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Interior Design

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CIDA Accreditation Data

Iowa State University Interior Design program

Resulting Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester four years to complete the degree program.

The following data was collected using institutional records and an alumni survey that was administered 1 month before graduation and again 6 months after graduation. 44 out of 47 alumni responded to the survey for 2017-2018.

89% of students admitted in the fall of 2015 returned in the fall of 2018, putting attrition at 11%. Of the students graduating in 2019, 100% graduated in 4 years.

Interior Design by the Numbers: 2018 – 2019

Total enrollment for the current academic year: 184

First year/freshman: (N/A)
Second year/sophomores: 64
Third year/juniors: 62
Fourth year/seniors: 58
Iowa residents: 63%
Non-residents: 27%
International students: 10%
Male: 5.5%
Female: 94.5%

The average student to faculty ratio is 16:1

Total full-time faculty members: 9
Total adjunct, part-time, and support faculty members or instructional personnel: 1

Number of students who have completed the program and graduated in the last three academic years:
2017-18: 57
2016-17: 62
2015-16: 53

Graduates from the past year that are employed as interiors designers, indicating specializations if known:
Retail: 1
Corporate: 7
Residential: 9
Unknown, but Interior Design: 29

84% of students who graduated in 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession. ISU has a 97% overall placement rate and/or acceptance into a graduate program.

9 out of 57 students who completed the program in 2018 and applied for graduate school are continuing education in a graduate program:
Interior Design: 6
Architecture: 3

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