The non-degree Basic Interior Design (BID) certificate program is a preparatory course of study that provides an introduction to the field of interior design. The program is the foundation of the College's undergraduate degree programs. No portfolio is required for admission.
The BID program — offered both onsite and online — prepares students to continue in one of NYSID’s undergraduate degree programs or to pursue entry-level positions in the interior design industry. Upon completion of the BID, students can apply to the BFA or AAS degree program, since they will have developed the required portfolio and the BID courses can be used to satisfy course degree requirements for the AAS, BFA, or BA. The BID certificate alone is not sufficient for graduates to be eligible for licensure without further professional education and experience. Gainful employment disclosure.
The curriculum emphasizes the fundamental skills and knowledge of interior design, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts. Introductory courses focus on drawing, design concepts, and design history, thereby building a foundation-level understanding of the technical and aesthetic principles essential to comprehending space planning, color, drafting, and materials and finishes.
The Basic Interior Design online certificate provides the same rigorous education that we offer on campus, but with greater flexibility. NYSID instructors teach every course and the curriculum and learning goals are the same as the onsite courses. You can study on your own time and at your own pace — watch recorded lectures and demonstrations, participate in active discussions with fellow students and the instructor, and access handouts and assignments whenever it is convenient for you.
Students matriculated in the onsite BID (with the exception of international students) may take up to 9 credits in the online format; students matriculated in the online BID may take up to 9 credits in onsite courses. Any academic credits earned online will directly apply to future degree programs. International student requirements are listed here.
For more information about the BID program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 472-1500 x205.
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