College for Creative Studies Receives Major Endorsement of Interior Design Program

DETROIT, July , 2010 â?? The College for Creative Studies (CCS) has been granted accreditation by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) for its Interior Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree program. â??Accreditation affirms the high quality of CCSâ??s interior design program and assures that its graduates meet the most rigorous professional standards,â? said Richard L. Rogers, president. "We are proud that CIDA has recognized our program in this way.â? CIDA is the accrediting body for interior design higher education in the United States and Canada. Their visiting team spent four days on campus last spring evaluating classes, reviewing student work and interviewing faculty and students. CIDA reviewers commented on CCSâ??s engaged students and strong collection of faculty â??with wonderful, professional backgrounds.â? In addition, reviewers found CCSâ??s program to be very unique and unlike any program they reviewed. â??We normally donâ??t find programs with so many strengths,â? said the reviewing committee. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program in Interior Design at CCS is a four-year program with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive knowledge of design theory and history, sustainable and socially-conscious design practices, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques, and code adherence and professional practices. Students develop fluency in the use of two- and three-dimensional design software and computer hardware, which are essential tools for the contemporary designer. The program challenges students to engage in activities that move the interior design profession forward and that enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural development of design, research, and application. CCS students are in demand by employers from around the world, whose recruiters visit regularly to conduct interviews and review portfolios for internships and full-time positions. Employers of CCS interior design graduates include JGA Incorporated, Cagley & Tanner, Spin Design New York, Steelcase, Hamilton Anderson Associates, Herman Miller, among others. Alumna Lesley Mowry has been working as a designer with Spin Design New York, specializing in commercial office design. As a full-time interior designer, Mowry works directly with clients and contractors. Her responsibilities range from project management to designing. Recently, a showroom Spin designed for Elie Tahari, required Mowryâ??s involvement in the planning stages, construction drawings, managing construction meetings and making site visits and decisions in the field. She also implemented the company's standard finishes. â??Even in such a big city like New York, I am confident in my skills. CCS taught me how to give any space a modern, contemporary look, and I am already familiar with the names and brands being used in the industry. The College also instilled a spirit of competitiveness and in a city that thrives on competition, this has been the biggest help to me,â? said Mowry. And for CCS alumna Brandie Gurgul, a lead designer for Leslie Schlesinger Interiors, it was CCSâ??s professional faculty that made the biggest impact on her career. â??What the faculty prepare you for is a true representation of the demands and deadlines placed on designers in the real world,â? said Gurgul, one of the designers that helped the Brazilian Court condominium hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, achieve a five-star rating. â??I was taught to own your designs, to speak confidently about them without a hint of pessimism and that the sky's the limit when it comes to innovation and imagination." About College for Creative Studies Located in Detroit, the College for Creative Studies is a world leader in art and design education and prepares students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships programs. For more information visit About Council of Interior Design Accreditation CIDA is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards. The Council engages nearly 200 volunteers, all drawn from interior design practice and education, to carry out its work.