Accredited by CIDA
The Interior Design programs at many of our schools are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This assures you that your education will not only serve you during your time in school, but prepare you for future professional growth. You can be confident that the Interior Design programs at The Art Institute of Colorado meet the quality standards recognized by the profession.
Interior Design is the study and application of design, decor, and functionality of a space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential. Interior Design engages other fields and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both.
Interior designers require a combination of both technical and conceptual skills including:
• Demonstrating ability to comprehend creative processes and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrating proficiency in technical skills, including drafting, perspectives, rendering, and construction
• Knowledge of products and materials for the environment and design solution
• Advanced knowledge of industry-related software
• Demonstrating an understanding of fundamental business principles, ethics, and career opportunities
The Interior Design program at The Art Institute of Colorado is designed to educate students in the creative, critical, and technical methodology of a built interior environment. Students have the opportunity to learn to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces and to integrate the components of sustainability, health, safety, and welfare into each project.
Within the program, students can incorporate other fields of learning including architecture, environmental studies and business planning. Students have the opportunity to become proficient in utilizing color, fabric, and furniture, budgeting and communication, ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. Interior Design helps create efficient, functional, and aesthetically pleasing places where we live, work, play, and gather in everyday life.
Students are first introduced to the fundamentals and history of interior design, and have the opportunity to examine the industry from an architectural standpoint. Along with foundation-level skills, students have the opportunity to develop competencies in rendering, drafting, and various computer applications. Students can build upon the fundamental and technical skills associated with interior design and delve into the specific design elements. Students are also introduced to environmental systems and sustainable design concepts and practices.
Finally, students have the opportunity to acquire advanced technical skills in rendering and architectural competencies, and focus on specific design areas. Throughout the quarter, students create and design a final project that reflects their understanding of studies presented in the program.Licensure, Credentialing and Other Student OutcomesCIDA
The Art Institute of Colorado collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here