New York School of Interior Design announces CIDA Accreditation for its BFA and MFA-1 programs

New York, NY - April 24, 2013 - New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) announces that the Council on Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has granted re-accreditation to NYSID’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and first accreditation for its Master of Fine Arts Professional Level (MFA-1) programs in Interior Design. For over 35 years, CIDA has been an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The CIDA accreditations are effective March 2013, and have been awarded for a term of six years.

“CIDA accreditation is the gold standard for professional programs in interior design, so this is an honor for the college and is a meaningful credential for our students,” said NYSID President David Sprouls. The CIDA Commission’s decisions were based on the interior design programs’ demonstrated achievement of 16 accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program.

CIDA is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education and professional level programs by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  The final decision on accreditation by CIDA’s Accreditation Commission is listed on the CIDA website.

NYSID’s BFA in Interior Design is a four-year program that provides students with the professional-level preparation to become practicing interior designers. The professional-level Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA-1) is a three-year program designed to provide an advanced interior design degree to students who have a prior non-professional baccalaureate degree.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is a private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the College is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide more than 700 full- and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, sustainable design, interior lighting design, and healthcare interior design. A wide range of classes are also offered through our Institute for Continuing and Professional Studies. The College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and NYSID’s BFA and MFA-1 programs are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).