Founded in 1978, the private not-for-profit Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) first opened its doors in the historic Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory. Though the structure still remains vital to the campus, SCAD has expanded globally. The college has four physical campuses located in Atlanta, Savannah, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, as well as an eLearning program. SCAD confers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 40 fields of study, including minors in approximately 60 disciplines. More than 11,000 students currently attend SCAD enrolling from all fifty states and over one hundred countries.
Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Furthermore, SCAD eLearning received the Instructional Technology Council’s award for Outstanding Distance Education Program and the Sloan Consortium gave SCAD an “Excellence” rank in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning. SCAD has also been recognized with the Outstanding Student Services Award and Outstanding Online Course Awards by the Instructional Technology Council. The United States Distance Learning Association has credited SCAD with the Silver Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning and the College received the Technology Innovation Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association.
By working and teaching in a global market, SCAD incorporates a professional network that it brings to the online classroom. Students can pursue Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Graduate Certificate degree programs through SCAD eLearning. Fields of study include:
- Arts Administration
- Design Management
- Digital Publishing
- Digital Publishing Management
- Game Development
- Graphic Design
- Historic Preservation
- Illustration Design
- Interactive Design
- Interactive Design and Game Development
- Interior Design
- Motion Media Design
- Sequential Art
Courses at SCAD’s online campus mirror those of its physical campuses with “one-on-one attention” delivered by the same highly qualified instructors. Courses are scheduled in 10-week increments coordinating with on-site campuses. Classes are taught asynchronously and students complete assignments at their convenience as long as work meets designated due dates. Discussion boards provide interactive platforms and students manage their degrees via Blackboard. Additionally, students view lectures and presentations posted by professors in Virtual Lecture Hall. Students have the option to complete their entire degree online, or blend eLearning with on-campus coursework.
Distance learning students at SCAD have a depth of resources. Students access the same services as on-campus students, including career coaching, research workshops, counseling services, and support through peer tutoring and writing assistance. Online students can also access resources such as SCAD.tv, SCAD libraries, and the Visual Resource Center which houses 70,000 plus reference images. And SCAD has developed programs to connect and integrate its online student body through networks like MySCAD - a digital community keeping students updated with announcements and discussion forums. The college even promotes a SCAD eLearning Club, with featured speakers, for those desiring additional communication with their peers
Admission requirements vary by level of degree and graduate program, however all students are encouraged to submit performing arts, writing, or visual arts portfolios and/or auditions that showcase their best work. In addition, SCAD eLearning first-year freshmen typically must submit an application and fee, proof of a high school diploma or equivalent, SAT/ACT scores, and proof of English proficiency, if applicable. Transfer students will also need to submit an application and fee, along with official transcripts and proof of English proficiency, if applicable. Graduate admission requirements are degree specific.
SCAD eLearning tuition rates are based on three courses per quarter enrollment for three quarters per year. Annual rates for undergraduate students are $31,905, and $32,670 for graduate students, not including fees.
Savannah College of Art and Design participates in a variety of federal and state financial aid programs awarding grants and loans. Grants awarded to eligible students include:
- SCAD Student Grant
- Athletic grants
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant
- Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Direct Loans
- Federal Parent PLUS Loan
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,106
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