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Miami's interior design program ranked ninth in nation

12/18/2008

Miami University's interior design program is ranked ninth in the nation, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence.

DesignIntelligence is a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions. The magazine's annual report, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," is the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design. The report is aimed at design firms and organizations that recruit and hire recent college graduates.

For 2009, Miami's undergraduate program ranked ninth in a tie with Iowa State University, Arizona State University, Art Center Design College, University of Missouri, University of Oregon, Art Institute of Chicago, University of Texas, Austin and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

"Given that there are 300-400 interior design programs and about 160 Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited programs, this is quite an achievement," said John Weigand, chair of Miami's department of architecture and interior design.

Weigand has been instrumental in the program since 1995, when it was redesigned and offered as a BFA in the School of Fine Arts. The program was accredited by CIDA in 2002. There are about 70-75 students majoring in interior design at Miami.

For more information on the DesignIntelligence report visit: www.designintelligence.com/news/archive/2956.

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