Supporting interior design initiatives in education

SBID is the unequivocal leader in interior design education for practice accreditation. SBID is exclusively government accredited to measure and independently accredit content taught to the next generation of students on a baccalaureate degree course of a UK university.

Furthermore, SBID is the professional body recognised to accredit the interior design courses of degree awarding universities by the Key Information Set (KIS). We directly support students throughout their education in a number of ways; we facilitate internships, mentoring opportunities and showcase rising talent through our international student competitions, Get Me 2 The Top and Designed for Business. We also promote scholarships and other student awards and competitions. SBID is the only UK design destination route to the European Education Charter; it’s linked to eighteen countries in Europe and provides possibilities for student and university exchange as part of the government’s education policy requirement.

The ECIA and SBID aim to further the quality of education in the sector and enhance the exchange of people, services and knowledge. We endorse interior design university courses that meet the criteria of the European Charter of Education (ECIA) through accreditation. SBID is the only approved and authorised destination in the UK to provide this course accreditation.

Supporting interior design courses

SBID are proud to promote the next generation of trained and qualified professionals by supporting interior design education, and accrediting university interior design degree courses. SBID created six accredited learning modules which have been adopted by universities in the UK as part of a BA interior design degree course.

This accreditation provides comfort to employers when recruiting and therefore enhanced employment opportunities will help students to decide the university with the most appropriate facilities for their personal skills.

In 2009, under a Memorandum of Understanding between SBID and educators at a variety of universities, groups and forums, an agreement was formed to improve the outcome of course content for a career in the commercial environment. However, due to varying outcomes, in review SBID dissolved the initiative. In 2011, the initiative was revived only with individual universities empowered to provide an interior design degree.

In 2015 SBID were awarded independent status by the government to measure interior design education and accredit university course content for interior design degrees. The accreditation relates to measured educational and business processes forming part of each universities central government funding status. The SBID acts as an independently accredited inspector of course content ensuring each course meets all-inclusive standards. SBID assess how fit-for-purpose tuition transfers to the commercial world and interprets the data into a ‘standard’ fed back into the Treasury.

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