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CIDA is the Council for Interior Design Accreditation

CIDA is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs. CIDA strives for the enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, external link, opens in new window, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Design degree granted by Ryerson University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:, external link, opens in new window.

Student Achievement Data: Bachelor of Interior Design

Job Placement: 

Students are required to complete an internship of 400 hours before graduation.  During this time, job placement is 100%. Please refer to the University Career Centre for statistics on job placement post-graduation.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
Based upon student feedback, approximately 8% of students apply to graduate school and are accepted.

  • Retention/Attrition: 
    • 93.6% of the students enrolled during the fall 2012 semester returned in fall 2013, putting attrition at 6.4%.
    • 93.6% of the students enrolled during the fall 2013 semester returned in fall 2014, putting attrition at 6.4%.
    • 98.1% of the students enrolled during the fall 2014 semester returned in fall 2015, putting attrition at 1.9%.
    • 84.5% of the students enrolled during the fall 2015 semester returned in fall 2016, putting attrition at 15.5%.
    • 89.3% of the students enrolled during the fall 2016 semester returned in fall 2017, putting attrition at 10.7%.

Find out more about CIDA on their Website, external link