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Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

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). 


Student Achievement Data: Bachelor of Interior Design


Student Attrition and Retention

  • 97% of students admitted in the fall of 2020 returned in the fall of 2021, putting attrition at 3%.
  • 94% of students admitted in the fall of 2019 returned in the fall of 2020, putting attrition at 6%.
  • 88% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2019, putting attrition at 12%.


Graduation Rates:

  • Of the students graduating in 2020, 65% graduated in 4 years.
  • Of the students graduating in 2019, 84% graduated in 4 years.
  • Of the students graduating in 2018, 83% graduated in 4 years.

Please note the percentages are approximate, but best reflect the data available.


Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

  • 21% of graduates in 2020 applied for grad school, and 60% were accepted.


Job Placement Rates:

Approximately 92% of students who graduated in 2020 are employed in interior design or a related profession.

Students are required to complete an internship of 400 hours before graduation.  During this time, job placement is 100%.