Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design
Motto Ars longa, vita brevis
Motto in English
Art is long, life is short
Type Private
Established 1978
President Paula S. Wallace
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 11,973
Undergraduates 9,695
Postgraduates 2,278
Location Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, United States; Lacoste, France; Hong Kong.
Coordinates: 32°04′23″N 81°05′46″W / 32.0730°N 81.0961°W / 32.0730; -81.0961
Campus Urban
Colors Gold and Black
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Sun Conference, Appalachian Athletic Conference
Sports 23 varsity teams
Mascot Art the Bee

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), is a private, nonprofit, accredited university [1] with locations in Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France.

Founded in 1978 to provide degrees in programs not yet offered in the southeast, the university now operates two locations in Georgia, a degree-granting location in Hong Kong, a degree-granting online education program, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France with rotating course offerings. The university enrolls more than 11,000 students from across the United States and around the world with international students comprising up to 14 percent of the student population.[2] SCAD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and other regional and professional accrediting bodies.


Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter legally incorporated the Savannah College of Art and Design September 29, 1978.[3] The university opened the following year with five trustees, four staff members, seven faculty members, and 71 students.[4] The school offered eight majors. In May 1981, the first graduate 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 2014, the university enrolled more than 11,000 students.


SCAD opened a study abroad location in Lacoste, France in 2002 that provides programming for the various academic departments offered by the university's degree-granting locations. It launched an online learning program in 2003 that U.S. News and World Report ranks as among the best for bachelor's programs in the nation.[5] In 2005 the university opened a location in Midtown Atlanta that merged with the Atlanta College of Art in 2006. In September 2010, SCAD opened a Hong Kong location in the Sham Shui Po district.[6]


Student unrest grew in the early 90's regarding student representation within the school, culminating in 1992 with the detonation of an explosive device at the administration building, and two more later that year, at the Savannah Civic Center.[7] It was never proven that the explosions were related to the student's desire to form a constitution, however, no such document exists today.


Ivy Hall houses classrooms for SCAD's Atlanta campus
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 him to chancellor. As chancellor, Rowan spent most of his time traveling and recruiting international students and staff. In 2001, he resigned the job and left the college.[8]

Paula S. Wallace (2000–present)

Wallace, formerly Paula S. Rowan, served as SCAD's provost and dean of academics before becoming president. As president, Wallace directs the internal management of the institution. Wallace has led the collaboration for several annual events, such as the Sidewalk Arts Festival, Savannah Film Festival, a Fashion Show, SCAD Style, deFine Art Festival, Art Educators' Forum and Rising Star.


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


SCAD's efforts to work with the city of Savannah to preserve its architectural heritage[9] include restoring buildings for use as college facilities, for which it 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.[10] The college campus includes 67 buildings throughout the grid-and-park system of downtown Savannah. Many buildings are on the famous 21 squares of the old town,[11] which are laden with monuments, live oaks and a Southern-Gothic feel.

Located in Atlanta's Midtown, SCAD Atlanta includes classroom and exhibition space, computer labs, library, photography darkrooms, printmaking and sculpture studios, a dining hall, fitness center, swimming pool and residence hall.[12] SCAD Atlanta’s Ivy Hall opened in 2008 after extensive restoration.[13] In 2009, SCAD Atlanta opened the Digital Media Center.[14]

Cylinder press in the Atelier de Gravure at SCAD Lacoste

The SCAD Lacoste campus is made up of 15th- and 16th-century structures. The campus includes an art gallery, guest houses, computer lab and printmaking lab. In Hong Kong, SCAD occupies renovated historic North Kowloon Magistracy Building, with more than 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2). It is equipped with classrooms, meeting areas, computer labs, an art gallery and library.

The college's first academic building was the Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory, which was purchased and renovated in 1978-79. 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.

The College operates four libraries: Jen Library in Savannah, Georgia; ACA Library in Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong Library in Hong Kong; and Lacoste Library in Lacoste, France. There is also a large amount of resources available via the eLearning Library.

The most notable of the group is Jen Library for the size of its collection. The Jen Library houses approximately 42,000 books, 11,000 bound volumes of periodicals, and 1,600 videotapes in an 85,000 square foot building.[15] The building, itself, once served as a Maas Brothers department store before being acquired and repurposed by the University. Its structural and design features include a large glass staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows on opposite corners of the building.[16] The Jen Library houses multiple rare collections containing both books and visual arts materials including the Don Bluth Collection of Animation and the Newton Collection of British and American Art.[17] It is also home to the Gutstein Gallery, an assemblage of contemporary art from both nationally recognized artists as well as SCAD alumni.[18]

Student housing

Most students live off-campus, outside of the residence halls, as there are no formal campus grounds other than those contained by the building properties themselves. In Atlanta the university provides two residence halls, ACA Residence Hall of SCAD and Spring House. The Hong Kong residence hall is the Hong Kong Gold Coast residences. The residence halls in Savannah are Barnard Village, Boundary Village, Montgomery House, Oglethorpe House, Pulaski House, The Terrace, Turner House, Turner House Annex, C at The Hive, D at The Hive, E at The Hive, and H at The Hive,. Students in Lacoste live in Maison Pitot, Fortunee, Renard, Murier, Omlette, Olivier, and Basse.[19]


The university operates 16 galleries, notably Gutstein Gallery, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Pinnacle Gallery and La Galerie Bleue in Savannah; Gallery 1600, Trois Gallery and Gallery See in Atlanta; and Moot Gallery in Hong Kong. ].[20]


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 enrolled more than 10,461 students in 2010 from all 50 states, and 100 countries. International student enrollment is 10 to 12 percent.[21]


SCAD is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. The university confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Urban Design degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. The professional M.Arch. degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The Master of Arts in Teaching degrees offered by SCAD are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. SCAD is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The SCAD interior design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.[22]

Study abroad

The university offers a study-abroad campus in Lacoste, France. In Fall 2010, SCAD opened SCAD Hong Kong in the former North Kowloon Magistracy.[23]

Degree requirements

Students are required 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).


