What is an accreditation?
An accreditation means recognition and the satisfaction of a set of rules and minimum standards of education quality previously established. The accreditation of an academic program means a public assurance that the quality of education is equal or above the minimum established.
Educational institutions obtain accreditation in order to evaluate and improve their educational quality, ensure their consistency in institutional actions and promote their continuous improvement.
Why is it important?
The accreditation of an art program is very important because this way the students who enroll in it are assured that their credits are transferable, just as they can be sure that the education received by up to date, is a first level education and meets all the industry standards.
Art School / Design School Accreditation Organizations:
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation (IAD)
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
- North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI)
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)
- European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA)