Savannah College of Art and Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private,
SCAD offers a wide variety of degree programs and specializations,
SCAD's innovative programs have received national and international recognition. SCAD was named one of "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs" by Fortune Small Business in 2007, and in 2008 the college was named one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News and World Report, as well as one of the nation's "Most Interesting Schools" by Kaplan-Newsweek.
SCAD was founded in 1978 by Paula S. Wallace, Richard G. Rowan, May L. Poetter, and Paul E. Poetter. The school
As the institution expanded, it encountered its share of growing pains and controversies. In 1992 the administration fought efforts to establish a student government and a faculty senate and canceled commencement exercises following several pipe-bomb explosions on campus. The following year SCAD filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the New York City–based School of Visual Arts, which was expanding into Savannah with a satellite campus. SCAD accused the School of Visual Arts of trying to destroy the college's reputation and of forming a conspiracy to oust SCAD's leadership. After years of legal battles and an out-of-court settlement, the School of Visual Arts closed its Savannah branch.
SCAD was the first art school in the country to have an athletics program and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The SCAD Bees compete in men's and women's basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis; women's softball and volleyball; and men's baseball and lacrosse. Fencing and cheerleading are offered as club sports.
In 2002 the SCAD Museum of Art opened in an antebellum Greek revival structure that formerly served as the headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway in Savannah. One of the highlights of the museum is the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American art, which includes work by Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, and Jacob Lawrence.
SCAD's flagship campus in Savannah offers a full university experience in the creative environment of the coastal South. The campus includes more than sixty facilities in one of the largest and most renowned National Historic Landmark districts in the nation. During the summer of 1981 SCAD
In 2002 SCAD acquired the Lacoste School of Arts in Provence, France, where it operates a year-round study-abroad facility. SCAD-Atlanta opened for classes in 2005 with seventy-seven students. The campus expanded in 2006 when SCAD acquired the Atlanta College of Art. By 2010 SCAD-Atlanta now enrolled nearly 2,000 students and offered twenty degree programs. SCAD facilities are located in the city's Midtown arts district. In 2009 SCAD opened a campus in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong, with eight programs of study.
SCAD-eLearning was launched in 2003, offering certificate and degree programs to a global, online community. Students anywhere in the world can earn fifteen different undergraduate and graduate degrees through award-winning online programs. SCAD-eLearning also offers certificate programs and individual courses.
SCAD is an
Students and faculty have performed many community-service projects, including assessing historic-structure damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in coastal Mississippi; building houses with Habitat for Humanity; participating in Hands On Atlanta projects; developing plans for a LEED-certified building for Park Place Outreach Inc. in Savannah; helping restore the Wren's Nest in Atlanta; participating in a citywide public mural project benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia and Hospice Savannah; creating Holocaust memorial sculptures in Savannah for the Jewish Educational Alliance; and helping restore the First African Baptist Church of Raccoon Bluff, on Sapelo Island.
According to an economic impact study published by the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges in 2005, SCAD contributed more than $256 million to the Savannah-area economy.
Historic Preservation Leader
SCAD-Savannah is set
While preserving the character and integrity of its historic buildings, SCAD offers state-of-the-art, industry-standard technology and tools in all its programs. Its facilities include studios, galleries, computer labs, film-editing suites, darkrooms, theaters, a museum, classrooms, residence halls, libraries, fitness centers, and event spaces.
In 1980 the college received the first of many preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for its adaptive reuse of the college's flagship building. Since then, SCAD has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Art Deco Societies of America, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Victorian Society in America, and the International Downtown Association. In 2003 SCAD was honored with the first-ever Renaissance Award from the Georgia Cities Foundation and a National Trust Main Street Leadership Award for Civic Leadership.
Peter Applebome, "Art and Commerce: A College's Turbulent Tale," New York Times, August 23, 1992.
Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, "School of Redesign," Historic Preservation (November/December 1992): 35-42, 87.
Allison Hersh, "As SCAD Celebrates its 25th Anniversary . . . ," Savannah Morning News, September 28, 2003.
Masterpiece in Motion: A History of the First Fifteen Years of the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Ga.: Savannah College of Art and Design, 1993).
Luciana M. Spracher, Bricks and Bones Historical Research
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