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Let's catch up with some of the rankings about SCAD nowadays: Red Dot Design Rankings 2017: #1 in the U.S., #2 in the world. Design Intelligence 2017: #1 Interior design in the US. The Rookies 2017: #1 Best Motion Graphics School" official rankings of The Best Creative Schools in the World. Universities.com 2017: #1 Best Colleges with Illustration Degrees in the U.S. Fashionista 2017: #3 - Top 10 fashion design schools in the US. The Art Career Project 2018: #3 - The Best Animation Schools in the U.S. Animation Career Review 2017: #7 - Top 50 animation schools in the US (top 3% of schools considered) PrepScholar 2017: #7 - The 20 best graphic design schools in the US. GDUSA 2017: #10 - Top design schools today. The Best Schools 2017: #10 - The 50 Best Video Game Design Schools. Ranker: #11 - The 30 best design schools in the world. Businessinsider 2012: #13 - The world's 25 best design schools. The Princeton Review 2017: #15 - Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design. Artsy 2017: The 15 Top Art Schools in the US. Hollywood Reporter 2017: #17 - Top 25 film schools in the US. Hollywood Reporter 2017: #24 - The 25 Best Drama Schools for an Acting Degree. Niche 2018: #25 - Best colleges for design in America.
I honestly had a bad experience here when I took a tour of the school. The school was amazing of course and the students were very kind but the teacher was very rough around the edges and kind of rude and so was the admission person. I rather go some where they won't tear down your hope and dreams.
SCAD does absolutely nothing to support the students who are having a challenging time transitioning to college life. The financial aid is almost non existent and the employees in that department are not human! They have no empathy for families that are experiencing a difficult time financially. Also, My daughter came home because her much loved grandmother was in hospice and nearing the end of her life and her teachers cared NOT AT ALL. My daughter was not given a leave of absence, in fact, she was docked missed days! Then she was not permitted to return to classes because too many days were missed! The school would not work with us to help my daughter (an honor student) get back into her studies. Needless to say, my daughters freshman year (and only year at SCAD) was a terrible experience! The only students this school supports are the ones whose parents can afford the ridiculously over priced tuition.
I went to SCAD my freshmen year of college. SCAD Day made me fall in love with it, they made everything look so great and wonderful, but after spending my first year there I realized it was not the school for me. I remember I was so scared of not getting in, only later to find out they literally accept anybody. My homeschooled friend with a 2.3 got in. Prepare to throw a lot of money at this school. Between dorm living costs, tuition alone, and the incredible amount of expensive art supplies your professors make you buy, you will be spending a lot of money!!! I look back and thank god my parents were there to support me and cringe at the amount of money I spent. Nothing is accessible. The buses are hardly functioning, don't even think about taking a bus past 9, cuz you will be on the side walk forever, and it is really unsafe especially because the buildings and dorms are in such bad areas!! Savannah is not a safe town to being with but my dorm (turner annex) had project housing and gang violence behind it. I remember people used to get robbed coming home in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY. And the fact that SCAD's safe ride service, a service that is suppose to be designed to pick up students late at night from academic buildings, DENIED ME on multiple occasions because it was "too late" makes my blood boil. I also know many students who now (2 years after I transferred out) who live in houses off campus get robbed all the time. I never felt safe and was always afraid of going out at night because gun and gang violence is a VERY large problem in Savannah. You will never get the classes you need and will always struggle to get the classes that you want. Why you ask? Because they offer 3 classes that 300 people need with a cap at 20 students for each class, THATS WHY!!!! As far as the school itself, I always felt like they half assed everything. They put a lot of effort into your first quarter as a freshmen with all these activities and want you to get involved but then after that nothing, like literally no events. It's weird. I always felt the school was keeping something from all of us, who knows. I truly hope they have improved since I transferred out. They had/have a lot of work to do in order to improve the school.
Great for students but horrible work environment and lack of real leadership. Run if you can because this school is like a rotten apple; rotting from the inside out... Read the reviews on Glassdoor.com if you don't believe.
