Interior Design Programs - Accreditation and Certification
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 U.S. 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. CIDA accreditation was renewed in 2009 with the next full accreditation visit scheduled for 2015.