6. Parsons New School for Design
New York, NY
Established in 1906, The New School offers over 25 programs, including a B.F.A in interior design, B.F.A. in Design and Technology, B.S. in Urban Design, and an M.F.A. in Interior Design. Students have access to NYC’s major firms and showrooms, as well as the exclusivity of connections from one of the best and oldest interior design schools. Ranked No. 5 by Design Intelligence and Design Schools Hub, The New School for Design boasts some well-developed networks in commerce and industry, so this school may be a particularly good option for students who wish to pursue commercial design. The program emphasizes collaborative work, allowing students to work with others in different degree programs. Interior designers have to work with many different types of professionals in order to complete a job, this type of collaboration helps prepare students for their career in interior design.
5. University of Cincinnati in Ohio
According to Design Intelligence, the Interior Design program was ranked No. 4 in the nation for 2017-2018, and is consistently in the top 10 from year to year. The School of Architecture and Interior Design at University of Cincinnati offers a five-year program emphasizing the physical, psychological, and social needs of clients and customers; culminating in a capstone project, which provides students with hands-on practical experiences. Ninety-two percent of students have been employed within three months of graduating (71% with starting salaries higher than $40,000 a year), and are able to resolve problems, think critically, and use cutting-edge technologies in the field. Coursework is hands on in studio, as well as specialized in classes, such as Furniture /Millwork, Communication Skills, Design Science, Business, and Lighting.
- Degrees Offered: B.S.
- CIDA-Accredited: Yes
- Estimated Cost: $13,855 out-of-state; $7,984 in-state per term