NASAD Handbook

Handbook and Any Current Addenda

NASAD Handbook 2015-16 (PDF file)

Includes current NASAD standards and guidelines for accredited institutional membership for degree- and non-degree-granting institutions in art and design, as well as the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Rules of Practice and Procedure. It incorporates all recent revisions ratified by the NASAD Membership, Board of Directors, and/or Commission on Accreditation through February 2016.

Addendum to the NASAD Handbook 2015-16 (February 2016) (PDF file)

An Addendum documenting revisions to the NASAD Handbook 2015-16 ratified by the NASAD Membership during a special vote-by-email procedure concluded in January 2016.

Please Note: these revisions have been incorporated into and are thus not needed for use with the NASAD Handbook 2015-16.


All institutions and evaluators must follow standards and guidelines reflected in the latest edition of the NASAD Handbook and any addenda current at the time of application.