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The Savannah College of Art and Design

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I absolutely love SCAD.Super BrilliantArt & Design Department
I absolutely love SCAD. It has the best quality of education I've seen anywhere, as well as some of the best people. SCAD has a different atmosphere, they want you to get a job and they care about you as a student. I've never felt like a number, I've always felt like me. People here are accepting, no bull crap about cliques or clothing thats right or wrong. Everyone is serious about their education and it makes me better. I can't believe how much more than my money's worth I'm getting.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: B-
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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
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I transferred to SCAD from MICA, one ofQuite BrightArt & 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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