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The Savannah College of Art and Design

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeB
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsB
SafetyD-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Female
ACT:33
SAT:1200
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Safety
D-
Highest Rating
Educational Quality
A+
She cares more about Safety than the average student.
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I transferred to SCAD from MICA, one of those more elite, Northern, East-Coast art schools that some of these complainers think SCAD falls short of. SCAD does things differently from a RISD or SAIC or MICA or Pratt, that is certain. If you are all about art for art's sake, and want to spend $100k+ on a beautiful diploma and conceptual indoctrination so you can walk through the rest of your life with your nose in the air, unemployed in your field of study, then by all means go to one of those schools. You can be a very fine and indebted artist.

But SCAD does things differently. They have a very West Coast and frankly, REALISTIC approach to teaching art. After all, you are going to college to get a JOB - presumably that's why you are investing so much money - and they teach their students not only how to be artists but how to be artists in career settings. You are required to meet with career advisors, make resumes and business cards, taught how to interview, and so long as you maintain an acceptable GPA and work ethic, they bend over backwards to help you get internships and placements even after graduation. Not just the advisors, but I've found that individual faculty are all willing to do this.

And as far as complaining about the presence of sports, well, you'd think that artists would be open-minded enough to accept the fact that young creative people can have a wide spectrum of interests. In my opinion, the athletics at SCAD only adds to the diversity of the student body. And I haven't done sports since high school, but some of the most hardworking students here are the ones balancing training and competitions on top of an already rigorous art school curriculum.

So anyway, yes, this school was a lot easier to get into than MICA, but they offered more scholarships, too, and campus jobs are widely available, and all of my faculty and advisors thus far have been extremely open and helpful. I'm sure some of the departments are spottier than others. It's about finding one in which you fit, and there are plenty to choose from.

My only complaint is about the city of Savannah itself - parking is a complete hassle and I feel unsafe a lot of the time - especially at night - and they seem to be cutting back on security. You know they spend an ungodly amount of money keeping their facilities and equipment up-to-date. And coming from Baltimore, I should be inured to it by now...
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questionI have a daughter, considering SCAD for Illustration. I'd love to hear from you about your experiences at SCAD. josephhyde@gmail.com
 
questionHow did you pay for the tuition fees i hear that its very expensive to attend scad
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