MFA Animation graduate here. Liked the school a lot and I felt like I learned a lot. Some advice for those considering this school or who will be attending: -Research your class options and professors. So VERY important!! I took a elective summer class with dreamworks pro Prof Scott Wright who revolutionized the way I approach 3d animation. It was a totally optional course but it was the best class for me and made the experience 100% worth it (though I learned many other things in the other classes too). Researching classes lets you know if it'll be a rough course or an easier one, so def ask your fellow classmates too. Also, registration lets you sub out classes sometimes which brings me to my next point: -substitute cinema history for contemporary art history if you're an animation student!! The prof is awesome and animation history ties in directly with the cinema history! And you watch movies in class and learn about filmmaking!! Just do this thing! It's incredibly worth it. -make sure you go to all the talks and animation shows if you can. They're fun and inspirational and they make you feel fancy for a second instead of a shabby poor college kid. - learn as much software as you can! You get the full versions of most of the professional software packages and so this is the best time to dabble in them. I would not have even heard of Mari or Roadkill otherwise. -take a sequential arts course elective (if you feel like you can draw pretty well). I ended up a part of a kickstarter and got published in an anthology with some incredible people, and scad is overflowing with incredible comics artists. The drawing skills in this dept is so incredibly good and I loved the course. So worth it. - get friendly with Career Services and makes lots of animation friends! I would def say this was a great school and well worth it. They treat animation students very well and I definitely feel like I'm more prepared for the animation industry now. There's lots of chances to branch out and learn new things too (I def went through a storyboarding phase). Just know that it will be rough at times but it's very well worth it! Good luck! :) Edit: I do want to stress that I did have my own car and a small apartment on the southside. The commute was about 10-15 minutes to class but it was worth it because my apt was cheaper (and quieter) than the dorms and also in a safer area a lot closer to the walmart/shopping part of town where I was able to get a part time job too. Don't just resign yourself to the downtown area, if you can.
This review is based solely on a visit for SCAD Day, which is for prospective students and their families. I can't speak on the college itself and its academic program. I know its reviews are mixed, with a slight edge given to the very negative reviews. But my experience is based on a full day of touring several buildings, common areas and a dorm and cafeteria. I also had a chance to speak with several students and a few professors. I absolutely LOVED this school. They definitely put a lot of time and effort into making sure the people attending SCAD Day are extremely impressed. From the moment we stepped on campus (which is essentially the entire city of Savannah) we felt pampered and spoiled. The check in process was seamless and inviting. We were approached by several administrators who seemed very interested in my daughter and her intended major. And it wasn't because the room wasn't filled with people. They were packed but it was all so organized in a positive and exciting atmosphere. I know it's common in the South to be overwhelmingly friendly and engaging but all of the people we met were so sincere in their interest in her. Really felt instantly at ease. I've read many reviews where former disgruntled student complain about the tuition. All I can say is you get what you pay for at SCAD. I toured several schools on DD's search for the perfect college, and I was most impressed by all of the technology and up-to-date facilities at SCAD. However, the charm and ambiance of being in a lovely Southern city was not lost. I definitely felt the push towards growth in creativity and self-reliance as I listened to the students and professors, which is a more-than-needed asset in the workplace in order to be successful. No one is going to hold your hand but the opportunities are endless. As a side note-which should be important to Yelpers-the FOOD IS FANTASTIC. They gave us passes to enjoy lunch in one of a few cafeterias and we really didn't want to leave. Yep, it was that good. Too many choices and options for one sitting. Daughter decided to attend another university but we will always fondly remember the day we spent at SCAD.
the best decision of my life everything about this school is amazing from staff to possibilities!!! don't go to the school of visual arts! scad out preforms and out teaches them by a long shot sva is crap
first visit: no tours. no apologies. no effort to accommodate us though we drove 11 hours for tours that are scheduled every weekend. (except when we showed up) ~I told my son "just don't go here" but he did. He was given a scholarship that was supposed to pay for half, so that looked good. arrival date: the dorm was sticky and the toilet hadn't been cleaned in a year. It was disgusting. after first quarter: Tough to make grades? too bad. Tuition cost doubled! (without scholarship) ~My son thought about leaving but had a girlfriend who begged him to stay second year: after speaking with tuition people and making a painfully large payment I had to say "you're welcome" 3 times for the the SCAD person to even realize that I was a paying customer! OMG! for the love of God! I have delusions that they will send me thank you notes. It would make all the difference right now. but what a bunch of greedy snots! Unbelievable! third year now: My son and his friends tried to find a place for me to tag along while they studied, and the staff glared at me and chased me out of the building for not being a student. (I am a museum artist, and the kids are learning from me) I sold my house (partly because of relocating) and have spent all the equity on tuition. I sell 6 decent paintings a month and my pockets are empty. It better pay off, or I'm sleeping in a cardboard box on campus to protest! I went to a good art school Columbus College ofArt and Design and would highly recommend it. I have 3 announcements in ARTnews with my paintings announcing the museum show and a healthy amount of followers on social media. Seven galleries in the museum are currently full of my paintings, and It's time I used my voice to get SCAD to "man up" and show some "southern hospitality" and manners. *just shaking my head...* So, in the end, will my kid be set up for success? I hear some rumors of great offers to a select few graduates who have interned. I'll do what I can to show the importance of art and artists in our society. But SCAD needs to make a change. I think some of the teachers are pretty good, and if they're well paid that's ok, but I honestly would discourage anyone from sending their kid there... but in the end, it's the drive and talent of the student that's going to determine their success. Fingers crossed.
