International Academy of Design & Technology – Orlando
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The International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando, which was founded in 1977, offers students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s or Associate degree. IADT - Orlando offers a variety of academic programs, including a Fashion Design & Merchandising Program, Game Design & Development Program, Interior Design Program, and many more. The president, Mark Page, is the Tampa IADT branch president.
The school traces its history to 1977, when Clem Stein, Jr. founded the International Academy of Merchandising and Design, Ltd. The private institution opened in 1984 and offered original Associate of Applied Science Degree programs in Merchandising Management, Interior Design and Fashion Design.
On April 1, 1999, the college changed its name to International Academy of Design with its growing emphasis in the design field. “And Technology” was added to the name when technology-related programs were added to the curriculum in 2000.
IADT established an Orlando branch campus in August 2000 which opened to students in April 2001. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools awarded the academy accreditation as a branch campus in 2002.
IADT Orlando offers a wide variety of programs for students to pursue a career in design. An Associate degree can be obtained in as little as 18 months while a Bachelor’s degree can take as little as 36 months. IADT Orlando offers the following programs:
- Fashion Design & Merchandising Program - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
- Game Design & Development Program - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
- Interior Design Program - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
- Computer Graphics Program - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree
- Multimedia Design Program - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
- Marketing & Advertising Program - Bachelor of Science Degree
Applicants are not required to take the SAT or ACT exams. As an open enrollment school, anyone with a high school diploma or equivalent can be admitted. (IADT checks to see if potential students obtained a high school diploma.)
International students who are applying to IADT must meet the same admission requirements as U.S. citizens and may be required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language or demonstrate English proficiency.
IADT Orlando was located at 6039 S. Rio Grande Ave in Orlando, Florida. The campus comprises 31,000 square feet (2,900 m2) devoted to administrative areas, eight computer labs and five theory labs. In 2003, another building was added to the campus that includes seven computer labs, seven theory labs, four drafting labs, one draping lab and one sewing lab. The college aims at expanding the campus to 76,000 square feet (7,100 m2). The campus has recently[when?] been downgraded to one building at 6039 Rio Grande.
Current address is 8523 Commodity Circle, Ste 200 in Orlando, Florida
The school is 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and downtown Orlando.
Classrooms at IADT Orlando consist of lecture rooms, drafting labs, design studios and sewing rooms. The school’s computer labs contain Macintosh and IBM-compatible personal computers for instruction and practice in such areas as graphic design, web development, and sound and video editing.
The campus has five full-time instructors. There are over 25 adjunct professors. Many of the classes have been turned over into fully on-line course registered classes.
The library at IADT Orlando offers books and periodicals. The school provides with a small student lounge, an outside patio and a bookstore.