Interior Design Schools

The Nation's Best Interior Design Schools 2018

Students attending interior design school will learn technical skills, formal concepts, and theory while building an aesthetic vision for design solutions that are technically sophisticated, aesthetically appealing, and pragmatically satisfying. Interior Design programs prepare students to work in a wide range of environments, both commercial and residential, with classes that typically include the history of furniture and interiors, space planning, and residential and contract interior design. On this page, we provide a list of top Interior Design schools that have a strong reputation for high-quality curriculum, world-class faculty, and high rates of student success.

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  • 01

    Savannah College of Art & Design

    342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

    Embracing a forward-looking approach to artistic academia, SCAD is a student-centered institution determined to provide educational excellence within the context of a positive learning environment. Students learn to create art, as well as live creatively artistic lives.

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    • imgEnrollment : 11,861
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    Pratt Institute

    200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

    Pratt Institute utilizes the city of New York as a literal classroom by engaging students in real life experiences including public critiques and internships with top design companies like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and more.

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    • imgEnrollment : 4,784
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    New York School of Interior Design

    170 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

    With 92% of undergraduates and 95% of graduate students employed within 6 months of graduation; NYSID is one of the nation’s most revered schools of interior design. Innovative curricula and strategic collaboration characterize their vision.

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    • imgEnrollment : 538
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    2 College St, Providence, RI 02903

    Nestled amidst the picturesque New England seaboard, Rhode Island School of Design has long been one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious colleges offering rigorous art programs at both an undergraduate and graduate level.

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    • imgEnrollment : 2,481
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    The New School's Parsons School of Design

    66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

    Unique in its educational approach, Parsons prioritizes humanity and culture; ever-seeking a connection to global urban centers with project-based learning. Founded in 1896, Parsons confers both undergraduate and graduate degrees at 5

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    • imgEnrollment : 10,344
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    Fashion Institute of Technology

    227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

    FIT has consistently amassed international acclaim and recognition for its programs in fashion, design, art, communications and business. Its rigorous curriculum is steeped in its commitment to research, experiential learning, adaptable academics and industry partnerships.

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    • imgEnrollment : 9,565
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  • 07

    Cornell University

    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850

    Cornell's AAP offers instruction in architecture, fine arts and city and regional planning. Emphasizing the power of artistic talent to conquer 21st century challenges; they encourage imagination, critical thinking and inclusiveness.

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    • imgEnrollment : 21,904
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    University Of Cincinnati

    2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

    A world-class research university, UC utilizes an interdisciplinary approach; complete with an international, prestigious faculty; a variety of workshop facilities, photography and computer graphics center and an experimental technology laboratory.

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    • imgEnrollment : 36,042
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  • 09

    Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts

    202 Crouse College, Syracuse, NY 13244

    The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University embodies the vision that art and scholarship can affect change. Emphasis is on self-discovery in visual art and design; risk-taking and critical thought.

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    • imgEnrollment : 21,789
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  • 10

    Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

    3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Drexal’s Westphal College offers an impressive range of degree options; 19 in the undergraduate program alone. Building on a solid foundation of visual studies, Westphal inspires a sense of experimentation and expansion of visual horizons.

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    • imgEnrollment : 25,595
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    College for Creative Studies

    201 East Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202

    Established in 1906, the College for Creative Studies is a small, private, fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Diversity and inclusion characterize the student body: undergraduates hail from 35 states and 24 countries; while the graduate population is comprised of 81% international enrollees from 8 countries. Located in Midtown Detroit, students enjoy the long-established, rich culture of the city. From the Detroit Film Theatre and the Detroit Institute of Arts; to the libraries, galleries and famous restaurants; both college and students can leverage the educational opportunities provided by the urban community.

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    • imgEnrollment : 1,487
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    Interior Designers Institute

    1061 Camelback St, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    IDI specializes in interior design and interior architecture. Students receive individualized, customized curriculum, implemented by faculty-members focused on educational excellence. Notably, its graduates are some of the nation’s most successful designers.

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    • imgEnrollment : 201
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    Academy of Art University (San Francisco)

    79 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    With 30 distinct areas of study, Academy of Art University is America's largest private accredited art university. Markedly exceptional is their “No-Barrier to Admissions” policy. Applicants need only possess passion coupled with the ability to concretize it.

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    • imgEnrollment : 13,800
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    Iowa State University

    134 College of Design, Ames, IA 50011

    Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being one of the “Best Colleges” in the nation, Iowa State University is a public college, founded in 1858 and located in the small town of Ames, Iowa. As a land grant institution, the efforts of the college benefit the community as well as its students. Especially attractive for environmentally-minded scholars; there is an Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station wherein subjects like bio-renewable fuel and soybean research are offered. The college also houses "Ames Lab"; a U.S. Dept. of Energy research center.

