Institute Degree Designation Program (IDDP)
The post-degree diploma program (IDDP) is designed
help prepare students from design disciplines for careers
in the management, research and development of
hospitality, travel and tourism-based industries and
community environments. The designation diploma
provides participants who are students in University-
accredited professional architecture, design and planning
programs with third-party recognition of a major in
destination design and coastal architecture. Such major
of study award provides the professional school graduate
with the academic oversight of the Institute and
coordinated learning guidance. In addition, the recipient
gains competitive advantage over non-designees in the
Preparation of candidates for professional entry or re-
entry into the field of destination design and coastal
Active promotion of a holistic approach to training in
the discipline, while maintaining a comprehensive
educational experience that meets the individual,
university and professional accreditation requirements
of the academic degree.
Develop and emphasize practice skills in relation to the
professional goals and objectives of a destination/coastal
Ensure the effectiveness of candidate institutional
programs of learning and their service to the profession
through on-going review, analysis and assessment of
Encourage the development of candidate's professional
attitudes, practice values and scholarship in the field.
Recommend policies and practices that eliminate
creativity barriers and facilitate effective design, research
and development in the field.
Candidates will complete a daily log/sketchbook
submit it to the Institute at the end of each academic term.
Candidate will meet yearly with an IDAD agent or
supervisor for advising and review.
Candidate will complete an evaluation of the University
degree program of which they are attending, to be
submitted to the Institute, at the end of their program of study.
Candidate will research and compose a White Paper on
a topic of their choice dealing specifically with the field of
destination design and coastal architecture to be submitted
to the Institute as a prerequisite for approval of professional
The candidate's final status for the Institute
diploma (IDDP) will, in part, be based on the following:
IDAD's agent/supervisor evaluation
Quality and scholarship of White Paper
Content and revealing insight of University program evaluation
earn a designation diploma?
Institute's major recognition in destination design and
coastal architecture distinguishes the recipient as a
knowledgeable, focused and committed professional in
a designation from IDAD?
Institute is the oldest dealing specifically with design in
the hospitality, travel and destinations arena. Since its
founding, IDAD has expanded to provide comprehensive
services to its members and the public.
complete courses in architecture, design,
hospitality, travel and tourism, as well as coastal and
environmental science and planning. The designation
includes a White Paper requirement premised on research
in a topic specific to the field of destination and coastal
architecture. Candidates can normally adjust their programs
of study at their selected universities to meet the requirements
of the major designation (IDDP), so the time necessary to
simultaneously graduate and gain the major recognition need
not be extended by combining both objectives.
The White Paper must have a topic which deals
with issues in
destination design and coastal architecture. This requirement
supersedes any academic requirement of the student's
professional program for a thesis or dissertation, and its aims
is to assure that destination design and coastal issues are
examined by the student as part of their professional training.
The student must proceed with the White Paper process in the
Provide the Institute with an explanation of their selected
topic before completing a proposal, as it is subject to review
Submit a White Paper proposal to the Institute; if it is
approved for the major designation program, a letter will be
sent to the student's advisor or major professor.
Meet any other stipulations unique to the student's
circumstance and topic.
After the Institute has approved the final draft of the White
Paper, verification of the award of degree must be received.
for the White Paper
Plan: detail goals and objectives, being very specific as to
how these priorities were met in the preparation of the paper.
Process: offer detailed statement on the theories and
assumptions made during the development of the White Paper,
and any principles which were applied to conclusions drawn.
Relationships: describe what data, feedback or impacts were
uncovered specific to the topic and the profession of destination
design and coastal architecture.
Competencies: what attributes the Institute's IDDP program
have brought to your pursuit of a major designation in the
field, and in what way the directed learning and White Paper
research requirement has strengthened or modified your focus
and professional capabilities?