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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Interior Design

Accreditation and Certification

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

Our Interior Design program is CIDA accredited (http://www.accredit-id.org), which means that you can be confident that this curriculum meets professional standards for quality and career preparation. The program has maintained CIDA (formerly FIDER) accreditation since 1998. We have one of the “most admired” programs in the nation (Design Intelligence, 2014), recognized as the “program of choice” for interior design education.

Hiring firms also rank us among the best in educating students for communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork (Design Intelligence, 2013). Over the past five years, all graduates received job offers in design-related positions, many of those in Top 100 Architecture and Design Firms.

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
The Council for Interior Design Qualifications (CIDQ) is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior designers/interior architecture professionals. CIDQ protects the public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe. Interior designers who meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the NCIDQ exam are assigned an NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public.

NCIDQ certification is required to practice Interior Design in an increasing number of states, including Alabama. Auburn’s CIDA accredited Interior Design program provides the educational requirements for the NCIDQ. An additional 3,500 hours of qualified post-graduate work experience is required to sit for the exam.

Click here to review INDS statistics.

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The CADS Interior Design program is CIDA accredited [http://www.accredit-id.org], which means you can be confident that this curriculum meets professional standards for quality and career preparation. We are among the “most admired” programs in the nation (DesignIntelligence, 2014); recognized as the program of choice for interior design education.

Hiring firms also rank us among the best in educating students for communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork (DesignIntelligence 2013). Over the last five years all graduates received job offers, many of those in Top 100 Architecture and Design Firms.

INDS Awards
INDS Awards
INDS Awards
INDS Awards
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Mission

The mission of the Auburn University Interior Design Program is parallel to that of the College of Human Sciences: to educate students to develop creative concepts and effective solutions to complex problems.

This is achieved through the analysis and synthesis of aesthetic, functional, behavioral and cultural needs of occupants / users / consumers through the study and utilization of current research and contemporary industry standards in conjunction with employing sound design principles and concepts.

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Goals

The Goals of the Interior Design program are grounded upon preparing graduates who:

  • possess the knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal nature of the human response to aesthetic, functional, and technological aspects of the built environment;
  • have developed the technical, conceptual and communication skills necessary to evolve as practicing Interior Designers and successfully navigate the professional environment;
  • understand the value of designing environments for clients or individuals from diverse cultures, with varying capabilities, and at varying economic strata; and
  • understand and implement professional and personal ethical policies that relate to and influence the design industry, individual businesses/corporations, vocational organizations and the Interior Design profession as a whole.
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Philosophy

The philosophy of the Auburn University INDS Program is based on the definition of Interior Design as endorsed by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), and the major Interior Design associations of North America:

“Interior Design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public.

Excerpted from www.id-accredit.org

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Interior Design
For More Information Contact:

Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
308 Spidle Hall
ulricpv@auburn.edu
334-844-4084