So You’re Going to SCAD? Here’s What You Need To Know.

We’re starting a new series: #BackToCollege, where we go through each Savannah area college and let you know what you need you to know in order to live your best life. Starting with SCAD!

Let’s  break down the essence of what Savannah College of Art and Design really is and discuss resources in the area! Then we’ll wrap up by discussing some of the fun things to take advantage of before you graduate. 

This semester SCAD will house and teach over 14,000 students, in 100 different majors throughout the 67 buildings on campus.  Savannah College of Art and Design is known for highly esteemed programs and their diverse vibe and culture.

SCAD offers majors varying from a BF. in Preservation Design to a BFA in Interactive Design and Game Development. They have their School of Animation and Motion, School of Building Arts, The De Sole School of Business Innovation (bet you didn’t know that one) and finally the School of Creative Technology. They also host six galleries in Savannah as well as two more at their Atlanta campus. 

Centralized location in Downtown Savannah makes it close to everything. As long as you’re within a mile walking distance from the Kroger, a car really isn’t necessary. The downtown area is an epicenter of good food, beautiful sights and some great opportunities for drinks if you’re old enough. But let’s talk about some of the off-campus resources you can take advantage of.

Supply stores 

If you’re going to be a student at an art college, you’re going to need supplies. Whether that be canvas, brushes, markers, acrylic paints, fabric or more, you’ve got to find a store known for catering to the artistic community. Well, you certainly don’t need to look very far. 

  • Blick Art Materials is located in the heart of downtown on Broughton Street. They’re a national company known for their consistently stocked products, helpful associates, and the variety of services they offer (framing, etc). 
  • Starlandia, which has been a fixture in the Starland community for years. They’re a little more…off-kilter of an arts supply store. But isn’t that what you’d want for a store selling products to creatives? They sell used and refurbished supplies at a significant discount. Think Goodwill for artistic supplies. No telling what you’ll find when you visit, but chances are good it’ll be something that makes your time there worthwhile. 

Spots for inspiration 

There are a lot of reasons why people come to Savannah. The food, the tourism, and we could go on. But one of the really great things about the city is that you can find inspiration in so many places. That could lead to a new job idea or radical creative you’re wanting to pursue. There’s a good chance you’ll find a new way to pursue your dreams as you wander around the city. Some of our favorite places? 

  • The Telfair Museum features rooms decorated with elegant American and European works from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum has historic Savannah roots, dating all the way back to 1819. 
  • The Jepson Center is a sleek, shining building built in 2006 to house a bevy of art, activities and educational opportunities for everyone.  

But also don’t forget about the parks, squares, rooftops, and other museums and historic buildings in Downtown Savannah. Stop walking for a few seconds and look at what’s in front of you. If it’s a historic work of art or a few children playing in the square, you’ll be happy you took a moment for yourself. 

Print Stores

Getting assignments in on time is a must for college students, and generating large-scale creatives is a headache no one wants to deal with. Fortunately, there are a number of locally owned print shops that are professionals at getting you what you need as soon as possible. These include places like: 

Affordable Housing Off-Campus

If you are interested in living off campus this year, there are no shortages of apartments to choose from in the area. Most students who live off campus tend to gravitate towards Ardsley Park, Historic District and the Starland District. Our suggestions include:

  • The Hue: This spot is perfect for SCAD students, which is where many long term students stay. It’s close to the river and beautiful in Downtown Savannah so there is no shortage of fun things to do. It is also known for being one of the most affordable communities in that corner of Savannah.
  • The Blake: Is another great spot for SCAD students! Not only is it walking distance to campus and great food and drinks, but you also have super fast access to I-16. Which helps you beat the traffic on the way home for the weekends. The Civic Center and in Downtown Savannah  is just a hop, skip and a jump away making this a great spot if you love concerts and events!
  • The Betty: If you’re looking for a more upscale feel, The Betty specializes in luxury townhome living for half the cost. Located a little further into the heart of Savannah in Midtown, you have a little more privacy without losing that easy access to the fun things to do in the area!
  • Chatham Apartments: If you’re looking to live near Forsyth Park in The Victorian District and have easy access to restaurants and coffee shops, then you may want to consider living here. It is also very affordable compared to other apartment complexes in the area.

We are so excited to have you here in the city, whether this is your first semester, your last or you’re planning your college decision. We want you to wish you the best of luck on your journey, wherever it takes you! Most importantly, be safe, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and have fun. It goes by all too fast.