Philosophy

Vision

By 2022 the Department of Interior Design will be distinguished for quality education that promotes diversity, innovation, sustainability, and collaboration, that caters for the needs of a ‘glocal’ society.

Mission

The mission of the Interior Design Department is to nurture a culturally diverse learning and teaching experience. While imparting evidence-based design, the department underscores innovation, collaboration, and sustainability principles that address the needs of the ‘glocal’ contexts.


Program Goals

  1. To encourage critical thinking, exploration, and independent thinking that will lead to innovation and diversity of thought and expression even beyond graduation.
     
  2. To expose students to a design process that combines the intellectual process of creating with the physical process of making.
     
  3. To align the curriculum with professional interior design standards and practices in order to impart core competencies needed by graduating interior design students in the Middle East.
     
  4. To encourage students to value and understand their own design culture, while examining design knowledge and precedents of other cultures.
     
  5. To partner with the design industry and stay current with the profession through educational and research initiatives.
     
  6. To foster leadership and prepare our graduates to join a relatively young design community in which they have the opportunity to become the knowledge leaders.
     
  7. To nurture ties to our alumni and encourage their life-long learning.

CIDA AGGREGATE DATA COUNCIL FOR INTERIOR DESIGN ACCREDITATION

Class of 2017
Job Placement
38.09% of the students (8/21) who graduated in May 2017 were employed by January 1, 2018. While this job placement is still not reaching our expectations, we believe that job placements saw a net increase from the previous academic year. It is important to note that the blockade might be having an impact on job placement, but so far the influence(s) are minimal.

For more details on job placement and collateral impacts, see the data hereunder:
Unemployed: 47.6% (10/21)
Unemployed by choice: 14,2% (3/21)
Employed within six months: 38.09% (8/21)
More than six months: N/A
Joined Graduate School: 9.5% (2/21) – one student has a full-time job and one is enrolled as a part time graduate student.
Freelancer: N/A

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
Two students 9.5% (2/21) from the Class of 2017 secured graduate school enrollment.

Graduation Rates
95% (21/22) of the students from the Class of 2017 graduated in four years. The offering of the internship during the junior fall semester gave ample time for students to complete their graduation at the end of the senior year.

Retention/Attrition
96.7% (60/62) of the students who enrolled during the Spring 2017 semester returned in the Fall of 2017, putting attrition at 3.3%.

 

 

Class of 2016
Job Placement
30.7% of the students (4/13) who graduated in May 2016 were employed by January 1, 2017. This low rate is in comparison to the previous academic year and can be explained by the plummeting oil prices that had a major impact on the job market.

For more details on job placement and collateral impacts, see the data hereunder:
Unemployed: 30.7% (4/13)
Unemployed by choice: 15.3% (2/13)
Within six months: 30.7% (4/13)
More than six months: N/A
Joined Graduate School: 7.6% (1/13) –
Freelancer: 7.6% (1/13)
Unknown: 7.6% (1/13)

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
One student 7.6% (1/13) from the Class of 2015 secured graduate school enrollment.

Graduation Rates
84% (11/13) of the students from the Class of 2015 graduated in four years. Contrary to the previous academic year, the internship offering was readjusted so that students graduate in May. This has enhanced the May graduation rates.

Retention/Attrition
100% of the students who enrolled during the spring 2016 semester returned in fall 2016, putting attrition at 0%.

 

Class of 2015
Job Placement
54.5% of the students who graduated in May 2015 were employed by January 1, 2016.

For more details on job placement and collateral data, see the data hereunder:
Unemployed: 4.5% (1/22)
Unemployed by choice: 4.5% (1/22)
Within six months: 54.5% (12/22)
More than six months: 4.5% (1/22)
Joined Graduate School: 13.6% (3/22)
Unknown: 18.1% (4/22

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
Three students 13.6% (3/22) from the Class of 2015 secured graduate school enrollment.

Graduation Rates
77% (17/22) of the students from the Class of 2015 graduated in four years. Contrary to the previous academic year, the internship offering was readjusted so that students graduate in May. This has enhanced the May graduation rates.

Retention/Attrition
95% (21/22) of the students enrolled during the spring 2015 semester returned in fall 2015, putting attrition at 5%.


Class of 2014
Job Placement
44% of the students who graduated in May 2013 were employed by January 1, 2014.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
One student from the May 2013 graduating class who applied to graduate school—Master of Fine Arts at VCUarts Qatar — was accepted.

Graduation Rates
32% of the students from the Class of 2013 graduated in four years. This low graduation rate might be explained by the fact that many seniors complete their internship during the summer semesters. If the graduation rate is calculated, including the summer semesters, the graduation rate will be much higher.

Retention/Attrition
100% of the students who enrolled during the spring 2013 semester returned in fall 2013, putting attrition at 0%.