Accreditation

Accreditation

The NC State College of Design is a part of North Carolina State University, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate levels. Learn more about NC State University's accreditation.

The School of Architecture

The School of Architecture at NC State is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). The Master of Architecture program has been accredited since 1972/73 and will be visited again in 2018. The Bachelor of Architecture degree has currently been accredited since 1985 and will be visited again in 2018. The program has also historically been accredited from 1950/51 through 1976/77. Learn more about the NC State School of Architecture's accreditation.

The Department of Graphic Design and the Department of Industrial Design

The Bachelor of Graphic Design and Master of Graphic Design programs in Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design at NC State University are fully accredited as the professional bachelor's degree and terminal masters degree, respectively, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in affiliation with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). The recently established PhD in Design/Information Design concentration received plan approval from NASAD and will be considered for full accreditation approval once it has graduated its first class.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of artists and designers. These members have proven, by the fact of their membership and activity in the organization, their deep interest in fostering high standards for art and design education. Through its annual meetings, NASAD provides a national forum for discussion of the broadest considerations involving the education of the artist and designer. NASAD is the only accrediting agency covering the whole field of art and design recognized by the US Department of Education. The American Institute of Graphic Arts is the professional association representing more than 17,000 graphic design professionals in the United States. AIGA is an affiliate member of NASAD and participates in the definition of standards and publishing of briefing papers on graphic design education.

To receive accreditation, programs in the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design underwent a "single discipline review" by a team of NASAD visitors in February, 2001 and received the full support of the NASAD accreditation commission in October of 2001. The Self-Study prepared for this review is on file in the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design office in Brooks Hall. A periodic review was completed in 2010/11. The next periodic review of department programs will be in the 2019/20 academic year.

Learn more about the Department of Graphic Design's accreditation.

Learn more about the Department of Industrial Design's accreditation.

The Department of Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) is a specialized agency that accredits educational programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s level in landscape architecture in the United States and its territories. The College of Design at NC State University offers a first professional accredited degree in landscape architecture, the Master of Landscape Architecture. This degree program underwent a periodic reaccreditation review in 2016 and received reaccreditation for 6 years, the maximum time given by the LAAB. Please see the MLA Self Evaluation report prepared by the Department and submitted to LAAB, and the respective Reports of the LAAB Visiting Team.

Department of Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board 2016 Statement

MLA Self-Evaluation Report Prepared by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Report of the Visiting Team: MLA