Did you know that an exciting and innovative global university has a campus in Hong Kong? Here are some insights into doing a creative course or further study at Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD). SCAD operates as one university with locations around the world, preparing students to work in the art and design industries. Its Hong Kong campus is based in Sham Shui Po, to add to its two campuses in the US (in Atlanta and Savannah) and one in Lacoste in France. It also offers e-learning options.
The school has over 100 unique programmes of study across more than 40 majors and 75 minors, including fashion, interactive design and game development, luxury and fashion management, motion media design, and photography. SCAD Hong Kong offers 21 bachelor’s and master’s programmes, which are all fully-accredited locally and in the US. Professors at the Hong Kong campus have won Emmy and Obie awards, held positions at global companies and contributed to Academy Award-winning movies.
Classes take place in the SCAD-restored North Kowloon Magistracy Building, which has been recognised by UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards. While the building may be steeped in history, the learning environment boasts advanced technology, such as high-tech digital labs, darkrooms, fashion and interior design resource labs, a green screen studio and more.
Worried that creative studies won’t lead to tangible employment after graduation? SCAD aims to put those concerns to rest, with a focus on career preparation underpinning every aspect of its courses. As many as 99 percent of Spring 2017 SCAD alumni gained employment or were pursuing further education (or both!) within 10 months of graduation.
The school maintains a number of collaborations with multinational companies and organisations, from Apple, Ogilvy & Mather and Saint Laurent Paris to MTR, Procter & Gamble and The Ritz-Carlton. These relationships allow students the chance to work in real-world environments – leading to some extraordinary portfolios and job opportunities. Students at SCAD also participate in events such as Art Central Hong Kong and Siggraph Asia. The university presents its own signature events too, including the SCAD Hong Kong Fashion Showcase.
The rigour of its academic approach has earned SCAD a number of accolades. The university’s motion media design programme, for example, was named number one globally in 2017 for the second year in a row by The Rookies, an international competition known as the “Oscars for creative minds”. SCAD’s undergraduate and graduate interior design programmes have also been ranked number one for 2018 by DesignIntelligence, which honours university design programs that prepare students for professional success. Over the past seven years, the university’s undergraduate and graduate interior design programmes have received a first-place ranking five times.
To learn more about SCAD, sign up for a tour or an open day event, or visit scad.edu.
292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po
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This article first appeared in the City Guide 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Get your free copy here!