Interior design refers to the theory and profession of creating the structure and aesthetics of interior environments. It involves integrating established methodology (research, analysis and technical principles) with client needs and the creative process. Like architecture, most interior designers obtain some sort of degree in the field, whether it is an associate's, bachelor’s or master’s degree.
New York School of Interior Design
In existence since 1916, the New York School of Interior Design is the only academic institution in the state of New York dedicated entirely to the field of interior design. The Renaissance-Revival campus is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Classes are small, ranging from ten to fifteen students. In 2009, the New York School of Interior Design had a total enrollment of 750 students, 57 of which were graduate students.
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 212-472-1500 nysid.edu
The University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Known as DAAP, the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio offers the benefits of being part of a larger university. Often on Top 10 design school lists in Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and International Design Magazine, the University of Cincinnati is many times the only public institution to make such lists. DAAP offers a BS in Interior Design.
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 5470 Aronoff University of Cincinnati P.O. Box 210016 Cincinnati, OH 45221 513-556-6426 daap.uc.edu
Pratt Institute, New York
The Pratt Institute, founded by Charles Pratt, began in 1887 with twelve students and was founded on the motto “Be True To Your Work, And Your Work Will Be True To You.” The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Interior Design.
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 718- 636-3600 pratt.edu
Rhode Island School of Design
Founded in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island, the Rhode Island School of Design has approximately 2,200 students, 350 faculty members and curators and 400 staff members. RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate courses of study. On U.S. News & World Report’s recent rankings, RISD ranked number two for interior design schools.
?Rhode Island School of Design? Two College Street Providence, RI 02903 401-454-6100 risd.edu
Kansas State University
Kansas State University’s College of Architecture and Design was established in 1963. The college hosts the landscape architecture, architecture, architectural engineering, construction science, interior architecture and regional community planning departments. The Department of Interior Architecture and Product design is home to the interior design program, which is a five-year professional degree program leading to a master’s degree.
College of Architecture, Planning, and Design Kansas State University 115 Seaton Hall Manhattan, KS 66506 785-532-5950 capd.ksu.edu
Savannah College of Art and Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s interior design program is offered through the School of Building Arts. Interior design projects include commercial, residential and institutional design. Students work with AutoCAD, Microstation, the Adobe Master Collection, 3D Studio, VIZ, SURFCAM, and Autodesk Maya and Revit. SCAD offers a bachelor’s in fine art (B.F.A.), master’s in fine art (M.F.A.) and a master’s in art (M.A.). The B.F.A. program provides students with a solid drawing, design and technological foundation; the M.F.A. program focuses on design inquiry and investigation; the M.A. program is built around design theory and the profession of interior design.
Savannah College of Art and Design 342 Bull Street Savannah, GA 31402 800-869-7223 scad.edu
Arizona State University
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers a bachelor of science in design (B.S.D.) degree in interior design as well as a master of science in design (M.S.D.) and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in environmental design and planning. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts was created in 2009 to address the challenge of incubating creative thinkers and practitioners and inspiring them to think differently.
Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Design Innovation P.O.Box 872105 Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-8947 asu.edu
University of Florida
The University of Florida’s Department of Interior Design offers a four-year bachelor of interior design (B.I.D.) program that prepares students for careers in office, retail, health-care, residential and hospitality design. Students are able to choose a specialization such as historic preservation and environmental design. The 4+1 program allows students to pursue a master’s in interior design (M.I.D.) who have no experience in a design-related field.
Department of Interior Design University of Florida P.O. Box 115705 Gainesville, FL 32611 352-392-0252 ufl.edu
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota offers both undergraduate and graduate studies through its College of Design. The bachelor of science in interior design (B.S.) program aims to create practitioners who \"design holistically, think critically and act responsibly.” The post-professional interior design programs--master of art (M.A.), master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.)--focus on the application of design and human behavior theory and research.
University of Minnesota College of Design 32 McNeal Hall ?1985 Buford Ave.? St. Paul, MN 55108? 612-626-9068? design.umn.edu
University of Minnesota College of Design 101 Rapson Hall ? 89 Church St. S.E. ?Minneapolis, MN 55455 ?612-626-9068? design.umn.edu
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