WSU Interior Design Program Ranked Among Nationís Top 10
Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, 509/358-7527, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Design Intelligence magazine ranked the Washington State University interior design program the eighth overall best interior design school in the nation in their annual survey of design professionals.
According to the magazineís editors, the rankings ďsum up the satisfaction levels of the leading professional firms and organizations that hire graduate architects and designers.Ē Conducted by Greenway Groupís Counsel House Research, the survey went to interiors firms and to architecture firms with interior design departments.
The surveys were targeted to those individuals in each firm who have direct experience with the hiring and performance of graduates, including design partners, managing principals and human resource directors. They were asked to reflect on the graduates they have hired during the past five years and consider how prepared for real-world practice they have been, then to indicate from which schools the best prepared hailed.
The editors also conducted an analysis of the survey results, along with additional factors such as the number of different design degrees offered by the program and technology, studio and library resources. Based on those factors, they ranked WSU 12th overall.
Nancy Blossom, professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design, said, ďThis fits with what we know about our graduates. They are exceptionally well prepared for the competitive market place. This ranking strikes me as particularly significant to our program because we are not large and the program primarily serves the Northwest. We do have graduates working across the nation but not in large numbers; nevertheless, interior design at WSU is recognized in the top ten in a national survey. I think that says a lot for the faculty and students and all of us should be proud.Ē
Design Intelligence is published by the Design Futures Council, a global network of professionals involved with the design community with the mission to explore trends, changes and new opportunities in design, architecture and building technology for the purpose of advancing innovation and leading members to new levels of success.
WSU offers what is believed to be the nationís only articulated bachelorís/masterís degree program in interior design, allowing students to complete both degrees in five years with an intensive course of study. Interior design students begin their studies at the Pullman campus and complete their program in
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