New York Institute of Art and Design Accreditation

NYIAD is a fully accredited art and design school. We are proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the New York State Education Department.

New York State Education Department

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is one of the most respected education agencies in the United States. The New York Institute of Art and Design is licensed under the demanding standards of NYSED, and all our programs are regularly reviewed and approved by NYSED, ensuring that we maintain the highest standards of education materials, student service and business practices. All NYIAD teachers and key staff are licensed by NYSED. A full explanation of NYSED's requirements that pertain to the school is available in our catalog.


The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is the nation’s premier accrediting organization for home-study schools. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a globally recognized accrediting agency, for online learning schools and distance education. Their rigorous evaluation process applies the same standards upheld by all traditional brick and mortar institutions.

The DEAC reviewed the manner in which we deliver our courses, the support that we provide each and every one of our students, and accepted us as one of their accredited members. Their conclusion: the New York Institute of Art and Design’s courses continually meet, and regularly exceed, the DEAC's exacting standards of excellence. To see our DEAC consumer disclosure form, click here.

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

The mission of the Better Business Bureau is the advance marketplace trust. This is accomplished through a number of different actions. First, the BBB sets standards for trust and encourages businesses to adopt them. It engages with businesses and educates consumers to ensure that best practices are well-known and followed. The BBB celebrates marketplace role models and addresses substandard business behavior to create a community of trustworthiness.

The New York Institute of Art and Design has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau of Metro New York since 2015. The BBB reviewed NYIAD's advertising and student servicing and has certified that we meet or exceed their list of best practices, meaning students can feel confident that NYIAD lives up to the promises made to new students.

To learn more about DEAC, visit their website here.

All of our online courses offer certification of completion from the New York Institute of Art and Design.

Want to enroll in one of our art and design courses? Click here to enroll online or call 1.800.583.1742.