Program Overview

The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia offers an Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. The curriculum is 20 credit hours completed through four courses. The courses encompass topics of: Preservation History & Theory, Preservation Research & Survey, Conservation Science & Preservation Technology, and Preservation Law & Advocacy or Preservation Economics & Development.

This degree is ideal for individuals who have already received a Bachelor’s degree and want to build credentials pertaining to preservation of art. Additionally, it is designed for professionals who are already in the field or those who are interested in a future career in the field. The program integrates applied learning techniques with research. Students have the opportunity to pursue preservation projects including National Park Service, the Historic Savannah Foundation, and more.

SCAD graduates have pursued careers as the following: Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Economic development specialist, Grant developer or manager, Heritage tourism specialist, Historian, Historic site supervisor, International conservator, Museum administrator, National park service employee, Preservation consultant, Preservation contractor, Preservation design consultant, Materials conservator, City and regional preservation planner or researcher, Restoration artisan, Section 106 compliance specialist, State historic preservation officer, Urban and regional planner, and others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or should anticipate completion of a bachelor's degree before enrollment in the graduate program. All applicants are evaluated individually according to previous educational experience and level of achievement.

    School Overview

    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. The stated mission of SCAD is "to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment."

    SCAD confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students can pursue certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs through SCAD eLearning. Courses at SCAD’s online campus mirror those of its physical campuses with “one-on-one attention” delivered by the same highly qualified instructors. Students have the option to complete their entire degree online, or blend eLearning with on-campus coursework.


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