Accreditation and Affiliations

Harrington College of Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (230 South LaSalle St., Ste. 7-500, Chicago IL 60604-1411).



The Higher Learning Commission,, is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Harrington College of Design is authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education,

Harrington College of Design in Chicago is authorized by:

The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
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317.464.4400 Ext. 141

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The Master of Art and the Master of Interior Design degrees contain less than 30 semester credit hours of general education courses and therefore do not meet the qualifications to be considered for accreditation by CIDA. Many Master’s degree programs deliver an advanced level of education beyond that required for entry-level practice. These programs are not eligible for CIDA accreditation because CIDA does not have standards for advanced, post-professional level education.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the School’s grievance procedure which can be found in the Catalog. The school’s grievance procedure allows for the prompt resolution of grievances. For additional state contact information, please click here.

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