reading, consider my situation: Japanese-American Painting Major from Iowa. Need
not take any non-art-related courses because of AP classes and
dual credit courses from high school. On 2 scholarships and
a grant, otherwise paying with a loan which I shall
pay myself (not my parents). Was somewhat pressured by family
as well as personally tempted to attend a University for
a degree in Mathematics or Physics, so coming to an
Art School was a VERY DIFFICULT and HEAVY decision.
difficult to sum up SCAD's student body or faculty in
one world or two, because I've met some of the
most diverse groups of people here. I've met closeminded, racist,
arrogant rich kids (which aren't few) as well as extremely
bright, driven and inspiring students (which aren't few either, but
compared to the former, are RARER in general). It just
takes a bit of exploring.
As for Faculty, most generally
know what they are doing. I've had my share of
mediocre teachers... but there are some outstanding educators who are
well worth the money (Professor John Rise for one).
Foundation studies are extremely important for developing a common artistic
language and community among artists and SCAD understands this well...
Those who claim that Foundations are irrelevant and a
waste of money do NOT understand this. And those
who fail to understand quickly drop—because SCAD, like any college,
is NOT EASY. Professor Hamilton was very tough in Art
History but I learned much (you just have to do
your part of the work!) and got perfect exams. In
Drawing and Design classes, the professors really challenged me to
do much more and harder work than I've ever before...
and surrounded by awesome artists, I felt extremely excited and
energized. My professors treated me like a professional and I
was more than willing to pour 12 hours a day
into drawing, Friday through Sunday. If you can't do that,
forget art. People without that drive won't get far in
this industry anyway.
There ARE rich and snooty people who
are mediocre at art, alright. But those people quickly
disappear when they realize art education isn't something easy that
you can get with your parent's money. And as
you advance towards your degree, you realize that the ones
who remain are the best and brightest in the world.
Savannah isn't the safest place in the world. I
hear there was a drug raid last quarter with 2
SCAD students involved (who ended up getting shot) or muggings
this quarter. There are a lot of tourists and people
who don't know where they're going around. It's not as
bad a place as more metropolitan areas, but it's not
a haven either. Be smart about it, use common sense,
take precautions, travel in groups... I've had no problems and
have felt safe so far.
I eat extremely healthy and
SCADCAFE is dissatisfying... I cannot eat out anywhere because of
high sodium content, and SCAD food is very salty (though
my friends disagree and pour on the salt and dressing.
so I guess that's for those concerned about getting a
stroke at 35). It depends on who the cook is
that day. SCAD food is VERY expensive and usually not
worth the money ($8-10ish per meal) so I am planning
to live off campus and without the meal plan.
has a LOT of clubs, and Residence life staff and
the Student Activities groups have things to do all the
time, from dances to pajama parties and movie showings... to
galleries, visiting artists, workshops, free food, hypnotists, and more. The
gym is nice, the Library is impressive when it comes
to Magazines and art-related texts (but kinda mediocre when it
comes to sciences) and there are lots of good restaurants
and interesting shops peppered around the city. Classes require heavy
work, so you never run out of things to do.
Administration, I'd have to look into more. So far I've
had no problems with the system so far, and SCAD
generously gave me a free year worth credits for my
college-level courses/exams, but all systems have it's glitches and corruption...
You have to learn to outsmart the system.
its negatives, but what overrides it all for me is
the impressive number of stellar artists. From all over the
world the best artists gather (though there are lots of
mediocre people too, like I said earlier, those tend to
disappear over time). When I go visit other Art Institutions,
student work looks like... STUDENT work. They don't look like
they poured their heart and soul into it. They don't
look professional and serious. They look like drawings from photographs
done in a hurry just to get it done... I
don't feel passion, talent, competition, professionalism... that SCAD offers.
SCAD classroom is simply at a higher level than that
of other Art schools. That is why I am here...
Not because the food tastes good or the clubs are
fun or the classes are easy. I am here to
BECOME AN ARTIST.
If the thought of Art History
class exams that makes you memorize 100 artworks at a
time scares you, or you're too lazy to go draw
after dinner til midnight every day... you're not gonna cut
But if you have the determination to
be the world's best, SCAD is for you.