid accounts.
  • In order for parents to have access to account information, students must add them as an authorized user to their account through the My Student Account channel in MySCAD. Authorized users can then see the student account in detail in real time and receive email notifications of billing statements.
  • The number of classes in which a student is enrolled determines the tuition charge for the quarter.
  • Thanks to the number of changes occurring on many students’ accounts due to housing and meal plan elections and adding and dropping classes, we encourage you to refer to your online student account for up-to-date information for making accurate payment. To view your account online in MySCAD see “My Student Account Online” in the My Info tab.

Refunds for Spring 2021

  • Positive credit balances will be paid out during the normal refund process that begins in Week Two. Students who have direct deposit set up should see that money in their bank account by the end of that same week. (Some banks take longer to process direct deposits than others.) Students who do not have direct deposit will have a paper check mailed to their designated mailing address, which should arrive in Week Three of the quarter.
  • If students have not previously used direct deposit but would like to now, it's not too late — they can complete that request by going to MySCAD > My Info > My Student Account > "Direct Deposit for Student Refunds." That form needs to be submitted no later than the last day of the drop/add week (Friday, March 26) in order for it to be in place for that quarter's refund.
  • If students are unsure of their designated mailing address and want to make sure refund checks are mailed to their current address and not a campus/near-campus address, they can confirm that in MySCAD > My Info > My Personal Info > "Update Addresses and Phones." There they can ensure that any addresses listed as "Local address" and/or "Mailing address" are accurate for fall quarter.
  • Any student who would prefer that this positive credit balance remain on their student account to be applied toward a future quarter should complete and submit the "Authorization of Funds" form in MySCAD > Resources > SCAD Student Forms.

Student employees

  • A limited number of student employment opportunities are available in 2021. Only essential positions will be filled.
  • Students can review and apply for available positions through MySCAD on the My Info tab, by following the instructions in the Student Employment Channel.

Student relief reporting

  • Savannah College of Art and Design has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and has used no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 
  • SCAD received $4,104,826 from the Department of Education to be used as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. 
  • SCAD distributed $4,153,084 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 2,189 students, using over 100% of our allocation under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 
    • SCAD distributed an additional $436,375 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 380 students, using FSEOG funds. 
    • SCAD distributed an additional $2,872,251 in institutional funds to 1,704 students under the SCAD Student Relief program. 
  • Approximately 7,799 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    • 2,189 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • To determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, SCAD used the following methods:
    • SCAD Students received messaging throughout the spring quarter, directing them to email [email protected] to request funding. 
    • Requests were reviewed and enrolled students were awarded up to a total of $3,000 through a combination of all student relief programs (wage replacement through institutional funds, FSEOG emergency grants, CARES Act Emergency Grants and SCAD Student Relief Emergency Grants.)
    • Once a large majority of the funds were exhausted, additional requests were considered for partial funding.  
  • Instructions and guidance provided by SCAD concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were emailed to students on April 11, May 5, May 7, and May 21. Review all campus communications for details. Additionally, information was posted on
  • See information regarding institutional expenditures covered under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act.


  • Transportation schedules can be found in MySCAD under "Resources" > "Department Directory Channel" > "Transportation."
  • Additional buses have been obtained to provide for a 50% reduction in seating capacity on each bus, ensuring adherence to social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC.
  • Buses are sanitized throughout the day.
  • Buses are cleaned and disinfected each night.


  • To maintain a healthy campus community, and in alignment with current CDC recommendations related to travel, students in Savannah and Atlanta this quarter are highly discouraged from traveling outside their respective metro areas. We understand that unforeseen events may arise that make travel outside of Savannah and Atlanta necessary.
  • Students returning to campus for the spring quarter following travel are advised to follow CDC guidelines.
  • Students who intend to travel during the quarter must complete a SCAD Student Travel Notification form and follow any requested next steps.
  • We strongly encourage students to avoid all large gatherings and abide by CDC guidelines, including the wearing of face coverings while in public and maintaining at least six feet of distance from others. All should practice good hygiene, washing their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Dean of Students at your respective location by emailing [email protected] for SCAD Savannah or [email protected] for SCAD Atlanta.


  • Any student completing a course who is not satisfied will be offered a free retake of the course.
  • As with all colleges and universities, SCAD tuition primarily funds the salaries of professors (and the staff members who support instruction).
  • SCAD faculty members are seasoned industry veterans and credentialed experts in their disciplines who continue to prepare students for professional careers, with an average of 10+ years of SCAD teaching experience, top industry accolades, and deep industry networks.
  • Tuition is the same across all SCAD locations, including SCAD eLearning, which offers many SCAD degrees fully online. At other colleges and universities, online education often costs more than on-campus learning. A recent survey of more than 180 universities found that 74% charged the same for online and on-campus education, while 23% charged more. (See original report.)
  • SCAD has always offered top-tier online education, including 27 degree programs in 16 majors—and taught wholly online—including graduate and undergraduate degrees in painting, graphic design, photography, motion media design, writing, and more.
  • SCAD eLearning courses are thoughtfully designed to mirror today's professions: Films are animated and edited digitally and collaboratively by team members stationed around the world. Fashion designers send patterns across the globe for sewing and manufacture. And ad agencies make pitches to clients they will never met in person. The virtual world is often the world of work, and SCAD prepares students to excel in this environment.
  • SCAD faculty are prepared for and excited about this opportunity: Since 2003, 93% of SCAD eLearning faculty have also taught an on-ground course, and 100% of SCAD on-ground faculty utilize virtual instruction through Blackboard in 100% of their classes.
  • Creative colleges and universities across the country are also maintaining tuition rates during this time because of increased technology costs. At SCAD such costs include video capability for all faculty and additional support staff to help produce and share virtual content.
  • For additional questions regarding tuition, please contact your SCAD student success adviser.


  • International students on visas can continue to receive support from the SCAD International Student Services Office (ISSO) regarding immigration matters by phone at 912.525.7304 or at [email protected].
  • SCAD employees who have questions about their visas should contact Erin Powell, SCAD immigration coordinator, at [email protected].
  • For full details on current ISSO guidelines, check the ISSO department page or email [email protected] or [email protected].