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The Savannah College of Art and Design

Total Grad Surveys 20
Females 12
Males 8
Avg years at University 1.8
Research Quality C (5.0)
Research Availability B- (5.9)
Research Funding C (4.7)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.8)
Not Errand Runners B (6.7)
Degree Completion B- (6.5)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C (4.9)
Sufficient Pay C+ (5.0)
Competitiveness B (6.8)
Education Quality B- (6.4)
Faculty Accessibility B (7.1)
Useful Research B+ (7.4)
"Individual" treatment B- (6.1)
Friendliness B (7.3)
Safety C+ (5.4)
Campus Beauty B- (6.5)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.4)
University Spending B- (6.3)
Extracurriculars B- (6.3)
Scholastic Success B (6.6)
Surrounding City C+ (5.3)
Social Life/ Environment B- (6.5)
Research FundingC
Campus MaintenanceB+
As an International Student and Sequential Art MAOct 27 2016Art & Design Department
As an International Student and Sequential Art MA alumni, my advice is DON'T GO TO THE ATLANTA CAMPUS. The faculty is 6 professors that even though they are professionals on the field, they are not meant for teaching. I was expecting to have Master classes, but because there weren't many students, they combined the Undergrads with the grads. So, what kind of reviews or advice can you get from people that is just studying their Bachelors? "Uh... I don't like it... Uh"

2 professors are jerks (Shawn Crystal & Chris Staros), yelling the students, telling us that this is a hard field so you better wake up. You can hear them say things like "Editors are going to be mean to you, so you better do what they say" With the excuse of "This is the reality" or "I'm just pushing you, so you get better at what you do".

2 others are completely clueless (June Brigman & Jackie Lewis) they don't know what they are talking about, giving really bad advice, or not advice at all.

The only professors I could recommend you are Doug Dabbs and Pat Quinn, although they are busy all the time.

Sequential Art in the Atlanta campus is a SCAM. I heard that is better in the Savannah Campus. The art is not good. There are Graduates that don't even know how to draw, or even use photoshop ever in their life!! They just grab anybody that wants a MA degree. The worse thing, is that they feel proud on the students visit showing of their tables representing a comic-con...Dont get me wrong, I like comic-cons, but is like "Look, you can study to do cons" like, REALLY? IS THAT A MASTERS DEGREE????

For graduate education, consider a university that supportsJun 19 2016Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
For graduate education, consider a university that supports faculty research. Unfortunately, SCAD does not. they focus on the classroom, and thus the profs are strong own skill sets, but weak on the academic side. Graduate school should not be a longer more intense tech school, and unfortunately SCAD is more of a tech school than an academic institution. Lovely facilities, horrible sweaty southern town, and helpful instructors. Very little real academic work is done here. Lots of very interesting portfolio work is done here. But for 40k a year, I expect my profs to be doing research in their field, and publishing in their field. Not one of the graphic design profs has the time, or the university support to do this.
I applied to SCAD as a graduate studentMay 15 2014Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I applied to SCAD as a graduate student in their graphic design program. I chose the path of the Masters of Art because I don't have have plans to teach. My goal in the program is to further my development as a designer and enhance my skills for my career. I have always felt like I was treated with respect by my faculty, staff and fellow students. I chose SCAD based on the eLearning resources they have available. As a full time graphic designer, I wanted a program that I could do from home. After researching SCAD, I was a little concerned by the negativity I have heard but I also liked that it was a career oriented school. I decided to take the plunge.

Since I began my graduate studies at SCAD as an eLearning student, I have felt nothing but support from staff and my peers. I have learned a lot about myself as a designer and feel that I have received a comprehensive education thus far that has already benefited my in my career. SCAD faculty have always been available for advice and chats. I have never felt like I wasn't heard. We also get a lot of opportunities to show our work in large publications which is a great perk as a graduate student.

A few notes:

If you are looking for a program that has a hands on approach with their graduate students you will be disappointed. My journey at SCAD has been gently guided but the faculty has always respected our views as professional designers and are not there to change or modify our personal style in ourdesigns. They are there to teach you the theory and practice behind various mediums. SCAD eLearning for graduate school is more independent study with a mix of great resources, positive learning experience through guided projects and explorations as well as faculty that care deeply about your success as a student and professional. The curriculum is flexible and the class selection is compelling.

SCAD has a rather liberal acceptance policy. From what I can tell, the 500 level courses weed out prospective graduate candidates that aren't capable of handling the demanding work load at the school. I have seen a lot of fellow students get lost in the shuffle because they weren't prepared for the class and did not take initiative in their education. Most of those students did not make it through the first year of the program. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to attend SCAD for my masters degree and do not regret the decision at all. I feel like SCAD has developed a program that allows graphic designers the ability to explore their potential and gain valuable feedback from our peers.

Jul 01 2013Art & Design Department
Invest your money somewhere else...SCAD is a joke. Professors are really young, inexperienced and with poor academic background.
I went to SCAD for undergrad and graduateAug 13 2012Art & Design Department
I went to SCAD for undergrad and graduate school. I think it is a fine place. Not very difficult, not terribly 'academic' but the profs are nice, although beaten down by the administration. You can learn this stuff anyplace. SCAd has lost so many great profs over the past four years it makes me sad. I wish the administration would take the school seriously instead of treating it like a personal bank account. I met some amazing people there and i loved the work I came out of the school with. Got a job right aways with a great salary.
Personally, this is my first semester here atMay 18 2012Art & Design Department
Personally, this is my first semester here at SCAD Atlanta and so far I'm loving it! The resource here is incredible from Writer's studio with professional help on thesis and essays for classes, live drawing sessions, and one-on-one tutoring.

