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CIDA Accreditation

The Massachusetts Higher Education Coordinating Council approved degree-granting authority for the BAC's Bachelor of Interior Design in 1993 and the Master of Interior Design in 1997. It should be noted that at this time, certification for interior designers is voluntary in the state of Massachusetts but is required in 24 US jurisdictions (including Maine, New York, and Connecticut in the Northeast) and eight Canadian provinces. In those states that legally recognize interior design, it is typically required that an applicant graduate from a CIDA-accredited school, participate in a monitored experience program (Interior Design Experience Program - IDEP), and pass the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination.

The Bachelor of Interior Design and Master of Interior Design programs have been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) since 2002. The programs were renamed the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture in 2014 to represent more accurately the full range of knowledge an interiors professional brings to bear on the design of the built environment.

CIDA accreditation was renewed in 2009 and 2015, with the next full accreditation visit scheduled for 2021.

 

Student Achievement Data

The Boston Architectural College regularly monitors our students' success in the areas of retention, graduation, job placement, and further academic achievement. Information for the 2013–2014 academic year: 

Bachelor of Interior Design Student Achievement Data
Job Placement: 100% of the students that graduated in May 2012 were employed in the field of design or a related field at the time of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: The fourteen students who earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 and 2014 were surveyed in June 2014 regarding their plans for graduate school. Of those that responded, none of the students had applied to graduate school as of the date of the survey.
Application rate: 0%
Acceptance rate for applicants: NA

Graduation Rates: 67% of the students from the class of 2012 graduated in 5 years. 33% of the students from the class of 2012 graduated in 8 years.

Retention/Attrition: 67% of the incoming students enrolled during the fall 2012 semester returned in spring 2013, resulting in attrition for second-semester students at 33%.

Master of Interior Design Student Achievement Data
Job Placement: 80% of the students who graduated in May 2012 were employed in the field of design or a related field at the time of graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: The twenty-one students who earned a master's degree in 2013 and 2014 were surveyed in June 2014 regarding their plans for graduate school.
Application rate: 5%
Acceptance rate for applicants: 100%

Graduation Rate: 20% of the students from the class of 2012 graduated in 3 years. 50% of the students from the class of 2012 graduated in 4 years. 30% of the students from the class of 2012 graduated in 5 years.

Retention/Attrition: 77% of the students enrolled during the fall 2012 semester returned in spring 2013, resulting in attrition for second-semester students at 23%.