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New York School of Interior Design
New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 Phone: (212) 472-1500
  • General Information
    About New York School of Interior Design

    Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted to the design of the interior environment. It is dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of interior design through education, research, professional development, public programs, and community outreach. Critical to its mission is the engagement with New York City’s cultural institutions, access to design resources, and its immersion in the city’s economy. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the successful design of an interior space improves human welfare, and that the interior design profession assumes an important role in ensuring that these spaces are beautiful, functional, healthy, safe, and built in a socially and environmentally conscientious way. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of highly qualified interior designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of more than 700 full- and part-time students. NYSID provides a certificate as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Its BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Upon taking office in August 2008, one of the first tasks of President Christopher Cyphers was to work with the board of trustees to come up with a new strategic plan to implement their vision and goals for the future. While honoring its history rooted in the decorative arts and interior design, the college’s mission was broadened to take on a more holistic approach to design by expanding its academic offerings with new degree programs in the history of the interior and decorative arts, sustainable design—with an emphasis on the interior environment—furniture design, lighting design, and an institute for continuing and professional studies. The new degree programs will take the form of a first-professional MFA in Interior Design; a BA in the History of Interior Design and the Decorative Arts; MPS programs in the Sustainability of the Interior and Lighting Design; and a BFA in Furniture and Furnishings Design. These academic offerings will position NYSID to become a national leader in interior design education for an ever-expanding range of professional occupations linked to interiors.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants
    Full Time Retention Rate 89%
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 690
    Native American 0
    Asian 76
    African American 22
    Hispanic 65
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 186
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 104

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