Interior Design Training in Miami, FL with Program Overviews

Nov 21, 2018

The Miami area has three schools located within about 10 miles of downtown that offer interior design programs. Learn about five degree and certificate programs, admission information and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

Miami Interior Design Schools

Aspiring interior designers in the Miami area have multiple undergraduate and graduate program offerings in the field. Read about the required coursework for these programs at three institutions that are less than a 20-minute drive from the downtown area. Also take some time to look over the table that includes information on tuition rates and other stats for each school.

  • Located less than a mile from the city center, Miami Dade College (MDC) is the only public school in the Miami area that offers an associate's degree in interior design. MDC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers evening, morning and weekend courses.
  • The University of Miami, located roughly 10 miles from downtown, offers an interior design certificate program. The classes for this program typically meet on Saturday. Some courses can be completed in a single session.
  • Florida International University (FIU) offers a master's degree program in interior architecture accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. FIU also offers a specialty certificate in yacht and cruise ship interior design, which can be earned during an interior architecture master's program. The campus is around 11 miles away from central Miami.

Comparison of Schools

Check out the following table to learn more about the schools offering those training options. It contains details on acceptance rates, graduation rates, enrollment numbers and more.

Miami Dade College University of Miami Florida International University
School Type 4-year college; public University; private, not-for-profit University; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 56,001* 17,003* 56,718*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees $2,838 for in-state; $9,661 for out-of-state (undergraduate, 2017-2018)* $3,995 (certificate program cost, 2019)** $11,097 for in-state; $23,578 for out-of-state (graduate, 2017-2018)*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 82%* 76%* 86%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 36%* 54%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) N/A* 91% for full-time students* 88% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2011) 31%* 84%* 57%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, *University of Miami.

Miami Dade College

MDC offers interior design programs at the associate's degree level. These programs have been approved by the Florida State Board of Education. This school emphasizes a hands-on learning experience.

Associate of Science in Interior Design Technology

The technical and theoretical side of interior design is explored in the 75-credit Associate of Science in Interior Design Technology program. Program coursework prepares students to enter an interior design position upon graduation. However, the program's curriculum is also suitable for transferring to a 4-year bachelor's program.

Associate of Arts in Interior Design

The Associate of Arts in Interior Design program is a 60-credit degree that includes general education requirements designed to fulfill the first two years of a 4-year degree program. Graduates of this program are eligible to transfer into a 4-year bachelor's degree program in interior design.

University of Miami

The University of Miami offers training in interior design through its Division of Continuing and International Education. Students can enroll in an interior design certificate program or take non-credit courses in interior design.

Certificate in Interior Design

Students complete classes in such areas as color theory, computer drawing of interiors and basic freehand drawing concepts to earn the Certificate in Interior Design. As part of the coursework, students also study space planning, floor coverings, lighting, and professional practice.

Florida International University

Although the Interior Architecture Department at Florida International University only awards graduate degrees in interior architecture, students without any undergraduate education in landscape architecture or architecture can enroll in the accelerated master's program.

Master of Interior Architecture

FIU offers 2- and 3-year tracks in interior architecture that culminate in a Master of Interior Architecture. Both tracks include courses in computer applications in design, interior architecture theory and history of modern interior design. A master's project and professional office practice course must also be completed in both tracks. A graduate seminar and internship are part of the 3-year track.

Certificate in Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Interior Design

Students enrolled in the Master of Interior Architecture program at FIU can complete a specialty certificate in interior design for cruise ships and yachts. This 15-credit certificate requires students complete specialized studio courses and participate in workshops, which may take place abroad.

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