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The Savannah College of Art and Design

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This is Part Two of my Advice Review.Quite BrightIndustrial Design
This is Part Two of my Advice Review...I forgot to say something else about SCAD's catalog which was on the subject of crime. I visited Savannah in 2002 and got to see part of the school. The campus and the city itself was beautiful. The different trees, impressive architecture and art were splendid.

It is situated right next to the hood reminiscent of Coconut Grove in Miami. Savannah from my observation is a city of either well off or poor people. Generally those better off people are white and the poorer people are black. I was astounded when I still saw black people working menial jobs like host, janitor, retail and other lower level jobs. I noticed white people had better jobs. If a white person worked a menial job it would be in a good place away from the ghetto. With such disparities between the races one can only imagine what living in Savannah must be like.

I was staying at a friends house when I visited Savannah and he told me his car was robbed at gunpoint by a group of African American men. I only mention their race because poverty can sometimes make people desperate. My friend also told me that he was assaulted on another occasion in addition to the car robbery. He was living in these nice apartments off on Liberty Street next to a laundromat in downtown. My friend was in the military and despite his training and experience was not able fight these men off.

My friend also complained of racial tension because he is Puerto Rican. He mentioned how he felt like he was stuck in the middle because white people would hassle him for not being white and blacks would do the same to him. Later he moved out of Savannah. My friend told me that Savannah is good for a while and then it gets boring. I also noticed that Savannah is expensive in my opinion. This is considering that jobs are not well paid unless you are rich.

During my time there I found that food options are limited. The quality of food was not the best in my opinion. I went to a Piggly Wiggly and was disappointed with their food choices and quality. I was hard pressed to find any organic food. I found an all natural store that didn't have much to pick from and it was overpriced. I mainly saw American and Southern food. When I saw 'foreign' food it was just Americanized versions of Asian and other foods around the globe. Things might have changed in the 3 years since I was last there.

When I was applying to SCAD I totally forgot about my trip there because I was more excited about my degree, but reality set it on me because I know that I am not just going to school, but living in Savannah as well. I still think Savannah is beautiful city with cool artwork, but you do have to be careful being there. I was alone part of the time I was there and did not feel comfortable walking alone because I got tired of men approaching me thinking that I was available to be with them when all I wanted was to go out for a fuckin walk. I just wanted to chill and have the opportunity to take everything in.

Something about Savannah I noticed is that if you stay within the campus areas you get a sheltered view of Savannah because once you step out, it is a different city all together. Once I stepped out of the manicured lawns, posh housed and tree lined streets with classy people I saw the real Savannah. This part of Savannah was actually a decent part of town with working class people. I saw greasy rednecks and ghetto people with nails longer than a stick, hair dos from the 80s and early 90s, wearing cheap clothes, makeup and jewelry, faded out and sometimes dirty clothing and bad looking bling and b.o. What made these people ghetto was their attitude and not their clothing. The majority of people I saw taking public transportation were minorities. Unfair, huh?

I also forgot to say that the church and the past are important here.
Driving in Savannah is relatively easy once you are out of the cobblestone street downtown. The city is spread out and there aren't that many people. It is country out there so you'll see lots of trees and scenery. Well and that is my observation of Savannah, Georgia.

1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Campus Aesthetics: B+, Perceived Campus Safety: D
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I am EXTREMELY surprised by many of theAverageDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I am EXTREMELY surprised by many of the various comments and ratings SCAD has recieved. I suppose i might be more greatful than ssome to find this gem of a school down here in the south after transfering from an average state school in MA. I am a fashion design student here and i mus say it is an excellent program, very challenging but at the same time you have these excellent and highly regarded professors to teach you absolutely everything. I have even read articles ranking us above FIT in NY. I think this is true for most majors here, the film majors for one, there professors are budding with real knoledge and are exceptional film industry vets. As for crime, yes there is crime but not as bad as one might think reading these reviews, be smart dont go joy riding in the projects or slum districts at night and your fine. I live in an apartment downtown and have to say its just a gorgeous southern city with some unfortunetly dangerous areas that yes you must take seriously. Lastly i must say the college landscape grades for scad were appauling, i'll say it again it is gorgeous here! Campus up keep? the school has renovated COUNTLESS historic buildings and transformed them into the most artfully refurbished buildings i have ever seen. Check the SCAD web site out kids, i promise you you'll love it here like i do!!!
3rd Year Female -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C
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I guess the only thing you have toQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I guess the only thing you have to really worry about is the crazy bums that come out at night, they can get pretty serious. Mace. And the PaperMill down river from us can produce horrendous fumes when the wind is just right or if it gets foggy, no joke you want to gag.Other than that its great, southern hospitality and all that-they rip you off money wise, but what major college isnt? Live off campus and don't buy a meal plan.
1st Year Female -- Class 2008
Innovation: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: C+
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