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School of Art + Design Receives NASAD Accreditation

Students visit an exhibit at the CoAD Gallery inside Weston Hall.

The School of Art + Design has successfully completed its efforts in obtaining accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

All three undergraduate four-year programs (Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design) in the School of Art + Design were accredited.

The notification stated: “The Commission on Accreditation and the Association appreciate the institution’s efforts with regard to its application and its careful consideration of and attention to NASAD accreditation standards and guidelines. Further, the Commission and Association appreciate the work accomplished by the institution on behalf of the visual arts and design and higher education.” Moreover, “The Commission commends the institution for its effective review process.”

The achievement of accreditation was a collaborative effort that required written reports, digital exhibit, and a physical exhibit of student work, as well as evidence of participation in regional and national arts communities and activities. While all students, faculty and staff participated in the preparation, lead roles were taken by José Alcala, Burcak Ozludil Altin, David Brothers, John Cays, Sasha Corchado, Peggy Fitzpatrick, Urs Gauchat, Glenn Goldman, Michael Kehoe and Augustus Wendell.

This achievement completes the suite of accreditations for the College of Architecture and Design in the last two years: CIDA (Interior Design); NAAB (Architecture); NASAD (Art + Design). The accreditation is for the full six-year period and the next full review is scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.