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Interior Design Program of Villa Maria College Granted Accreditation for the Next 6 Years

By April 20, 2018April 24th, 2018Interior Design

The Council on Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has granted Villa Maria College’s Interior Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program accreditation for a period of six years.

Accreditation is granted based on the program’s demonstrated achievement of 16 accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program. In order to be accredited, a program must comply with or partially comply with all 16 of CIDA’s accreditation standards.

Receiving accreditation provides assurance that students graduating from Villa’s interior design program are well prepared for entry-level interior design practice. CIDA accreditation standards broadly address the evolving components of graduate preparation for interior design practice. Some of the notable standards include understanding human-centered design, which means that students can apply knowledge of human experience and behavior to designing the built environment, light and color, which ensures graduates understand the art and science of light and color. Graduates should be able to integrate light and color in the design process to enhance the human experience and products and materials, ensures graduates have the skills and knowledge required to appropriately select and apply manufactured products and custom design elements to a design solution. Graduates should consider the multiple properties of products and materials as well as their aesthetic contribution.

“Villa Maria complied with all 16 of the CIDA’s accreditation standards,” said College President Marcella Marie Garus. “It is very rare that a school achieves such success. This achievement speaks to the quality of the interior design program offered at Villa Maria College. When our students graduate, they are educated, practiced, and prepared to work in their field.”

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