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New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design


New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is one of the top-ranked interior design colleges in the United States and has been leading the study of interior design for a century. We offer certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs for students at all stages of their careers.

The College prepares aspiring interior designers and working professionals to be leaders in the field by providing a focused and immersive interior design education drawing upon expert faculty, innovative approaches, and close industry relationships. Located in the heart of New York City, students have the unique opportunity to connect with experienced design professionals, participate in major design events, and access prestigious internships.

We are a diverse and inclusive community empowering students, alumni, and faculty to be leaders at the forefront of design. Students enjoy a small class size, personal attention from dedicated faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Our impressive faculty represents a wide range of contemporary approaches to interior design and related disciplines. Among its members are renowned theorists, critics, historians, and some of New York's leading interior design practitioners.

Students go on to practice at the highest levels of the profession with the majority finding employment within six months of graduation, many in design and related fields. Our 2020-21 BFA graduates have a job placement rate of 90% and 2020-21 MFA graduates have a 96% job placement rate.

New York School of Interior Design is a private, not-for-profit college devoted to the design of the interior environment.

Our guiding principle is that the successful design of an interior space improves human welfare, and that the interior design profession assumes an important role in ensuring that spaces are beautiful, functional, healthy, safe, and built in a socially and environmentally conscientious way.

We are proud of our history, our esteemed faculty, and our dedicated professionals, who, year after year, provide the environment and support to help our students realize their dreams.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

New York School of Interior Design provides the most innovative, immersive, and transformative interior design education in the world, demonstrating the impact of professionally designed interiors on the health, happiness, and well-being of people and the planet.

Vision Statement

NYSID is a diverse and inclusive global community empowering students, alumni, and faculty to be thought leaders at the forefront of design.

Values Statement

With our rich history, New York City location, and commitment to inclusiveness, equity, and sense of belonging, NYSID values its:

  • Learners from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are driven to create spaces of beauty and utility, and are focused on improving the quality of life in the built environment:
  • Faculty comprised of designers, artists, and scholars dedicated to innovative teaching, conceptual and applied design, and empowering students to fulfill their creative and intellectual potential:
  • Community of professionals known for collaboration, innovation, and excellence; and
  • Alumni who contribute to the growth of the students, the College, the interior design profession, and the global community.

Every NYSID student has a personal story about what a focused interior design education means to them.

Brought together in a community that encourages academic excellence and that supports a vibrant campus life, NYSID students, alumni, and faculty have much to offer each other, both in and out of the classroom. Central to student life is a commitment to community, where students develop friendships and mentorships with alumni and industry leaders, meet with faculty who are experts in their field, and participate in intellectual, cultural, and social activities.


The New York School of Interior Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The New York School of Interior Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA) and the professional-level Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA1) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BFA and MFA1 granted by the New York School of Interior Design meet the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).

Professional Memberships

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB)
  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)



  • Founded: 1916
  • Chartered: 1924
  • Degree Granting Authority: 1976
  • Founder: Mr. Sherrill Whiton
  • President: Mr. David Sprouls
  • Board of Trustees Chairman: Ellen Kravet
  • Setting: Metropolitan (Manhattan, New York)
  • Enrollment: 642 (488 undergraduate, 154 graduate)
  • International Students
    Percentage of international students: 16%
    Countries represented: 31
  • Average student age: 30.6
  • Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Total Faculty Members: 102
  • Average Class Size: 12


    NYSID admits students on a rolling basis. This means that we continue to review complete applications so long as space remains available in the program. We do have the recommended deadlines of February 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring. To be considered for institutional scholarships or assistantships, applicants must have their materials submitted by the recommended deadlines. All graduate programs begin in the fall term only.


    1. Application
    2. Application fee
    3. Essay
    4. Letters of Recommendation
    5. Resume
    6. SAT/ACT Scores
    7. Official Transcripts
    8. Portfolio
    9. Proof of English Proficiency

    An application for admission cannot be reviewed until all the above-mentioned items are received. The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information at any point in the application process.

    If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Once you have submitted your application form, there will be a link to the scholarship application form on your status page. All NYSID undergraduate scholarships and graduate assistantships are awarded based on merit. To be considered, applicants must have:

    1. All admission materials submitted by the recommended deadline (February 1st for fall, October 1st for spring)
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above
    3. Study full-time (12 or more credits per semester)

    All qualified applicants will be considered for scholarship review.

    Alumni Statistics


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