Welcome to the New York School of Interior Design!
We are delighted that you have taken the first steps to become part of a community that provide students with a unique and inspiring environment to study interior design.
Once the application is submitted, you will receive an e-mail with log-in information to your personalized status page so you can track your admission status.
2. Application fee
You must submit a non-refundable application fee of $60 for domestic students or $100 for international students. This fee can be paid with a credit card using the payment due link on your status page. Cash payments are not accepted. The College does not grant fee waivers.
Applicants must submit a personal, typed statement, roughly one page in length, describing their reasons for applying to NYSID and their educational and professional goals.
4. Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters typically come from, but are not limited to, teachers, employers, design professionals or counselors. They should be able to speak to your academic ability, personal character or desire to want to attend NYSID and pursue a career in interior design. Recommendation letters must be submitted directly by the recommender.
A resume is required only for applicants to graduate-level programs.
6. SAT/ACT Scores
Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school within the past five years must submit results from either the SAT test (CEEB code 0333) or the ACT test (ACT code 2829). Official score reports must be sent directly from the testing service.
Applicants who have successfully completed 45 or more credits at an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores.
7. Official Transcripts
The transcript that will be required as part of your application is based on the highest level of degree you have completed:
Current High School Student or High School Graduate
An official transcript that indicates gradation from an accredited high school, including a graduation date is required for admission. If you are currently enrolled in high school, submitting an "in progress" transcript at the time of application is required.
Transcripts must be received directly from the school to count as official. Some schools have the ability to submit official transcripts electronically. The school can submit the transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the school is submitting paper transcripts, they must be received in a sealed envelope. We will not accept photocopies sent by the applicant as official.
Applicants who have obtained a general education diploma (GED) must submit official passing scores.
Transfer Student (some college completed) or College Graduate
Applicants who have previously attended other colleges or universities must submit official transcripts from all schools attended. Transcripts must be received directly from the school to count as official. Some schools have the ability to submit official transcripts electronically. The school can submit the transcripts to email@example.com. If the school is submitting paper transcripts, they must be received by in a sealed envelope. We will not accept photocopies sent by the applicant as official.
MFA-2 and MPS programs require a bachelor's degree in interior design, architecture or a closely related field.
MFA-1 requires a bachelor's degree in an area outside of interior design or architecture.
Applicants who have obtained a college degree are not required to submit their high school transcript.
Applicants who have completed some college, but have not earned a degree, are required to submit high school transcripts in addition to transcripts from all colleges attended.
Applicants who have completed their education - high school (secondary) or college (post secondary) - in a foreign country must submit an evaluation of their foreign country transcripts by World Education Service, WES (www.wes.org), or one of the evaluation services listed at www.naces.org. SpanTran provides a discounted rate for NYSID applicants using this application.
The evaluation is required instead of any transcripts from outside of the United States, regardless of the language of instruction. The evaluation service will translate the student's academic credentials into English and convert their marks into the United States grading scale. NYSID requires a course-by-course evaluation stating level of education completed, grade point average and verification of any degree conferred.
It is the student's responsibility to provide all high school and/or college academic records to an evaluation service for a course-by-course credential evaluation. This is necessary to determine admissibility and to assess any possible transfer credits.
Portfolio requirements differ depending on which program you are applying to:
Basic Interior Design (BID) certificate program: no portfolio is required for admission.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): a portfolio of 10 to 15 pieces is required. The portfolio should be fine-art based using a variety of media and may consist of still life compositions, sculptures, landscapes, portraits, figure studies, and/or renderings of interior spaces. Good use of color, proportion and perspective should be evident.
Master of Fine Arts Post-Professional (MFA-2) and Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs: a portfolio of a minimum of 15 pieces of design work that demonstrates a professional level of design skill.
Master of Fine Arts Professional-Level (MFA-1): applicants have the option of applying with or without a portfolio. If a portfolio is submitted, it should follow the guidelines as outlined above for AAS and BFA programs. Applicants who do not have a portfolio or whose portfolio does not meet admission guidelines will be required to complete a two-week workshop during the summer session if admitted.
Do not send original artwork to NYSID.
9. Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to show proof of English proficiency unless English was the language of instruction for their entire high school or undergraduate college education. This proficiency can be shown in several ways:
An official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score is 79 on the internet-based test. The NYSID TOEFL code is 9185. The score report must be sent directly from the testing service to NYSID admissions.
An official score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score is 6.5. The score report must be sent directly from the testing service to NYSID admissions.
Completing English composition course(s) at an accredited institution in a country where English is the primary language can be used to show proficiency. High school students can show one year of regular high school level English courses. College students can show one semester of regular college level English. The final grade in these courses must be a "C" or higher in the American grading scale. Remedial courses taken in English as a second language (ESL) programs cannot be considered.
Completing level 112 at an ELS language center and submitting an official certificate of completion. For more information please visit www.els.edu.
Policies and Filing Dates
An application for admission cannot be reviewed until all above-mentioned items are received. The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information at any point in the application process. While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, it is recommended that all application materials are received by February 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester.
If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions:
New York School of Interior Design
Office of Admissions
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
212-472-1500, ext. 205