NYSID announces BA in the HIstory of the Interior and the Decorative Arts

First Undergraduate Degree Dedicated to the History of the Interior Environment

New York, NY - June 29, 2009 - New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will offer a Bachelor of Arts in the History of the Interior and the Decorative Arts, with the first class slated for fall 2010. This groundbreaking program is formulated as an undergraduate liberal arts degree in art history with a special focus on the interior environment and the objects it contains.  This will be the first academic-focused degree for the college.

“There are numerous art history baccalaureate programs devoted to the history of architecture and/or the decorative arts,” said Scott Ageloff, NYSID’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. “This program, however, is the first one whose main focus is the interior and its furnishings and decorative objects.”

President Christopher Cyphers commented that “the field of interior design has been growing and gaining recognition over the past decade. Developing an undergraduate program to study the history and theory of the discipline is the logical next step. We are very excited to be embarking on this new area of the college and contributing to the scholarship of the field.”

Traditional academic courses provide the foundation for the curriculum; in addition students will be required to take a number of studio courses so they can experience the creative process of design first hand. The 120-credit degree is composed of 37 general education credits, 16 design studio credits, 56 major area lecture and seminar credits, 8 elective credits, and a 3-credit internship. Graduates of the BA in the History of the Interior and the Decorative Arts would be prepared to go on to work in museums and galleries, showrooms, design media and journalism, and other design industry establishments, or to seek advanced degrees in historic preservation, art history, interior design, architecture or other disciplines related to the built environment.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 700 full- and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Contact the Office of Admissions at 212-472-1500, ext. 204 or admissions@nysid.edu.