When I originally posted this, I mistakenly said that ACA was the only NASAD accredited school in the southeast. I believe that it is correct to say that ACA is the only private independent NASAD accredited art school in the southeast. Other schools that are NASAD accredited include Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia and others in which the art school exists in the context of a larger university situation. A complete list of NASAD accredited schools can be found at http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/index.jsp?page=Member%20Lists
I sincerely apologize for the error.
The threat, however, is still real and serious. Please, take a moment to visit ACA100.com
for information including comparisons of ACA and SCAD and links to news articles about the current situation and past SCAD dealings. If you agree that a fine arts school should not be sold to a for profit institution that does not require portfolios for admission, please take a moment to sign our petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/aca100/petition.html
The final vote on this situation will be on Wednesday, August 24th.
Debora Brown wrote:
> Atlanta has been extremely fortunate to have the Atlanta College of
> Art's fine arts based Digital Video BFA program, which has flourished
> under the leadership of Sara Hornbacher. That program, the only one
> of its kind in the region, from the only NASAD accredited school in
> the Southeast, now has an uncertain future.
> Recently, the Atlanta College of Arts' board of directors, with only
> about half its members attending, voted to recommend to the Woodruff
> Arts Center (home of ACA, the High Museum of Art, the Alliance
> Theatre, and the Atlanta Symphony) to "merge" the school with the
> Savannah College of Art and Design, which recently opened an Atlanta
> campus. This is NOT a true merger. If this recommendation is
> approved, the Atlanta College of Art will exist only as a community
> education program, and SCAD not have to compete with the 100 year-old
> The Atlanta College of Art offers a DIgital Video major, which
> includes classes such as Installation Art, Experimental Video, and
> Experimental Sound. SCAD offers a broadcast television and film, with
> classes such as Scriptwriting, Steadicam, and other job vs. fine arts
> oriented courses being the norm.
> SCAD does not require a portfolio for admission, and it only hires
> faculty members on a one year at a time contract. ACA does require a
> portfolio and has many dedicated faculty members that have been at the
> school for 10, 20 or more years.
> Both kinds of programs are extremely important to the media community.
> Both institutions should continue, independently, instead of one
> school destroying the other.
> To find out the latest news on this issue and how you can help stop
> this takeover, please visit http://www.aca100.com