SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design, is a private degree-granting university with locations in Savannah and Atlanta, in the U.S. state of Georgia, and in Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France. Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers.
The college is engaged with the city of Savannah and the preservation of its architectural heritage.By restoring buildings for use as college facilities, the college has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Victorian Society of America.The college campus now consists of 67 buildings throughout the grid-and-park system of downtown Savannah. Many buildings are located on the famous 21 squares of the old town, which are laden with monuments, live oaks and an undeniable Southern-Gothic feel that is sought by the many movies filmed there.
Located in Atlanta’s Midtown, SCAD Atlanta facilities provide classroom and exhibition space, computer labs, library, photography darkrooms, printmaking and sculpture studios, a dining hall, fitness center, swimming pool and residence hall.SCAD Atlanta’s Ivy Hall opened in 2008 after extensive restoration. In 2009, SCAD Atlanta opened the Digital Media Center.
The SCAD Lacoste campus is made up of 15th and 16th century structures. The campus includes an art gallery, guest houses, computer lab and printmaking lab.
In Hong Kong, SCAD occupies renovated historic North Kowloon Magistracy Building, with more than 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2). It is equipped with classrooms, meeting areas, computer labs, an art gallery and library.
The university operates 16 galleries, notably Gutstein Gallery, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Pinnacle Gallery and La Galerie Bleue in Savannah; ACA Gallery of SCAD; and Moot Gallery in Hong Kong. ACA Gallery is located in the Woodruff Arts Center, next to the High Museum of Art.
The SCAD Museum of Art located on the Savannah, GA campus is a contemporary art and design museum conceived and designed expressly to enrich the educational milieu of SCAD students and faculty, and to attract and delight visitors from around the world.
This landmark rehabilitation project, the largest in SCAD history, advances the university’s award-winning legacy of adaptive reuse and urban revitalization. The $26 million expansion will add 65,000 square feet to the museum’s existing facility and features many notable design elements, including a prominent new entrance marked by an 86-foot tall steel and glass lantern; a contradistinctive facade uniting original 19th-century Savannah gray brick with modern composite materials; a manicured courtyard and streetscape; outdoor lecture and performance spaces; and an events terrace and adjoining atrium. Inside, the expansion grants an increase in overall space to more than 82,000 square feet total, enabling the museum to present engaging exhibitions and installations from renowned and emerging artists, as well as showcase works from the university’s diverse permanent collection. Much of the museum’s expansion and redesign has focused on art stewardship, as evidenced by dedicated areas for shipment, quarantine, framing and de-framing, curatorial supply storage and art conservation.