College Circuit: Ryan Scanlon

BY GABY MCMILLAN

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private college located in Savannah, Georgia. SCAD specializes in careers of Interior Design, Architecture and Graphic Art. 2018 alumna Ryan Scanlon is currently a freshman at the university, majoring in Production Design for theme parks and attractions.

 Why did you choose to attend SCAD?

I have almost always wanted to pursue Themed Entertainment Design, or the design of theme parks and similar experiences. I first heard about SCAD because they were the only school to offer a degree for Themed Entertainment Design, so I knew my best option was to go there.

What advice would you give to anyone who is deciding to go to SCAD?

I would definitely recommend SCAD to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Of course, it depends on what specifically you’d like to go into. [However,] SCAD has an amazing set of resources that [will] help you build on whatever skills you’re passionate about.

What has been your favorite experience so far studying at SCAD?

My favorite experience so far from studying at SCAD has been living in Savannah. I have never lived in [a] city like this before, since it is half historical and half modern. I have also had a lot of unique experiences just from walking around and exploring. SCAD is in Savannah, which is the most haunted city in America, so there’s a bunch of ghost tours and haunted places I’ve explored that are really interesting. SCAD even had a ghost themed masquerade ball for Halloween which was unlike anything I’ve ever attended for school before.

Has your college experience been drastically different than your high school experience?

[My college experience has] definitely been extremely different. Adjusting to a new place and new responsibilities all at once was a lot to handle. But, I prefer it so much more, as I am able to take courses that match my specific interest. Also, although living on your own has more responsibilities involved, I like that I’m in control of everything.

Do you believe SCAD has helped you develop skill sets which you value?

I wholeheartedly believe I have developed certain skill sets more in the short time I have spent so far at SCAD than I have ever before in my life. SCAD is a really interesting school because even its general education courses are designed to help people in creative fields specifically. For example, I just took a speech course that was more centered on the best way to communicate original creative ideas you might have to an audience rather than general public speaking.

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