The COD Photography Program is a part of the college’s Fine and Applied Arts subdivision. That subdivision was just awarded NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art & Design) Accreditation—Associate Membership. NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 290 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
COD was one of only five or six colleges of the 167 applications reviewed this year to achieve this honor. We are the first among community colleges in Illinois, and one of a dozen community colleges in the nation to achieve this recognition. This is a national accreditation for 14 degree programs and 20 certificate programs in the visual arts at College of DuPage, including photography.
Planning for this accreditation started in 2002 when faculty made the suggestion to seek accreditation. The effort was then spearheaded by Alain Hentschel, former Associate Dean of Fine & Applied Arts, though, who put in untold hours of work to make it possible. Many thanks to Alain and to the faculty and staff of the individual programs and disciplines, who wrote self studies, converted curriculum, compiled space and equipment data, developed curricular tables, reaffirmed faculty credentials, and refined exhibitions of student work.