In 1906, Frank Alvah Parsons established the first academic interior design program in the United States, and Parsons continues to lead this evolving field. The AAS in Interior Design program is a first-professional curriculum for career advancers and changers from a broad spectrum of fields. Students explore design concepts for residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality interiors, exploring the relationship between interiors and decorative arts. Additionally, students acquire a strong foundation in environmental design and sustainability while mastering the fundamentals of the design process through analog and digital drawing and rendering techniques. The program offers students opportunities to intern at prominent firms and undertake projects with external partners. Through the various program experiences, the AAS interior design students become equipped with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to succeed in a growing field.
AAS Interior Design students develop an awareness of the socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of interiors through curricula and projects that investigate global forces transforming our experience of the interior. Their understanding of the role of interior design is scaled across progressively more complex project programs from ID Studio 1 to ID Studio 3.
While we list studio faculty who guided the outcomes presented by our graduates, the program and its students extend thanks and recognition for the influence all New School faculty have on their overall learning experience and project work.