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Motto Ars longa, vita brevis
Motto in English Art is long, but life is short
Established 1978
Type Private
Endowment US $140 million
President Paula S. Wallace
Faculty 447
Staff 911
Students 11,897
Undergraduates est. 9,824
Postgraduates est. 2,073
Location Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia,
United States
Campus Urban
Sports cross country
Colors Gold and Black
Mascot Art the Bee
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Affiliations Sun Conference

SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design) is a private university with campuses located in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France.



Montgomery Hall is home of Animation, Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics, Interactive Design and Game Development, and Visual Effects

SCAD offers fine art degrees. SCAD enrolls more than 9,000 students from all 50 states, and 100 countries. International student enrollment is 10-12 percent.[1]

The college offers a study-abroad campus in Lacoste, France. In 2009, the school announced plans to open another campus in Hong Kong in 2010.[2] It will be housed in the former North Kowloon Magistracy.

Students are expected to focus on three areas of study: foundation studies (art fundamentals such as drawing, color theory and design), liberal arts (math, science, art history and English needed for accreditation) and their major area of discipline (a specific course of study such as graphic design, sequential art or animation).


The university is divided into eight colleges:[3]

School of Building Arts
School of Communication Arts
School of Design
School of Fashion
School of Film, Digital Media, and Performing Arts
School of Fine Arts
School of Foundation Studies
Foundation studies classes are taught in Anderson Hall.
  • Department: Foundation Studies
School of Liberal Arts

The School of Film and Digital Media has seen much growth in recent years with the addition of new majors. These areas of study focus on computer effects, animation and design for film, television, games and the Internet. To meet this demand, a former 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) carriage factory was refurbished as a high-end, 800-computer animation and effects teaching/production house complete with render farm, green-screen stages and even stop-motion labs.[citation needed] SCAD recently added a program in sound design, offering concentration in music production or audio for image.

The School of Communication Arts includes graphic design, advertising design, illustration and sequential art. Most graphic design classes are held in Poetter Hall on Madison Square. Poetter Hall has a large number of computers and several high-end Apple Computer workstations in its labs.


SCAD was founded in 1978 by Paula S. Wallace, Richard Rowan, May Poetter and Paul Poetter. In 1979, SCAD opened its doors with five trustees, four staff members, seven faculty member, and 71 students. At that time the school offered eight majors. In May 1981, The first graduate, Julianne Lee, received a degree. The following year, the first graduating class received degrees. In 1982 the enrollment grew to more than 500 students, then to 1,000 in 1986, and 2,000 in 1989.

In 2003, the college launched the SCAD e-Learning program, offering certificates and full master's degrees online. In 2004, SCAD established a campus in Atlanta offering B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in 11 majors. Today the university encompasses more than 2,500,000 square feet (232,000 m2) in Atlanta, Lacoste and Savannah.

In 2005, SCAD opened a campus in Midtown near the Woodruff Arts Center and the High Museum of Art on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, called SCAD-Atlanta, with 77 students.[4]

In August 2006, the Atlanta College of Art merged with SCAD after approval by the board of trustees of both colleges.


Richard Rowan (1978–2000)

Rowan served as president of the college from its inception in 1978 until April 2000, when SCAD's Board of Trustees promoted Rowan to Chancellor. During his tenure as Chancellor, Rowan devoted the majority of his time traveling and recruiting international students and staff. In 2001, Chancellor Rowan resigned from the college.[5]

Paula S. Wallace (2000–present)

Wallace, formerly Paula S. Rowan, was promoted to president of the college in 2000 after serving as Provost and Dean of Academics since the founding of the college with her former husband, Richard Rowan, in 1978. As President, Wallace is responsible for the direct the internal management of the institution. Under Wallace's leadership, SCAD established an off-campus site in Lacoste, France, in 2002. Wallace has also initiated several annual events, such as the Sidewalk Arts Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Fashion Show, SCAD Style, deFine Art Festival, Art Educators' Forum and Rising Star.[6]



Poetter Hall, originally Preston Hall, was SCAD's first building and first historic restoration project.

The college is engaged with the city of Savannah and the preservation of its architectural heritage.[7] By restoring buildings for use as college facilities, the college has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Victorian Society of America.[citation needed] The college campus now consists of more than 60 buildings throughout the grid and park system of downtown Savannah. Many buildings are located on the famous 21 squares of the old town, which are laden with monuments, live oaks and an undeniable Southern-Gothic feel that is sought by the many movies filmed there.

