Interior Design | Fashion Institute of Technology

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Create spaces people love to live, work, and play in

Interior design is more than just arranging furniture. It has evolved into a multifaceted
profession dealing with complete environments that not only please, but enhance the
health and safety of the user. Like other interior design programs, we encourage creative
vision and develop your design skills—but creativity alone wont make you a successful
working interior designer. At FIT, we emphasize the practical skills you need to get
your project done. By the time you graduate, you will be able to envision great spacesand know how to build them, too.

FIT’s Interior Design program has been preparing students for success for more than
50 years. This rigorous, multidisciplinary program combines the academic study of
the history and theory of interior design with practical, hands-on projects. You’ll
collaborate with leading practitioners in New York City, the design capital of the
world. In classes taught by industry professionals, you will learn drafting techniques,
computer modeling, lighting, and materials and methods, with an emphasis on sustainability
and user health and safety.

Highlights

  • FIT’s Interior Design programs are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation
    (CIDA).
  • Courses meet National Certification for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam
    and New York State certification (Certified Interior Designer) eligibility requirements.
  • With about 400 students, FIT’s Interior Design program is the largest of its kind
    in New York City.
  • Professional-level facilities include a lighting laboratory, design graphics reproduction
    center, and model-making shop.
  • Projects cover a wide range of interior spaces, including residences, hotels and restaurants,
    stores, historic settings, hospitals, and supportive housing.

In this program, you will:

  • work with New York interior designers, lighting and graphic designers, and architects
    in internships at top firms such as Gensler, Interior Architects, and the Rockwell Group.
  • network with industry professionals and work with fellow students on Interior Design Club projects.
  • practice your skills on class projects that include residential, corporate, retail,
    hospitality, and institutional settings.

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