Department of Interior Architecture Accreditation and Licensure

Accreditation

Professional degree programs in the field of interior design are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). CIDA and NASAD recognize multiple degree titles including the bachelor of interior architecture (or interior design) and the master of interior architecture (or interior design). A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

The University of Oregon Department of Interior Architecture offers the following NASAD- and CIDA-accredited degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture (225 undergraduate credits)
  • Master of Interior Architecture Track I (non-pre-professional degree + 147 credits); and
  • Master of Interior Architecture Track II (pre-professional degree + graduate credits needed to fulfill all MIArch requirements.)

The MS in Interior Architecture degree is a post-professional degree and is not accredited by CIDA. These students must have completed a CIDA accredited degree or the international equivalent prior to enrolling.

The next accreditation visits for the Department of Interior Architecture are in 2022 for CIDA and the 2019-2020 academic year for NASAD.


Licensure

State laws vary widely in regard to interior design registration and/or licensure. In those states that have adopted legislation, a professional degree from a CIDA-accredited program is the preferred prerequisite. Interior architecture students and graduates of the program must pass an examination established by National Council of Interior Design Qualification in order to become licensed as interior designers in those states with licensing or certification. Rules vary from state to state but generally two years of professional experience are required prior to taking the exam. Students can visit the websites below for further information about accreditation and licensure.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)


Student Achievement Data

The Department of Interior Architecture collects and publishes information regarding undergraduate and graduate student achievement, including aggregate data concerning retention, graduation rates, acceptance to graduate programs and employment data. Our graduation rates and retention data has been collected from the University of Oregon registrar’s office and the from Department of Interior Architecture records and our employment and graduate application data was collected from a recent survey sent to our alumni who graduated between 2013 and 2015.

Graduation Rates Data

Undergraduate: 100 percent of the students enrolled in the classes of 2013, 2014 in the 5-year bachelor of interior architecture degree program graduated in five years or less.
Graduate: 90 percent of the students enrolled in the classes of 2013, 2014 Master of Interior Architecture Track I (3-year and one summer) and the Master of Interior Architecture Track II (2-year) degree programs graduated on time.

Retention Rates Data

Undergraduate: Graduating classes in 2014 and 2013 had an aggregate 73 percent retention rate beginning from year one of the bachelor’s curriculum.
Graduate: Graduating classes in 2014 and 2013 had an aggregate 90 percent retention rate beginning from year one of both the Track I and Track II master’s curriculum.

Employment Data

Many factors go into a graduate’s ability to obtain employment quickly ranging from local/national/global economics to individual circumstances. The respondents to our survey who graduated in:

  • 2015—100 percent were employed within six months after graduation
  • 2014—88 percent were employed within one year after graduation
  • 2013—100 percent were employed 0-6 months after graduation

Acceptance into Graduate Programs Data

The respondents to our survey who graduated between 2008–2013 report:

  • 3 percent have applied and 100 percent were accepted
  • 15 percent are considering applying to graduate school in the future