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    • imgEnrollment : 35,714
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    The Art Institutes

    10 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Offering both online and campus-based education, AI prepares students for careers in the areas of: design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts. They also offer substantial grants, scholarships and transfer incentives.

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School NameProgram NameDetails
Anderson University (South Carolina) 320 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Appalachian State University 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Appalachian State University 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Appalachian State University 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Auburn University 351 W. Thach Concourse, Auburn, AL 36849Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ball State University 2000 University, Muncie, IN 47306Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ball State University 2000 University, Muncie, IN 47306Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ball State University 2000 University, Muncie, IN 47306Master of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ball State University 2000 University, Muncie, IN 47306Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Bowling Green State University 1000 Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH 43403Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Brigham Young University Harris Fine Arts Center, A 501, Provo, UT 84602Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Buffalo State, State University of New York 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
California College of the Arts 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
California State University, Sacramento 6000 J. Street, Sacremanto, CA 95819Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Central Michigan University Department of Art and Design 1202 South Washington, Wightman Hall 132, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859Bachelor's in Applied Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Central Michigan University Department of Art and Design 1202 South Washington, Wightman Hall 132, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Central Michigan University Department of Art and Design 1202 South Washington, Wightman Hall 132, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Chabot College 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94545Certificate in Interior DesignRequest Information
Chabot College 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94545Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Cleveland Institute of Art 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
College for Creative Studies 201 East Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202-4034Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
College for Creative Studies 201 East Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202-4034Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Columbus College of Art and Design 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Columbus College of Art and Design 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Converse College 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Delaware College of Art and Design 600 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801Associate of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
East Carolina University E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
East Tennessee State University 1276 Gilbreath Dr, Jefferson City, TN 37614Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Eastern Michigan University 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Eastern Michigan University 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Endicott College 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 1915Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015Associate of Arts (Professional Designation) - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Orange County 17590 Gillette Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Francisco 55 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Francisco 55 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108Associate of Arts (Professional Designation) - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001Associates of Art in Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001Bachelor of Fine Arts - Toy DesignRequest Information
Florida International University 11200 Southwest Eighth Street, Miami, FL 33199Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Florida State University 125 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Georgia Institute of Technology (SPPA) 247 Fourth Street, Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30332-0155Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Georgia Institute of Technology (SPPA) 247 Fourth Street, Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30332-0155Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Georgia Southern University 1333 Southern Dr, Statesboro, GA 30458Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Georgia State University P.O. Box 4107, Atlanta, GA 30302-3965Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Grand Rapids Community College 143 Bostwick Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49503Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences - Interior Decorating and DesignRequest Information
Houston Community College - Central Campus 1300 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004Certificate: Level II - Interior DesignRequest Information
Houston Community College - Central Campus 1300 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004Associate of Applied Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Howard University 2455 Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20059Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Howard University 2455 Sixth Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20059Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Indiana University 107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Indiana University 107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46805Associate of Arts in Interior DesignRequest Information
Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46805Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1011 South Dr, Indiana, PA 15705Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011-2012Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011-2014Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011-2016Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011-2018Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
James Madison University 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Kansas State University 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 7866Bachelor of Industrial DesignRequest Information
Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 7866Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University 17 Fountain Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University 17 Fountain Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Kent State University 800 E Summit St, Kent, OH 44240Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
La Roche College 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Lawrence Technological University 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Lawrence Technological University 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Louisiana State University 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Louisiana Tech University 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
Maryville University of Saint Louis 650 Maryville University Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63141Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5882Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5882Certificate in Industrial DesignRequest Information
Metropolitan State University of Denver 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Miami University 501 East High Street, Oxford, OH 45056Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Middle Tennessee State University 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
Mississippi State University 75 B.S. Hood Dr., Mississippi State University, MS 39762Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Montana State University - Gallatin 101 Hamilton Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717Associate of Applied Interior DesignRequest Information
Montclair State University 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 7043Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Moore College of Art and Design 20th and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Moore College of Art and Design 20th and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University 8 Ashburton Place, Sawyer Building, Boston, MA 2108Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New Hampshire Institute of Art - Manchester Campus 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 3104Certificate in Interior DesignRequest Information
