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I found this review by a person whose goes by "Parent of an artist." It is NOT written by me; thus, please don't flame me for this post. It was found in the Wet Canvas formums.
I am curious,however, to see if the information posted by this person is correct:
SCAD - Good and Bad
I am the parent of a high school artist who is considering art colleges. Below is my impression of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I would welcome feedback (positive or negative) particularly of a factual nature....
The historically charming and renovated buildings of SCAD are spread out amidst a number of poverty-stricken crime-prone neighbors; www.****.com, chat rooms, and school newspaper indicate that crime is a concern of some Savannah, Georgia students. Getting from class to class on the SCAD buses can result in late attendance; parking is limited. One math class is required. SCAD has many talented (and not so talented) students and state of the art equipment/facilities. SCADs public relations and marketing propaganda is the best of any art college. Their program has many courses and majors; SCAD has many students and is growing fast. Some SCAD departments (e.g. animation, interior design) are well respected. Their size and innovative approach makes SCAD both popular and notorious.
SCAD is run like a business by smart people including its president (and co-founder) Paula Wallace whose seven figure annual compensation is extraordinary. With classes running from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., building utilization is high. The school is neither NASAD accredited nor a member of AICAD nor National Portfolio Day. Most SCAD classes are capped at 20 students. Art history classes have a cap of 35 students. SCADs student/faculty ratio (18:1) is high for a top notch art school. How do they have decent class sizes with such a high student/faculty ratio? Their faculty teaches more than normal and their students attend art classes considerably less than what is normal at a strong art school. For example, Montserrat College of Art students spend about the same time as SCAD in liberal arts classes (in much smaller classes) and 60% more time in art classes. It is difficult for SCAD to become NASAD certified with numbers like these
Classes Art professor teaches per week | Art class duration
SCAD 4 | 2.5 hours (twice per week)
Montserrat 3 | 2.67 hours (twice per week)
#Art classes a student will take per week | Student Hours in an Art class
SCAD 2 classes per week (2.5 hrs each) | 10 hours per week
Montserrat 3 classes per week (2.67 hrs each) | 16 hours per week
Sorry i could not get the formatting of the above tables correct. Intend three columns.