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Interior Design (AAS)

  • In 1906, Frank Alvah Parsons established the first academic interior design program in the United States. Parsons continues to lead this evolving field with programs including AAS Interior Design. Begin your interior design career with accomplished New York professionals who guide you in exploring design’s potential to improve lives at every scale. You develop an awareness of the social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of interiors through curricula and projects that investigate global concerns such as sustainability and economic inequality. In the process, you become a designer equipped with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to succeed in a growing field.

    This program is part of Parsons' School of Constructed Environments (SCE). Learn about the SCE community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

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    The Theory and Practice of Designing Interiors

    In the program, you take three design studios focusing on residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality interiors. You learn the theory and practice of interior design through conceptual investigations of space, research on sustainability and materials, and training in computer rendering. In the studios, you explore the relationship between interior architecture and decorative arts. The AAS professional program allows you to take electives offered throughout Parsons to develop the range of skills required in the future workplace. Internships at prominent design firms like Victoria Hagan Interiors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, AvroKO, Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, and Yabu Pushelberg offer opportunities to apply your learning to real-world interiors. 

    Campus Resources

    You share campus facilities with students of architecture, lighting design, and product design and can work in the fabrication shop and conduct research in the Light Lab and the Angelo Donghia Healthier Materials Library. “AfterTaste,” an international design symposium hosted by Parsons, and WORK, the program’s annual publication, let you engage with international scholars and practitioners shaping the contemporary design landscape.

    New York City Benefits

    The city’s museums, archives, and designed spaces present opportunities for both applied and critical study. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum—an important collection of decorative arts and furniture and sponsor of many industry-related events—is a key resource. You also have access to the showrooms, factories, dealers, auction houses, and experts that make the city an international center of interior design.

    Curriculum

    In addition to industry-focused core courses, electives enable you to deepen your understanding of and experience in designing with soft and hard materials, lighting, and sustainable materials and systems. You have opportunities to study a range of historical, theoretical, and related design  topics. You can complete your studies in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to the program. Most students finish the program in three full-time semesters. Students with the maximum number of transferable credits (31) are eligible to be considered for the two-semester fast-track option. (Eligible fast-track transfer credits must include 21 liberal arts credits, with 6 in English or critical reading and writing courses, and 10 studio arts credits, all from a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer credit is conferred at the discretion of admission counselors.) 

  • Curriculum

    Interior Design (AAS) Program

    The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 65 credits of coursework. A maximum of 31 credits of undergraduate coursework may be transferred from other institutions. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    Students who receive the maximum number of transferable credits (31) are eligible to enroll in the fast-track option outlined below.

    Interior Design (AAS) Program with Liberal Arts Transfer Credits

    Interior Design (AAS) Program: Fast Track

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        Alumni

        The following is a list of some notable program alumni:

        Alice Kerrison (2005)
        Principal, Alice Kerrison Interiors
        Australia

        Alejandro Barrios (2000)
        Principal, Alejandro Barrios Carreri Architecture and Interiors
        Venezula

        Lisa Sternfeld (2005)
        Principal, LSID
        New York, NY

        Sheila Bridges
        Principal, Sheila Bridges Design, Inc.

        Antonia Hollerbach (2006)
        Principal, Antonia Hollerbach Interiors

        Julia Thomson Fontana (grad 1998)
        W Hotels

        Scott Saunders (1997)
        Principal, Scott Saunders LLC
        Book on his interiors: Feb 2010 Publication Date

        Mary Chan (2005)
        Principal, Studio Bartleby

        Janine Carendi MacMurray (2005)
        Principal, Area Interiors
        2007 Top 10 Designers, Domino magazine

        Edward Yedid
        Principal, GRADE Architecture + Interior Design

        Nicole Campion
        Design Director, AVROKO (San Francisco, CA)

        Admission Requirements

        Applicant Profile

        The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The typical student has a bachelor's or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years prior to be eligible to apply.

        Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

        1. Application Deadlines:
          • Fall Term Regular Priority Applicants: March 15
          • Fall Term Readmission (review readmission information below): August 1
          • Spring Term Priority Applicants: October 15
          • Spring Term Priority International Applicants: October 15
          • Spring Term Readmission (review readmission information below): November 1
        2. Financial Aid Deadlines
          • All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:
          • Fall: March 1
          • Spring: November 1

        Application Instructions

        All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

        Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

        See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

        Required Application Materials

        1. Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
        2. Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee payable as part of the online application.
        3. Official Transcripts:
          All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.

          Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Students who have completed any college coursework must apply as transfer students, regardless of whether they plan to apply those credits to their studies at Parsons.

          By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for our mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.

          Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are
          • Parchment Exchange
          • SCRIP-SAFE International
          • National Student Clearinghouse
          We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

          High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.

          Homeschooling: Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

          International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

          International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admission Committee will do its best to render a decision. Please note: In some cases, a review cannot be made without an evaluation, and a committee decision will be delayed.

          If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

          If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

        4. Statement of Intent: Upload a one-page single-spaced 500-550-word Statement of Intent describing the events and ideas that led to your interest in this major. Please note that this must be included when you submit your online application.
        5. Creative Assignment: Please upload your creative assignment with your online application. Save your assignment as a JPEG, PDF, or Word Doc no larger than 2MB.
          Fashion Design: Create a collage that defines the lifestyle of the kind of woman or man for whom you would like to design. Use images taken from magazines, and pay attention to color, textures, and other basic elements.
          Fashion Marketing: Write a one-page single-spaced 500-550-word analysis of a fashion marketing campaign you feel has been successful.
          Graphic Design: Design a postage stamp depicting your favorite fruit or vegetable. Submit an 8” x 8” solution.
          Interior Design: Present a collage of images illustrating your ideas for the design of a small advertising agency office in an urban townhouse. Your collage should include details (descriptions, images, or both) of the kinds of furniture, the colors, and the materials you would use to execute your ideas.
        6. Test Scores:

          TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum TOEFL (IB) score required for on-campus programs is 79, and for online programs is 92. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.5, and the minimum score for PTE is 53. Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.

          A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants
          • Whose primary language is English
          • Who have earned a secondary school diploma from a school where English is the primary language of instruction (undergraduate applicants only)
          • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction
          Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

          Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

          Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 5 to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
        7. Résumé: A brief résumé (CV) listing education, relevant work experience, travel, etc., including dates and positions held, must be submitted online.

        Additional Information and Instructions

        1. Applying to More Than One Program: In any given term, a student may apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
        2. Application Materials: All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
        3. Test Score Codes:
          • TOEFL: The institution code is 2638.
        4. Application Status: Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

          Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

          The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.
        5. Interviews: Interviews are not required. Applicants with questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. Please review the Admission Calendar for dates and times.
        6. Homeschool Applicants: The New School welcomes applications from homeschool students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science.
        7. Readmission: Application for Readmission (PDF) should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). Students must reapply to the program to which they were originally admitted. Readmission is only available for current New School programs. If you are looking to transfer 24 or more semester-based credits, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions outlined above. The following materials are required of applicants seeking readmission:

          • Application for Readmission (PDF)
          • Statement of Purpose
          • Employer recommendation (if applicable)
          • Transcripts (required if you have attended another college or university since last at The New School)
          • Updated portfolio at the request of faculty
        8. Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials:
          Parsons School of Design
          Office of Admission (PS 200)
          79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
          New York, NY 10003
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