If you visit an expensive restaurant, you expect GREAT service, GREAT food, and a GREAT atmosphere. If not, you are being ripped off. Right? SCAD is just that. A lot of money invested in public relations, marketing, advertising, recruiting - but that college itself and the quality of education is not of consistent quality. One fine example of this sub-par service is how poor the facilities were maintained. I could be picky and say there is some littler outside the buildings and the toilets getting clogged. But when I visited the architecture building to use the computer lab and found food garbage on the floor, computers with dirty screens, sticky tables that hadn't been wiped down in months, and a noticeably dirty carpet... That's when sh*t hit the fan. HOW in the world am I paying such a high tuition for this level of service??? I can clearly remember my PUBLIC elementary school having cleaner facilities than this. Why isn't maintenance a priority for SCAD? And why do people that attend SCAD have such low-standards. I, for one, demand a better experience for the mount of money the school is asking me to pay. I can't speak for every building, as I'm sure some are more desirable than others. But from my experience as an Industrial Design major, my building was NOTHING to brag about. It is located far from the historic district (i.e., the ghetto), and the building itself has very few windows (thus little natural light going in), and, to add injury to insult, there is NOWHERE to relax, think, or socialize outside. Except for a small bench shoved in a corner which where all the smokers go. It is an oppressive environment to say the least. I DON'T RECOMMEND SCAD FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN. On a positive note: there were some excellent professors, the bus system is helpful and reasonably reliable, the food is usually a hit, sometimes a miss (depends how picky you are), and the city of Savannah is great if you love walking. It is NOT a bad school, but for the money they ask for and the way they brag about their school, I expected a much richer experience. Do your research and don't just go because they gave you a scholarship.
SCAD? More like SCAM. Wasted two years and a LOT of money here. Was in the film program, currently transferring out to a different school and SCAD is making it a living hell. None of the classes will transfer anywhere accredited and the professors aren't allowed to write letters of recommendation for students transferring out. Go figure. A perfectly good school if you're loaded/are okay with being in crippling debt for the foreseeable future, down for feeling like you're going to be mugged every time you step outside, or enjoy taking classes like "color theory" where you spend 10 weeks of your life and $3000+ learning concepts that a third grader could have mastered in ten minutes by reading a wikipedia page. They advertise to prospective students that they hand out scholarships right off the bat, which is true-- but while they're dangling that in your face they don't tell you that they double and triple over-charge for housing and meal plans, and if you choose to opt out of those things and move somewhere cheaper, most of that scholarship goes bye-bye. Their whole spiel on job placement seems to be a little skewed, too-- most of the job placement after graduation occurs internally. Graduate from SCAD, straight to work for SCAD. Woohoo. Oh, and be sure to check the admissions website periodically after you already start taking classes-- they really enjoy randomly raising tuition on you without so much as an email informing you as to why and expect you to be able to pay whatever it is for whatever reason. The crap this school gets away with is mind-boggling. DON'T let this image-obsessed, "non-profit" institution fool you. Quality of education is sub-par at best and you're much better off getting a more well-rounded arts degree somewhere cheaper.
I would give this school no stars at all if I could, but sadly they get a one. This school might be great for students who live in the U.S but for some coming from different countries not so much. There are international students who have worked their butts off to raise money, get scholarships, and do everything they can to enroll in this university. What does the school do, they give the students their schedules, but as soon as classes are about to start they change their schedule and even drop some of their classes which they might need, leaving them with either less credits that doesn't fulfill the amount they need to be a full time student or have none at all. Why take away their classes in the first place if stated in the beginning that those are the ones they need to take. Even making up excuses that "oh you need to take certain classes before to have better knowledge in the art vocabulary that goes on, you won't understand a thing." Now that is just baloney! What is the point of going to a college/university if we are supposed to learn about it through lectures?! I know that they are international students and some might not understand English well but they are there for a reason! To learn things that they don't know. I have seen many international students that I've met and know for a long time work harder than students who are from the U.S. Especially coming from another country with no family or friends, first time in an area unknown, and have looked forward to working even harder to get closer to their dream in a country that's 'supposed' to be the land of opportunities, well, this university is a big disappointment. I'm sorry for students who might go there and are from or out of state going to that school, it might be great for you and if it seems that this is all nonsense then thats okay. I just want to state the fact that this unfairness to others no matter who it is, unacceptable. I hope this university improves helping students the best they can, especially to everyone. People actually want to go and learn more! Why take take that away from them?!?! Get it together SCAD!!! Along with other colleges/universities/privates, your killing us students out there and ya'll used to be students like us so you of all people should understand the struggles we face.
