The Savannah College of Art and Design was born nearly forty years ago. 

Today, the school draws students from across the country and around the world. 

SCAD’s president, Paula Wallace, says the world comes to Savannah when they want their students to learn design.  

“Countries that seek this knowledge then come to SCAD and they send their students here to learn from the best.”

Wallace is one of the four founding members of SCAD.  She, along with Richard G. Rowan, May L. Poetter, and Paul E. Poetter, came together to start the school.  Their goal was to provide college degree programs not previously available in southeast Georgia and to create a specialized professional art college to attract students from throughout the United States and abroad.

Wallace says design curriculum is a huge part of what they do. 

“SCAD is bringing Fortune 100 companies like Google and Microsoft to Georgia specifically for the intellectual innovations that they can accomplish with our students at SCAD… Fisher-Price… Many different companies come to collaborate with SCAD as almost a think tank.”

There are ten different undergraduate design programs available at SCAD.  The choices include accessory design, furniture design, graphic design, industrial design, interactive design and game development, interior design, motion media design, service design, and production design.  and many more. 

Wallace says SCAD considers the city of Savannah its campus, but the non-profit, private institution has gone global over the last 36 years, adding campuses in Hong Kong and France. 

There is also a SCAD campus in Atlanta.