The Savannah College of Art and Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||18|
|Avg years at University||1.7|
|Research Quality||C+ (5.5)|
|Research Availability||B- (6.5)|
|Research Funding||C+ (5.2)|
|Graduate Politics||B- (5.9)|
|Errand Runners||B (6.7)|
|Degree Completion||B- (6.5)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||C (5.0)|
|Sufficient Pay||C (5.0)|
|Education Quality||B (6.5)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B+ (7.4)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.4)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (6.1)|
|Campus Beauty||B (7.1)|
|Campus Maintenance||B (7.1)|
|University Resource/spending||B- (6.5)|
|Surrounding City||C+ (5.8)|
|Social Life/Environment||B- (6.1)|
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.
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!