The BDS offers a ‘Centre of Excellence’ recognition to colleges and retail in-house training schemes offering courses in the field of Visual Merchandising, Display, Exhibition Design, Retail Fashion, 3-D Design, Interior Design and other related professions. We are now pleased to offer this opportunity for your course to be awarded BDS recognition status, improving recruitment and giving your students additional professional credibility when entering the work force.
After completion of the application form (see below), for more complex courses the BDS would make an inspection visit to confirm the standard of delivery and facilities of your course, for simpler courses you are invited to submit a portfolio online.
Information is required about your tutors, workshops, design and display equipment, student’s work, studios, and student placement records. Occasional additional inspections may be carried out by the BDS, but for simpler courses it would be taken on trust and good faith that agreed standards are maintained - to ensure our continued endorsement.
Once the establishment has been approved, we will issue a ‘BDS Centre of Excellence’ certificate. The BDS Students on the approved course/s become BDS Student Members and, upon graduation, they will be awarded the affix Cert.BDS or ProDip.BDS depending on the level of education.