Mission Statement

The interior design program at the University of Akron guides students to become skilled, ethical and innovative interior designers who effectively use critical thinking, evidence-based strategies, communication, and collaboration within the context of social, environmental, and global design practice

Prestigious Accreditations

The University of Akron is accredited at the highest level as a comprehensive, doctoral-degree granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

We have been accredited at the professional level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  This international accrediting agency is a recognized member of the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation. It is acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education in the field of interior design.  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 Professional Standards 2014 by which all CIDA accredited programs are evaluated.

CIDA’s Accreditation Commission meets a minimum of twice a year for the purpose of reviewing programs for accreditation. After reviewing the Program Analysis Report, the Visiting Team Report, and comments from site visitors, the Accreditation Commission makes a final decision regarding accreditation status. Commission decisions regarding accreditation status must be unanimous and require a quorum of five members. The Accreditation Commission may, at its discretion, elaborate on or clarify evaluative comments in the Visiting Team Report. The final report resulting from the Accreditation Commission’s action is based on the Visiting Team Report and is the Accreditation Report. Confidentiality and Disclosure The Program Analysis Report, Visiting Team Report, Accreditation Report, and related correspondence notifying programs seeking accreditation of the accreditation decision are confidential. Documents may be disclosed only with prior approval from the program or in the event the program releases misleading or incomplete information. Decisions rendered by the Accreditation Commission to award or deny accreditation, and the term of accredited status, are made public. CIDA does not disclose or make public applications on file or a program’s intent to apply for accreditation, except in response to a specific request by the program deemed reasonable and appropriate by the Accreditation Commission. The official list of accredited programs is available on CIDA’s website at http://accreditid.org/accredited-programs. CIDA updates this list following each meeting of the Accreditation Commission (twice a year) and as changes take place. In addition, CIDA provides information regarding the accredited status of interior design programs to selected governmental agencies and professional organizations.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has also granted institutional accreditation to the Interior Design Program.  NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and design-related disciplines.  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 students become designers who are 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.



100 % Graduate school acceptance rate

95 %   Job placement rate

90 %   Graduation rate

75 %   Retention rate

Amanda Rura
Interior Design Program Coordinator

215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103
Telephone: 330-972-7721