Learn How to Deck the Halls at These Top Interior Design Schools

Learn How to Deck the Halls at These Top Interior Design Schools

Melissa W.

The holiday season is upon us which means decor is at the forefront! Interior design is all around us. It’s in the wow-factor magazine-worthy celebrity homes and also in the most subtle spots like office buildings and it takes a keen eye to make both look perfect. Looking to up your game in interior design? Check out these top schools!

New York School of Interior Design: New York, NY

Founded in 1916 and located in Manhattan, the New York School of Interior Design is considered one of the top schools to attend if you’re looking to jump right into the design space. The private, not-for-profit college gives students a very personalized education, with the student-to-faculty ratio being 10:1 and class sizes averaging 13 students. NYSID offers undergraduate and graduate programs in interior design, fine arts, sustainable interior environments, and lighting. Not looking to go through a full program? NYSID offers a one-year certificate program centered on the basics of interior design.

From the school: “Our guiding principle is that the successful design of an interior space improves human welfare, and that the interior design profession assumes an important role in ensuring that spaces are beautiful, functional, healthy, safe, and built in a socially and environmentally conscientious way.”

Learn more: https://www.nysid.edu/ 

The Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah, GA

Founded in 1978, SCAD is an art school through-and-through with 40 different and very specific degree programs. Their award-winning interior design department offers both Bachelor’s and Master's degree programs and is known for setting up their students for successful career paths.

From the school: “At SCAD, interior design students join a 40-year, award-winning tradition of creating energetic, inspiring spaces. SCAD students explore a wide range of career paths, learning to maximize health, wellness, style, and sustainable practices across corporate, residential, retail, and hospitality design. Students capitalize on this wealth of contexts through SCADpro, the university's in-house creative consultancy, applying them to collaborations with corporate partners like Amazon, Chick-fil-A, Disney, and more.”

Learn more: https://www.scad.edu/ 

Fashion Institute of Technology: New York, NY

If you’re looking to join a community of innovative and creative individuals while gaining a top-notch education, FIT is for you! Founded in 1944 to train students specifically in fashion design, FIT provides award-winning education in roughly 30 different areas of the arts. Programs range from fine arts, to marketing, to toy design and everything in between.

From the school: “With access to the world-renowned museums and showrooms of New York City, prepare for a professional-level interior design career that will help you compete with excellence in the creative economy. Learn from a faculty of industry insiders who foster creativity, career focus, and a global perspective, embracing and promoting inclusiveness, sustainability, and a sense of community.”

Learn more: https://www.fitnyc.edu/ 

Pratt Institute: New York, NY

Founded in 1887 by American industrialist Chris Pratt, the Pratt Institute originally set forth to provide affordable, quality education to working class individuals and was among the first to admit students regardless of race, gender, or class. Pratt Institute evolved with the times -- students initially learned furniture-making, architecture, and design but has since expanded to incorporate liberal arts, sciences, fashion, robotics, and many more.

From the school: “With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt enrolls a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated students, challenging them to achieve their full potential.”

Learn more: https://www.pratt.edu/ 

University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH

The Interior Design program at the University of Cincinnati works hand-in-hand with its Architecture program and offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree paths. UC strives to provide students with quality education in the field, while also fostering leadership and innovation with career guidance.

From the school: “Interior designers execute projects for the whole spectrum of human activities. Examples include business and commercial establishments (offices and shops), places for recreation and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, resorts), health and cultural institutions (hospitals, schools, theaters, museums, places of worship), and residential interiors.”

Learn more: https://www.uc.edu/ 

Do you have a degree or career in interior design? Let us know in the comments!


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