Interior Design: Program Overview

Interior design is a growing and evolving discipline requiring designers to produce functional and beautiful spaces that fulfill human expectations while incorporating evolving technology, and sustainable perspectives.

Whether you are a high school student with a passion for making inside spaces both beautiful and functional or an experienced designer seeking to pursue licensure, NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s practitioner-oriented Bachelor of Interior Design will put you at the forefront of these trends.

Our hands-on interior design program focuses on interdisciplinary, integrative practice and sustainable, socially responsible design—along with giving you an international education.

The Bachelor of Interior Design is offered through the Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD. Students benefit from a truly global academic experience: visiting faculty and other design experts with international experience create a global design campus experience at NSAD. Moreover, the Interior Design program includes a study-abroad opportunity in the world design center of Milan—at no additional tuition cost.

When you study for a term at our sister institution, Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy—internationally recognized for design education*—you will learn from global experts and collaborate with current thought leaders in the field and top design companies.

Program Objectives
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Interior Design program, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking and identify, analyze, and solve interior design problems through completion of interior design studio projects.
2. Apply creative and critical thinking to solve interior environment problems from a human-centered approach and apply this knowledge to design solutions.
3. Demonstrate preparation for global design practice by incorporating cultural norms of user populations and applying that knowledge to design solutions that support globally diverse end users.
4. Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication.
5. Apply ethical and professional practices.
6. Demonstrate social responsibility by designing sustainable interior environments that support indoor environmental quality and improve the quality of life for occupants.
7. Engage in integrative professional design practice by contributing interior design expertise to collaborative design teams.

Program Data: Data about program costs, types of occupations, completion rates, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

Note on Preparation for Licensure/Certification
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Interior Design program and a minimum of two years practice experience, interior designers are eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, any local or state building codes exams and any other applicable state requirements, designers can become certified or licensed in their jurisdiction. Eligibility requirements for professional licensure vary from state to state; all students and potential applicants must check with their state for current information. NSAD enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements.

* Founded in Milan, Italy, in 1982, Domus Academy is the first post-graduate design school in Italy. Since its founding, the institution has received a number of recognitions:
• Selected by Frame Magazine, one of the world’s foremost interior design publications, and included in the 2012 Frame Guide as one of the top 30 World’s Leading Graduate Schools for the Master in Design program
• Named for the third time as one of the world’s top 30 best design schools by Bloomberg Business Week in 2009
• In 1994, received the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award, the oldest and most influential international design award