Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Building Arts Department of Architecture
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. The SCAD School of Building Arts includes the departments of architecture,interior design, urban design, architectural history, furniture design, and historic preservation. The school is committed to global awareness and creative excellence in design. SCAD offers a pre-professional BFA, a professional M.Arch. Off-campus programs are held in major international cities and at the SCAD campus in Lacoste, France. The college provides a unique opportunity to pursue minors in electronic design, urban design, architectural history, historic preservation,cultural landscape, and interior design.
SCAD exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. The goal of the college is to nurture and cultivate the unique qualities of each student through an interesting curriculum, in an inspiring environment, under the leadership of involved professors. SCAD offers 38 majors and minors and awards Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees. The international faculty and student body have come from each of the 50 U.S. states and from more than 80 countries. Class sizes at SCAD are kept small to allow each student to receive individual attention from the faculty. Located in the Southeast coastal region of the United States and served by the Savannah-Hilton Head international airport, SCAD Savannah Campus is in close proximity to natural and historic sites and landscapes, yet well connected to major metropolitan areas. The semi-tropical conditions of the region provide mild climate and rich vegetation, which contribute to the unique built environment of the city of Savannah. The urban campus of SCAD in historic Savannah is composed mostly of renovated buildings that are fully integrated with the city's pedestrian friendly fabric. The architecturally rich setting of Savannah's Historic District is an ideal living laboratory for architecture and design students. The city streets, squares, and residential and public places are based on one of the most admired urban plans in the world. Because students experience the architecture and the city plan directly, they develop an intuitive understanding of the built environment. The college has been a recognized leader in restoring and adaptively reusing many of the city's architectural treasures. SCAD's School of Building Arts includes the departments of architecture, interior design, and historic preservation which offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the three fields in addition to courses in urban design, electronic design, and cultural landscape.
Architectural education at SCAD continues to be responsive to the challenges posed by architecture as a discipline and as a profession in the United States and around the world. The architecture department remains agile and flexible to face global environmental, economic, technological, social, and cultural realities of the 21st century. The school is committed to design excellence—to build a nationally recognized scholarship agenda in art and design, digital technology and design, sustainable design and interdisciplinary design. The school mandates global awareness—to educate our students to establish a humanistic understanding of architecture and related disciplines and their relationship to a broader global perspective. The school demands critical thinking—to facilitate and foster our students' ability to engage in multiple modes of thinking through their architectural education and apply such thinking to a wide range of challenges and opportunities. The school advances ethical value—to commit to a holistic education which encompasses honoring of a social contract to advance basic human values. It includes life-long learning and the application of that knowledge to a richer, fuller life for our students as future practitioners and professionals. The school builds on communication skills—to prepare our students with the necessary means, methods, and attitudes to be effective communicators while pursuing many spheres of creative activity.The school promotes leadership—to provide a strong and instrumental relationship with the profession to educate our students for leadership roles in future practice.
The architecture programs at the Savannah College of Art and Design offer pre-professional, professional, and post-professional architectural education with a core emphasis on creative design. The architecture department adopts a philosophy that encourages diverse approaches to design within a comprehensive and well structured sequence of studio courses. This philosophy is supported by academically and professionally diverse faculty members who, in turn, bring diversity to the design studio and to the department as a whole. Each studio instructor develops a unique approach to design, and utilizes his or her own special expertise in architectural theory, practice, or research. The professional and academic background of the faculty covers a wide range of activities in major architectural firms and in prominent educational and research institutions around the United States and in many other countries. Students are encouraged to diversify their learning experience by taking studio courses with a different instructor each academic term. The five-year professional architecture program is accredited by NAAB and leads to the professional M.Arch. degree. Students begin with a strong foundation of core courses in art, design, and liberal arts. They continue with major program courses in architectural theory, structures, construction technology, environmental control, computer-aided design, and architectural practice. The M.Arch. curriculum has the design studio sequence at its core. A series of architectural design studio courses allows students to produce projects of increasing complexity and scope. Each studio has an emphasis on an interrelated set of theoretical issues that gradually lead to a comprehensive design studio experience. Students engage in realistic problem solving and investigate theoretical issues in a variety of environmental and urban settings, ranging from the unique historic city of Savannah to major urban and natural settings around the world. As a culmination of their graduate course of study, students devise and solve their own architectural design thesis project. The post-professional Master's program is designed to fulfill the needs of students with professional degrees in architecture or an equivalent professional and academic background. The program provides opportunities for these students to develop a special focus in architecture such as electronic design. The power of the computer as an analytical tool is a key component of graduate education in architecture.
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Digital Design
- Graphics And Visualization
- Historic Preservation
- Industry Collaborations
- Interior Design