Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Interior Design

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Combining a comprehensive interior design curriculum with a strong liberal arts education, our BFA program offers a rich and memorable college experience – the kind only New York can offer.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design program combines a comprehensive interior design curriculum with a broad-based education in the liberal arts. You'll leave this program fully prepared to start your interior design career. 

For more information about the BFA program, contact or call 212-472-1500, ext. 205.


The emphasis is on creativity, effective verbal and graphic communication skills, technical proficiency, and sustainability. With its focus on the development of critical thinking, the program is structured to produce graduates who are culturally, socially, and historically aware, and who have the knowledge and skills to create safe and pleasing interior environments.

In combination with the required professional experience, the curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for membership in national and local interior design associations and along with work experience, allows graduates to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam for interior design certification.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design curriculum (132 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)

  • 175 Cultural Anthropology (2)
    292 Presentation Techniques II (3)
    334 Residential Design III (4)
    355 Design Theory (2)
    383 Lighting II (3)
    340 Architectural Woodwork Detailing (3)

  • 201 Art and Society I: Pre-19th Century (3)
    203 Humanities I (3)
    392 Presentation Technique III (3)
    386 Contract Design II (3)
    Professional Elective (2)
    Professional or Liberal Arts Elective(s) (2)

  • 202 Art and Society II: 19th & 20th Centuries (3)
    204 Humanities II (3)
    231 Kitchen & Bath Design (3)
    418 Thesis Preparation (2)
    476 Contract Design III (3)
    Design History Elective (2)

  • 306 Intensive French or (3)
    308 Intensive Italian
    328 Professional Practice II (2)
    442 Furniture Design (3)
    487 Thesis (4)
    Design History Elective (2)
    Professional or Liberal Arts Elective(s) (3)


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.

70th Street Building

NYSID’s uptown facility is nestled on a leafy Upper East Side block within walking distance of institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Frick Collection. Its conjoined 100-year-old Renaissance- and Colonial-Revival buildings include a 150+ seat auditorium and a state-of-the-art lighting lab.