• New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University Receives FIDER Accreditation

7/15/2002

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University (NESADSU) is pleased to announce the accreditation of its Master of Arts in Interior Design as a Professional Level Program and the re-accreditation of its Bachelor of Fine Arts and Diploma Programs, also as Professional Level Programs, by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER).

NESADSU's Master of Arts in Interior Design program is now one of only three graduate programs in the United States to have received FIDER Professional Level accreditation. NESADSU's Diploma Program in Interior Design has been FIDER accredited since 1983 and the Bachelor of Fine Arts program was accredited in 1996.

FIDER is the only specialized accrediting agency for Interior Design in North America. As such, it sets the standards for professional Interior Design programs.

FIDER accreditation indicates that a "program voluntarily placed itself before the profession - investing time, energy, and money to ensure that their graduates receive an education that meets the standards of the profession and will serve them into the future." In addition, students "receive an education that is recognized by the Interior Design profession as meeting educational requirements for entry into the profession. In the future, this factor may impact the right to practice in states with licensing and registration acts." There are now 20 states, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, that have such acts.

"Having three FIDER accredited professional level programs means that we can meet the educational needs of both undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in Interior Design," said NESADSU's Chairman Bill Davis. "This is a major step in the right direction for our school and all the people who want to learn about the challenging world of Interior Design."

For more information, please contact:
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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