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RU Interior Design & Fashion named one of the best programs in the South

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Radford University was named one of the Top Interior Design Schools in the South for 2014 in the latest edition of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, published by DesignIntelligence.

According to the ranking, RU's Department of Interior Design & Fashion (ID&F) provides one of the region's finest undergraduate educations in interior design.

“I am of course thrilled, but not surprised to hear about DesignIntelligence's recognition of the quality of our interior design program," said Joe Scartelli, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, which houses ID&F. "For years, I have been observing the faculty, led by Holly Cline, methodically hone the curriculum and provide the experiential learning that best prepares students for the contemporary expectations and demands of the profession.”

Earlier in 2013, DesignIntelligence, published by the Design Futures Council, asked firm leaders, deans and students to offer their perspectives on which programs best prepare the next generation of design talent. More than 1,300 firms and corporate leaders in all design disciplines responded with their picks for the country's best programs.

Programs were ranked on overall quality as well as their ability to impart critical skills like analysis and planning, communication, cross-disciplinary teamwork and sustainable design.

Staying at the top of the rankings is a challenge, according to Holly Cline, department chair.  Cline points to the strong, supportive relationships found between the ID&F’s students and educators as the secret to Radford's success.

“We’re very hands on,” said Cline. “The faculty is always here—there aren’t graduate students teaching our classes; it’s all housed within our department—and it’s a very close-knit group.”

ID&F has previously appeared as one of DesignIntelligence top 10 programs in the country.

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In addition to the stellar undergraduate experience, the ID&F Master of Fine Arts in Design Thinking has been named one of best affordable online degree programs in Virginia by Affordable Colleges Online.

The MFA in Design Thinking provides students with in-depth experiences in using the design process to solve complex problems. While enrolled in this graduate program, students participate in interdisciplinary teams using creative and multifaceted design methodologies to address international issues.

For more information about the award-winning design programs at Radford University, visit the Interior Design & Fashion website.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

Learn more about Radford University at www.radford.edu.

Nov 14, 2013