Interior Design Technology Certificate Programs in New York City

There are several schools within seven miles of downtown New York City that have interior design technology-related programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, requirements and admission info, and find out which school is right for you.

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New York City Schools with Interior Design Technology Programs

While there are not any certificate programs specifically in residential interior design technology currently available in New York City, the area is home to a number of other entry-level programs in interior design. These can be found at a state university as well as a private university with a design school. The following resource includes a summary of the schools' programs, a comparison table with key institutional facts and a summary of other educational options for aspiring interior design technologists.

  • The Fashion Institute of Technology is less than three miles from downtown NYC and offers an associate's degree program in interior design.
  • Students looking for a design specialty school may be interested in the certificate and associate's programs in interior design offered through Parsons The New School for Design, located a little over three miles from downtown NYC in Greenwich Village.

Comparison of Schools

Use the following table to compare the tuition rates at the featured city, state and private schools. The table also includes information about graduation and retention rates, admissions and financial aid.

Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) Parsons The New School for Design
School Type Four-year, primarily associate's; public Four-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 8,846 10,389
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $5,483 in-state; $14,863 out-of-state $47,276
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 73% 86%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 47% 62%
Retention Rate (2017)* 89% for full-time students;
44% for part-time students
82% for full-time students;
80% for part-time students
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011)* 77% (12% transfer-out rate) 67% (13% transfer-out rate)

Source: *NCES, College Navigator.

Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is located in the heart of NYC, in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. FIT offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in interior design that are approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) through its School of Art and Design. Within the interior design department, students have access to over 30 faculty members.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

Students interested in the associate's degree program in interior design must submit a portfolio for admission to this competitive program. The two-year program includes technology coursework in design technology and InDesign. Additional requirements include classes in drafting, three-dimensional design, interior design history and textiles. Students take studio classes each semester and plan the interior design conversion of an existing building during their final semester.

Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons is a private design school that offers programs in a wide variety of design topics, such as fashion design, graphic design and communication design. The interior design programs are taught by five full-time faculty members and about 18 part-time faculty members.

Certificate in Interior Design and Architecture Studies

The certificate program is a stand-alone program that includes 6-8 courses. Within the program, students delve into basic core classes that examine concepts in drafting, rendering and space layout. Additional courses students may take include space planning, color theory and drawing interiors. Each course costs $776 and can be completed online, on campus or as a hybrid.

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

The core of the interior design program is three design studios that delve into different types of spaces, interior design theory and sustainability research. The program includes both an intensive and normal track, which range from 12-18 months. In addition to coursework in computer-aided design techniques and space planning, students can complete real-world experiences through internships and design partnerships with non-profit organizations.

Other School Options

There are several other schools in the NYC area that offer entry-level interior design programs. The New York School of Interior Design, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has a 24-credit basic certificate program in interior design for students who need to develop a portfolio for admission to a degree program. Additionally, Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, has a certificate program in interior design.

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