All Things SCAD

SCADWith 40-plus majors and more than 60 minors, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university.

According to its mission statement, “SCAD exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.”

Add a stop at the University of Creative Careers to your list next time you’re staying in Savannah at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn. Here’s a bit of SCAD history, along with some interesting facts.


  • 1978
  • Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter founded the Savannah College of Art and Design.
  • It was legally incorporated in the state of Georgia on Sept. 29.
  • A board of trustees was established and the search was begun for a faculty and facility.
  • 1979
  • The Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory was purchased and renovated by SCAD to serve as the first classroom and administration building.
  • It was named Poetter Hall and remains in used today.


  • Being a student-centered institution.
  • Providing an exceptional education and life-changing experience for students.
  • Demonstrating quality and excellence in every aspect of operations.
  • Sustaining a respectful and honest university environment.
  • Growing while continually improving.
  • Being innovative and results-oriented.
  • Promoting a cooperative team spirit and a positive “can-do” attitude.
  • Going the “extra mile.”


More than 11,000 students, from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, are enrolled at SCAD.  Approximately 14-percent of the student body is international. The school now has housing and dining facilities in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. SCAD also has eight galleries in Savannah, four in Atlanta, two in Lacoste and one gallery in Hong Kong. Click here for a closer look at the university’s locations.

Athletics & Academics

SCAD’s mascot is Art the Bee and the school’s colors are gold and black. While it offers a wide variety of intercollegiate and intramural sports, SCAD still maintains that academic-pursuits should be the top priority.

When it comes to academics, classes are small, which gives each student the opportunity for individual attention. Nearly 700 professors from throughout the world teach courses at SCAD.


The Savannah College of Art and Design is currently under the leadership of Paula Wallace, also the school’s co-founder. She previously served as vice president, academic dean and provost of SCAD before being appointed to president in 2000. Wallace founded the Savannah Film Festival, which is the longest running university film festival in the country. In addition, she has authored children’s and interior design books, including “A House in the South” (Random House), co-authored with Frances Schultz and “Perfect Porches” (Random House). The university has expanded to include SCAD Atlanta, SCAD Hong Kong, SCAD Lacoste and SCAD eLearning during her tenure as president.


You may be wondering how much it costs to attend this independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt, accredited institution. For the 2013-14 academic year, students paid between $32,950 (HK $255,798) and $33,750 (HK $258,325) for undergraduate and graduate tuition.

Historic Preservation

Finally, SCAD prides itself only being a leader in restoring and reusing much of Savannah’s architecture. We encourage you to take a tour of the city and SCAD next time you’re in Savannah.

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Download our Vacation Guide now to read about more attractions in Savannah, GA.