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University and college ink transfer agreement

October 9, 2019
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Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local university and an out-of-state community college have partnered to offer students an easier transition to completing a bachelor’s degree.

Under the agreement, students can fully transfer the 60 credits from Wanatah, Indiana-based Ivy Tech Community College’s environmental design program to the 120-credit interior design program at Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, according to KCAD this week.

Ivy Tech has 40 campuses and sites throughout Indiana and multiple online programs.

The program took effect at the start of the 2019-20 academic year. 

The agreement focuses on three areas of KCAD’s interior design program: workplace design, retail design and hospitality design.

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.”

“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 Lee Davis, a KCAD professor and chair of the interior design program. 

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