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 was owned by Career Education Corporation. The institution was briefly merged with Sanford-Brown in 2014 before being closed in 2015.


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.[1] 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, Pa and Fairmont, WV campus of IADT would close in 2008. Later, on 11 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 1980s, and included programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design, and by the mid 1990s 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.[2] It was rebranded 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.[3][4]

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.[5]

In 2014, CEC announced that it would merge IADT all its other educational divisions under the Sanford-Brown name.[6] The merged institution closed in 2015.


Locations throughout the United States and Canada offered 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]

IADT was accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).[7] However, IADT did 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. It is up to the accepting institution to make the final decision on the transferability of credits.[8][9][10][11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "History of IADT". International Academy of Design and Technology. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ "The International Academy of Design & Technology – Toronto Video – School Activities, Sports & Lectures". OVGuide. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "For-Profit College: Costly Lesson". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  4. ^ "IADT = Waste of money. CBS 60 minutes report. – TRIBE –". 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  5. ^ "Rojas et al. v. Career Education Corporation No. 10 – cv – 05260" (PDF). DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "IADT Accreditation & Licensure". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  8. ^ "Demanding Credit". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Tussling Over Transfer of Credit". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Help Central". Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ [1] Archived September 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Jackson, Cheryl V. "Black female characters, artists fight for place in comic book world". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-11-30.

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