The Savannah College of Art and Design announces that its interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503). CIDA’s accreditation affirms that SCAD’s interior design program meets or exceeds the rigorous standards of CIDA and ensures that SCAD interior design graduates are prepared to enter professional practice. CIDA, formerly known as the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research, is an independent, nonprofit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this organization has been committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of aspiring interior designers. “SCAD’s interior design program is exceptional preparation for a student intending to enter a career in interior design,” said Tom Fischer, SCAD chief academic officer. “We are proud that CIDA has recognized the quality of the SCAD interior design program in this way. We look forward to continuing to work with CIDA to ensure that SCAD interior design graduates are ready to contribute to and lead the profession when they graduate.” CIDA accreditation acknowledges the high level of quality and professionalism of SCAD’s interior design program. The career preparation of each student at SCAD is nurtured by professors with outstanding academic credentials and valuable professional experience. Students also benefit from advanced learning resources in well-appointed facilities equipped with leading-edge technology. In addition to earning CIDA accreditation for its B.F.A. degree, SCAD’s interior design program also has been recognized by DesignIntelligence. In the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools,” SCAD’s graduate interior design program was named among the top five in the nation. SCAD students are in demand by employers from around the world, whose recruiters visit the university regularly to conduct interviews and review portfolios for internships and full-time positions. Employers of SCAD interior design graduates include Callison, Gensler, HOK, NBBJ, Perkins+Will, Steelcase, and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, among others.
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