Lucas Theater

The university is divided into eight schools:[24]

School of Building Arts
School of Communication Arts
School of Design
School of Fashion
School of Entertainment Arts

School of Digital Media

School of Fine Arts
School of Foundation Studies
Foundation studies classes are taught in Anderson Hall.
School of Liberal Arts

The School of Film, Digital Media and Performing Arts 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. SCAD recently added a program in sound design, offering concentration in post-production for film.

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

Student activities

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

There are 80 student organizations related to academic and non-academic programs and activities.[25] SCAD has no fraternities or sororities.

College media

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

District (an online-only news publication), Port City Review (an annual literary publication) and SCAD Radio (an online webcasting station) are produced by students at the Savannah location. The Connector (an online-only news publication), SCAN Magazine (a quarterly general interest magazine) and SCAD Atlanta Radio are produced by students at the Atlanta location.


SCAD Savannah Bees

SCAD Savannah athletic teams are known as the Bees. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in The Sun Conference. Men's sports include cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and track & field.

Fencing is offered as a club sport. 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 university would be changing athletic affiliation from National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and rejoining the NAIA.[26] 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 (now The Sun Conference) beginning with the 2003-04 season.

In 2010, the SCAD Atlanta location entered the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s cross-country.[27]

SCAD Atlanta Bees

SCAD Atlanta is also a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Atlanta campus competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Men's sports include cross country, golf and tennis; while women's sports include cross country, golf and tennis.

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, Norman Jewison, Ellen Burstyn, Sir Ian McKellen, Oliver Stone, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Sydney Lumet, Miloš Forman, Michael Douglas, Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Claire Danes, James Gandolfini, and many others.[28] With average attendance more than 40,000, the event includes a week of lectures, workshops and screenings of student and professional films. There also is a juried competition.[29]

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.[30]

Other events

Individual departments host yearly and quarterly shows to promote student work. Conferences such as the GDX conference[31] and events such as SCAD Style[32] 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.

Notable faculty

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Name Department Notability Reference
Michael Nolin Film & Television Professor of Screenwriting, screenwriter and producer of Mr. Holland's Opus
Stephen Geller English Professor of English and Dramatic Writing, author, screenwriter of Slaughter House Five
Tom Lyle Sequential Art 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.
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
Sharon Ott (director) Performing Arts Artistic director of Performing Arts department, winner of the 1997 Regional Theatre Tony Award for her work as artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Luke Sullivan Advertising Chair of the Advertising department. Won 21 medals in the One Show, global recognition for his work as Copywriter and a Creative director for a career spanning more than 30 years in advertising. He worked at three elite agencies, The Martin Agency, Richmond; Fallon, Minneapolis; GSD&M, Austin. He is the author of Hey Whipple Squeeze This, considered to be the Bible of the advertising world.[33]
Christopher McDonnell Fashion Founder of eponymous British and US fashion label Christopher McDonnell and co-founder of London boutique/brand Marrian-McDonnell; Queen fashion editor. [34][35]
David E. Stone Sound Design Won an Academy Award for the film Bram Stoker's Dracula for Best Sound Editing during the 65th Academy Awards

Notable alumni

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Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Lisa M. Robinson 1999 Photographer. Author of monograph "Snowbound"[36] Outstanding Alumna, 2006.[37]
Sheila Springsteen 1992 Photographer, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Winner Robert F. Kennedy Award, Instructor, Photojournalism (CCS)
Danny! recording artist for Questlove's Okayplayer Records and music producer/composer for MTV's Hype Music production library [38]
Joanna Erbach 2005 Visual effects artist for animated films including The Ant Bully and Open Season 2 [39]
Tomas Kalnoky Lead singer of the ska punk 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.
M. Alice LeGrow 2003 Alternative comics artist; creator of the graphic novel series Bizenghast [40][41]
The Luna Brothers comics/graphic novel creators of Ultra, Girls, and The Sword (Image), and artists for Spider-Woman (Marvel)
Jefferson Wood 1995 Penciler on Big Bang Comics for Image Comics, Two time Pollstar Award winner. Billboard Magazine Number 18 best rock poster artist of all time.
Peg Parnevik Swedish singer, songwriter, and television personality, known for starring in Parneviks [42]
Alex Shopov 1999 Co-recipient, 2005 Emmy award for CBS Sports' Swingvision [43]
Mir Zafar Ali Visual effects specialist and artist, "The Day After Tomorrow, X-Men, Compass, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy"
Shaun Inman Prolific game designer, composer, web developer, and entrepreneur [44]
Charlie Zink Major League Baseball pitcher [45]
Chaz Moneypenny 2013 Senior writer for The Walt Disney Company [46]


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