The interior designer’s role in the design of the built environment has continued to grow since the field’s emergence as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. Interior designers have become increasingly responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the public in the design of building interiors. The field requires extensive knowledge of design, human behavior, construction, material, product and lighting technologies, building codes and much more. In many jurisdictions in North America, these professional responsibilities have led to certification or licensing of interior designers, and as part of that, testing by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).
To learn more about NCIDQ see - http://www.ncidq.org
To assure that interior design graduates are ready to assume the demands of the profession and are prepared to sit for the NCIDQ Exam the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has developed rigorous educational standards. Achievement of CIDA accreditation of an interior design program confirms to the public the quality of the program; “that the program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design.”
To learn more about CIDA see - http://accredit-id.org
Interior Design was first introduced at Philadelphia University in 1980 as an elective and then offered as an associate’s degree in 1982. Recognizing the growth of the profession and demand for rigorous education in the field the university introduced the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program in 1985. The program received its first six-year CIDA (then FIDER) accreditation in 1994 and has been re-accredited by CIDA every six years since.
Beginning in 2014 CIDA requires all interior design programs to provide “information to the public regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates and acceptance to graduate programs”. Philadelphia University collects and updates this information annually.
Job Placement: 100% of the interior design students who graduated in May 2014 and responded to our survey (85% response rate) were employed in the field by February 2015.
Graduate School: No interior design students who graduated May 2014 and responded to our survey (85% response rate) had applied to graduate school as of February 2015.
Graduation Rate: 63%
Graduation rate averaged over four entering freshman classes of interior design students, using the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for 6-year graduation rates.
(This is only the students who entered as interior design majors as freshman. Many students transfer into interior design from inside and outside the university, which is not included in the above “Graduation Rate”. For overall graduation or transfer of entering interior design students, including those who switch majors, see “Success Rate” below.)
Success Rate: 94%
Combined graduation or successful transfer rate averaged over four entering freshman classes of interior design students, using the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for 6-year graduation rates.
First-Year Retention Rate: 81%
First year retention rate averaged over four entering freshman classes of interior design students, using the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for first year retention rates. This puts the attrition at rate 19%.
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