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Accrediting Course Content for Professional Practice

SBID is the pioneering body of interior design university accreditation, holding the unique ability to measure the criteria required from the practising industry, consult with the profession and liaise with government education bodies to create appropriately skilled and professionally trained designers.

SBID are duly accredited to measure courses and accredit content for universities, directly empowered by the government to provide a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters baccalaureate degree in the category of Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Interior Decoration.

Unisats Dataset (formerly known as the Key Information Set)

The KIS was launched in 2012 to provide prospective students with statistics on courses at universities and colleges with a measured outcome from a wide survey analysis of course effectiveness and value.


As a professional body of pre-eminence, SBID was the pioneer with the Key Information Set (KIS) as the first provider of accreditation for interior design courses at national degree awarding universities and colleges in UK. Now known as Unistats Dataset, you might say that HESA acts as an accreditation survey of customer and provider data gathered from the NSS and the DLHE, as well as information provided by individual universities, colleges and students on higher education courses. This broadly collated data provides accurate statistics as a guide to help potential students make an informed decision when selecting a destination to study a degree. The statistics measure outcomes. The information includes five key areas of data for potential students when choosing a course:

  • Accreditations granted to the course by professional bodies
  • How the course is assessed
  • Proportions of scheduled learning and teaching hours
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation costs

The Unistats Dataset statistics also provide information on student continuance of courses, providing statistics on course numbers such as when a course commences, drop out numbers throughout the year and course results achieved. This overall analysis of courses, student course participation and industry accreditation provide a close-up measurement including peer opinion of individual course success over a variety of measures.

SBID is the founding recognised professional body for accreditation of interior design courses to the Unistats Dataset created through consultation with universities and practitioners in practice of all SBID identified specialisms in interior design.

How does SBID work with universities?

SBID assess how fit-for-purpose tuition transfers to the commercial world. We created a Memorandum of Understanding between SBID and educators at a variety of UK universities. Various groups and forums collectively established an agreement to form and improve the outcome of course content for a career in the commercial environment. In 2011, following an introduction from the Minister of Universities and the Department of Education, SBID formed collaborations directly with individual universities empowered to provide interior design degrees and continued with our highly researched remit to measure course content. In 2015, SBID was awarded a pioneering independent professional body accreditation status by the HESA’s Key Information Set (KIS) for interior design.

Why is it important to support interior design initiatives in education?

Practicing Interior Designers previously argued that university graduates didn’t possess the skills expected from a junior designer. At the time of SBID incorporation, there wasn’t a single university in the UK connected with a professional interior design organisation. Immediately, SBID was selected from three professional interior design organisations to be the partner of the course leaders’ informal group.

SBID was founded on a remit to measure and create fit-for-purpose education for its suitability and appropriateness in the commercial environment. We provide the information for the benefit of students so that they can make an informed choice from the professional body to the profession they hope to graduate in when selecting a suitable university.

Graduating with an interior design degree from an Accredited course recognised by the professional body of pre-eminence provides prospective employers with the comfort that learned knowledge content is fit for purpose.

How does SBID accredit course content?

Evaluating course content, we measure interior design modules content for a variety of criteria to ensure it covers the content required for practice. Considering its relevance for the broader industry, innovation, creativity and employer’s expectations of basic knowledge in the workplace. This pioneering process altered the landscape for a degree course in interior design, ensuring the content was fit for purpose.

As the government monitored the criteria and outcomes of the accredited courses, SBID monitored the transfer from teaching to learning through mentoring programmes and paid internships, student competitions and inclusiveness. We arranged course-share diversity. In addition, SBID drafted five design modules which were adopted by universities in the UK as part of a BA Interior Design course after being formerly approved. This process provided the government to review and measure outcomes through course grades. We accredit university course content ensuring each course meets all-inclusive education standards, this is provided through Head of School, Chancellor and government personnel. The accreditation relates to a carefully measured professional criteria and process.

We’re proud to promote the next generation of trained and qualified professionals by supporting universities interior design qualifications. All SBID Recognised courses therefore provide free student membership; including one year post-graduation membership, a fifty per cent fee reduction in year two to help transition to the workplace, leading into full SBID Accreditation as a professional-work-experienced interior designer commencing year three.

This accredited status opens the route to international practice, professional indemnity insurance and life long learning and guidance in the profession of interior design. Click here to find out more about SBID Accreditation.


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