Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design


Master some of the fundamental skills you’ll need to be a practicing interior designer in both residential and commercial design settings in just two years. 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design emphasizes core studies in a range of residential and commercial design studio courses, technology, and graphic communications, as well as courses in the history of architecture and the decorative arts. You can take classes full-time or part-time, in person or online. This program fulfills the requirements you'll need to become a design assistant or a junior designer. 

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AAS students master fundamental skills in drawing, hand and digital drafting, color, history of design, materials and methods of construction, building systems, and professional practice, along with a broad range of liberal arts courses.

The program fulfills the minimum of two years of college-level interior design education that is required along with the requisite work experience to be eligible to become a certified interior designer in many states.

  • The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Courses are offered onsite and online
  • Two studio courses focus on residential design, one on contract design
  • Required credits can be applied toward the BFA program

Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design curriculum (66 Credits)

All students, including non-matriculated students and those taking continuing education courses, have advisors from their initial contact with the College. Advisors will discuss the different programs and schedule options, and evaluate transfer credits, even before formal application to the College is made. The course guide and the degree requirements listed below apply to students matriculating in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

  • 101 Historical Styles I (2 credits)
    119 Textiles for Interiors (2)
    128 Basic Drafting (3)
    141 Color for Interiors (2)
    150 English Composition I (3)
    171 Basic Mathematics (2)
    180 Visual Concepts (2)

  • 102 Historical Styles II (2)
    132 Construction Documents I (3)
    134 Residential Design I (3)
    157 Hand Drawing and Rendering I (2)
    160 English Composition II (3)
    181 Design Process (2)
    187 Materials & Methods of Construction (2)

  • 111 Modern Architecture & Design I (2)
    114 Intro to Sustainability and the Built Environment (2)
    165 Environment & Behavior (2)
    232 Presentation Techniques I (3)
    230 Codes (2)
    234 Residential Design II (3)
    288 Building Systems (2)

  • 112 Modern Architecture & Design II (2)
    228 Professional Practice I (2)
    236 Construction Documents II (3)
    271 Environmental Science (2)
    283 Lighting I (3)
    286 Contract Design I (3)
    Professional or Liberal Arts Elective (2)


NYSID Faculty

New York School of Interior Design is a great learning institution because of its faculty. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring practical and theoretical experience from their professional lives.

We have more than 100 faculty members who are practicing designers at many of the top design firms in the country: GenslerHOKPerkins+Will, Rockwell Group, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects to name a few. Many are also principals of their own firms--for instance Kati Curtis of Kati Curtis Design, Stefan Steil of Steilish Interiors & Architecture, and Warren Ashworth of his self-titled architecture firm.

NYSID Student Profiles

Advisory Board

NYSID advisory boards are voluntary boards of leaders who serve to guide and advocate for the college's programs.

AAS Online

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design online 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 AAS (with the exception of international students) may take up to 26 credits in the online format; students matriculated in the online AAS may take up to 26 credits in onsite courses. Any academic credits earned online will directly apply to future degree programs. International student requirements are listed here.

Email the office of undergraduate admissions at with questions about the AAS online program.

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