Savannah College of Art and Design has become ubiquitous for developing and honing the talents of the South’s most creative minds. Whether studying in Savannah or Atlanta (or abroad at campuses in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France), SCAD students learn new skills and build their portfolios in hopes of joining the work force as the next generation of innovative thinkers.

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Savannah College of Art and Design spans multiple cities, helping to train and mold the brightest, most creative minds. Image: SCAD

SCAD welcomes young minds from all across the world (23 percent of the student body is international), and we in the South are lucky to live next door to these great minds, with access to shows, exhibitions and amazing events offered to the public through the college.

With 42 offered majors and  more than 60 minors, it’s hard to spotlight every area of study, and thus, star students in those fields. Instead, we turned to the people who know these students best — their teachers. SCAD department heads recommended an undergrad or grad student to StyleBlueprint who continually produces quality, inventive work and already represents well in their industry with other accolades and recognition outside of SCAD’s classrooms.

Emerging SCAD talent: Anne Bauer

Focus: Architecture
Campus: Savannah

Anne Bauer made her way to SCAD as a first-year Master of Architecture student after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has always taken the reins of her own destiny in the field of architecture — first as an undergraduate and now as a SCAD grad student. Anne says she strives to utilize her visionary mind in her personal journey of addressing human space in architectural design and carries a passion for the built environment that is founded upon her desire to spread creativity, individuality and strength through the spirit of art.

Besides the many hours she puts into her studies and architectural training, Anne, from Prophetstown, Il., utilizes her artistry in other mediums, as well. She is the lead designer for AMOR Clothing, a line developed and founded in Savannah with the mission to change the lives of her peers through the muse of clothing. She also enjoys traveling, reading and painting.

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Part of Anne’s graduate portfolio, this graphic comes from her and her partner’s, Sofia Bonilla, SCAD urban design studio project, called “ageQUAKE.” It addressed the aging population in Savannah, formatting urban space to be more conducive for affordable senior living downtown.

Emerging SCAD talent: Amanda Lucas

Focus: Animation
Campus: Savannah

Amanda Lucas may have started out in Tall Timbers, MD, but this talented artist has spent much of her life traveling across the United States and Europe. After getting involved with fine arts and visual storytelling in high school, she knew that animation was her calling. Amanda has collaborated on projects for organizations like Shriners Hospitals for Children (creating animated educational shorts with other top SCAD students) and Skynamic Studios, as a concept artist. As she completes her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation with a focus in Visual Development, she is also directing her senior thesis film, Operation: Annunciation. Her thesis involves a crew of more than 30 SCAD students and alumni, and the countdown to its completion is on her site.

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FooFoo, one of Amanda’s characters

Amanda’s work is an example of what creativity, fortitude and talent look like in animated form. This artist, who enjoys cooking and drawing in her spare time, has a passion for creating stories that connect people of all backgrounds.

Emerging SCAD talent: Megan Stout

Focus: Interior Design
Campus: Savannah

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SCAD talent Megan Stout

Savannah native Megan Stout has spent much of her young life in pursuit of an interior design career. Her excellence in this creative form goes well beyond the average student — she has remained on the Dean’s List during her last four years at SCAD, also working beyond the classroom walls as a member and treasurer of the student chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)/International Interior Design Association (IIDA). This interior design student, with a minor in architectural history, gleaned a world perspective about design when studying abroad at SCAD’s Lacoste campus. She’s represented SCAD well at various design conferences, including Design: Retail and ASID GoPro Conference. In fact, next month she will attend LIGHTFAIR International, a global conference for lighting design, after being awarded a stipend.

This honor student uses her time outside of school thoughtfully, spending much of her free time at various internships, specifically Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). Megan says “the key to successful design is to know how to bring out the essence of a project’s spirit — focusing on luxury in relation to quality, functionality and occupant well-being.”

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Megan’s office space design is open and full of controlled daylight, with wide, accessible hallways and glass walls. The design uses light, attention and sensory environment, air quality control and other impressive details.

Emerging SCAD talent: Tucker MacDonald

Focus: Film
Campus: Savannah

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SCAD talent Tucker MacDonald

You know those people of whom you can say, “I knew him when …”? That’s exactly who Tucker MacDonald may become to you, as this multidisciplinary filmmaker and designer, hailing from Lincoln, MA, continues to create amazingly moving, beautiful footage. Tucker is a driven leader whose initiative leads to a style all his own, very immersive and hands-on, and advocates “process over product.” His “cinematic imagery intimately explores human relations and the beauty of the natural world.”

The world has definitely started noticing his work. His films have screened at various festivals. Most recently, Craft Film Festival awarded Best Cinematography to his project, My Friend, Chris. He also worked as cinematography intern at the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The best way to see the amazing things Tucker is doing with film is to watch his work on his website, tuckermacdonald.com/.

Emerging SCAD talent: Jessica Ferreira

Focus: Fashion Design
Campus: Savannah

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SCAD talent Jessica Ferreira

This Chapel Hill, NC, native decided to pursue a career in fashion design after family trips to Lebanon to visit her grandmother, who was skilled in sewing, embroidery, patternmaking and other fashion-related talents. Jessica followed this inspiration to SCAD in Savannah and started on her path of creating fashion with an eco-friendly footprint. Jessica’s work ethic and passion is obvious upon looking at this senior’s resume — she received the $5,000 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Teen Vogue scholarship, $5,000 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund scholarship, CFDA Liz Claiborne Honorable Mention and, most notably, the 2016 $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National YMA scholarship.

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Jessica’s concept board for her winning Geoffrey Beene YMA case study, using 3D printing technology to create fashion

The Geoffrey Beene case study led her to think outside the box by investigating how 3D printing could merge with fashion design for an existing retailer. Her work with 3D printing enhanced her interest in using innovation to create more sustainable ways to design. She says she hopes to work and challenge others in the pursuit of “creating beautiful products without harming our planet.”

Here’s a look at a video Jessica created in order to support her work for the Geoffrey Beene YMA 2016 case study, in which she designed 3D printed footwear collection for Los Angeles-based brand, Reformation. The shoes’ soles, as well as major components of the shoe construction and styling, relied on 3D printing technology.

Remember the names included in this feature, as these creative minds will be making headlines of their own upon graduation from SCAD.