Interior Design Program Review Earns Top Marks

Thumbnail image for _DSC7055.jpgThe Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has renewed the Interior Design program's accreditation for the next six years. This will make the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree continuously accredited since the inception of CIDA (formerly FIDER) over 40 years ago. In their analysis, the CIDA commission reported that during their on-site review of the program earlier this year, the visiting team did not identify any weaknesses.

"We have many people to thank for the program's accomplishments," said interior design professor Denise Guerin and chair of the CIDA Accreditation review. "Most certainly our students and faculty who have given their best, and the administration who has given us significant support over the last six years." 


CIDA provides assurance that students graduating from their accredited interior design programs are adequately prepared for entry-level interior design practice. It assesses program quality through an extensive program evaluation report developed by the ID program faculty and a four-day site visit where the team evaluates student work and and analyzes alignment of the program's mission, goals, curriculum, faculty, administration, and facilities. There are over 100 curriculum indicators that the team looks for in the student work.

"The program is successful in delivering a professional-level education that prepares students for entry into the interior design profession," concludes the final CIDA report. "Faculty are dedicated and provide a consistent message to students throughout the curriculum. The visiting team found students to be knowledgeable, confident, enthusiastic, appreciative, and supportive of their peers. The program benefits from the supportive design community in Minneapolis." 

_DSC7084.jpgThe report goes on to note that presentation drawings were, "consistently skillful, aesthetic, easy to read, and included a balanced blend of both hand and digital work across a range or appropriate media that thoroughly communicated the design intent... Students demonstrated the ability to identify and define relevant aspects of design problems throughout the studio sequence. The program emphasizes evidence-based design and exposes students to a range of design research and problem solving methods."

In addition to the undergraduate interior design program's strengths identified by CIDA, DesignIntelligence has cited the interior design graduate program for its depth of research and emphasis on evidence-based design and named it first among the "most admired" programs in the country. It also ranked Guerin as one of the 25 most admired design educators in 2009 and 2011.