Skip to main content
News / SCAD Lacoste: 20 years to the sound of cicadas

SCAD Lacoste: 20 years to the sound of cicadas

Founded in 1978 in the United States, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has invested Lacoste, a typical village in the Luberon, for two decades.

Here, the American university offers its students (nicknamed “the bees”) an eight-week study trip during which they not only immerse themselves in French culture and history but also discover European cities.

One of the many lounges where students, faculty and guests can meet
SCAD Lacoste

Teaching with a Provençal flavour


Internationally recognized, SCAD offers over 100 study programs to more than 15,000 bees spread between Savannah and Atlanta. Cross-disciplinary teaching enables them to acquire the skills necessary for their future profession, to communicate about their image and to work with companies during and after their studies.

Cinema room in which the different projects are viewed ©SCAD Lacoste

With direct links to partners such as Pixar, SCAD is aware of needs well in advance, which allows teachers to adapt programs according to requests. During their stay in Provence, the future artists, designers, architects and other fashion creators revive this village previously abandoned by its inhabitants, under a light that has already inspired Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray or Max Ernst.

Cecile Papapietro-Matsuda

Courtyard of the lower house, former coach house of the Marquis de Sade ©SCAD Lacoste