Interior Design schools in Miami

Posted on 3rd October 2011 in Interior Design Schools in Miami

Miami, an international city, is home to Art Deco and some of today’s hottest young interior designers like David Bromstad of Color Splash on HGTV. Locally, there are several schools nearby that help produce outstanding designers.

Miami International University of Art & Design is one of these and boasts several specialty programs in the field of interior design. With both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts in advertising, graphic design, interior design and visual arts, the opportunity to explore and express your creativity is guided with professionalism, talent and functionality. Course selections run the gamut from sketching and studio to the history of furniture design and 3-D modeling. With a focus on preparing the students for a professional career in interior design, this school, located in the heart of Miami is well situated to do just that.

Miami-Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the country hosting eight campuses with over 174,000 students attending. The A.A. Interior Design program is housed within the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Because of this studies include architecture, art and design classes intended to train the students to understand the relation of interior spaces to the total design of the structure. Meant as preparation to transfer to a four year school, it combines theoretical concepts with practical hands on experience; students ready for the next challenge in their careers.

Miami University’s Interior Design program ranks 10th according to the 2011 Design Intelligence list. They boast portfolio based admissions, state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities for independent student-directed research both locally and internationally. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offered emphasizes educational discipline to qualify for licensing as an interior designer. The intent is to enter practice as soon as the student graduates. With visiting lecturers from all over the country as well as the world, the students are exposed to the latest in modern design encouraged to synthesize these influences through a multidisciplinary approach.

The Wolfsonian Museum is located strategically near many of these Miami interior design schools. With a permanent collection of American and European artifacts from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries are displayed in an exhibition entitled, Art and Design in the Modern Age. With past, current and future exhibits, examples of modern furniture design and accessories are on display for both the edification of local design students as well as the general public. Partnering with local Miami-Dade public schools, exposure to great art is critical in providing a base of understanding design and its place in our everyday lives, a goal of many today’s interior designers.

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Interior Design Schools in LA

Just as Los Angeles is teeming with several local architecture schools, interior design schools are abundant here as well.

Otis College of Art and Design is a four year program that specializes in design through a wide range of applications. Environmental Design starts with a cornerstone of the school’s program called Foundation, a solid base of basic design classes that will prepare them for continued study in their particular specialty. Architecture, landscape and interiors are studied as a multidisciplinary program examining all three in a single seamless curriculum. With student works that investigate space to function to form, creative and innovative modern design ideas are encouraged. The integration of technology into the design is highlighted as well.

Woodbury University offers a degree in interior architecture. As a platform for transferring  to a higher university, it prepares a small and talented group of students who require the support and the affordability that Woodbury University offers.

California State University offers an Interior Design Program as a Bachelor of Arts. While interior design is usually considered the design of interior spaces this school also offers the skills to be able to work as an industrial, package or furniture designer. The development of their portfolio is important here to ensure that a student’s ideas can be clearly and concisely conveyed.

The Art institute of California – Los Angeles in Santa Monica which is located just east of the city, offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Taught the basics of space planning along with color and finishes their focus is to develop innovative thinking as a creative professional ready for the challenges of today’s workplace.

The Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, LAIAD located in Los Angeles includes an interior design program. Intended primarily as a transfer school, they emphasize quality education for a select number of students. Exploring modern design elements, it lays down a foundation to prepare for advance placement as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Westwood College offers a bachelor’s degree in three years. With a more practical approach to the study of interior design, it prepares to be a professional in the field stressing the development of skills in space planning, lighting and computer-aided drafting.

IDM Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles offers an Interior Design Associate of Arts degree that emphasizes like Westwood achieving the foundation for design and preparing for a professional career. It features a student who graduated from the school designing for a hotel in New York working in “Rebel Architecture” because they are known literally for twisting, sculpting, and bending all the rules of design.”



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Interior Design schools in NYC

Posted on 28th September 2011 in Interior Design Schools, Interior Design Schools in NYC

New York City known as the Mecca of the world for design and entertainment does not disappoint with its offerings of interior design schools.

The New York School of Interior Design founded in 1916 takes the job of training the next generation of interior designers seriously. Its opening page includes the definition of the practice as defined by the National Council for Interior Design. The degree options are just as impressive with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts in the History of the Interior and the Decorative Arts and an associate’s degree as well. Self described as a national leader in design education, the student’s works are edgy and modern emphasizing spatial understanding, materials innovation in application with the integration of sustainability principles,

“good interior design is a paradigm for good, healthy, sustainable life on the planet.”

Pratt Institute is located in Manhattan celebrating its 125th. anniversary. In addition to its extensive architecture program it offers both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in interior design. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and addressing the triple bottom line addressing social, environmental and economic equality, it seeks to

“Create professionals who effectively contribute to the enhancement of function, health, safety, and quality of the human environment.”

Parsons The New School for design is another well known school in New York City. Encouraging students to become leaders in their profession and in society, the school attracts some of the best and the brightest around the world. Like its name, it is in the forefront of modern design leading into traditionally unchartered waters embracing their mission for the students, the alumni and the faculty. Simply pursuing their website is an exercise in innovative thinking. With the development of schools within a school called the New School Network it demonstrates through language and through graphics how programs and disciplines are connected and dependent on each other. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees available, it is interesting that the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design is referred to as the School of Constructed Environments preparing the students to play transformative roles in the profession and become teachers of the next generation.

The Art Institute of New York City cites the most basic tenets of modern design where form meets function.  Offering an Interior Design – Associate in Applied Science, it takes on a more practical approach to having the students learn and apply the basics preparing for an entry level job in the profession.



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