The Bachelor of Interior Design program recently received some huge news when it was announced RCC Institute of Technology’s program is the first of its kind to receive accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Professional Standards.
“We are one of four Bachelor of Interior Design programs in Ontario that have achieved this accreditation,” explained Dr. Rick Davey. “And we have achieved it not only for our on-campus delivery but also for our on-line delivery.”
This accreditation makes RCC Institute of Technology the first school and only school currently in Canada to have a CIDA accredited online delivery. The accreditation has been awarded to RCCIT for a term of six years, effective April 2016.
“This means that our students will have the ability to earn a degree that has CIDA accreditation, which gives them further access to the industry and they will also have the flexibility associated with online and on campus so that they will be able to build the schedule that works best for them,” Dr. Davey explained.
CIDA is the regulating board for education for Interior Design programs. The process to achieve accreditation took two years, according to Angela Kominek, the Dean of Academics at RCC Institute of Technology.
“It involved faculty, both on campus and online, our program coordinators, our program Chair and administration to put together the documentation that was needed,” Kominek explained.
There was a self-study of the program, a third party evaluation, a program analysis report and it all culminated in a four-day site visits where CIDA representatives assessed every assignment in every term of the program.
“For two years we archived student work and then created a display and a team from CIDA came in October to review the work and make sure the standards we said we were meeting was evident in the student work,”
According to CIDA, 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:
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,” the Council wrote in its summary of the accreditation decision. “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.”
For students of RCCIT’s Bachelor of Interior Design, this means they can be confident in knowing they will earn the mandatory educational requirements to be registered as a professional interior designer. It also means their skills meet the standards that developers and consumers look for and that their degree is recognized by the industry in being qualified for entry-to-practice professional work.
“This means that graduates coming from a CIDA accredited program know they are coming from a program that has been vetted by the highest quality standards that have been set out by the profession and the education body of interior design,” Kominek said.
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