Sweet is partially correct. There are some issues I have with SCAD, but overall, I do like that school. The school is indeed ruled by the Rowans (although Paula Rowen is now Paula Wallace) It is a private college, so they can run things as they please, without regard to what other colleges do. For instance, tuition does not freeze upon going there so, when it keeps going up, you keep paying more. BUT, scholarships do freeze, so altough I’ll keep paying more for tuition, I’ll get no extra scholarship money to help pay for it.
And it is true that SCAD is not the most hardcore art school. It won’t kick your ass quite like some other schools can. SCAD is kinda like art school for the masses (there is no portfolio required for acceptance) so there are a lot of students there that aren’t serious. This has its ups and downs. On one hand, SCAD has a good friendly atmosphere where everyone tends to get along, and we aren’t afraid to show our work and get critique from fellow students. I’m told that at schools like RISD, students are so competative that everyone keeps to themselves and people never show each other work for fear of their ideas being stolen. That kind of environment is not for me. If you can get past the fact that there are a lot of goof offs at SCAD, and worry about what you do, and try to take advantage of what’s there, it can be a very rewarding experience. Learning is just as dependent on the student as it is the teacher.
On another note, I do think there are a few fantastic professors at SCAD, and I am quite fond of the Sequential department.
SCAD is a good school if you are looking for a friendly atmosphere. You gotta take matters into your own hands though. A great education wont be spoon fed to you, but it is definately there for the finding. SCAD is also one of the only schools that has a sequential major (that’s why I went there)
If you’re looking for a really hardcore art school though, perhaps somewhere else might be better. SVA perhaps? I dunno. I like SCAD just fine.