Master of Fine Arts
in Interior Design


If you’re interested in exploring interior design on a deeper level, and aspire to become a leader in the field, the Post-Professional MFA might be for you.

The Post-Professional Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA-2) is a two-year, terminal degree program that provides professionals in interior design, architecture, environmental design, and closely related fields with the opportunity for advanced creative and academic scholarship in interior design. This full-time program is our most conceptual and is open to those who have a professional degree in interior design, architecture, or a related field.

For more information about the MFA program, contact Barbara Lowenthal by email at or
call 212-472-1500.



"Students come to the MFA-2 program to explore interior design on a deeper level, to take design risks, to push the boundaries of how we understand interior design, and to explore how interior design interfaces with other disciplines.

Another truly distinctive thing about the MFA-2 program is how it brings students together from all over the world. Last year, in addition to students from the U.S., we had students from Brazil, Thailand, China, Kuwait, Columbia, and South Korea. Students in the program truly gain a global perspective on design."

Read a Q&A with Barbara Lowenthal, Associate Dean


There are four components to the program: a core design studio sequence, specialty studios, lectures/ seminars, and electives. Students experience a diverse array of interdisciplinary design approaches and project types. The thesis, required as a culminating project, consists of directed research followed by a studio project. Each student must demonstrate originality, research and design skills, and creative capacity to resolve advanced problems in design. The thesis is presented to a graduate faculty jury for evaluation.

Students graduate with a deep understanding of the nature of design of the built environment, the ability to articulate and resolve advanced problems in design, and are prepared to become leaders of the profession.

  • This program requires full-time study
  • Applicants must have a professional degree in interior design, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field
  • Advanced portfolio required for admission

Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA2) curriculum (60 Credits)

  • 640 Design Studio I (6 credits)
    645 History & Theory of Interior Design I: The Classical Tradition (4)
    Specialty Studio (3)
    Electives (2)

  • 650 Design Studio II (6)
    655 History & Theory of Interior Design II: The Modern Tradition (4)
    Specialty Studio (3)
    Electives (2)

  • 660 Directed Thesis Research (3)
    2 Speciality Studios (3+3)
    Lecture/Seminar (3)
    Electives (3)

  • 670 Thesis studio (8)
    Specialty Studio (3)
    Electives (4)


Speciality Studios

612 Product Design (3)
613 Lighting Design (3)
614 Set Design (3)
615 Retail Design (3)
622 Green Design (3)
623 Furniture Design (3)
624 Hospitality Design(3)
625 Exhibition Design (3)
651 Landscape Design (3)


621 Office Design (3)
647 Sociology of the Domestic Interior (3)
656 Sociology of the Contemporary Environment (3)
665 History & Theory of Aesthetics (3)


Students may choose elective from both undergraduate or graduate course offerings with approval of their advisor. No core BFA studios may be used as electives.

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.

The Graduate Center

Located at 28th Street and Park Avenue South, NYSID’s LEED-Platinum certified Graduate Center, designed by Gensler, is home to 150+ graduate students. The Graduate Center houses classrooms, studios with dedicated workspaces, exhibition space, a materials library, and a student lounge. Interiors & Sources magazine called it a “facility that fosters community and collaboration, and embodies the essence of the ‘studio’ atmosphere.”