New Jersey Institute of Technology 367 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, NJ 7102Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New Jersey Institute of Technology 367 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, NJ 7102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Certificate in Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Associate of Applied Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Professional Studies - Healthcare Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Professional Studies - Interior Lighting DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Professional Studies - Sustainable Interior EnvironmentsRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021Certificate in Basic Interior Design (Distance Learning)Request Information
North Dakota State University 1340 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND 58105Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
North Dakota State University 1340 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND 58105Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ohio State University 128 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Ohio State University 128 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Ohio State University 128 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210Master of Arts - InteriorRequest Information
Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045Bachelor of Fine Arts - Toy DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Master of Fine Arts - Lighting DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Professional Studies - Interior DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Parsons School of Design, The New School - New York Campus 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011Associate of Interior DesignRequest Information
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 204 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-0059Associate of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Philadelphia University (SPPA) School House Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Philadelphia University (SPPA) School House Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Purdue University 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Purdue University 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Purdue University 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Purdue University 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Purdue University 552 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior StudiesRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Master of Arts - Interior StudiesRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Master of Design - Interior StudiesRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 1600 Pierce Street, Denver, CO 80214Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Saint Louis Community College at Meramec 11333 Big Bend Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63122Certificate in Kitchen and Bath DesignRequest Information
Saint Louis Community College at Meramec 11333 Big Bend Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63122Associate of Interior DesignRequest Information
Sam Houston State University 1905 University Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Sam Houston State University 1905 University Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182Master of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
San Jose State University One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
San Jose State University One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 6604Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 6604Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Sinclair Community College 444 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402Associate of Arts in Applied Interior DesignRequest Information
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (ASA) 875 South Normal Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Stephen F. Austin State University P.O. Box 13001, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3001Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Stephen F. Austin State University P.O. Box 13001, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3001Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Texas Christian University 2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Texas Tech University 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
The Community College of Baltimore County 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237Certificate in Interior DesignRequest Information
The Sage Colleges, Sage College of Albany 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior and Spatial DesignRequest Information
University of Akron 302 Buchtel Avenue, Akron, OH 44325Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Arkansas 116 FNAR Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Central Arkansas 201 Donaghey Street, Conway, AR 72035Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Central Missouri 108 W South St, Warrensburg, MO 64093Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Central Oklahoma 100 North University Drive, Edmond, OH 73034Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Campus 2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221Bachelor's of Science in Design - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Campus 2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45221Bachelor's of Science in Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Florida 101 Fine Arts Bldg A, Gainesville, FL 32611Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Idaho 875 Perimeter Dr, Moscow, ID 83844Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Kansas 1465 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS 66045Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Kentucky 465 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40506Bachelor's of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 East University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70504Bachelor of Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 East University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70504Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 6516Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of North Alabama 1 Harrison Plaza, Florence, AL 35632Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of North Texas 1155 Union Cir, Denton, TX 76203Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Notre Dame (SPPA) 306 Riley Hall of Art & Design, Notre Dame, IN 46556Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Notre Dame (SPPA) 306 Riley Hall of Art & Design, Notre Dame, IN 46556Master of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Oregon 1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
University of Southern Mississippi 118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Tennessee 1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Texas at Arlington 502 South Cooper Street #335, Arlington, TX 76019Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Texas at Austin 2406 Robert Dedman Drive Stop E3100, Austin, TX 78712Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Master of Design - Product DesignRequest Information
University of Wisconsin - Madison 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
University of Wisconsin - Stout 712 South Broadway Street, Menomonie, WI 54751Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
University of Wisconsin - Stout 712 South Broadway Street, Menomonie, WI 54751Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Utah State University 4000 Old Main Hall, Logan, UT 84322Bachelors of Interior DesignRequest Information
Utah State University 4000 Old Main Hall, Logan, UT 84322Master of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Valdosta State University 1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond Campus 325 North Harrison Street, Richmond, VA 23284Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Weber State University 3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84408Associate of Applied Interior DesignRequest Information
Wentworth Institute of Technology (SPPA) 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5998Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial DesignRequest Information
West Virginia University 1 Fine Arts Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Western Carolina University 155 Bardo Arts Center, Cullowhee, NC 28723Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Western Kentucky University 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101Bachelor of Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Western Michigan University 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior DesignRequest Information
Western Michigan University 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008Bachelor of Fine Arts - Product DesignRequest Information
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What Is Interior Design?