Located in Atlanta's Midtown, SCAD–Atlanta facilities provide classroom and exhibition space, well-equipped computer labs, library, photography darkrooms, printmaking and sculpture studios, a dining hall, fitness center, swimming pool and residence hall.[8]

The college's first academic building was the Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory, which was purchased and renovated in 1979. Built in 1892, the Romanesque Revival red brick structure is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally named Preston Hall, the building was renamed Poetter Hall in honor of co-founders May and Paul Poetter. SCAD soon expanded rapidly, acquiring buildings in Savannah's downtown historic and Victorian districts, restoring old and often derelict buildings that had exhausted their original functions.[citation needed]

Student housing

Most students live off-campus, outside the residence halls, as there are no formal campus grounds other than those contained by the building properties themselves. There are ten buildings that provide student housing and range from one- to three-person, single-room residence halls; to four-bedroom student apartments. The residence halls are Weston House, Dyson House, Oglethorpe House, Turner House, Turner Annex, Pulaski House (an all female residence hall), Forsyth House, Gaston House (not available after Spring Quarter 2008), Boundary Village, Alice Hall and Barnard Village.


The college operates 10 galleries, notably Red Gallery, the ACA Gallery of SCAD, the Pei Ling Chan Gallery, the Pinnacle Gallery, and La Galerie Bleue. The ACA Gallery is located in the Woodruff Arts Center, next to the High Museum of Art.[9]

Students activities

Student center of the Savannah College of Art and Design, former synagogue

There are 23 student organizations related to academic programs and another 22 that are recognized but not affiliated with any particular programs. SCAD has no fraternities or sororities.

College media

The university has two student run media organizations at its Savannah and Atlanta campuses.

District and SCAD Radio are located in Savannah. District also prints a quarterly magazine called District Quarterly. Connector and SCAD Atlanta Radio are located in Atlanta. The Connector also prints a quarterly magazine called SCAN. District, SCAD Radio, Connector and SCAD Atlanta Radio are all Web-only organizations.


SCAD competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics's Florida Sun Conference. The college hosts programs in men's and women's basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis; women's softball and volleyball; and men's baseball. Fencing and cheerleading are also offered as club sports. Opportunities for athletics participation also exist through the college's intramural programs. Volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, flag football, softball and various other activities are available at the intramural level.

On June 17, 2003, Savannah College of Art and Design executive vice president Brian Murphy and athletic director Jud Damon announced that the college would be changing athletic affiliation from National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and rejoining the NAIA.[citation needed] SCAD had been a Division III member since 1992, but would now be joining the Florida Sun Conference. The college was a member of the NAIA from 1987–1992 and renewed membership in the NAIA and the FSC for the 2003-2004 season.

Many SCAD teams have been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in recent years, including baseball, men's and women's golf, men's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming, women's cross country, volleyball, softball, and men's and women's soccer.[citation needed]

In 2007, SCAD had their first player drafted into Major League Baseball as the New York Yankees selected pitcher Ryan Pope.[citation needed] He was sent to the Class A Short Season Staten Island Yankees, and he now pitches for Class A Advanced Tampa Yankees.[citation needed]

Annual events

Savannah Film Festival

Trustee's Theater in Downtown Savannah

The college holds numerous lectures, performances and film screenings at two historic theaters it owns, the Trustees Theater and the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. These theaters also are used once a year for the Savannah Film Festival in late October/early November. Past guests of the festival include Roger Ebert, Peter O'Toole, Tommy Lee Jones, and many others.[citation needed] With average attendance close to 35,000, the event includes a week of lectures, workshops and screenings of student and professional films. There also is a juried competition.[10]

Chalk drawing by SCAD alumni at the Sidewalk Arts Festival.

Sidewalk Arts and Sand Arts Festivals

Each April, SCAD hosts the Sidewalk Arts Festival in downtown Forsyth Park. The festival consists primarily of the chalk-drawing competition, which is divided into group and individual categories of students, alumni and prospective students. Similar is the Sand Arts Festival. This sand festival is held every spring on the beaches of nearby Tybee Island. Contestants can work alone or in groups of up to four people. The competition is divided into sand relief, sand sculpture, sand castle and wind sculpture divisions.[11]

Other events

Individual departments host yearly and quarterly shows to promote student work. Conferences such as the GDX conference[12] and events such as SCAD Style[13] and offer opportunities for networking.

