Council for Interior Design Accredits Berkeley College Bachelor of Fine Arts Program


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Accreditation Recognizes Achievement in Graduate Preparation for Interior Design Practice


Berkeley College has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in Grand Rapids, MI. The accreditation is effective for a period of six years, through 2023, when the program will be visited again for re-accreditation.

According to the CIDA, institutions that receive accreditation have undergone a rigorous evaluation process of programs that prepare graduates for interior design practice. The evaluation process for accreditation of the institution’s interior design program takes about one year. Enrolling in a CIDA-accredited interior design program means the student can be confident that the program meets standards recognized by the profession and fulfills educational requirements necessary for entry into the profession upon graduation. This accreditation gives Berkeley College students the added benefit of being affiliated with more than 150 quality interior design programs at institutions worldwide.

“Accreditation by the CIDA affirms the commitment of Berkeley College to continuous improvement and to provide an excellent education in interior design for our students and for our graduates,” said Beth Castiglia, PhD, Berkeley College Provost. “Berkeley is proud to join the other programs accredited to deliver a quality curricula and support to students in the field of interior design that have committed to the principles of the CIDA.”

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Associate’s degree programs offered at Berkeley College prepare students to pursue careers in creative positions as residential or commercial interior designers, exhibit designers, designers in architectural firms, and others. Faculty members in this program are selected for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience in interior design. They combine firsthand knowledge and know-how with classroom instruction for a thorough education for entry into the professional world. You can learn more about the Berkeley College BFA in Interior Design program here.

“An accredited program means that Berkeley College voluntarily placed itself before the scrutiny of the profession,” said Michael McAteer, DBA, Dean, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. “Berkeley has invested resources to ensure that the education a student receives will not only serve the student during her or his time at school, but also position the student for future professional growth.”

About the CIDA
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) advances the interior design profession as the definitive source for quality standards and accreditation in higher education. The CIDA sets standards for postsecondary interior design education; evaluates and accredits college and university interior design programs; and facilitates outreach and collaboration with all stakeholders in the interior design community. CIDA-accredited programs are offered in 41 states, the countries of Canada, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates, and online.

About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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