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 graduation, retention, and job placement. Information for 2017–2018 is as follows:

Bachelor of Interior Architecture
Graduation Rate: 12.5% of Bachelor Interior Architecture students graduated within 150% of program length.
Retention Rate, Fall 2018: 75%

Master of Interior Architecture
Graduation Rate: 31% of Bachelor of Interior Architecture students graduated within 150% of program length.
Retention Rate, Fall 2018: 86%

Job Placement Rate
As reported to the BAC's Practice Department, 52% of interiors students graduated from the BAC in 2017-2018 were employed in the field of design or a related field at the time of graduation.