OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Interior Design Technology program was recently awarded accreditation by a prestigious national organization. WSU is one of only two interior design programs in the state accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Faculty members said the rigorous three-year process for recognition was well worth the effort. Graduating from a CIDA-accredited program will give students an edge when applying for both internships and jobs.
“It opens the doors to a higher level of employment,” said interior design program director Jan Slabaugh.
After three years of preparing documentation about the program and self study, the process culminated in a four-day site visit Nov. 14-18. During the visit, CIDA representatives evaluated curriculum, faculty, facilities and student work. Every part of the program, including instruction on specific concepts, was analyzed. Slabaugh received formal written confirmation of the accreditation last month.
“Some schools get partial accreditation and are under review for the first three years. We got full accreditation. That really says a lot,” said WSU interior design adjunct professor Jacie Summers Johnson.
Program faculty prepare students for a bachelor of arts or sciences interior design-technical sales degree at WSU. Interior designers are taught how to solve problems in both residential and commercial spaces by applying their knowledge of aesthetics, construction technology, business, space planning, furnishings and equipment to improve the quality of life, health, safety and welfare of the public they serve.
The interior design program at WSU is part of the Department of Sales and Service Technology and students gain a strong sales background, seen as an advantage by CIDA representatives. Aside from interior design and sales classes, students take art, sales, drafting and computer courses taught by various WSU departments.
Sixty students are actively pursuing an interior design degree at WSU. The WSU program also is endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
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