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KCAD and Ivy Tech Community College Sign Articulation Agreement

Posted October 7, 2019 in StudentPublicInterior Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) has announced the signing of an articulation agreement with Indiana-based Ivy Tech Community College that will enable students who begin their education in Ivy Tech’s Environmental Design program to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design at KCAD.

The agreement, which establishes a 120-credit hour degree program equally split between the two institutions, took effect at the start of the 2019-20 academic year. Ivy Tech students are able to transfer up to 60 credit hours earned in the college’s Environmental Design program to KCAD at a one-to-one equivalency. Those students who earn the full 60 credit hour Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Design before transferring to KCAD’s Interior Design program will enter the program with junior-level status.

“By blending the strengths of two programs focused on immersive real-world learning and professional readiness, this agreement creates a powerful and accessible pathway to a wide variety of design careers,” said KCAD Professor and Interior Design Program Chair Lee Davis. “We are deeply impressed with Ivy Tech’s Environmental Design curriculum, and we’re confident that students will emerge from it with a broad perspective, diverse experiences, and heightened critical thinking skills that will enable them to thrive in KCAD’s Interior Design program and our creative community at-large.”

One of KCAD’s longest-running academic programs, the Interior Design program empowers students to use design thinking and creative problem solving to explore the function, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, and user experience of interior environments.

Students working on drawings at a tableStudents working in the KCAD Interior Design studio

Through a broad range of collaborative and individual learning experiences, students engage critically with both local and global design challenges and expand their ability to analyze and respond innovatively to the social, physical, and psychological impacts of the built environment. The articulation agreement focuses on three areas of KCAD’s Interior Design program: workplace design, retail design, and hospitality design.

Graduates of KCAD’s Interior Design program are eligible to take the Interior Design Fundamental Exam (IDFX), the first part of the three-section National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam that’s recognized in North America as the qualifying exam for the interior design profession.

KCAD Interior Design alumni are currently employed at industry-leading firms and companies in West Michigan and throughout the nation, including Steelcase, Haworth, Herman Miller, Newell Brands, Custer, Gensler (New York, N.Y.), Forum Studio (Chicago, Ill.), and OpenSquare (Seattle, Wash.), among many others.

The Interior Design program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the only accrediting body for interior design programs in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the agreement with Ivy Tech Community College, KCAD has an agreement with Grand Rapids Community College’s Residential Construction program for Interior Design and Kalamazoo Valley Community College for Graphic Design.

More information on articulation agreements and transferring to KCAD can be found on KCAD’s Transfer Students page. Students interesting in exploring how their credits will transfer are invited to use KCAD’s online Transfer Equivalency Tool, and connect with Senior Admissions Counselor and Transfer Specialist Amanda Carmer-Rainey at 616 451.2787 x1102.