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bachelor of arts in interior design

The Interior Design (ID) undergraduate degree program is dedicated to the education of responsible professionals by responsible professionals. The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited first professional degree program.

first year portfolio advancement review

The four year program begins with the first year ID experience culminating in a portfolio submittal for program review. At the completion of the required first year courses students are required to submit and pass a portfolio review to matriculate to the second year. Failure to pass the portfolio review prohibits students from advancing in the program.

The objectives of the first year program are to prepare students for the rigors of the major, to establish individual student goals, and to enable students to comprehend the complexities of the profession.

post advancement review

Upon successful completion of the portfolio review, ID majors will require a minimum of three additional years to complete the major. The goal of the program is to foster a lifelong learning experience that will provide the foundations which a practicing professional will utilize based on the concepts, skills and principles acquired in the college setting. In addition to the basic knowledge required by CIDA accreditation, KSU/ID promotes a depth of understanding in those courses that help establish the responsibility of the interior designer in providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Theoretical, historical, and practice curricula are woven together to establish the interrelatedness of each of the courses. Each student is required to complete an internship after the conclusion of the third year courses and before graduation. The application of the academic learning in the professional practice setting is a concept embraced by the interior design faculty, alumni and supporters of the program.

A potential student may enter this CIDA accredited program directly as an ID major in the fall semester of the freshmen year if they meet the entrance requirements. Acceptance into the second year of the program is through a portfolio review as detailed above. If an entering student does not meet the entrance requirements they can enter the college as a general student (AEDG-ID) until they have met the requirements to declare ID as a major which is usually at the end of the freshman year.

Detailed information on admission to this program may be obtained by writing directly to Kent State University, Interior Design, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 or call the Interior Design Program at 330.672.5833.

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