The undergraduate Interior Design Program explores the behavioral, technological, environmental and aesthetic aspects of interior design within the context of increasingly more complex design projects. Combined with Art and Art History and general education requirements, a core of interior design courses creates a unique education at the forefront of design. Through academics grounded in problem-solving design studios, cooperative employment, with a dedicated faculty, the Interior Design program prepares students for leadership positions in the interior design industry.
The BS Interior Design program was recently ranked 6th in the nation by Design Intelligence 2010 America's Best Architecture and Design Schools. The BS Interior Design program is CIDA accredited (Council for Interior Design Accreditation).
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Program Philosophy & Mission
The Interior Design Program at the Antionette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is committed to develop the leaders of tomorrow. We believe that combining a studio-based, sequential interior design curriculum, with broad liberal arts study and the experiential learning of a well-established co-op program develops skillful designers, creative thinkers and potential leaders. We offer each student the opportunity for intellectual and personal growth through a hands-on approach to teaching, advising and collaborating. Developing skilled designers, creative thinkers, responsible citizens and professional leaders through academic, experiential and professional learning is the mission of the Interior Design Program. We seek to cultivate students who acknowledge their responsibilities to the safety and well-being of the public and the stewardship of the environment and who can lead in a multifaceted profession and ever-changing world.
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Sustainable thinking is considered to be a fundamental responsibility of contemporary design practice. The program promotes and emphasizes sustainable practices as the inherent responsibility of designers and exposes students to a diverse array of sustainable approaches and techniques. These include new and future technologies, material innovations, green building techniques, the worth of sustainable neighborhoods including urban and social sustainability and an understanding of how these relate to the health and well-being of the interior environment and its inhabitants.
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Accreditation is a testament of our commitment to educational quality, continued self-study and academic integrity. The undergraduate Interior Design program is accredited by both the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). We are 1 of only 14 masters degree programs accredited by CIDA in the United States and Canada (May 2013). CIDA sets rigorous educational standards that ensure students from accredited programs are prepared to be well informed, responsible, and skilled interior design professionals. Students graduating from a CIDA accredited program are qualified to sit for the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam, the first of three NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification exams.
Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees centered on the knowledge and skills necessary to develop academic and professional competence for various types of art and design disciplines. Accreditation with NASAD requires that we maintain high professional standards in art and design education and demonstrates our broader commitment, not just to the discipline and profession of interior design, but also to the broader education of fine arts.
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Student Statistics | Student Achievement
Degrees awarded in June 2014
BS Interior Design: 33
MS Interior Architecture & Design: 17
Retention and Graduation rate for June 2014 graduates
Undergraduate Interior Design: 92% of the students enrolled as freshman during the spring 2010-11 quarter returned for the Fall 2011-12 quarter
Undergraduate Interior Design: 88% of the returning Fall 2011 sophomores graduated in June 2014
Graduate Interior Architecture & Design: 100% of the students entering the MS program in the summer or fall of 2011 graduated in June 2014
Percentage of 2013 BS Interior Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 87%
Number of Interior Design BS Degrees awarded in 2013: 31
Number accepted to graduate school: 6 (100% acceptance rate)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 21
Number unaccounted for: 4 (these students could not be reached)
Percentage of 2013 MS Interior Architecture & Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 90%
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Number of Interior Architecture & Design MS Degrees awarded in 2013: 30
Number accepted to PhD programs: 1 (100% acceptance rate)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 26
Number unaccounted for: 3 (these students could not be reached)