CIDA Accredits Online Interior Design Program

In addition to the Interior Design program’s on-ground accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the online Interior Design program has also just become approved for accreditation. This is an outstanding and prestigious honor that can be attributed to both Nancy Bohnett, Chair of Interior Design, and RMCAD’s Interior Design students—without whom this accreditation process would not have been possible.

Below is the Summary of Accreditation Decision from CIDA:

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Online

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design Online Division meets Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Professional Standards and has been awarded accreditation for a term of six years, effective August 2016. The Accreditation Commission is pleased to recognize this achievement.

The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on the interior design program’s demonstrated achievement of sixteen accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program. CIDA accreditation standards broadly address the evolving components of graduate preparation for interior design practice, including:
• critical thinking, professional values, and processes that provide the framework of interior design practice;
• core design and technical knowledge that provide the historical, theoretical, and technical contents of interior design practice.

CIDA accreditation standards also address the institutional systems, structures, and resources that are fundamental to providing an effective higher education learning environment for interior design.

Award of CIDA accreditation attests to the quality of the interior design program and benefits the public and program in many ways. Parents, students, and employers of graduates can be assured that the program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design. Furthermore, the accreditation process provides the program with valuable input for continued development and assists the program in adapting to meet evolving professional requirements as CIDA updates standards.

In three years, the interior design program will be required to submit a Progress Report to CIDA addressing ongoing program development.

The program is scheduled to be revisited in 2022 to seek re-accreditation.