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Accreditation and Memberships

The Interior Design Program at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and The Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).The program has applied for membership to the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE).

 

Mission Statement and Goals

The Interior Design Program at the University of Central Arkansas is dedicated to: the development of knowledgeable, creative and ethical professionals who perform effectively in a global world.

Goals:

  1. Apply the basic foundation of knowledge and the skill sets required of entry-level interior designers in order to protect the basic health, safety, and welfare of those that will inhabit the built environment.
  2. Demonstrate the critical thinking, problem-solving, design processes and professional values that make up the core of interior design practice.
  3. Support solutions to design problems with achievable resolutions, providing creative and contemporary answers to design problems involving interior applications.
  4. Implement the fundamental principles, ethics, and integrity required in a culturally diverse globally interdependent world.
  5. Develop an understanding in the specialization knowledge base in interior design, such as historic preservation, kitchen and bath design, and sustainability design.
  6. Provide opportunities for intellectual and personal growth for experiential learning through such activities.

Testimonials “Strengths identified by the visiting team include the number of opportunities for students to develop active listening skills, students' ability to produce presentation drawings, and their understanding of professional ethics and movements and periods in interior design and furniture. Students also applied their understanding of the social, political, and physical influences affecting historical changes in design of the built environment. Through collaborative projects, students developed an understanding of team work structures and dynamics.”
-- CIDA accreditation team

What does an Interior Designer do?...

The field of interior design is rapidly changing, and so are the requirements for designers.  At UCA we provide a diverse offering of courses and projects, which help students to find their “passion” in life.

The American Society of Interior Designers, Professional ASID and UCA Student Chapter ASID, endorse the following definition:

"The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, examination, and experience, who:

  • identifies, researches, and creatively solves problems pertaining to the  function and quality of the interior environment;
  • performs services ...including programming, design analysis, space planning, and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings; and:
  • prepares drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public."


Contact Information

Interior Design Faculty:

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan

K.C. Poole

Jennifer Whitehead