Interior Design

Interior Design

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We solve problems in the interior environment. We perform services relative to interior spaces. We enhance and protect health, safety and welfare. We prepare for the multi-dimensional field of interior design.


Interior Design

Program Description

The Interior Design Program in the College of Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and is recognized as among the top programs in North America not only because of the student work, but also for the collaborative relationships with the allied disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture.

The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience, and examination to: 1) identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment; 2) perform services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings; and 3) prepare all drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces; in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The Interior Design Program at the University of Nebraska has a long tradition of educating professionals in the discipline of interior design. The Interior Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Upon successful completion of dONE and admission to the Interior Design Program, students may enroll in the second, third and fourth year curriculum which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD-Interior Design) degree.

Accreditation: CIDA

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design: Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA),, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The Council for 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.

Enrolling in a CIDA-accredited interior design program means you can be confident that the program meets standards recognized by the profession and fulfills educational requirements necessary for your entry into the profession upon graduation. An accredited program has voluntarily placed itself before the scrutiny of the profession – investing time, energy, and money – to ensure that the education you receive will not only serve you during your time at school, but also position you for future professional growth.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level, interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Design: Interior Design degree granted by the Interior Design Program at the University of Nebeaska-Lincoln meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation is professional-level interior design programs that culminate in a bachelor’s or master’s degree located in the United States and internationally. (CIDA web site) Additionally, the Interior Design Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design NASAD.

NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 339 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Institutional Membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. Individual Membership is available by application.

NASAD provides information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development; and policy analysis.

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