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    Hello. I am a high school senior how recently applied to Savannah College of Art and Design. I was wondering what some of your opinions are about this college. I am hoping to become a concept artist one day. So I was also wondering what I should major in. I was thinking about Illustration, but they also offer Sequential Art as a major. I could Major in one and Minor in the other. So basically I am looking for opinions and advice. Thanks in advance for any replies!

    P.S. I also got accepted to SVA so any thoughts on that would be greatly appreciated.
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    HEy. I'm currently a Senior at Savannah Collage of Art and Design so I thought I could help you out a bit. My major is 3D Animation and I too would like to find a conceptual art job one day. However, I don't know all that much about our Illustration department. I do know that in the past 3 years that I have been attending the school I have learned more than I hoped for. My art has improved as well as my confidence and I can only credit the school and the hours I put into it.

    Living in Savannah has it's ups and downs for sure. There is alot of violent crime that school tries to cover up or play down. Last week four students got robbed at gun point outside on of the SCAD buildings. Since I have been attedning at least 3 students have been shot one of whom I know died. Another who i personally know was shot 5-6 times but survived. I know another friend who has had his car stolen twice in a "nice" area. A student from Taiwan was on a pay phone a couple years ago and was shot in the head for no reason...usually gang initiation...or so the SCAD rumors go.

    I have learned alot here in Savannah...not only about art but many other life experiences. I recommend coming here if A. you can live in an enviornment that may be different and sometimes negative and B. You have the Cash and motivation to put into the work.

    Hope this helps....
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    Thanks alot. I think I have A and B. But I do have a firm stance against getting "shot in the head for no reason." I did not see that in the catalog they sent me.

    Other than that its a pretty good school? How are the class sizes and teachers? I heard in another post there are alot of kids who dont care about art. I know thats true of all schools, but what do you think? Thanks again.

    Any body else?
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    Hey there. I went to SCAD a few years back, graduated with a Computer Art degree. I liked the school for the most part, but I don't think it's the best school for all majors it offers. I was particularly interested in architecture, and still think it's great for that because of the emphasis on design, but I switched majors because I didn't like the math involved in getting a degree in Architecture.

    I didn't see or hear about the crime that "TacticallyWacked" mentions, not to say it doesn't happen, but I lived out of the downtown area most of the time. I did get burglarized the first year however (I lived downtown then), so there's definitely something going on. Although living downtown is very cool because of the history, perhaps that wouldn't be the best idea.

    As far as the degree to pursue there, they do have an Industrial Design degree there, which may actually be better for concept art. Illustration would be OK, but most concept artists seem to lean more toward "design" degrees, such as Product or Transportation design at Art Center. It depends on what kind of concept art you want to do. If you're not sold on SCAD you may want to check out Art Center in Pasadena as well. But it really comes down to the effort you put into the school. I loved SCAD when I went there. Hope that helps some.
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    Ok. I didn't mean to make SCAD out to be a bad school or terrible place to live. I think alot of people come here not knowing what the city of Savannah is like. I was just giving a heads up to an issue which has been relevant in my past 3 years here.

    I absolutly love going to school here and recommend looking into it. Like I said in my earlier post I don't know much about the illustration dept. so I can't say if that is the route to go. The main program here and the one who gets the most funding is computer art and animation. I have had really good professors and some not so good...same with most school I suppose. As far as people not being interested in art I haven't found that to be the case. There are many serious and commited students here.
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    Ron:
    Thanks. I could not find the "Industrial Design" major in the Scad Catalog. I think it has been replaced with "Product Design" and it shows pictures of sinks and boats being made. It doesnt mention anything about concept art. I am looking to get into the concept art for video games and movies. I wonder what major would be best for that?
    I have not looked into any of the Art Centers so i dont know much about them. Tell me more.

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    I am happy to hear "There are many serious and commited students here." Thanks for your honesty and letting me know the stuff I wont hear on the tour.

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    Hey there Faxtar

    I'm about to be a senior down here at SCAD.. My Major is Product Design (I swiched origionally from Comp Art) and my minor is Computer art.. but they're about to open up a Gaming / interaction minor that I'll be switchin' too

    I enjoy it a lot down here.. the city and the school.. I chose Product Design because I felt that it applied to every single one of the majors.. and you never stop learning and researching in Product Design..

    I want to do concept work for Games and eventually work as a director in games.. when I researched Miyamoto (responsible for Mario, Zelda, Etc.), the most famouse game developer I found out that he graduated as an Industrial Designer .. so I knew my rought (oh yea.. Industrial Design and Product Design are the same thing, just different universities have different names)

    the college and city both have their seethy underbellies.. I dont much like the presedent of the school she's just a B*tch and spends money on stupid stupid stuff.. and the city does have the highest crime per population of any city in america... but you'll be fine if you're not stupid... just dont run arround with headphones on at 3 in the mornin'...

    (and if you're doin' anything with computer art.. the new computer art building is sweet!.. it's bigger than my old high school and has it's own cafe...)

    I hope I was some help... if ya ever come down and want a tour of Product Design I'll give it to ya.. and my girlfriend is an orientation leader so she can show you around..

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    teachers and classes

    oh yea.. just as you'd expect different proffessors are different...

    I'm good friends with all the product design professors and they are indeed good and know there stuff........ we just had a design competition and people from other universities told me how much they liked our PD professors.. they're out there and really help you to do hard work... and it doesn't hurt that in PD there's only like 16 people to a class at max..

    all the classes are usually pretty small.. (no 150 people to a class here) the most I had was like 25 I think... and with 2 1/2 hours to every class you'll defianately get to talk with your professor

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    Hello. Thank you very much Sammy. Your comments are very helpful. I will definetly consider Product Design if I end up going to SCAD. I also heard that the President was really crazy. I dont have too much interest in computer art but its nice to know they are well supplied. I just hope other majors are not forgotten. I am glad the class sizes are small. Oh yea, I guess I wont be doing an 3am jogging in my suit made out of money, oh well.

    P.S. I just got accepted to Scad!
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    Congradulations! I am planning to attend their in September.
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    Thanks. I still dont know if I want to go there. I'm going to go visit it next weekend.
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    Please let me know how it is there. I have yet to visit the school. Some of the people from my school really enjoyed the atmosphere and school.
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    Yo...Im currently a sophomore at SCAD doing Game and interactive design. Dont let the crime stuff get you down, every city has some form of crime. All in all its not that bad, just keep in mind that you have to be a little more careful.

    As far as the school goes they really have some amazing programs here and a lot to take advantage of. Their connections are also pretty nice, lotta high profile stuff going on and people coming in. Having the school act at the middle man between you and the company really is a great benifit.

    As far as what major. All the ones that were mentioned were viable but i think all in all the best choice would be Illustration. It specifically focusses on creative drawing/painting which is essentially what concept art is. The sequential department is good also, and you can learn alot about storytelling, but i would suggest you take those classes as electives or consider taking it as a minor.

    The one thing about SCAD though...theyre pricey, as you might have noticed already so get ready for a beating, but if you can afford it i would say that its definately worth it.

    Hope that helped, lemme know if you have any more specific Q's
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