The Precollege 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 2019 summer precollege program is open to high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

The College offers housing to precollege 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. This housing is available for an additional fee (summer only), and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

NYSID Precollege Students

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.

If you have questions about the Summer 2019 program, contact our office at or 212-472-1500, ext. 205.

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.