CIDA Accreditation

CIDA Accreditation

The Interior Design Program at Vancouver Island University is proud to be one of twelve undergraduate programs in Canada to be accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  In January 2017, it became mandatory for Interior Designers seeking to become Registered or Licensed in Canada to graduate from a CIDA Accredited Program.  

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 granted by Vancouver Island 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:

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.  For more information regarding CIDA, please visit:

Student Achievement Data

Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Interior Design
(Information from 2017 Graduating Class) 

The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Vancouver Island University is full-time degree program.  Students complete a total of 129 credits over 4 years with an internship between the 3rd and 4th years of studies. 

The following data was collected using institutional records and an alumni survey that was administered approx. 9 months after the class of 2017 graduated with 22 out of 23 alumni responding to the query.

Job Placement:

  • 21/23 (91%) of our contacted students who were in the 2017 - 4th year cohort are employed in interior design or design related professions.
    (14 in design consulting (3 freelance), 4 in kitchen/ millwork design, 1 in architectural drafting, and 2 in related product sales).
  • 2/23 (9%) of our contacted students are employed in an unrelated area.


  • 1/23 (4.3%) of our contacted students was accepted into a Master’s program in Architecture.
  • 1/23 (4.3%) of our contacted students has recently had a baby.

Places of Employment:

Below is a sampling of the various firms where the 2017 cohort currently work:

  • Number TEN Architectural Group (Victoria, BC)
  • Higgins Group Interior Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Jenny Martin Design (Victoria, BC)
  • Kimberly Williams Interiors (Victoria, BC)
  • Low Hammond Rowe Architects (Victoria, BC)
  • STS Cabinets and Countertops (Victoria, BC)
  • Studio 10 (Vancouver, BC)
  • Prime Kitchen Cabinets (Port Coquitlam)
  • BLOCK Residential Design (Parksville, BC)
  • Universelle Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Checkwitch Poiron Architects (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Proper Measure (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Sherwin Williams (Nanaimo, BC)
  • The Showroom Flooring Design Center (Courtenay, BC)
  • Cowichan Woodwork Ltd (Cobble Hill, BC)
  • Matix Lumber (Headingley, MB)

Student Retention:

The cohort that graduated in 2017 was admitted with 25 students in 2013
6 students dropped in 1st year and 2 students dropped in 2nd year
1 transferred into 2nd year and 3 students transferred into 3rd year
Retention 84%

NoteThere were 4 students from the original 2012/ 2013 cohort join this group (3 in 2nd year and 1 in 3rd year).  These students were not included in the above retention rate.

Graduation Rates:

Of the students in the 2017 4th year cohort, 18 of the 23 graduated in 2017, 4 of the 23 graduated in 2018 and 1 has not completed the required curriculum. 

11 of the 23 who started at VIU or transferred to VIU graduated in 4 years. 11 of the 23 graduated after extending the program to 5 years. 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

One student from the 2017 graduating class was accepted into a Graduate Program in Architecture.


Our students participate in paid Internships during the summer between 3rd and 4th year. Below is a sampling of firms that employed our students - summer 2016.

  • Number TEN Architectural Group (Victoria, BC)
  • Design One Stevens Interiors (Victoria, BC)
  • Merrick Architecture (Vancouver, BC)
  • Atelier Nouveau (Vancouver, BC)
  • DesignLaB Interiors (Vancouver, BC)
  • J. Ennis Fabrics (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kristen Balter Designs (Vancouver, BC)
  • BLOCK Residential Interior Design (Parksville, BC)
  • David Coulson Design (Duncan, BC)
  • Green by Design Construction (Nanaimo, BC)
  • The Interior Design Group (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Architrave Design Build (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Universelle Design (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Home Depot Design Department (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Modlux Interiors (Campbell River, BC)
  • HDR Architecture (Kingston, ON)
  • Ruscio Studios (Montreal, ON)
  • Floorscapes Inc (Calgary, AB)
  • OrganicArchitect (Portland, ON)
  • Ealing Council Built Environment Surveying Team (Ealing, UK)
  • Quatrefoils Organic Architect (Ealing, UK)
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