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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; Business of Beauty and Fragrance

Graduate: Accessory Design; Fashion; Fibers; Luxury & Fashion Management

Annual Tuition: 

Undergraduate: $37,575

Graduate: $38,475

Famous/Successful Alumni:  Christopher John Rogers, Eleanor Turner (Argent), Recho Omandi (Omondi), Jaime Barker (Flagpole), Rita Watson (accessories designer, Kate Spade)

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:  

  • Business of Beauty and Fragrance BFA program
  • New fashion education building, 18,700 square feet including 10 sewing/sketching/lecture rooms and a digital textile printing lab

Enrollment: 1,948 (Undergraduate); 1,672 (Graduate)

Graduation Rate: 85%

Acceptance Rate: 56%

Class Size: 13 students

Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Classes are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 23%

Job Placement Rate: 99%

What the Students Say:

"Be prepared to work more than you have ever worked before. Also, if you don't have a car everything is more difficult for you."

"All SCAD students are extremely talented and passionate. My peers are some of the most hard working people I know and produce professional work."

"This school is way too expensive for the crap we are given. But the teachers are very knowledgeable in their field and I have learned a lot."

"The jewelry program at SCAD will prepare you to take on all areas of the jewelry industry from CAD, illustration, design, and more. The facilities have everything you need to make a jewelry collection start to finish and the faculty is wonderful and go out of their way to help you succeed."

"Overly priced and full of rich privileged people."

"The workload is insane and there's no mental health help"

"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 and the workload heavy, the school boasts a 99% 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 and jewelry programs are the most comprehensive in the country; the school also offers the first MFA in accessory design in the world. 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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Twitter: @SCADdotedu

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Last updated December 2019.