For Release: July 28, 2006
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) — the prestigious national accrediting body for interior design programs — today awarded accreditation to Marylhurst University's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. CIDA sets standards for interior design education and accredits academic programs that meet those standards.
The accreditation process is a rigorous procedure that includes a comprehensive self-study, a four-day series of evaluations, interviews and review of student work. A team of site visitors, the evaluation committee and the accreditation commission assess the program throughout the accreditation process. All the evaluators are experienced interior design practitioners and educators.
"A degree from a CIDA accredited program is increasingly important as a requirement for professional certification of interior designers," said Nancy Hiss, Marylhurst's Interior Design program director. "Our graduates will exemplify design excellence and will practice current professional standards that include principles of sustainability."
Marylhurst students gain knowledge and practical experience in areas such as design, architectural drawing, space planning, materials selection, professional practices, structures and building systems. They learn how to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space. Graduates are able to apply creative, technical and functional solutions within a structure to enhance the quality of interior spaces.
"As an interior design student at Marylhurst University, I experienced a rewarding education and learned the most current practical skills necessary to create quality design within our communities," said Lorelei Magee, 2006 graduate from Vancouver, Wash.
"We have been strategically planning our growth and development over the last few years," said Peggy Suzio, Marylhurst interior design faculty. "This national accreditation is a testament to the high quality of our program that is a direct result of the participation and effort from our students and faculty."
Standards developed by interior design practitioners and educators along with a concern for continued growth and development are central to accreditation. Through graduation from a program accredited by CIDA, students can be confident that they received an education that is recognized by the interior design profession as meeting educational requirements for entry into the profession.
The interior design curriculum at Marylhurst University prepares students for professional practice through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates interior design, architecture and art. One of the program's goals is to educate students to be effective and creative practitioners of interior design who are broad-minded and possess high-quality critical thinking skills.
"With the solid foundation of professional accreditation, Marylhurst's Interior Design program will continue to grow in response to developing technology and materials, an increased understanding of human needs and a greater sensitivity to our environment," said Hiss.
The Marylhurst campus provides a unique learning environment for students. Situated on 70 acres, it has a contemplative natural beauty with wooded greenbelts encompassing its perimeter and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This natural setting is a tranquil and inspiring environment for learning and teaching.
Marylhurst is located 10 minutes south of Portland on Highway 43 and is #1 in the Pacific Northwest for small class size according to U.S. News & World Report.
More about The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), previously named Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), is a specialized accrediting agency for interior design programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to provide the foundation for future excellence in the interior design profession by setting standards for education and accrediting academic programs that meet those standards.
Professional level programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation voluntarily place themselves before the scrutiny of the profession to ensure that students receive an education that will serve them not only during their time at school, but also prepare them for future professional growth. Students enrolled in an accredited interior design program can be confident that the program meets the quality standards recognized by the profession.
Additional information can be found at the CIDA Web site: