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UTSA interior design program reaccredited for six years by CIDA

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(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

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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