NYSID announces a new, first professional MFA in Interior Design

A Unique Masters Program Designed for Students without Prior Training in Interior Design

New York, NY - July 15, 2009 - Beginning in the fall of 2009, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will offer a three-year, 90-credit Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design. The program will provide students possessing a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field the opportunity to attain the professional-level education necessary to become licensed interior design practitioners.

The program will focus on the formulation, proposal, and execution of design solutions in a safe, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing way. The curriculum combines seminar and studio courses in art and design history, graphic communication, technical skills and knowledge, professional practice, and interior design studios. The program will culminate in a capstone project, developed over two semesters of research and close supervision of a faculty advisor.

“The First-Professional MFA in Interior Design degree is an important addition to our academic programs, and the timing is fortuitous,” said President Christopher Cyphers. “This program offers students from diverse academic backgrounds the unique opportunity to obtain a first-professional graduate degree in a discipline so integral to how we experience the interior environment, and there is no greater time than now for all manner of interior designs that are sensitive to its occupants, their particular needs, and the necessity to design spaces that limit their impact on the environment."

Scott Ageloff, NYSID’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean explains that the MFA “will provide graduates with a professional-level interior design education emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, history, and sustainability. This advanced degree is designed to provide the industry with outstanding professionals and future design educators.”

The three-year MFA in Interior Design is the first among three new programs created at NYSID since 1995. In addition to undergraduate and certificate programs, NYSID currently offers a two-year post-professional MFA in Interior Design, a degree for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or a closely-related field.


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 is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

ADMISSIONS: For more information or to get an application, contact the Office of Admissions at 212-472-1500, ext. 204 or e-mail admissions@nysid.edu.