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The Savannah College of Art and Design

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessF Creativity/InnovationF
Individual ValueF University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/BeautyF FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeD
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsB
SafetyF
 
Describes the student body as: Afraid, Arrogant, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:

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He cares more about Campus Aesthetics/Beauty than the average student.
Major: Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc (This Major's Salary over time)
I first heard about SCAD from a college rep who came and did a presentation at my high school, i was impressed by this as few other schools did this. Being uncertain about the other schools I had applied to (small schools, low acceptance) I decided i would apply there as a back-up. When my mom found out she immediatly pressured me in to choosing that school despite my desire for a small school and my acceptance to several other schools i wanted to go to more, she did this because of the the city:
SAVANNAH IS A HUGE TOURIST AREA!
the top 3 things going on in savannah are
1.SCAD
2.Tourist(EVERYWHERE)
3.Crime.
if you do any reasearch regarding the schools layout you will see that they have bought random buildings within the city, the industrial design building, and animation/game design buildings can take up to 45 minutes to reach from the dorms(you will need to take the bus or drive). If you do choose this school i strongly recommend a bike, they can be incredably helpfull, but be carfull
SAVANNAH DRIVERS ARE DANGEROUS!!!!
most of the upper classmen i know have had very rough times with savannah drivers as well as the savannah tourist trollys. the trollys are everywhere. you will hate the trollys if you have anywhere to go in a hurry as they stop frequently in many areas leaving you no way to get around, also the horse drawn buggys do this(but they usually give you enouph room to squeeze by).
Althought the tourist areas a very pretty the rest of savannah can be downright dangerous. the freshmen dorms are sandwiched in between two ghettos, the sounds of sirens in the night is a very common ocurance. There are ghettos all over savannah, and lucky for us many of the buildings(especially the foundations buildings) require you to travel throught them. one night my first quarter i rode by 4 seperate shootings, on the way to 1 class, i found out later that night there was five shootings that happened mear minutes before i rode down to class at 4:30 in the afternoon.

ABOUT 80% OF THE STUDENTS OFF CAMPUS THAT I KNOW HAVE HAD THEIR APARTMENTS BROKEN IN TO.

but the dorms arent safe either, winter quarter of last year two students in the dyson dorms where robbed at gunpoint in their own room. I have heard tales that there are gangs in savannah whose initiation rights are to kill as scad student(even thought i find this hard to believe, there is still alot of animosity twords the students by locals).The local population is for the most part very poor, seeing hundreds of spoiled rich kids wandering the streets blasting there ipods and taking many of the jobs in savannah isnt a welcome sight. Despite the sterotype of "southern hospitality" i found many of the locals to be jadded and short with alot of SCAD students.

SCAD WILL ACCEPT ANYONE!

The "#1 art $chool in the country" doesnt even require a portfolio of any kind to get in. you will meet lots of kids who wanted to to go to an art school to avoid math and science requirments and are floating along on mommy and daddys trust fund. Lots of BMW's, Audi's, Corvettes and other very expensive cars can be found in the freshman parking lot.
IMPORTANT.
SCAD will give you a scholarship, but beware, they only do whole letter grade's for class's meaning a 2.97 is a C, and dont think that the professor will bump it up just to give you the grade cause you will find alot of them are very harsh graders. Also, if your GPA drops beneath a B average you will lose your scholarships till your average returns.
SCAD has also introduced a program called FYE(first year eperience) in this program they show you the ropes on how to sign up for class's, where different buildings are located, college resources and such, also they give you a "passport" which you are required to complete to pass FYE. The passport is a tiny replica passport that you are required to get stamps in for different events and places (EXAMPLE, sporting events or gallery shows), not a bad idea for the first quarter. If you fail FYE however you are required to take it again, till you pass, and they will charge you somthing like $2000 dollars each time, if you miss more than one FYE class(you cannot pick the time of the class, and its one a week) you will fail it.
MAKE SURE TO GO TO FYE IF YOU GO TO SCAD!

The school is very expensive, and they dont skip out on showing of how much money they have to spend. there are hundred of flat screen plasma TV's around the school as well as "sleep pods" and all sorts of usless crap that is not needed for students. Palla Wallace throws huge gallery show partys for invessters often to show off her #1 art school. There is little resources for items such as light tables and other expensive materials that can be extremely helpfull in foundations class's and superfolous for students to buy.
IF YOU PLAN ON GOING TO SCAD NEVER EVER COUNT ON EX LIBRIS(campus book and supply store) FOR ANY THING YOU NEED, IT IS EITHER OUT(lots of foundations teachers assign projects at the same time, and there are alot of students) OR EXTREMELY OVER PRICED!

there are two places in savannah(aside from wallmart or micheals wich is about a 30-45 min drive)that you can buy general supplies for class, Ex Libris and Primary art supply. Ex Libris will jack up the price (they made me pay 9 dollars for a can of spray paint) on any item and usually has specific items out of stock. Primary, thought better priced and more reliable for supplies, is still somewhat expensive and further away, if you can buy as much of your supplies online before hand, www.dickblick.com is a great website.

DO NOT WORK FOR SCAD AS A WORK STUDY STUDENT.

the hourly wage is somewhere between 4 and 6 dollars an hour. i was given $75 dollar pay checks bi-weekly! there is not way that you can survive down there on the min wage if you are trying to go to SCAD.

Savannah(besides being poverty and crime striken) is also the foulest smelling city ive ever been to in my entire life, the river it borders houses several paper mills, the horses often leave crap all over the road, and the garbage from the numerous buisness's creates a stink that will make your eyes water. combine that with the humidity of the south and it becomes unbearable.

I wouldnt recommend SCAD to anyone, let alone a serious artist. the school is nothing more than a overpriced day car filled with spoiled rich kids. I transfered far away, and i have no regrets.
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questionWhere did you transfer to?
 
commentI can totally agree with this school being a day care for rich kids. Also, the ghettos were really annoying especially when I was riding a bike. It was unpleasant and uncomfortable seeing people sit on stoops all day and giving dirty looks--this was during the day--I don't want to imagine what this would be like at night, as I drive my car at night. Lots of partying going on on the weekends with those rich kids who wanting to be rebellous and look like skaters, even though their parents had way more money then they wanted to make it out to seem. I was there on scholarship and thankfully I got a job from my experience with a good professor (out of many so-so ones), but I would recommend Ringling or full sail or this school any day.
 
responseLet me fix the last part: "but I would recommend Ringling or Full Sail OVER this school any day."
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