Interior Design Schools in Rochester, NY, with Degree Program Info

Oct 01, 2018

Rochester, NY, has a couple of schools within ten miles of the downtown that offer interior design programs. Learn about two of these programs, admission information and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education.

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Rochester, NY, Schools with Interior Design Programs

The following resource includes information about the two schools in the Rochester, NY, area that provide training in interior design. It includes brief school descriptions, overviews of the program options and a handy statistical table.

  • Students looking for an associate's degree program in interior design can find it at Monroe Community College, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY). The school, which is located about 5 miles from downtown Rochester, enrolls more than half of its students on a part-time basis.
  • The only 4-year school in the immediate area with an interior design program is the Rochester Institute of Technology, which awards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the field. The program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The school also has memberships with the American Society of Interior Designs, the International Interior Design Association and several other professional organizations. This school is located just over 5 miles from the downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to compare the cost of education at Monroe Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Admission, retention and graduation rates can also be found in the table.

Monroe Community College (SUNY) Rochester Institute of Technology
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 12,907* 16,584*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,139 for in-state; $9,419 out-of-state* $40,068*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 83%* 98%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 57%*
Retention Rate (2017) 61% (full-time students)* 90% (full-time students)*
Graduation Rate 21% (Students began in fall 2014)* 67% (Students began in fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Monroe Community College (SUNY)

In general, classes can be completed in a variety of different formats at Monroe Community College. In addition to the standard classroom courses, students can enroll in online, hybrid or LateStart classes.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

Prior to enrolling in this program, the college recommends that students possess a familiarity with computers. This can be accomplished by taking an introductory class in graphic design.

The program starts off with basic classes in design communication, drawing, 2-D design and interior design. Coursework then advances to topics in computer-aided design (CAD) for interiors, history of interior design and 3-D design. Space planning, materials and building codes are also covered in the curriculum. Student projects include commercial and residential assignments.

Rochester Institute of Technology

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies on campus is a unique resource open to student use. Classrooms, an archive, a gallery and collection of work from Lella and Massimo Vignelli are located here.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The first year of this program is spent taking 2-D and 3-D design and drawing classes. The curriculum consists of the following in the second year: perspective drawing, color/lighting and CAD applications. Office design and planning, interior specifications, and architectural history come up in the third year of the program. In the final year, students can take courses in career planning, healthcare design, contract documents and multipurpose design.

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