With more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for creative, professional careers. Not only can students choose from more than 40 majors and 75 minors across its locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Hong Kong, China and Lacoste, France or online through SCAD eLearning, but the faculty is also ripe with resources that harbor talent in the classroom and as students enter the professional world. Just take a tour to see the diverse range of imagination and innovation for yourself—or ask the 37,000 alumni worldwide.
In fact, SCAD boasts 99 percent of graduates last year finding employment or pursuing further education (or both) within a year of graduation, and 26 SCAD academic departments achieving 100 percent employment. That’s largely in part to something called The Hero’s Journey of SCAD, a 12-stage series of career preparation designed to launch students into their chosen professions via an emphasis on real-world, experiential learning and an adviser assigned to every student for life.
“I chose SCAD because it offered me a customizable arts education,” said Lindsay Graham (B.F.A., film and television, 2008), a writer/producer for Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck. “I wasn’t limited to a singular discipline as a student. The environment fostered experimentation and exploration. The studio space and equipment provided me the tools to create a professional portfolio.”
That portfolio helped make at least one of her dreams come true, when she wrote and produced a video for Martin Scorsese that premiered at Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The video was introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio to an audience of film lovers and several of her heroes.
To help make more dreams come true, SCAD continues to expand the definition of a creative career with the addition of three new majors this fall: B.F.A. degrees in immersive reality, social strategy and marketing and the business of beauty and fragrance.
“Our research-based approach to curriculum development has led us to some unprecedented curricula. When we create a degree program, we listen carefully to two audiences: our students and the professions they’re entering,” said Paula Wallace, president and founder of SCAD. Wallace grew up in Atlanta and taught in its public schools for many years before knowing that the city—entrepreneurial, enterprising, international, and the list goes on—would welcome the college’s mission.
“SCAD exists to prepare students for creative careers,” said Wallace. “This is our animating purpose, our raison d’être, which is why Atlanta makes a perfect home for SCAD. Our alumni work in the city’s every sector, from Fortune 500 headquarters to boutique game studios, founding full-service creative agencies like Metaleap, designing for tvsdesign and contributing to hit shows like ‘Black Lightning.’ They work in the city’s architecture and interior design firms, ad agencies, even the [Center for Disease Control].”
In fact, SCAD’s impact generates more than $122 million dollars annually to help shape Atlanta’s character and culture. Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank handpicked SCAD to commission, curate and install 200 works at Mercedes-Benz Stadium—arguably the world’s largest art gallery—including pieces from 19 SCAD grads.
Speaking of galleries, SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, located adjacent to the Atlanta campus, focuses on the future of fashion design by connecting conceptual to historical principles, engaging visitors with dynamic exhibitions, captivating films and enriching events. Through the end of September, tour “Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future,” a new major retrospective exhibition of the legendary fashion futurist or, until Aug. 12th, 2018, “‘Dressing for Dystopia: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Costumes by Ane Crabtree” exhibition, including more than 40 garments from the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series.
The latter marks the first costume design-focused exhibition. The latter marks the first costume design-focused exhibition, offering students, locals and visitors alike the consummate opportunity to see the cross-disciplinary nature of fashion and film—and the powerful combination of these creative professions when they intersect.