Champlain College Graphic Design and Digital Media BFA Receives NASAD Accreditation

Capstone projects in the Graphic Design and Digital Media program.

BURLINGTON, Vt.  -- The Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College has announced that its Graphic Design and Digital Media BFA Program this month  received full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design, and art and design-related disciplines. Institutional membership into NASAD is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis. Champlain College joins approximately 320 institutional members, nationwide, including New England's Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Endicott College.

According to Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media, "With the support of Champlain Provost Robin Abramson, the rigorous application process, which started in 2010, was initiated and ushered through by graphic design Program Directors David Lustgarten and Suzanne Glover, with the participation of graphic design and MFA faculty and students.  The comprehensive evaluation process involved several lengthy reports, an on-campus site visit by NASAD, teaching demonstrations and interviews, and multiple yearly updates. As part of this accreditation process, the graphic design program introduced new studio courses, increased its academic rigor, addressed faculty workload, and upgraded its design facilities and labs."

"A great many thanks to the faculty, students, and staff whose tireless effort and dedication earned Champlain College this great honor," Willoquet-Maricondi added.  

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit

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