For Immediate Release
International Academy of Design & Technology Attains
CIDA Re-Accreditation for Interior Design Program
Tampa, Fla. (March 19, 2009) – The International Academy of Design & Technology-Tampa (the
Academy) was notified this month that it has again been granted accreditation by the Council of Interior
Design Accreditation (CIDA) for its Interior Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree program. This
accreditation status has been continuously held since 1992. The Interior Design program was
voluntarily placed before the scrutiny of CIDA to ensure that students receive an education that will
serve them not only during their time at school but also prepare them for future professional growth.
Students enrolled in an accredited interior design program can be confident that the program meets the
quality standards recognized by the profession.
CIDA is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-
driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing 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 Council engages nearly 200 volunteers, all drawn from interior design
practice and education, to carry out its work.
More than 150 interior design programs are currently accredited by the CIDA in the U.S., serving an
estimated 20,000 students. CIDA is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by
the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation is
professional level programs in interior design. The Academy is in an elite group of seven Interior Design
programs in Florida that hold this accreditation status.
Phil Bulone, Interior