Summer Swarm 2016

Summer Swarm is an optional orientation session for first-year students who have paid the enrollment fee and indicated their intent to enroll for fall quarter in Savannah. Sessions for students and their families are led by SCAD staff who are dedicated to student success.

Students attending Summer Swarm stay in a SCAD residence hall, eat in the dining hall and meet with current SCAD students, faculty and staff. During this time, students have their SCAD Card photos taken and discuss fall class schedules with their student success advisers. Admission counselors and other staff are available to answer questions about financial aid and scholarships.

A maximum of 150 students are accepted per session on a first-come, first-served basis. A nonrefundable fee is required that includes the cost for housing, meals and activities. Sessions for parents and family members are free. Meals can also be purchased online for guests during the Summer Swarm registration process.

SCAD offers five sessions for Summer Swarm 2016:

  • Swarm 1: June 30–July 1, 2016
  • Swarm 2: July 7–8, 2016
  • Swarm 3: July 14–15, 2016
  • Swarm 4: July 21–22, 2016
  • Swarm 5: July 28–29, 2016

Once you have been accepted and have access to MySCAD, follow these steps to sign up for Summer Swarm:

  1. Log in to MySCAD.
  2. Navigate to the New Student portal.
  3. Select Summer Swarm.
  4. Select “register” then follow the on-screen prompts.

Call Patty Henke at 912.525.4404 for more information.

The following schedule is subject to change.

Student: Day 1

8–9 a.m.
Check-in
SCAD Museum of Art, Alex Townsend Memorial Courtyard, 601 Turner Blvd.
Students and families are welcomed to SCAD at the SCAD Museum of Art. A brilliant example of the university’s historic preservation efforts, the museum is housed in an 1853 brick structure that was once home to the Central of Georgia Railway headquarters. Students and their families are encouraged to arrive early to allow for an unhurried check-in process and to begin their day on schedule.

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Welcome
Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.
Students and families kick off the Swarm experience at Trustees Theater, host of the Savannah Film Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and numerous lectures, concerts and Student Activities Council-sponsored events.

10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Student sessions part one: Rotating orientation sessions for students in small groups
SCAD Museum of Art (classrooms TBA)
Students are oriented on SCAD resources and policies that will help them understand what it means to be a SCAD student.

  • Student success and advising
  • How to succeed at SCAD
  • MySCAD training
  • Security and transportation
  • Career and alumni success
  • Dean of students

12:45–1:30 p.m.
Celebrate SCAD luncheon

Sessions 1, 2 and 5: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive
Sessions 3 and 4: Hyatt Regency, 2 W. Bay St.

Included in the Swarm experience for students, and optional at an additional fee for families, the Swarm luncheon showcases the local, fresh “farm to fork” experience provided by Bon Appétit, the university’s food service provider.

1:45–3 p.m.
SCAD tour
Depart from lunch locations
Students tour SCAD facilities, focusing on those most commonly used by first-year students.

3:15–4:45 p.m.
Foundation studies demo class
Wallin Hall, Rooms 107, 108, 202, 204, 206 and 208, 312 E. 37th St.
Foundation studies professors lead hands-on demonstrations that contribute to the foundation of SCAD students’ talent and success.

5–6 p.m.
Dinner
Café at The Hive, 231 W. Boundary St.
Students reconvene at The Hive to compare notes, ask questions and enjoy dinner from Bon Appétit.

6:15–8:30 p.m.
Tybee Island beach trip
Students are taken by bus to Tybee Island for beach activities, such as volleyball, swimming, mingling with peers and taking in the local culture. In the event of rain, students will watch a movie at Trustees Theater.

9 p.m.
‘First night’
Student Center, 120 Montgomery St.
Students experience their first night at the Student Center with a Coffeehouse session, featuring games, snacks and live music from fellow SCAD students. SCAD Radio DJs will highlight how new students can contribute to the university’s nationally recognized student media team.

