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Nov 25 2011Art & Design Department

You get what you give. If you party all weekend and dont do your work, youre not going to like it at SCAD.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B

I attended SCAD and received an MFA in

Aug 12 2011Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I attended SCAD and received an MFA in graphic design. My degree provided me with the means to change careers successfully. It seems there are a broad range of experiences described by students. Some of overtly critical ones seem ridiculous and are filled with misinformation. Some of the A+ A+ A+ A+ ones seem to ignore some relevant issues. The bottom line is that SCAD has a large student, faculty, and staff population. To that end there is a very mixed bag of talent and achievement. If you decide to go to SCAD, be proactive. Seek the best faculty, work hard, and do not whine like 4-year olds if the work is stressful. No one is here to hold your hand.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2003
University Resource Use: A, Collaboration/Competitive: C

I transferred to SCAD from MICA, one of

Sep 14 2011Art & Design Department
I transferred to SCAD from MICA, one of those more elite, Northern, East-Coast art schools that some of these complainers think SCAD falls short of. SCAD does things differently from a RISD or SAIC or MICA or Pratt, that is certain. If you are all about art for art's sake, and want to spend $100k+ on a beautiful diploma and conceptual indoctrination so you can walk through the rest of your life with your nose in the air, unemployed in your field of study, then by all means go to one of those schools. You can be a very fine and indebted artist.

But SCAD does things differently. They have a very West Coast and frankly, REALISTIC approach to teaching art. After all, you are going to college to get a JOB - presumably that's why you are investing so much money - and they teach their students not only how to be artists but how to be artists in career settings. You are required to meet with career advisors, make resumes and business cards, taught how to interview, and so long as you maintain an acceptable GPA and work ethic, they bend over backwards to help you get internships and placements even after graduation. Not just the advisors, but I've found that individual faculty are all willing to do this.

And as far as complaining about the presence of sports, well, you'd think that artists would be open-minded enough to accept the fact that young creative people can have a wide spectrum of interests. In my opinion, the athletics at SCAD only adds to the diversity of the student body. And I haven't done sports since high school, but some of the most hardworking students here are the ones balancing training and competitions on top of an already rigorous art school curriculum.

So anyway, yes, this school was a lot easier to get into than MICA, but they offered more scholarships, too, and campus jobs are widely available, and all of my faculty and advisors thus far have been extremely open and helpful. I'm sure some of the departments are spottier than others. It's about finding one in which you fit, and there are plenty to choose from.My only complaint is about the city of Savannah itself - parking is a complete hassle and I feel unsafe a lot of the time - especially at night - and they seem to be cutting back on security. You know they spend an ungodly amount of money keeping their facilities and equipment up-to-date. And coming from Baltimore, I should be inured to it by now...

1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: D-
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