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The Savannah College of Art and Design

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Aug 06 2005Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
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My experience at the Savannah College of Art and Design was short lived. I attended for about a year and I enjoyed most of my stay. There are many problems with SCAD that encompasses campus safety, quality of education, and social life.

SCAD does not have a centralized campus, it is spread throughout the downtown area of Savannah, where some buildings are bordering the dangerous and crime ridden ghettos. Of course, on the campus tours they avoid showing prospective students and families those areas.

The quality of education, which was mostly foundations classes for me, was mixed. I had two really fantastic professors and some other terrible ones. Most are willing to work with students and push them to the edge to get work done. SCAD is not a walk in the park though.

If you plan on attending this college, be forwarned that it is not easy, be prepared to be doing homework all the time. There is a reason classes are taught 4 days a week.

My advice for prospective students is this:If you have your heart set and plan on coming to this school, please do some research, especially in the arena of campus safety. Savannah may be a beautiful city, but there is a dark underbelly. SCAD, it seems, is more interested in money than its students, and puts a lot of that money into the President of the school's pocket. There are great facilities however, that can be taken advantage of by the hard working student. Work hard on your portfolio. I would not recommend attending SCAD personally, but the stories are different for everyone. A strong bit of advice, and something I wish I had done myself is to find out what foundations classes are being taught at SCAD and take them at a community college or state university and then transfer. You will save yourself a lot of trouble and money. The best of luck and do the RESEARCH. I wish I had!

1st Year Male -- Class 2007
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Campus Aesthetics: A-, Perceived Campus Safety: D-
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Jun 08 2005Art & Design Department
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The college is a business. They treat you like a number and if it was a business it would be a poor business.

It costs a lot to attend SCAD and the teachers couldn't care less about you or if you need help. Not ALL of them, but I am a junior and have only had two teachers that actaually cared about how I was doing and was there to help. The rest don't care. And the college employees are rude and unprofessional. I will probobly be leaving to attend a different college. Don't waste your money.

The facilities are spread out across the crime rising city of Savannah, GA. A student was just raped in the college parking lot a few weeks ago. Rapes happen frequently and the college security don't get payed well (even though the college makes a ton of money) so they don't work hard enough. The dorms don't pramote any form a social interaction.

Of course when I came on the tour they made up a bunch of lies and hired professional chefs to cook for the parents as a show. I was tricked into coming here.It's a horrible school that doesn't care about education.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2007
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Innovation: B+, Education Quality: F
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May 11 2005Other
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No No No S.C.A.D. is NOT like other schools and Savannah is NOT like other towns. It makes me very upset when I hear students speak of the school in a manner of "crime happens everywhere" . Bull... students are being targeted and SCAD doesnt seem interested in Preventing crime. Before 2003, SCAD's unoffical parking lot for Bergen Hall (the photo building) sat directly across from low income housing. This was a hot spot for crime and NO security was offered there, even after one female student was the victim of an attempted kidnapping and carjacking at gunpoint !!!!! It was park at your own risk...on SCAD property. This was when they still charged for the car stickers to park in all SCAD lots, if your car didnt have a sticker you were towed. Bottom line SCAD wants your money, but not your safety. I have heard that the college has stopped charging for parking stickers. Pretty sneaky! We complain about parking fees not going back into securing the lots and they just cancel the fee instead of providing security? Now in the past few weeks we have another reported Kidnapping and Rape of a student by someone assumed to be a local. Where did this happen ? At the intersection of Fahm and Turner, very,very close to the new freshmen dorms, in eye-sight of Bergen hall and Weston/Dyson House I liked the program at the school and learned so much. Its a shame they cant get it straight.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Preparedness: B- Reputation: C
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