The University of Akron is accredited at the highest level as a comprehensive, doctoral-degree granting institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University of Akron's School of Family and Consumer Sciences is one of three programs in the state of Ohio accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The excellence of the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Interior Design at The University of Akron is further evidenced by specific discipline accreditation. The program is accredited at the professional level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. CIDA promotes excellence in interior design education through research and the accreditation of academic programs which prepare interior designers to create interior environments for improving the quality of the human experience. Read here the 16 standards Professional Standards 2011 by which all CIDA accredited programs are evaluated.
CIDA, an international accrediting agency, is a recognized member of the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation; they are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education in the field of interior design; and they are a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has also granted institutional accreditation to the Interior Design Program. NASAD, the national accrediting agency for art and design and design-related disciplines, was established in 1944 to improve educational practices and to maintain high professional standards in art and design education. Institutional accreditation, gained only through peer review, is based on an art or design program’s demonstrated content, competence, and educational substance as applied to the preparation of art and design professionals.
The Interior Design Program is designed to help the student become a designer who is prepared to address the wide range of client needs. Students gain specialized knowledge which prepares them for success in the interior design field. They also gain general education skills and knowledge which are essential for meeting the complex requirements and challenges of the 21st century.
The program is administered by qualified, motivated faculty who encourage faculty/student interaction and give students personal attention. A faculty advising system is provided to help with students' course selection and broader goals. Faculty have a wide range of expertise including interior design, architecture, lighting, fine arts, history, textiles, merchandising, and family life.
The interior design curriculum provides an internship experience for students at the conclusion of their third year in the program. This field experience, involving business and industry, extends students' formal education and is further preparation for completion of the capstone senior studio coursework as well as preparation for entry-level positions in interior design.
Interaction with the professional community is key to the success of any education program. This Interior Design Program has an active advisory board with representatives from the profession, industry, and alumni. Students benefit from the program's good relationship with the professional community through networking and internship opportunities.
Each spring the Program holds this event which presents graduates and their work to potential employers as well as friends, family, alumni, and the public. This milestone is also good opportunity for students interested in interior design and the program to see student work and to speak with graduates. Click here to see Showcase 2010 .
Successful Students and Alumni
Students at The University of Akron are bright, hardworking, and highly motivated to succeed. Most have part or full-time jobs, and develop excellent time management skills due to their demanding schedules. Accordingly, the design program attracts University Honors Program students and students returning to earn a second baccalaureate degree.
Graduates of the program have obtained positions in interior design firms, architectural firms, office furniture dealerships, and firms specializing in healthcare design, retail store design, office design, residential design, kitchen and bath design, and also with manufacturers or companies in the retailing or wholesale sales of interior design products.
Professional Activities and Cultural Tours
Students of all majors, family, friends, non-students, and everyone can participate in an exciting array of cultural and professional activities. Professional meetings, presentations, and guest lecturers are offered across academic disciplines throughout the year. There have been opportunities to tour Europe, New York City, and Chicago. In May 2013 the Program took a Cultural Study Tour to Spain, to Costa Rica in 2012, in 2011 to London, England, and to Italy, Greece and Turkey in 2010.
In addition to the several Family and Consumer Sciences scholarships available to interior design students, see the following:
The Akron-Canton Chapter and The Cleveland Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
The Akron–Canton Chapter and The Cleveland Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) usually offer two one-year scholarships each for college students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university serving the construction and interior design industries in the northeast Ohio area, and desire to pursue a career in the construction and interior design industries. Scholarships are for the academic year starting in fall.
Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties
The HBA serving Ohio Portage and Summit Counties offers scholarships in July for the coming academic year. That information will be posted when available.
The 2013 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship in Interior Design
Find information at 2013 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship. The firm will consider top students of not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design programs for academic scholarships and paid summer internships in a Gensler regional office. To be considered by the scholarship jury, two students must be formally nominated by the academic institution as follows:
1. Both candidates must be enrolled in a not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design program and scheduled to begin their final year in the Fall of 2011.
2. Applicants must include a formal letter of nomination from the Chair/Head of the program with submission materials.
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2012
Students may download the scholarship brochure, complete the online application, view a gallery of previous winners, and email questions to the scholarship team at: http://www.gensler.com/scholarships.
Gensler looks forward to working with you to select the best talent from UA to pursue this prestigious opportunity with Gensler. Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Interior Design Program at The University of Akron use the contact noted below:
Interior Design Program
215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103