Interior design refers to the overall architecture of private homes and public buildings. It incorporates both the layout and construction of interior spaces and typically includes a mix of technical and aesthetic elements. The slope of a ceiling, the size of a window and placement of walls are all good examples of the technical aspects of interior design. Style elements, such as carpet color, flooring choices, and light fixture patterns represent the aesthetic side of interior design.

Interior designers typically contract with private homeowners, building managers, or building owners to plan for upcoming work. Clients may elicit their services during the initial construction of a home or building, or when planning to remodel their space. Working as an interior designer requires excellent communication skills and an appreciation of the wide range of aesthetic preferences of clients.

It has only been in recent years that people of average means requested the services of interior designers. The thought of maximizing indoor space was not something that anyone thought about except those with money to spare. But, things have changed, and now most building project managers and many homeowners consider interior space planning an integral part of the process, regardless of the eventual size of the project.

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What Are Interior Design Schools?

A formal education in interior design is not necessary to become an interior designer. However, most employers require a designer to have a formal education and some experience, either through an internship or apprenticeship. So, the first step in an interior design career is to complete all educational requirements and gain entry-level experience. Several educational paths exist for people who are interested in pursuing a career as an interior designer. What they all have in common is that they teach students how to make indoor spaces beautiful for their clients, while also ensuring safety and functionality. Some of the specific skills that students learn in an interior design school program include:

  • Determining interior space requirements
  • Reading blueprints
  • Selecting decorative items per their client’s specifications, including color schemes, lighting fixtures, and building materials
  • Drawing, sketching, and illustration

The typical curriculum covered by Interior Design programs will include:

  • Interior design graphics
  • Interior lighting design
  • Residential interior design
  • Space planning
  • History of interiors and furniture
  • Contract interior design
  • Interior design professional practice

Some skills used in this profession cannot necessarily be taught. Before investing in an educational program, students should have artistic ability and a sense of creativity. In addition to the strong communication skills mentioned above, interior designers must also possess the ability to solve complex problems and have strong attention to detail.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits approximately 180 professional degree programs. These include bachelor degree and master degree programs only. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredits approximately 320 schools with programs in any type of art and design. This includes independent institutes offering art and design programs along with traditional colleges and universities.

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What Type of Interior Design Degree Do You Need?

According to the BLS, most people working in the interior design industry have earned a bachelor’s degree of some kind, with a majority having an academic focus on interior design or a closely related area. Many employers require individuals to have at least a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, and some require further education at the master’s degree level to advance to higher levels of management. Keep in mind, all students seeking higher education at the graduate level must earn their bachelor’s level credits from an accredited college. Credits earned from schools without regional accreditation may not be transferrable to other institutions. A good place to confirm the accreditation of an Interior Design program is on the CIDA website. Interior design schools that earn accreditation from CIDA must meet rigorous eligibility requirements. Some of these include:

  • Recognized by the United States Department of Education
  • Offers at least 30 credit hours of college-level general education courses
  • The school collects and publishes up-to-date information about student achievement
  • The school follows interior design standards generally accepted in the U.S.
  • Students are required to submit a portfolio of increasingly challenging work prior to graduation

Community colleges offer associate degrees, which students can typically complete with two years of full-time study. Interior design degrees are not as common at this level, but they do exist. Some four-year institutions offer associate degrees as well. Students who pursue a general education at a community college have the option transferring to a traditional college or university to earn a bachelor degree.

Associate degree programs instruct students on the fundamentals of interior design techniques while bachelor degree programs teach more specific skills. Both prepare interior design students to sit for the licensing exam required by their state, although licensure requirements do vary. That said, those who have an associate degree generally need to have at least two years of work experience before they can take the exam. While some states allow both licensed and unlicensed interior designers to complete work, only those who have successfully passed the exam can legally call themselves an interior designer.

Technical colleges and online schools are additional options available to people interested in pursuing a career in interior design. Some schools offer a 100 percent online program while others offer a hybrid of online and in-person classes. A technical college may offer a certificate in a specific type of interior design, but not a degree. Online schools confer associate, bachelor, and master degrees just like brick-and-mortar schools do.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Interior Design?

According to the BLS, interior designers across all disciplines complete similar duties. An example of some of their most important duties include:

  • Search for new projects and bid on them
  • Interview clients to determine their specifications
  • Sketch intial design plans
  • Select materials to complete a project
  • Submit a design proposal, and cost estimates to a client
  • Order supplies, complete a project, and ensure client satisfaction

Specific classifications of interior designers include those who work in healthcare, a corporate environment, kitchen and bath designers, and those who plan and design spaces to make them more accessible to people with physical handicaps. Sustainable designers, which describes people who primarily use environmentally-friendly materials such as bamboo and cork, are becoming increasingly popular also. Approximately 25 percent of interior designers are self-employed.

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Is a Degree Required to Become an Interior Designer?

Generally speaking, designers in any field will attract higher wages and project fees when they can demonstrate special certification, higher education, and experience to potential employers and clients. Designers with NCIDQ Certification from the Council for Interior Design Qualification are recognized as having the specialized knowledge needed to for the daily practice of interior design. To sit for the NCIDQ exam, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate experience in the field.

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