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Savannah: The downtown renaissance that SCAD built

Savannah boasts a rich conglomeration of talented, tattoo-bedecked art students; driven professionals; and the good ol’ boys (and girls) whose families have been around since General Oglethorpe settled here in the 1730s. Now vibrant and energetic, the Hostess City had become sleepy and rundown by 1978, when Savannah College of Art and Design was founded.

Campus Ambassador: Sarah Butler, Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta campus)

We only have classes Monday to Thursday, so Fridays are "studio days." (Trust me, you'll need them.) In addition, we have sports teams! Art school with sports? We are the first art-specific school in the country with sports!

Profile: Savannah College of Art and Design

Only thirty-three years young, Savannah College of Art and Design has grown exponentially since its beginning in 1978. Cofounder Paula Wallace has been president since 2000, and under her leadership the school has more than doubled its enrollment to 10,300-plus students, started an award-winning online program, and opened three branch campuses: Lacoste, France, in 2002; Atlanta in 2005; and Hong Kong in 2010.

Finer Things: Loving Letterpress

As communication grows ever more digital, there has also been a revival of interest in handmade paper goods, especially those printed with an old-fashioned letterpress.

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