This is an add-on to my previous review: I do want to stress that I am here for a grad degree, so your undergrad experience will differ. I'd also like to add that SCAD seems to have good connections within the industry, and I'm currently holding an internship with a very prestigious company thanks to a mix of luck and SCAD's connectedness.
I graduated from SCAD this past year, and I can say it was a great school. It prepared me very well for my career, and I got a good job right out of school. (Literally. I start my job the Monday after graduating.) It's an expensive school, and in a lot of ways the management was very frustrating, but the professors, classes, and experiences made up for that. I had wonderful professors, and I would not have the job I have right now if it wasn't for them.
My BFA from SCAD made me committed to going through life trying to be an interesting person like that's a full time job. At 18, I feel like I was exposed to film, business, design, sketching, sculpture, and more. Even after leaving this school I'm still curious about how to make things and present creativity to the business world. Pros: 1) It's quite welcoming. I've seen total prepsters befriend quirky anime artists. Nothing really surprises the student body. Being eccentric is cool and being shy is cool too. 2) They place a strong emphasis on how you present your work to the room. SCAD teaches you that how you present your work says everything about you. 3) I feel adaptable to different branches of art. I can partner/work with/assist/ and build things with all kinds of creatives. 4) I eventually found four mentors who changed my life. They all happened to be writing professors. 5) It's a respected school and continues to grow in respect from the creative community. Most creative professionals have heard of it. 6) It's good to have an unusual education that asks, "What have you done lately?" 7) It's humbling at times and full of very BIG dreamers. 8) Savannah has unique elements like beautiful parks, the beach, history, and some great food. Cons: 1) Most of my SCAD friends were never prepared with basic, "how to get a job" skills. For example, I know great illustrators with clunky websites who are not blogging/using social media to pursue work. The most brilliant painters refuse to make websites. I asked a visual effects artist friend to send me his cover letter after he had struggled for months to find work. It was all wrong and full of boo-boos like, "Dear Sir" and paragraphs about one project. Very few SCAD classes seem to teach that YOU help your employer and not the other way around. I was lucky to have professors (in the writing major) who went into job hunting skills in detail. At the very least they taught not to take how you present yourself for granted. 2) The foundations program is a little crazy when you are right out of high school. They spread people way too thin and mostly just teach ADD working habits. In the professional world you'd never work on film, be painting a canvas, creating a sculpture, studying for a test, and all while writing a paper. There's no flow. You're not coached to the finish line as much as it's about just getting through these courses. Professors wonder why the students seem all over the place. It's because they are. Most of the first year students are riding the bus so they're trying to haul supplies that way. By the time you've ridden on the bus, attended class, and shopped for supplies nothing has been achieved. 6+ hours have gone by. 3) There's not enough one on one attention in many of the foundations classes. I remember finding a senior guy to help my freshman buddy learn the sewing machine. A class of 30 is just too big for learning to use materials with no help. SCAD should have assistants in classes with tons of materials flying all around. 4) Too much fear is instilled about the city of Savannah. The city keeps improving from the time I was there. As a freshman, I remember being scared to walk a few blocks by myself due to constant reminders about crime. If you walk places in daylight hours, are sober, stay out of the drug scene, and show respect for the struggling members of the community you'll be fine. The majority of student population spends four years free from any kind of trouble. Part of a college education should be learning how to behave in less then perfect neighborhood. That doesn't mean teaching people to avoid whole neighborhoods. SCAD doesn't teach you that even people who live in the projects are good people. Dear SCAD, not all poor people are criminals. Stop that stuff. 5) I took some comically useless classes. SCAD tried to cover five design programs in one course. Outside summer study is how I learned Photoshop and more tools. I've only been out of school for 3 years and the way we learned website design was dead upon graduation. I took hours upon hours of art history classes to not remember any of the names. I have written some insufferable essays about the importance of a bronze coin. Insufferable. Painful. Horse tranquilizers. 6) The majors need to integrate better. For example: Graphic designers turn out beautiful images and advertising majors understand strategy. The two programs don't acknowledge the other one is alive. You get a few elective courses but much fanfare is made if a photographer wants to do something risky like learn video editing. 7) Career services was about as useless as possible. I took one of there skills tests and nobody had much exciting to say. I've attended career fairs that consisted of people staring at each other. I tried to upload my resume to the complicated jobs database but it was so clunky I decided I was better off applying to companies on my own.
