Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
Accreditation and Certification
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
Our Interior Design program is CIDA accredited (http://www.accredit-id.org), which means that you can be confident that this curriculum meets professional standards for quality and career preparation. The program has maintained CIDA (formerly FIDER) accreditation since 1998. We have one of the “most admired” programs in the nation (Design Intelligence, 2014), recognized as the “program of choice” for interior design education. Hiring firms also rank us among the best in educating students for communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork (Design Intelligence, 2013). Over the past five years, all graduates received job offers in design-related positions, many of those in Top 100 Architecture and Design Firms.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design granted by Auburn University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
The Council for Interior Design Qualifications (CIDQ) is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior designers/interior architecture professionals. CIDQ protects the public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe. Interior designers who meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the NCIDQ exam are assigned an NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public.
NCIDQ certification is required to practice Interior Design in an increasing number of states, including Alabama. Auburn’s CIDA accredited Interior Design program provides the educational requirements for the NCIDQ. An additional 3,500 hours of qualified post-graduate work experience is required to sit for the exam.
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The CADS Interior Design program is CIDA accredited [http://www.accredit-id.org], which means you can be confident that this curriculum meets professional standards for quality and career preparation. We are among the “most admired” programs in the nation (DesignIntelligence, 2014); recognized as the program of choice for interior design education.
Hiring firms also rank us among the best in educating students for communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork (DesignIntelligence 2013). Over the last five years all graduates received job offers, many of those in Top 100 Architecture and Design Firms.
The mission of the Auburn University Interior Design Program is parallel to that of the College of Human Sciences: to educate students to develop creative concepts and effective solutions to complex problems.
This is achieved through the analysis and synthesis of aesthetic, functional, behavioral and cultural needs of occupants / users / consumers through the study and utilization of current research and contemporary industry standards in conjunction with employing sound design principles and concepts.
The Goals of the Interior Design program are grounded upon preparing graduates who:
The philosophy of the Auburn University INDS Program is based on the definition of Interior Design as endorsed by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), and the major Interior Design associations of North America:
“Interior Design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public.
Excerpted from www.id-accredit.org
Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
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