Top Interior Design Schools in the World

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Srishti Chatterjee
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Updated on Aug 3, 2022 20:50 IST

Top Interior Design Schools in the World

If you love decorating rooms and organize furniture, and interested to explore more about spatial arrangements, colours and textiles then you might consider pursuing an education in Interior Design. Interior Designing is not merely decorating a space but it studies also includes ergonomics, spatial concepts, computer-aided drawing, psychology and many more. In addition, an interior designer is also required to have good interpersonal and communication skills and must be a people’s person. After all, you have to understand your client’s needs and what they expect. From doctors to celebrities you will be handling a diverse background of clients. Therefore, gaining a quality education is an important factor which will keep you ahead of trends and technology. Here are some of the best-known schools in the world for Interior Design.

1. Pratt Institute, New York

Located in New York, the interior design capital of the United States, Pratt Institute is a private university offering programs in Architecture, Design and Liberal Arts. The undergraduate (B.F.A.) and graduate (M.F.A.) degrees in Interior Design are offered by Pratt’s School of Design. Pratt’s Interior Design programs at all levels have been ranked among top 5 in the United States and among top 10 in the world for several years by various professional surveys such as DesignIntelligence, Domus, QS World University Rankings and more. The Interior Design programs are architecturally oriented programs where students can learn all aspects of interior design – space, light source, materials, textures, colours, proportion, environment responsibility, human environment, culture and more.  Stimulating studios and design projects with the industry are part of the programs. The application process to Pratt is online, interested students must check the school website for the overall admission requirement before applying.

2. Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah College of Art and Design or SCAD is a private art school located in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. The school also provides study abroad opportunities in Lacoste, France, and online programs.  SCAD offers BFA, MA and MFA degrees in Interior Design, designed to impart critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, communication, ethics and additionally teach aspiring designers to create designs keeping environmental, social and global design practice in their minds. You can choose multiple majors suiting your needs – Furniture Design, Urban Design, Themed entertainment design to name a few.  In 2018, SCAD’s undergraduate and graduate interior design programs have been ranked No.1 in the United States and among top 10 in the world by DesignIntelligence, the ranking and publication body of the Design Futures Council.  The application process for enrollment into SCAD is online, interested students must check the school website, select the enrollment type and apply accordingly.

3. Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design or RISD is one of the first Art and Design schools in the United States and among the consistently top-ranking schools in the world. The school located in Providence, Rhode Island offers full-time bachelor and master degrees in over 21 majors. Programs in Interior Design include BFA and MA/MDes in Interior Architecture, BFA and MFA in Furniture Design. Programs are known to be rigorous and include hands-on learning and studio-based learning. The school also offers a number of short term and certificate programs for candidates of all ages. RISD’s executive education is one of its kind offering customized programs or workshops for experienced professionals. Many alumni of RISD has gone on to become celebrity designers in their own fields. Admissions into RISD can be very selective, interested students must go through the application requirements and prepare a well-rounded application package.

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4. Florence Design Academy, Florence

Florence Design Academy or FDA is one of Europe’s finest schools for design. FDA has been consistently ranked among the top schools worldwide to study interior design, graphic design, and industrial design. Students learn from faculties who are professionals and leaders in their fields. FDA offers one Academic Interior Design course designed for students without any prior design experience and one Master Interior Design course designed for graduates and professionals who wish to improve their skills and knowledge. In addition, the academy also offers an intensive dual Masters Course in Interior Design through which you can combine your Interior Design course with either a Master of Graphic Design or Industrial Design. All the programs are taught in the English language. Students can visit the website for details on the admission process.

5. New York School of Interior Design, New York

New York School of Interior Design is a private, not for profit college for interior designing studies. The school’s top ranking and unique interior design programs include BFA in Interior Design, MFA in Interior Design, MPS in Healthcare Interior Design, MPS in Lighting Design, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments. The school also offers a Basic Interior Design Certificate Program and an Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design course for those without any prior background in this field. The school has a record job placement rate of 98% UG and 100% graduate students having employment or pursuing further studies six months after graduation during 2016-2017. It is a truly international school with students from over 55 countries. Interested applicants can check the school website for the online application procedure.

6. Visual College of Art & Design, Vancouver

Visual College of Art & Design (VCAD) Visual College of Art & Design, Vancouver is also known as the Vancouver College of Art & Design is a career college in Canada offering industry-oriented diploma programs leading to successful career outcomes. The college offer programs ranging from Architecture, Game Development to Interior Design. Interior Design aspirants can choose from VCAD’s normal Interior Design diploma program or Interior Design with Co-op option. The Co-op diploma program allows students to work in a real-world environment and enhance their skills and knowledge. The college recommends aspiring candidates to get in touch with one of their admission representatives to understand the admission and program details in -depth. You can also discuss your career goals and aspirations with the admission representative who can help you chose the right fit program.

7. Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia

With campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, the Whitehouse Institute of Design is a private Design Institute which has been consistently regarded as one of the best design institutes around the world. The school is ranked as the No.1 school for Interior Design in Australia by Domain and other professional surveys. The institute offers 2 years full-time Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) and a 1-year Master of Design in a chosen discipline. In addition to Interior Design, the institute also offer programs in the areas of Fashion Design and Creative Direction & Styling. Whitehouse has a truly global alumni network and a high-profile industry linkage giving students the perfect platform to go global and showcase their talents. The school is home to many distinguished leaders in their respective fields.

8. RMIT University, Melbourne

RMIT University is an Australian public research university. Located in Melbourne, the university is one of the world’s leading Arts and Design schools and is also one of Australia’s wealthiest universities. The university offers a vast number of full-time programs, short courses, online courses among others. Interior Design courses offered by RMIT are Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design; Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration; Bachelor of Interior Design and a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, each course is carefully designed to meet specific individual needs and career outcomes. Programs are taught by industry experts while students are also given the opportunity to travel and engage with the industry through real-world projects and workshops and thus creating job-ready skilled candidates. Each course has a specific requirement for admission, interested students may check the RMIT program website for admission details prior to applying.

9. Dublin Institute of Design, Dublin

Ireland’s Dublin Institute of Design (DID) is another top-ranking design school of Europe and the world. The institute offers cutting-edge programs in Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior & CAD Design, and UX Design & Front-End Development courses. The school offers a number of interior designing courses from Higher National Diploma to BA. In addition, short courses in Interior Design skills and CAD are also offered which can range from 6 to 10 weeks. DID is also the longest established private higher education college for specialized design in the Republic of Ireland.

10. The Interior Design School, London

The Interior Design School in London which specializes solely in imparting interior designing education and practice is among the world’s best-known interior design schools. The school offers a series of programs ranging from a Professional Diploma in Interior Design, Diploma in Residential Design to part-time evening courses, each course designed for individuals with diverse requirements and backgrounds. The school not only offer courses which can qualify you to be an Interior Designer but also designed for individuals who wish to gain specific knowledge and further develop their personal spaces. Programs are taught by practicing designers and specialists. Students can fill up the online application form on the Institute website to apply for a specific course.

In addition to the top ten schools listed above, other prestigious schools for Interior Design around the world include:

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