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The following is a list of institutions recognized by DDA in the decorating or design field of study based on our standard requirements.

DDA Standards for
Education Program
Recognition

Canadian Programs
  • A provincial government recognizes or accredits the program
  • The federal government accepts a tax receipt for tuition paid in the program
  • The program has: (a) a minimum 300 hours of in-class & field trip instruction (not including studio, practicum, project work); or (b) requires a minimum 6 months for completion of a program.
  • The program is offered on-line and/or through correspondence courses and meets the criterion of #4 (b). For this section it is understood that the program may not meet criteria #1 or #2.
International
Programs
  • The program has: (a) a minimum of 300 hours of in-class & field trip instruction (not including studio, practicum, project work); or (b) requires a minimum 6 months for completion of a program.
  • The program is offered online and/or through correspondence courses and meets the criterion of #1 (b).
  • A “Credential Evaluation” is submitted with the application from World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/ca/) indicating the program meets the criteria of DDA’s standard for recognition.
Other Institutions
  • Graduates of old programs no longer in existence based on comparison to comparable current programs. The applicant will submit the list of courses and number of instruction hours of the program for approval.
  • Graduates of interior design 3-year diploma or 4-year degree programs.
  • Graduates of specialty programs provided that the foundation of the pre-requisite program is met.
  • Institution

    Program

    Bow Valley College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Bow Valley College

    Kitchen and Bath Design Post Diploma Certificate

    University of Calgary

    Visual Design Certificate/Int. Design Specialization

    Mount Royal University

    Bachelor of Interior Design

    Mount Royal University

    Interior Decorating Extension Certificate Program

    NAIT N. Alberta Inst. of Tech.

    Diploma in Interior Design Technology

    University of Alberta

    Residential Interiors Certificate

    Lethbridge College

    Interior Design Diploma

    Lakeland College

    Interior Design Technology Diploma

    University of Alberta

    Residential Interiors Certificate

    Lethbridge College

    Interior Design Diploma

    Lakeland College

    Interior Design Technology Diploma

  • Institution

    Program

    Vancouver Community College

    Interior Design Certificate **Program currently under review

    Kwantlen University College

    Interior Design Degree

    Choices Burnaby

    Choices (full-time) Interior Decorator Career Training Diploma Program (school districts offer part-time evening diploma courses)

    British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Interior Design Management Certificate


    British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Diploma of Technology in Interior Design

    Centre For Arts and Technology

    Interior Design Diploma

  • Institution

    Program

    Red River College

    Residential Decorating Certificate

    University of Manitoba

    Interior Design Degree, Interior Design Masters Degree

  • Institution

    Program

    Eastern College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    New Brunswick Community College

    Interior Decorating Certificate

  • Institution

    Program

    Academy Canada

    Diploma of Applied Arts - Interior Decorating

  • Institution

    Program

    Eastern College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Maritime Business College


    Interior Decorating Diploma

  • Institution

    Program

    Georgian College

    Bachelor of Interior Design - 4 yrs

    Georgian College

    Interior Decorating Diploma - 2 yrs

    Mohawk College

    Based on recent changes Mohawk College is no longer be recognized by DDA. All those who enrolled in or graduated from their interior decorating certificate program prior to September 2018 is be eligible for student and accredited membership. Anyone applying for membership with a graduation date from September 2018 onward must apply for membership by submitting a portfolio-based application.

    Conestoga College

    Interior Decorating Certificate

    Conestoga College

    Interior Decorating Diploma Program

    Fanshawe College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Fanshawe College

    Interior Design Diploma

    Westervelt College


    6-mo. Interior Decorating Diploma (Program "On Hold")

    Sheridan College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Sheridan College

    Bachelor of Interior Design

    Sheridan College

    Visual Design Interior Decorating Program

    Durham College

    Durham College

    Algonquin College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Algonquin College

    Residential Décor Certificate

    Algonquin College

    Interior Design Degree

    La Cite Collegiale

    Interior Decorating Diploma -2 yrs

    Lambton College

    Interior Decorating Residential Certificate

    Yorkville University

    Bachelor of Interior Design

    Art Institute of Toronto

    Residential Design Diploma, Interior Design Adv Diploma (DDA recognizes existing students & graduates of this discontinued program.)

    George Brown College

    Interior Decorating Certificate

    Humber College

    Interior Decorating Diploma

    Humber College

    Bachelor of Interior Design

    Ryerson University

    Interior Design Degree

    Seneca College

    Interior Decorating Certificate

    St. Clair College

    Interior Design Diploma

  • PEI

    Institution

    Program

    No Programs at This Time

  • Institution

    Program

    Inter-Dec College

    Interior Design Diploma (2 & 3 years)

    Lester Pearson Continuing Education

    Professional Education Diploma - Interior Decorating and Visual Display

    Herzing College

    Interior Design Attestation of Collegial Studies or/ou Design d'interieur Attestation d'Etudes Collegiale

  • Institution

    Program

    Academy of Learning Career College (Formerly Universal Career College)

    Interior Decorating Diploma Program (36 Weeks)

  • Institution

    Program

    The Design ECademy

     HND in Interior Design **As this program is international, it may not meet all of the territorial/tax rebate requirements of other programs. The course content has been reviewed by DDA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

    The Design ECademy

     HNC in Interior Design **As this program is international, it may not meet all of the territorial/tax rebate requirements of other programs. The course content has been reviewed by DDA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

    ICS Canada

     Interior Decorating Accreditation ** Grant program for DDA membership available to ICS Graduates–refer to their site for eligibility and program details.

    The Interior Design Institute - Canada

    Interior Design Diploma ** This program may not meet all of the territorial/tax rebate requirements of other programs. The course content has been reviewed by DDA and deemed to meet our educational standards.

    LaSalle College

    Interior Design Residential E-Learning Program

    QC Design School

    Interior Design and Decorating Certificate

    Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Interior Design

    Interactive Design Institute

    BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

    Sheffield (Now Known as New York Institute of Art + Design)

    Based on recent changes the Sheffield school is no longer be recognized by DDA. Student enrolled or graduated prior to September 2018 will be eligible for student and accredited membership. Anyone applying for membership with a graduation date from September 2018 onward must submit a portfolio-based application.