6 Amazing Interior Design Schools

on May 26, 2016

Who hasn’t spent an afternoon binge watching home makeover shows? It’s a rite of passage if you’re at all interested in interior design and decorating. But watching and critiquing the rooms on TV isn’t going to help you if you want to be a designer yourself – you’ll need a college degree for that. Here are some of our favorite interior design colleges.

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Location: Menomonie, WI
Size: 9,000 students

  • At UW-Stout, class work includes collaborating with architects and construction professionals, meaning you enter the workforce with real-world experience.
  • Students are awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year – how’s that for making college affordable?
  • There’s always something to do! Join one of the more than 150 student organizations.
  • The program focuses on commercial and residential space design, allowing you to expand your skillset.

La Roche College
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Size: 1,100 students

  • La Roche requires you to complete an internship before graduating, allowing you to make great contacts and network with industry pros.
  • Courses focus on holistic design – does something fit in with regard to a person’s aesthetic, emotion, and utilitarian needs?
  • Campus is only 15 minutes from the heart of Pittsburgh, so you get to enjoy the big city’s restaurants, museums, sporting events, and arts scene.

Woodbury University
Location: Burbank, CA
Size: 2,000 students

  • Woodbury stresses that design is more than a coat of paint and new couch. That’s why you’ll get a more comprehensive understanding of design by taking classes on furniture design, architecture, social science research, and more.
  • The Interior Architecture BFA is part of Woodbury’s School of Architecture, meaning you’ll get a stronger understanding of architecture and how it influences design.
  • With campuses in both San Diego and LA, you’ll be able to choose where you want to study.
  • Students have 24-hour access to their dedicated workspaces, so if inspiration strikes in the middle of the night, you’ll still be able to work on a project.
  • Every single class of 2013 grad is currently employed in interior architecture.

Marymount University
Location: Arlington, VA
Size: 3,500 students

  • Dream of owning your own design business someday? Marymount works business courses into the curriculum so you’re prepared for entrepreneurship.
  • You’ll learn to use industry-standard software while also perfecting your drafting and sketching skills.
  • Classes on sustainable design make it possible to do what you love and know you’re helping the earth while doing it.

Chaminade University
Location: Honolulu, HI
Size: 3,000 students

  • Chaminade offers the only accredited environmental and interior design program in Hawaii. If you want to study design in paradise, this is your school!
  • When you’re living in Hawaii, you probably want to spend time enjoying the sunshine. That’s why Chaminade’s curriculum acknowledges the relationship between the indoors and out.
  • The focus on sustainability is huge.
  • The average class size is only 19 – there’s plenty of room for individual attention.

Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, IN
Size: 42,500 students

  • IU encourages students to take on internships and gain valuable real-world experience and connections.
  • The school has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and several major furniture companies, giving you more insight on how these organizations operate.
  • College Ranker listed Bloomington as the best college town to live in forever – there’s always something happening on or off the IU campus!

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