The University of Alabama - ASID Student Chapter

By: Sydney Yarbrough, Student ASID

Earlier this semester the Interior Design Program held their CIDA Accreditation Showcase where projects from past and current students were on display. Accreditation happens every six years and work from the last three years was on display. Being in an accredited program allows them to sit for the NCIDQ Exam two years after they graduate. About 30 states require you to be registered through the state and use the title Interior Designer or practice as an Interior Designer so accreditation allows students a great start, after they graduate, to flourish in the industry.

Our IDSA, Interior Design Student Association, held its first meeting on September 12 at Adams Antiques & The Potager in Northport, AL. This kickoff event discussed the importance of being involved in Interior Design Programs statewide and nationally along with what is to come this year with future meetings. As an officer, we strive to encourage new members in hopes of having the members love interior design and all that is included as much as we do and give the younger students in the program people they can come to with any questions and companionship throughout their four years.

Our most recent meeting was a Senior Discussion Panel where freshmen, sophomores, and juniors could ask questions about what to expect in the program, seek advice on managing project deadlines, and gain insights to help them succeed in their future studies. Our next meeting will be a Portfolio workshop, where students can receive feedback on their portfolios or guidance on where to begin if they are just starting to develop one.