Student: Day 2

8–8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Café at The Hive
Breakfast is hosted by The Hive, one of the many dining establishments at SCAD.

9–11 a.m.
Student sessions part two: Rotating orientation sessions for students in small groups
SCAD Museum of Art (classrooms TBA)
Students continue their orientation experience with more information on becoming a successful SCAD student and making the most of available resources.

  • Student success and advising
  • How to succeed at SCAD
  • MySCAD training
  • Security and transportation
  • Career and alumni success
  • Dean of students

11:15 a.m. to noon
‘Being a SCAD Student’ Q-and-A session
SCAD Museum of Art, theater
Students conclude their Swarm orientation with a Q-and-A session hosted by student leaders and an opportunity to evaluate their experience.

Noon
Checkout

Family: Day 1

8–9 a.m.
Check-in
SCAD Museum of Art, Alex Townsend Memorial Courtyard
Students and families are welcomed to SCAD at the SCAD Museum of Art. A brilliant example of the university’s historic preservation efforts, the museum is housed in an 1853 brick structure that was once the Central of Georgia Railway headquarters. Families are encouraged to arrive early to allow for an unhurried check-in process and to begin their day on schedule.

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Welcome
Trustees Theater
Families and students kick off the Swarm experience at Trustees Theater, host of the Savannah Film Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and numerous lectures, concerts and Student Activities Council-sponsored events.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Family session one
Trustees Theater
While students go to the SCAD Museum of Art for their sessions, families will remain in Trustees Theater and receive a similar orientation, but from a perspective that will help them understand how to support their students.

  • Student success and advising
  • Career and alumni success
  • SCAD campus safety and security
  • Residence life and housing
  • Student involvement
  • SCAD Card
  • Dining
  • Counseling and student support services
  • Student financial services

12:45–1:30 p.m.
Celebrate SCAD luncheon (optional)

Sessions 1, 2 and 5: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Sessions 3 and 4: Hyatt Regency

Included in the Swarm experience for students, and optional at an additional fee for families, the Swarm luncheon offers a local, fresh “farm to fork” experience provided by Bon Appétit, the university’s food service provider. Tickets are $20/person for families and children over 6 years of age.

2–3:30 p.m.
Family session two: What to expect the first year
Trustees Theater
Families conclude their Swarm experience with a Q-and-A session with staff and faculty.

3:45–4:45 p.m.
SCAD tour (optional)
Departs from Trustees Theater
Families tour SCAD facilities that will be an integral part of their students’ first-year experience.

3:45–4:45 p.m.
Foundation studies demo class for families (optional)
Trustees Theater
Families may take part in a foundation studies class demonstration. The experience will be educational and help foster a sense of understanding for the challenges that await first-year students. No artistic experience is necessary.

5–6 p.m.
Dinner on your own
Families are welcome to explore Savannah and its diversity of local and international cuisine. Staff members are happy to provide suggestions.

Family: Day 2

7–10:30 a.m.
Breakfast (optional)
Café at The Hive
You may purchase tickets in advance or pay at the door. Full, hot breakfast is served until 9 a.m., and continental breakfast will be served 9–10:30 a.m.

9–10 a.m.
SCAD tour (optional)
Departs from Café at The Hive
Families tour SCAD facilities that will be an integral part of their students’ first-year experience.

9–10:30 a.m.
Trolley tour (optional)
For families that are already familiar with SCAD and want to become more acquainted with the city of Savannah, consider an open-air trolley tour. Families have the opportunity to purchase tickets to tour Georgia’s first city at a group-discounted rate.

10:30–11:30 a.m.
SCAD Museum of Art tour
Tour begins in the SCAD Museum of Art lobby.

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Offices open for consultation
Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St.

  • Admission staff available to answer questions, 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Counseling and student support services
  • SCAD Card
  • Student financial services
  • Student success and advising

Noon
Checkout
The Swarm experience concludes and SCAD bids you farewell until fall, when Swarm students return to SCAD with the first part of orientation already successfully completed.

Parking options for your convenience

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