Interior Design program re-accredited by CIDA

Posted April 20, 2012

The ACU Department of Art and Design's interior design program has received re-accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This accreditation affirms the program's excellence and rigor, and its ability to prepare students for professional interior design careers. CIDA is recognized as the leading authority on interior design education by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The certification will last six years, after which ACU will have the option to renew its accreditation again.

During CIDA accreditation, programs are evaluated based on 16 standards, such as global perspectives, human behavior, professional and business practices, regulations, environment, systems and controls, and aesthetics. The evaluation process involves a three-day review of student work and the program's curriculum. During the evaluation, judges flooded the Shore Art Gallery to examine student work produced during the Fall 2011 semester.

"Hundreds of hours were invested by faculty and students in creating an amazing display," says Kitty Wasemiller, professor of interior design and program director. "Our students have produced some amazing work, and it was  exciting to share it with the CIDA visitors." Student work displayed included hand- and computer-generated renderings and illustrations, architectural plans, hand-built models, essays, blog posts, completed assignments and exams, research, and tactile representations of design solutions.

View ACU on CIDA's accredited program listing. Learn more about the Interior Design program, or visit the Department of Art and Design blog.