International Academy of Design and Technology

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The International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) was a for-profit media arts college in the United States with 10+ branches. It is owned by Career Education Corporation. The college was accredited by a national agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). On December 12, 2016, John King Jr., the United States Secretary of Education, finalized the process of revoking the U.S. Department of Education's recognition of ACICS as an accreditor.[1][2]


In 1977, Clem Stein, Jr. founded the International Academy of Merchandising and Design, Ltd in Chicago. The first branch opened in Tampa, Florida in 1984.[3] Other Branches were opened in other major U.S cities, early on including a Toronto, Canada location. The college changed its name in 1999 and 2000 to reflect expanded design and technology programs.

In June 2007, CEC announced that the Pittsburgh campus of IADT would close in 2008. Later, on the 11th of December, 2007, it was announced that IADT Toronto would close in March 2009.

The Toronto location had grown very large from is small beginnings in the mid 1980's, and included programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and by the mid 1990's programs in video editing, 3D Animation and design, and later Film production. IADT Toronto owners petitioned the provincial Ontario Ministry of Education and Training to allow it provide university degrees for its programs like that provided to similar branches and other companies similar to IADT in the United States. This was rejected by the Ontario Government as post secondary education, especially university level education is highly guarded by provincial governments in Canada. The owners quickly sold off the IADT Toronto programs to RCC Institute of Technology by the end of 2008.[4] It was Quickly re branded as The Academy of Design, using similar graphic branding.

In April 2010, CEC faced a large civil suit from previous students from IADT Pittsburgh, IADT WV, and IADT Toronto citing registration fraud, improper credit transfers, and false pretense. The previous students won the civil suit with an undisclosed amount offered.[5][6]

In 2011, CEC settled a class action lawsuit claiming violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. IADT had sent out approximately 100,000 unsolicited text message advertisements in 2008. A $20 million settlement fund was established.[7]

In 2014, CEC announced that it would merge IADT all its other educational divisions under the Sanford-Brown name.[8]

List of schools[edit]

Current branches[edit]

Former branches[edit]


All applicants must complete a personal interview with an admissions representative. At the time of application, the following must be completed:

  • Attestation of Graduation from High School or Equivalency.
  • if not a high school or GED graduate you write a basic lit and math test, with the ability to use a calculator
  • Request for college transcripts if applicant is seeking transfer of previously earned credit to the Academy.
  • Application for Admission/Enrollment Agreement (if applicant is under 18 years of age it must also be signed by parent or guardian).
  • Payment of application fee.

International students who are applying to IADT must meet the same admission requirements as U.S. citizens and may be required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language or demonstrate English proficiency.[9]


The academic programs alter by locations.[10]

  • Advertising & Design (April 2008)
  • Computer Animation
  • Computer Forensics
  • Digital Production
  • Digital Movie Production
  • Digital Photography
  • Fashion Design & Marketing
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology

Web Design and Development

  • Interior Design
  • Merchandising
  • Recording Arts

IADT held accreditation from ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools).[11] However, IADT does not have regional accreditation, thus many regionally accredited schools are unlikely to accept their credits in transfer or recognize their degrees for entry into graduate programs.The School itself claims that it is up to the accepting institution to make the final decision on the transferability of credits.[12][13][14][15] Locations throughout the United States and Canada offer associate's degree and bachelor's degree courses in game design, merchandising, advertising & design, fashion design & marketing, interior design, digital photography, digital production, digital movie production, and computer animation.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Education Department Establishes Enhanced Federal Aid Participation Requirements for ACICS-accredited Colleges". United States Department of Education. Press Release. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "History of IADT". International Academy of Design and Technology. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "The International Academy of Design & Technology – Toronto Video – School Activities, Sports & Lectures". OVGuide. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "For-Profit College: Costly Lesson". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  6. ^ "IADT = Waste of money. CBS 60 minutes report. – TRIBE –". 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Rojas et al. v. Career Education Corporation No. 10 – cv – 05260" (PDF). DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Career Education Announces New College Network; Brings the International Academy of Design & Technology and Brown College under the Sanford-Brown Name" (Press release). Schaumburg, IL. Business Wire. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived December 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Advertising Communications Program Areas". Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  11. ^ "IADT Accreditation & Licensure". Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Demanding Credit". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Tussling Over Transfer of Credit". Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Help Central". Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  15. ^ [2] Archived September 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Jackson, Cheryl V. "Black female characters, artists fight for place in comic book world". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-11-30. 
  17. ^ Maria Shriver (August 15, 2016). "Igniting Architects of Change: CARRIE MORGRIDGE". Maria Shriver. Retrieved August 15, 2016. ...Carrie Morgridge ... have worked tirelessly to leverage their foundation’s funds, spark innovation and fuel transformation. ... Carrie graduated summa cum laude from International Academy of Design and Technology,... 

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