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Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) - accredited Interior Design Program at Kent State University is dedicated to the understanding, development, and improvement of the physical environment and the protection of the public.

A multidisciplinary approach to the design education of the individual is promoted to establish an understanding of the human experience in the environment. The program fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and professional responsibility within a diverse and collegial community of faculty and students. The Kent State University interiors curriculum has been developed to promote excellence through rigor of academics and to challenge the student body to explore, examine, deliberate, and solve those situations that affect the individual and the environment in physical, social, and psychological manners.

The Interior Design interdisciplinary program combines the resources of strong and well-established programs in the university. Assistance from Schools of Visual Communication and Design and Technology, as well as the architecture program, includes the contribution of courses and faculty as committee members on the interdisciplinary committee which guides the program. Investment in the program by the other disciplines is fostered through the role of the interdisciplinary committee composed of the interior design faculty, one member from each of the participating programs, one professional designer and one student. This committee reviews the curriculum and its development, advises regarding policy and participates in interviews of faculty candidates for the program. The three support programs are fully approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in a CIDA-accredited first professional degree program.

 

mission

The CIDA accredited Interior Design program at Kent State University is dedicated to the understanding, development, and improvement of the physical environment and the protection of the public. A multi-disciplinary approach to the design education of the individual is promoted to establish an understanding of the human experience in the environment. The program fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and professional responsibility within a diverse and collegial community of faculty and students. The program promotes excellence through rigor of academics. The KSU program challenges its student body to explore, examine, deliberate and solve those situations that affect the individual and the environment in both physical, social, and psychological manners.

To support this mission KSU Interior Design seeks to promote the following objectives and values:

  • Recognize its accountability to the global impact of the resources, social and cultural systems that are utilized in the profession
  • Actively fosters new ideas and collaboration with other disciplines in the college, university, state and country
  • Strive to encourage an open dialogue of ideas, critiques and diversity of views in the educational process
  • Support Kent State University and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design missions