SCAD and Deloitte Unveil New Digital Design, Research, and Innovation Studios

The Deloitte Foundry at SCAD to Advance Creative Solutions to Complex Technological Challenges Facing Government Agencies and Businesses

SAVANNAH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has united with Deloitte, the world’s leading service provider, to establish the Deloitte Foundry at SCAD — a preeminent design, research, and innovation studio at the world’s elite university for creative professions.

Since 2019, Deloitte has collaborated closely with SCADpro, the university’s in-house research and design studio, to provide hundreds of SCAD students with opportunities to create design solutions for some of the most complex issues facing public-sector organizations. Over 30 SCAD graduates are now employed by Deloitte as UX designers, service designers, media creators, and more.

In under four years, SCAD and its students have already completed 20 successful research assignments for Deloitte, with countless more collaborations in the wings,” said Paula Wallace, founder and president of SCAD. “Our relationship has been special from the beginning, and the establishment of the Deloitte Foundry at SCAD makes it official. This first-of-its-kind studio is a launching pad for SCAD’s brilliant Bees. The Deloitte Foundry invites the company into the very heart of SCAD, where it will continue to learn from, partner with, recruit, and hire SCAD talent. Deloitte understands that SCAD graduates the world’s most inventive creative talent – and that every organization in the world needs SCAD brilliance to stay competitive.”

Previously known as Ruskin Hall, the Deloitte Foundry (516 Drayton St.) builds on years of fruitful partnership between SCAD and Deloitte and signifies a compelling new chapter in the alliance.

We’re excited to expand our relationship with SCAD and make an even greater impact on the students with whom we work and on the communities they represent,” said Mike Canning, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. “For the past several years, Deloitte and SCAD have worked together to address some of the country’s most challenging organizational and societal issues – including how to enhance resources and support for military families, how to effectively deliver critical services to families, how to tackle homelessness, and how to enhance long-term care for seniors. The Deloitte Foundry will take our relationship with SCAD to new heights and provide students with even more exciting career opportunities in the public sector.”

The Deloitte Foundry is an excellent opportunity to grow Deloitte’s relationship with SCAD, the city of Savannah, and the state of Georgia,” said Heather Reilly, markets leader for Deloitte’s Government and Public Services (GPS) practice. “This renewed collaboration will help introduce a new generation of highly skilled talent into the workforce. We’re confident that the Deloitte Foundry will open new opportunities for SCAD students and Deloitte professionals alike.”

The Deloitte Foundry will launch several new initiatives this year to spur innovative research, design thinking, and business solutions, including:

  • Deloitte Rapid Implementation Studio, where multidisciplinary teams of SCAD students and faculty will immerse themselves in real-world business challenges and develop groundbreaking, actionable solutions rooted in human-centered design.
  • Digital Frontier Studio, which will focus on research, design, and implementation strategies around digital frontier topics such as immersive reality, the metaverse, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and more.
  • Deloitte Concierge Recruiting Center, a dedicated, on-site resource to mentor and recruit high-performing SCAD students and alumni, establishing an innovative new model for attracting top creative talent.


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Fueled by inventive students and superstar faculty, SCADpro is a high-performance boutique design consultancy within SCAD that provides fast, smart, bottom-line business results for hundreds of global clients. Operating in the U.S. and Europe, SCADpro solves creative challenges for Fortune 500 clients in finance, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, technology, automotive, e-commerce, and more. Contact SCADpro Vice President Paul Stonick to learn more about partnerships and pricing at


SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs across locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and online via SCADnow. SCAD enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 120 countries. The future-minded SCAD curriculum engages professional-level technology and myriad advanced learning resources, affording students opportunities for internships, professional certifications, and real-world assignments with corporate partners through SCADpro, the university’s renowned research lab and prototype generator. SCAD is No. 1 in the U.S., according to Art & Object’s 2023 Best Art Schools ranking, with additional top rankings for degree programs in interior design, architecture, film, fashion, digital media, and more. Career success is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. For the past five years, 99% of SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. SCAD provides students and alumni with ongoing career support through personal coaching, alumni programs, a professional presentation studio, and more. For more information, visit


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