With an innovative curriculum, industry-standard technology, and a digital studio culture that reflects the real-world workplace, the SCAD architecture program prepares students to shape the profession for years to come.
Widely recognized as the most distinctive built environment in higher education, SCAD serves as a living laboratory for the study of building arts across three locations. At SCAD locations in Atlanta and Lacoste, France, architecture students can take courses, become global communicators, and explore how rural, urban, and cultural contexts drive design. At home base in Clark Hall in Savannah, students develop in-demand technical expertise in a working environment on par with the professional sector, including augmented, mixed, and virtual reality technologies.
SCAD graduate Nicolas Barrera (B.F.A., architecture, 2018), an architectural designer at Sasaki in Boston, was ahead of the curve when his firm began exploring how to use VR as a creative hub. “At SCAD, I used VR headsets from day one, so they became my new normal,” Barrera said.
SCAD is a pilot member of the Integrated Path to Architecture Licensure (IPAL), a progressive academic track merging all three components of architectural licensure — education, experience, and examination — into the university’s existing B.F.A. and professional M.Arch. programs. Through this structure, dedicated students may attain licensure in as few as seven years by combining SCAD classes, professional internships, and preparation for the Architect Registration Examination with unparalleled academic support and dedicated resources.
“IPAL has given me experience and an understanding of what is actually out there in the profession,” said Arjun Rao Rebbapragada (B.F.A., architecture, 2020; M.Arch. candidate, 2023), a member of IPAL’s inaugural class. “With what is expected in SCAD classes, I have that balance to gauge where I need to be in my career.”
The SCAD M.Arch. program holds the maximum eight-year term of accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, whose meticulous accreditation standards are accepted and often required by state registration boards. These credentials are matched by the accomplishments of renowned SCAD faculty, including honorees of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Institute of Architects as well as licensed practitioners and LEED-accredited specialists.
Students benefit from guidance from industry leaders in and out of the classroom. Through SCADpro, the university’s renowned research lab and prototype generator, architecture students are immersed in cross-disciplinary collaboration on future-think endeavors, including mobile work studios and micro-housing concepts that fit in the size of a parking space, as well as briefs for top-tier corporate clients.
“SCAD students enter the practice of architecture with experience, capable of being thought leaders,” said SCAD Chair of Architecture Anthony Cissell.
SCAD students have garnered awards and recognition from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, the Architect’s Newspaper, Contract magazine, and others. For the past three years, more than 99% of SCAD architecture students have been employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation.