The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a vitally important, both culturally and financially, institution for the city of Savannah. Since its incorporation in 1978, SCAD has been attracting students from all over the world to the school’s specialized art degrees. SCAD offers more degree programs and specialization than any other art or design university in the country. The have a wide range of visual arts degrees including: Illustration, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion/Apparel Design and Interior Design. SCAD is a non-profit, independent, tax-exempt, accredited educational institution with nearly 9,000 students and 700 faculty members from around the world. The class sizes are small with an average of 18 students to one teacher, which allows for more one on one teaching and learning.
SCAD had expanded to four locations throughout the world. Savannah is the home base with other campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. That school owns galleries in these cities to showcase their student’s work. There are 8 galleries in Savannah. SCAD is a crucial part of the economy of Savannah. According to a recent study by SCAD, in 2012, SCAD provided over 4,400 jobs to the area and over $386 million in economic input. SCAD attract thousands of visitors to Savannah for special academic to cultural events throughout the year. Cultural events that are sponsored by SCAD include the Savannah Film Festival, SCAD Fashion Show and deFine Art Show. The Savannah Film Festival held every September, is a major film screening event. There are special showings of student, international and domestic films and documentaries. Film makers and performers are honored at the film festival and are featured guests at lectures, seminars and special meet and greet events with students and faculty. The deFine Art Show, held in February at all four campuses, is the university’s annual fine and contemporary art show. The fashion school get a showcase for the SCAD Fashion Show held every May just before graduation.
SCAD also contributes to the Savannah area by offering volunteering programs for its students and faculty at institutions around the Savannah area. The university is a leader in restoring and reusing many of Savannah’s wonderful historic buildings. The restoration projects started back in the late 1970’s with the purchase and restoration of Savannah Volunteer Guards Armory to be used as the school’s first classroom and administrative building. Today, the university has classrooms, student housing and administrative buildings in more than 70 historic buildings in and around the Savannah historic district.
Savannah College of Art and Design recently held the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014. Stop N Stor wishes the best for the 2014 SCAD graduates. We look forward to be the self storage choice for SCAD students and faculty for the summer and upcoming 2014/2015 school year.