There's always lots of activities to join and I've been on a free trip to the Stone Mountain, joined in the trip to Savannah for the International Festival, Accepted student day, and have volunteered for the upcoming GALA 2012 next week. There's always snacks and refreshments at activities and by keeping up-to-date and joining in, I've received a free t-shirt, foam finger, noise-maker, whistle, wristband, and so much more!

The professors are strict but reasonable and as long as you do your best and work hard, they see and acknowledge that. They won't baby-feed you what you have to know but there are always extra office hours and help sessions they encourage you to go to. Those struggling with classes should let their professors know. Check your deadlines and stick to it.

Whenever I had a problem or question, all I did was to email the departments that I thought would handle my problems and they would usually get back to me very quickly of what I had to do.

Personally, I feel that no matter what school you attend, it's all in your attitude. You can go to the best school and get nothing out of it if you don't reach out. You can go to the worst school and do your best and still enjoy it. I think the resources in SCAD really amaze me as I find out more and more benefits and advantageous networks the school has already laid down.

There is also a college central network where you can post your resume and portfolio or job search for jobs especially for SCAD students and more. The online student account holds all sort of valuable information and means of contacting your professors and peers. It's really convenient!Overall, I really like this school and feel that there's really something amazing you can harness from all the creative energy around you. Remember that the peoples' attitudes towards you are a projection of your attitude towards them too so be friendly, smile, and do your best! You determine your experiences. Enjoy life as life is short and you want to make your present moment your best one. After all, the truest moments you have, good or bad, are the ones you have right now!

Namaste to everyoneAug 27 2011Architecture
Namaste to everyone. In my country of India, this is our way of saying hello or greeting someone. I would like to say, that for the most part, SCAD has done reasonably well to meet my educational needs as a graduate student and you will make friends, but what I found as a complete turn-off, was the way my fellow Indian students were treated by a woman named Neiha and her friend Hina. Neiha works in the admission department and both attended SCAD as well. They were in charge of MILAAP, the club for Indian students at SCAD but they were involved in corruption as before students would arrive here from India, they would charge these students a 'finder's fee' for locating an apartment for them, which turns out to be a direct violation of SCAD policy. No member of staff is supposed to be doing that! I write this to warn all Indian students thinking of coming to SCAD to very wary of these two women. It is also very sad, that Neiha is allowed to continue her employment with SCAD.
SCAD grad professors are afraid to teach nutsJul 03 2010Art & Design Department
SCAD grad professors are afraid to teach nuts and bolts, expecting students to learn programs and concepts and swallow the professor's post-modern theories as gospel. There is so much "self directed study" that the professor is just there to hand out pointless assignments and talk theories from art journals that have nothing to do with the demands of real paying jobs. Isn't this just buying a piece of paper?
Best choice I haveMay 30 2010Art & Design Department
Best choice I have ever made. SCAD experience made all the difference. I was hired before I graduated because the school produces top notch talent. Very very happy with experience. Would do it over again.
Feb 02 2010Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I've been very happy with my education at SCAD. The best thing about this school is its faculty.
May 05 2009Art & Design Department
I am very happy with SCAD, and especially the faculty.
As an older gradJan 16 2009Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
As an older grad student with a long history of work in related fields to my area of study, I feel that taking a break and getting my MFA from SCAD was the best thing I could have done. The photography department encourages self-reflection, understanding and comprehension in nearly all areas.
Research Topic(s): Coming to Terms
SCAD is a great school for Performing ArtsMay 27 2008Perfomance Arts
SCAD is a great school for Performing Arts because the faculty are amazing. They are all professionals, worked in theatre and TV/Film for many years, are accessible,friendly, very smart and really know how to teach. i feel like I am getting an amazing education. But the school does not feel the same way about our department. While most departments have amazing facilities, we have terrible facilities, with mold, no good rehearsal spaces, no university support, no one seems to care about our department, maybe because the school's focus is art, not "the arts." If the Performing Department gets nicer facilities, it would be the best school for performance in the country, no doubt.
If you want toJan 16 2008Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
If you want to go to a college that will be a rewarding in fulfilling experience, intellectually and creatively think twice about going here. Do research and what you find will speak for itself.
When I first heard about Savannah College ofJan 16 2008Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
When I first heard about Savannah College of Art & Design, I was excited to venture down south in a warm climate and continue my education in Film/Video. That excitement was tempered however, by a few of my professors who had advised me not to attend. They had heard and or had bad experiences with Savannah College of Art & Design. IE they were not impressed with the way the school was run. There were other warning signs. No portfolio was required to get in. Meaning that I would be attending school with a mix of talent. Two there is no tenure tract so how do you get rid of incompetent faculty? The research I did yielded similar results mostly negative reviews regarding the college only interested in money ect... With that, I decided to attend. In my department I found teaching incompetence, abuse of students and flagrant arrogance. Two foreign students were failed by Professor Hofstein and when they brought their grievances to the department head he threatened to be sent them back to their respective countries. Subsequently, the following semester, he failed an entire class. I actually had a professor steal some of my equipment. It was later found in his possession. What is going on here I thought? Next the city. It is dangerous. There have been tourists killed, shot right in front of the library, in the park, out in the street. So after a year of this madness, I transfered to another college where I am having a great experience and I will be graduating soon. Its funny though. I have been looking for teaching jobs on the Chronicle of Higher Education and to my surprise Savannah College of Art & Design has positions open for, and I counted them 26 departments, some with several opening in each. That should tell you all you need to know right there.
Jun 19 2006Architecture
SCAD is a great school! Some people just have had some bad experinces there but my five years there (for my M.Arch.) were great!

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