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UCM’s Interior Design Program Earns CIDA Accreditation

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 13, 2014) – The Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri has received notification that the department’s interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design has been awarded accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The accreditation has been awarded for a period of six years, effective July 2014. The program will submit a progress report to CIDA in three years, with the program scheduled to be revisited in 2020.

“This achievement for UCM’s interior design program is the result more than five years of work and dedication by Susan Stevenson and Haroon Sattar, associate professors of art and design,” said Mick Luehrman, chair of the Department of Art and Design. “We’re also grateful for the support and encouragement we received from Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer.”

 The accreditation commission’s decision was based on the interior design program’s achievement of 16 CIDA accreditation standards that address components required for the preparation of program graduates for interior design practice. According to Megan Scanlan, director of accreditation for CIDA, these standards include critical thinking, professional values, and processes that provide the framework of interior design practice; and core design and technical knowledge that provide the historical, theoretical, and technical contents of interior design practice.

CIDA accreditation standards also address the institutional systems, structures, and resources that are fundamental to providing an effective higher education learning environment for interior design. Award of CIDA accreditation attests to the quality of the interior design program and benefits the public and program in many ways.