In 1979, SCAD opened its doors with 5 trustees, four agents members, seven adroitness member, and 71 students. At that time the academy offered eight majors. In May 1981, the aboriginal alum accustomed a degree. The next year, the aboriginal admission chic accustomed degrees. In 1982, acceptance grew to added than 500 students. Acceptance again grew to 1,000 in 1986 and 2,000 in 1989. In 2010, the academy enrolled over 10,460 students. In 2003, the university launched the SCAD eLearning program, alms certificates and abounding master's degrees online.
In 2005, the Savannah Academy of Art and Architectonics accustomed a campus in Atlanta alms bachelor's and master's degrees in 11 majors. In August 2006, the Atlanta Academy of Art alloyed with SCAD afterwards approval by the lath of advisers of both colleges. The SCAD Atlanta campus is in Atlanta's Midtown abreast the Woodruff Arts Centermost and the High Museum of Art on Peachtree Street. SCAD Atlanta accessories accommodate classroom and exhibition space, well-equipped computer labs, photography darkrooms, printmaking and carve studios, a library, a dining hall, exercise center, pond basin and abode hall. SCAD Atlanta's Ivy Anteroom opened in 2008 afterwards all-encompassing restoration. In 2009, SCAD Atlanta opened a agenda media center.
SCAD enrolled acceptance from all fifty U.S. states and 100 countries in 2010. International apprentice acceptance is about eleven percent. The academy is accepted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to accolade bachelor's and master's degrees. The university confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Urban Architectonics degrees, as able-bodied as undergraduate and alum certificates.
The Savannah Academy of Art and Architectonics exists to adapt accomplished acceptance for careers in the beheld and assuming arts, design, the architectonics arts, and the history of art and architecture. The academy emphasizes acquirements through alone attention. The ambition of the academy is to breeding the different qualities of anniversary apprentice through an absorbing class in an alarming ambiance beneath the administration of complex professors.