The SCAD historic preservation program is the most comprehensive in the world, offering bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a minor in cultural landscape. In addition, SCAD is the only university that also offers fully online M.A. degree in historic preservation.
At SCAD, historic preservation is a philosophy and a practice. It is about the built environment, sustainability, tangible and intangible heritage, values, authenticity and heritage tourism. The program addresses the rebirth of communities, revitalization of economies and reconstitution of the material fabric that knits these elements together.
The university’s commitment to the conservation of architectural and cultural heritage is evident in its involvement with countless community projects and its restoration of more than 90 historic buildings at SCAD’s locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Lacoste and Hong Kong.
SCAD is recognized as a leader in historic preservation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects, the International Downtown Association, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Savannah Foundation.
SCAD’s Savannah location is a living laboratory of the built environment. With two National Historic Landmarks districts, several National Register districts, multiple local landmark districts and a vast inventory of historic fabrics, Savannah is an ideal setting for the study of historic preservation, and has become a model for heritage conservation worldwide.
Housed in the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation, completely restored in 2009, the historic preservation department offers unparalleled facilities including a restoration workshop, an outdoor work pavilion, lecture and drafting classrooms, a computer lab, exhibition space, lecture hall and conservation laboratory. The lab, one of few such academic facilities in the United States, is equipped for testing architectural materials, analyzing restoration treatments and experimenting with conservation techniques.
The M.A. in historic preservation is offered at SCAD Savannah and via SCAD eLearning. The M.F.A. is only available at SCAD Savannah.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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SCAD welcomes students from throughout the world. Please see website for international student requirements.
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