I'm a rising high school senior thinking of applying to SCAD. So far I've taken the SAT once and plan to take it again in fall, but I haven't received my scores back yet (not until the 23rd). I read on SCAD's site that you can earn an artistic merit and an academic merit if you meet certain credentials. I currently have a weighted GPA at around 3.9-4.0 and I am wondering how I should start applying for applications and scholarships. I signed up to take advanced art portfolio at my school but because of scheduling changes, every class at my school will run on an A/B schedule, meaning that no seniors can graduate early and I cannot finish the class until June of next year. For this reason I plan on starting my art portfolio this summer and submitting it on portfolio day for an artistic merit. I have a few questions regarding both academic merits and artistic merits.
1. Is an art portfolio all you need to submit in applying for an artistic merit?
2. What would I have to complete in order to apply for an academic merit?
3. Should I begin applying for different art schools this summer or during my senior year?
4. SCAD's website was kind of vague on the requirements for an academic merit. If anyone here is currently in SCAD on either an academic merit, artistic merit, or both types of scholarships, what are the full requirements you're supposed to complete?
5. Where should I start with my college applications (not scholarships) this summer?
Sorry if the questions are kind of redundant. I don't know a lot of people around me who plan on going to an art college and both my parents went to colleges out of the US so I don't have much knowledge on applying for different scholarships and applications over here. I plan on majoring in either sequential art or illustration and minoring in interactive design and game development. I also have interests in MCAD and SVA so if anyone has information about these 2 colleges, I would definitely be willing to hear you out. Help would be greatly appreciated.