EX SCAD GRAD STUDENT right here and in closure with my degree. Even though I am an alumni I am still EX SCAD. I cannot tell you how much this school been reaming people left and right. First of all the school is more for an institution and for profit. Yes major companies DO recruit scad students as well. One clientele is the CIA no joke and no protests against them of their arrival. Target Apple Google Cartoon Network and Fossil are present clientele. Few locals like Gulfstream is present at the area as well. It's pathetic how SCAD is run as a business. Look at it as a factory farm in comes freshmen then out with some paper stamped and sold. Courses are usually around 3K but that was 10 years ago. It has to be now around the 4-5K per class. I basically struggled in SCAD for the MFA program before a downgrade into MA. The reviews are just like the American Idol but with professors. Really I was in the end of receiving my degree! The whole administration is definite lackluster. I cannot tell you as well how the graphic designer department was corrupt then the broadcast department disgusts me and lastly the lack of leadership in the interactive design department. Most of the undergrads well they are either arrogant or genuine. I am hoping to have closure soon and with that piece of paper just to add herbs roll it and smoke it! I was forewarned and I started to follow my intuition but was swayed. Now I very much regret this school. I am ready to go towards another career with herbs and organic food. For now I will utilize this piece for my part in stepping my foot in the organic field.
It's like a resort for rich students. It's a for profit school and does everything possible to harbor an image of avant garde learning. Very effective media presence, but the actual instructions is questionable. The majority of the teaching staff all have graduate degrees from the school. Guidance councilors are former students as well. It's cannibalistic learning; bad material gets to be recycled without any review. New Macs everywhere with a WACOM tablet and numerous large ink jet printers. As part of my tour, I sat in on a crit for finals project. The work floored me; one or two knew about composition, lighting, or cropping. Lighting of the shots was ridiculous; all over the place. Some of them got lucky exposures. These weren't first year or 2nd year, but graduating students. Immediately, I felt uncomfortable being in the classroom. These kids could have stayed home and watch Youtube to learn photography. Borrow money to purchase equipment and space. The photography department is in an old building; renovated to have a central opening to a huge skylight. Modern and looks impressive; resembles the Guggenheim, but useless for a photostudio. It just divided the building down the middle, without giving enough light to shoot with. No contrast. And the shooting studio is very small, unless the entire department has 6 students. They needed space not an architectural detail. Camera and lights were constantly under repair and outdated. They primarily use Profoto and PhaseOne capture backs; early backs that required a separate HD drive to store images from the drive. Macs were just everywhere, I think the core of the instructions is photoshop fixes. SCAD is a very strange school, beautiful location, but there is an undercurrent. Priorities of the instruction is superfluous jiber jabber; where the kids come to play in the south and enjoy some oysters.
If you want to be in the worst debt in your life with no job prospects after you graduate, go to SCAD. I went to SCAD for 3 years and what a big mistake that was. I graduated in 2010 in Sculpture and illustration from the Atlanta campus. My biggest gripe with this school is not only how super expensive it is but also how useless career services is with helping to find internship/ job choices for you. The only good thing I have to say about SCAD is that I had great Sculpture teachers and two really good illustration teachers. That's really it. The art that I enjoy creating is mainly freelance but it's not paying the bills. If you want to go to an art school, do your research and go some place else. Don't give your money or borrowed money to a crappy school like SCAD which claim that you will get a career in the arts sometime after graduation. Don't believe that lie for a second.
What a joke. I think of this outfit as a money laundering criminal enterprise of a bunch of old hippies pretending to educate a bunch of rich spoiled young brats who's parents are fools for wasting money on a place pretending to be a higher education with no real certification. Really, College? Come on.
SCAD is a voluntary program. That means you go to school because you want to, not because you have to. In order to get something out of the program you have to want to be there. In terms of creative schools SCAD provides some of the best facilities in the country. It also provides excellent training for those seeking creative *careers*. Yes, the school is expensive, but so are all private schools. I was happy with my experience at SCAD. It wasn't perfect but I learned a lot, had fun and got a job right out of school in a field that I love. I have countless friends who went to traditional schools as well as programs like RISD, Cal Art etc that can't say the same. Like all things in life, SCAD is what you make of it.
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