The Pre-College Program—open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—is a unique way to fully immerse future-designers in  the practice of interior design.

You’ll study color, materials, architectural drawing, and digital media. You’ll visit design firms and museums, and spend your downtime hanging out in the nation’s design capital. And all classes are led by the same established designers that teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs. This program will build your portfolio, answer questions about your future, and give you a head start in interior design. Students receive one undergraduate credit for completion of each course.

The Pre-College program is open to high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Housing is available for an additional fee (summer only), and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The College offers housing to Pre-College students at a modern residential facility at 97th Street and Third Avenue, which is easily accessible to NYSID and is in a neighborhood full of shops and restaurants. Learn more about Pre-College Housing here.


040 Pre-College I

Learn the basics of interior design, and complete a small residential design project. Learn to draft and understand floor plans, come up with a design concept, put together a color scheme, select furniture and materials, and visit showrooms and design offices. Pull it all together in the design of a NYC apartment.

041 Pre-College II

Take your basic interior design knowledge to another level, and design a small café or hotel lobby. Visit design offices, meet professional designers, and gain an understanding of a more complex space. 040 Pre-College I is a prerequisite.

Registration is now open for Summer 2018!

  • Pre-College I: July 9–19
  • Pre-College II: July 23–August 2
  • Pre-College I & II: July 9–August 2

Monday–Thursday, 10am–4pm
Cost: $1,150 with materials (per course)

Register today!

If you have questions about the program, contact our office at or 212-472-1500, ext. 205.

Pre-College Summer 2018 Scholarship Competition

NYSID is hosting a competition open to summer 2018 Pre-College students—create your dream room! This could be any kind of room (bedroom, kitchen, library, etc.) that reflects your interests as well as your sense of style. We are looking for a room design that shows a strong use of space, a great sense of color, and a unique approach to interior design. The winner will gain free tuition to the Pre-College program this summer. This scholarship is open to high school students who will begin their sophomore, junior, or senior year in fall 2018.

In order to be considered, please submit the following requirements.

Visual Requirement: A collage of your ideal room using magazine cut outs and/or a hand rendering of your dream room via pencil, paint or marker

Written Requirement: A brief essay (one page typed) explaining your design

Send images and essay as attachments in one e-mail by June 1 to Be sure to include your full name in the title of your email (e.g: “John Doe’s room images & essay”).

This scholarship is for Pre-College tuition only and cannot be applied to other costs associated with the program. In order to register for the Pre-College program, you must pay the full tuition amount. As space is limited in the program, we do not recommend waiting for scholarship decisions before registering. If you are a scholarship recipient, the tuition cost will be refunded to you.

Refund policy for all Pre-College courses: Refunds must be requested at least one full week prior to the first session or no refund is permissible. To drop a course you must notify NYSID in writing. All refunds are issued by check, regardless of the student’s method of payment.