Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Savannah College of Art and Design campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of SCAD Photography

Savannah College of Art and Design campus exterior. Photo: Courtesy of SCAD Photography

Locations: Savannah, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Undergraduate: Accessory Design; Fashion Design; Fashion Marketing & Management; Fibers

Graduate: Accessory Design; Fashion; Fibers

Annual Tuition: 

Undergraduate: $36,630

Graduate: $37,530

Famous Alumni: Rita Watson (accessories designer, Kate Spade), Kali Lague (designer, Kate Spade), Eduardo Calvo-Mendoza (designer, Tory Burch), Blakely Dickey (designer, Alice and Olivia), Greg Tackett (manager, global marketing, L’Oreal USA), Paige Smith (senior print designer, Lilly Pulitzer)

Companies that Recruit From This School, According to the School: Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Calvin Klein, Nike, Kenneth Cole, L'Oréal, Kendra Scott, Neiman Marcus, Draper James, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Camuto Group, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Amazon, Disney Design Group

New Programs and Partnerships of Note:  

  • BFA Business of Beauty and Fragrance.
  • BFA Immersive Reality.
  • Collaborative Learning Center (CLC): Offering real-world design challenges with blue-chip companies and organizations. Recent fashion department partners include: Kendra Scott, Urban Decay Division of L’Oréal, Ernst Benz Luxury Watches, Amazon, Draper James and Signet Jewelry.

Enrollment: 1,644 (Undergraduate); 1,920 (Graduate)

Growth in Enrollment Since 2017: 7% 

Graduation Rate: 83.5%

Class Size: 13 students

Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Classes are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 19%

What the Students Say:

"It is your responsibility to put fourth the work, what you give is what you get out of your time here. Take advantage of all the opportunities and stay focused, the coursework is heavy and balancing a job with classes is very difficult."

"The best experience I have ever had is attending SCAD. I have learned so much in two years here that I already gained an internship, just in my sophomore year."

"Overly priced and full of rich privileged people."

"SCAD is very professional. People usually take it for granted because it is really easy to get in as freshmen but to survive is so hard in the fashion [program]. They have so many opportunities and so many resources. I am really impressed with the faculty knowledge."

Student fashion show. Photo: Courtesy of SCAD Photography

Student fashion show. Photo: Courtesy of SCAD Photography

The Bottom Line: We always get positive feedback about this school, and while tuition is expensive, the school boasts a 98 percent employment rate within 10 months of students receiving their diplomas. Plus, what students say about the school bringing industry bigwigs from New York and beyond to them is true. It also has a beautiful, pristine campus with state-of-the-art technology and a great museum with regular fashion exhibitions. The fibers program is the most comprehensive in the country. The resources, connections and access the school can offer its students despite their distance from a major fashion capital are what makes SCAD stand out amongst U.S. fashion schools.

More Info:

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Last updated December 2018.