The best interior design schools are breeding grounds for the next generation of designers and thinkers who transform interiors into smarter, healthier, brighter, and happier spaces. For our November/December 2015 issue, Azure consulted dozens of working designers and conducted our own thorough research to compile this, our list of the top interior design schools in North America and beyond. Click each school name to read the full profile.
Parsons School of Design, New York
Parsons has a sterling reputation that earns the school a spot on nearly every ranked list. Its prominence translates to huge opportunities for students, like participation in the Venice Biennale.
Université de Montréal
Its first class graduated in 2001 but this relative newcomer earns top marks for its dedication to hands-on learning and real-world scenarios.
Royal College of Art, London
Cross-pollination with other specializations is the modus operandi at this school, where a year-end show for graduating students is a key hiring opportunity for top firms and studios.
Ryerson University, Toronto
The bachelor program at Ryerson has a well-rounded curriculum that covers art history, business and theory. Its impressive list of alumni include George Yabu, Glenn Pushelberg and Alessandro Munge.
Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
SCAD mixes a comprehensive academic approach with practical collaboration in other disciplines and offers campuses in Savannah and Atlanta, and overseas in France and Hong Kong.
Domus Academy, Milan
Since its founding in 1928, Domus has given its students front-row access to mentorship from such creative minds as Italo Rota and Patricia Urquiola, and collaboration opportunities with major brands like Alessi and Veuve Cliquot.
University of Manitoba
Part of the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Manitoba’s interior design program is unique in Canada, in that it offers the only Council for Interior Design Accreditation degree at the master’s level.
New York School of Interior Design
Four undergraduate and five graduate programs give NYSID the broadest range of program offerings, and a plethora of ways to specialize. The job placement rate is well into the 90 per cent range.
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