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UTSA interior design program reaccredited for six years by CIDA
(April 26, 2010)--The UTSA College of Architecture bachelor of science degree program in interior design recently was awarded accreditation by unanimous decision for another six-year term by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
The achievement comes after a rigorous two-year, self-assessment period and a four-day visit from a team of professionals and educators sent by the accreditation commission. Visiting team members completed a thorough examination of student work prepared over a six-month period, conducted interviews with students and faculty, toured the facility and met with UTSA administrators.
"With professional design programs, accreditation is critical in a context of both quality control of our curricula and marketability of our graduates," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "This re-accreditation reaffirms that we are continuing to provide quality preparation for the interior design industry."
Following are highlights of the strengths CIDA members found in the UTSA interior design program:
- Opportunities to complete simple to complex projects that vary widely in size and type
- Opportunities for students to interact with a variety of design professionals
- Students develop an understanding of the nature and value of integrated design practice
- Students demonstrated understanding and ability to apply sustainability concepts, principles and theories as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants
- Students gained consensus-building skills through team projects
- Students demonstrated understanding and ability to apply the elements of business practice
- Students possess strong understanding of color and light and their interaction with one another
- Students showed a strong ability to lay out and specify furniture, fixtures and equipment
- Students have a strong understanding of the principles of acoustical design and ability to apply appropriate acoustical control.
- Students showed a strong knowledge base in building systems and structures
- Students showed a strong knowledge base in history of architecture, interiors and furniture design