News: Savannah College of Art & Design Publishes First College Catalog with AR Capabilities

Savannah College of Art & Design Publishes First College Catalog with AR Capabilities

Savannah College of Art & Design Publishes First College Catalog with AR Capabilities

When it published its 2016-2017 catalog last year, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) became the first college to leverage augmented reality technology for a college catalog.

By hovering their smartphones over the catalog's pages, prospective students are able to view videos of student creative sessions, play video games designed by students, take tours of residence halls, and more using the SCAD mobile app, which is available from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

The SCAD catalog is a microcosm of SCAD expertise. It's inspired by our students – early adopters of the most leading edge technology, inventors of the next big thing.

With the mobile app, students are able to view videos, tour residence halls, and more. Image via SCAD

Powered by Layar augmented reality technology, the catalog contains more than 150 digital assets, 200 micro-interactions, and 85 trackable pages, including the cover.

According to a SCAD spokesperson, more than 200 gigabytes of data have been consumed through the app, and the AR functionality of the catalog has been used more than 18,000 times so far. The catalog was published in July 2016.

The 2016-17 SCAD Catalog features more than 85 trackable pages, including the cover. Images via SCAD

While it is fitting that a university focused on art and design would be the first to leverage AR in this way, it's not the college's first foray into next-generation technology. In 2015, SCAD presented acceptance letter packages with a virtual reality experience, replete with Google Cardboard VR viewers, which allowed students to take virtual tours of SCAD's campuses. The college reported a 26% increase in admission applications within the next year.

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