Top 10 Schools for Interior Design


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

    Saint Paul:

    University of Minnesota
    College of Design
    32 McNeal Hall
    ?1985 Buford Ave.?
    St. Paul, MN 55108?


    University of Minnesota
    College of Design
    101 Rapson Hall ?
    89 Church St. S.E.
    ?Minneapolis, MN 55455


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