Students tend to frequent en masse non-SCAD-affiliated events if they are held in the historic district — for example, the Savannah Jazz Festival and the Savannah Shakespeare Festival (both in Forsyth Park) — not to mention the St. Patrick's Day celebration, which is one of the largest and oldest in the United States.[citation needed]

Notable faculty

Name Department Notability Reference
Michael Nolin Film & Television Professor of Screenwriting, screenwriter and producer of Mr. Holland's Opus [14]
Stephen Geller English Professor of English and Dramatic Writing, Author, screenwriter of Slaughter House Five and more. [15]
Brenda Brathwaite former head of the interactive design and game development department; writer of "Challenges for Game Designers" and "Sex and Video Games"; named one of the game industry's 100 Most Influential Women by Next Generation, an online magazine, and her peers. Brathwaite was elected to the board of the International Game Developers Association in March 2008, and has worked on over 20 commercial video games.
Tom Lyle professor of sequential art; penciler for over 40 Spider-Man comics, as well as numerous other titles.
E.G. Daves Rossell professor of architectural history; noted scholar on vernacular architecture; works on Virtual Historic Savannah Project, which documents the evolution of urban form by combining architectural and social history research with 3-D computer and database technology.
David Spencer Atlanta College of Art alumnus and SCAD-Atlanta professor of interactive design; rock musician with the band Tone Star.
Craig Stevens professor of photography; photographer.
Stuart Robertson Visual Effects Visual Effects Department Chair, Won an academy award for his work as a Visual Effects supervisor on the 1998 film What Dreams May Come (film) [16]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Brock Butler lead singer of Perpetual Groove
Sheila Springsteen 1992 Photographer, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Winner Robert F. Kennedy Award, Instructor, Photojournalism (CCS)
India.Arie grammy-winning musician and vocalist
Danny! record producer/recording artist for Definitive Jux Records [17]
Joanna Erbach 2005 Visual effects artist for animated films including The Ant Bully and Open Season 2 [18][19]
Tomas Kalnoky lead singer of the third wave ska band Streetlight Manifesto, and the musical collective Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution. Tomas Kalnoky was also the first lead singer for the band Catch 22
Christy Lijewski creator of the comics Next Exit and RE:Play
The Luna Brothers comics/graphic novel creators of Ultra, Girls, and The Sword (Image), and artists for Spider-Woman (Marvel)
Dennis Oh actor and model in South Korea
Drew Speziale Circle Takes the Square member
Kathy Coppola Circle Takes the Square member
Jay Wynn Circle Takes the Square member
René Pérez rapper and lyricist of five time Grammy Award winner band Calle 13
Nabil Abou-Harb 2007 Film Writer/Director, "Arab in America (2007)"
Anis Mojgani 1999 (Bachelors)
2001 (Masters)
Award Winning Slam Poet and first place winner at 2007 World Cup Poetry Slam held in Bobigny, France"
Mark Eshbaugh 1999 Artist, author and musician

External links


  1. ^ "Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)". Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Savannah College of Art and Design - Hong Kong". SCAD. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ SCAD Degree Programs (2007). Savannah College of Art and Design. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "Art Schools: Savannah College of Art And Design". Your3DSource. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Richard Rowan resigns from SCAD". Savannah Morning News. 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Hail to the new chief". Savannah Morning News. 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  7. ^ "URBAN RENEWAL: NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD CITY". THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT. Landmark Communications, Inc. 1996. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  8. ^ "SCAD Comes to Atlanta". fight.boredom. 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  9. ^ Savannah College of Art and Design: About, ARTINFO, 2008,, retrieved 2008-07-30 
  10. ^ "Savannah Film Festival". Savannah College of Art and Design. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  11. ^ "Sidewalk Arts Festival 2007". Savannah College of Art and Design. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Game Developers eXchange 2008 at SCAD-Atlanta". Savannah College of Art and Design. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  13. ^ "SCAD Style". Savannah College of Art and Design. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
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  17. ^ Stoehr, John (2007-01-24), "Local Student Wins MTV Award", Savannah Morning News, 
  18. ^ "Presentation of Degrees". Savannah College of Art and Design. 2005-05-28. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  19. ^ Joanna Erbach at the Internet Movie Database

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