IAoDT Detroit Announces New Construction Management Degree


TROY, Mich., September 8, 2009 – The International Academy of Design & Technology (the Academy) – Detroit recently announced the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management & Design (CMD). The new program will provide training that contains knowledge and skills needed in the evolving construction industry.

“The economy and the environment are dual factors in the rapid growth of green construction,” says Barbara Marini, CMD Program Chair. “The new CMD degree takes a holistic approach to bridging the gap between architecture, construction and design with the goal of preparing students to take on challenging roles.”

The curriculum blends project management, construction processes, and introductory interior design courses with the technical knowledge and practical skills required in the construction field. With an increasing focus on energy-efficient building and reducing community and construction waste, this new degree comes at an opportune time for both first-time college students and those looking to change fields or enhance their resumes.

The program focuses on the many facets of the construction industry including the interior built environment, building systems, community planning, and global sustainability. Project and construction management are an integral part of the curriculum. In addition, real-world field experience is integrated into the curriculum in many courses and students have an opportunity to learn directly from construction professionals.

“Construction is so much more than a shell,” adds Marini. “It’s aesthetic and it’s functional. With the help of technology and 3D modeling, students will see their ideas and work come to life just as they would outside the classroom.”

Industry trends that affect building processes, such as environmental initiatives, energy consumption and sustainability factors are imbedded across the curriculum. In addition, “green design” is a directed focus of the program and can help prepare graduates for the changing construction industry and building practices.

“According to the most recent research, the value of green building construction is projected to increase to $60 billion by 2010, while the overall green building market is likely to more than double from today’s $36-49 billion to $96-140 billion by 2013,” says Marini. “The CMD degree can help prepare Academy graduates to take advantage of possible opportunities generated by such growth.”

The CMD degree is a three year program requiring four classes per term for 15 terms. Classes begin in October and interested students can register on campus or online atwww.iadtdetroit.com.

About the Academy

The International Academy of Design & Technology was originally founded in Chicago in 1977.  The Troy campus was established in 2003 to help Michigan students develop their skills and abilities needed for success in the fields of design and technology. The career-oriented degree programs provide hands-on training and real-world insights, taught by industry professionals who work in the fields in which they teach. The Academy – Detroit does not guarantee employment or salary. The Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associate and bachelor’s degrees. The Academy currently offers degree programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Game Production, and Digital Media. The Academy is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO).

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.iadtdetroit.com or call 888.838.2111.

*Sources: McGraw Hill Construction (2009). Green Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change. McGraw-Hill Construction (2008). Key Trends in the European and U.S. Construction Marketplace: SmartMarket Report.

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