Model of a chair and furniture designed by NYIT interior design students

About the Interior Design Program

Mission

The mission of the Interior Design program is:

  • To CREATE globally engaged, environmentally sensitive professionals who possess artistic sensibility, intellectual ability, and hands-on technical proficiency;
  • To PREPARE interior designers for a lifelong process of interdisciplinary exploration, reflection, development and an acute understanding of human relationships and the built-environment; and
  • To STIMULATE creativity and ENGENDER personal self-confidence, which is the earmark of leadership.

Accreditation

The interior design program leading to the ID BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The granted by meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

The Interior Design program at New York Tech has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since March 1984. The 2019 CIDA visit resulted in a six-year professional level accreditation through 2025.

Job Placement

Program graduates from the past three years have found employment at the following firms and companies:

  • Belvedere USA Salon Design Group
  • Bentel & Bental, Locust Valley, NY​
  • Champalimaud, New York, NY
  • Corgan, New York City
  • CPG Architects, Stamford, CT
  • Elite | studio e, Farmingdale, NY
  • Gensler, Morristown, NJ
  • IA Interior Architects, Los Angeles, CA
  • Meadows Office Interiors, New York, NY
  • Meyer Davis Studio, New York, NY​
  • MGS Studio Inc., New York, NY
  • Perkins Eastman, New York, NY
  • Richemont / Cartier Retail Design, New York, NY
  • Stonehill & Taylor, New York, NY
  • Studio Sofield, New York, NY​
  • Ted Moudis Architecture​, New York, NY
  • The Moon Group, New York, NY
  • The Standard Hotel, New York, NY​
  • Tobin Parnes, New York, NY
  • Verderame Cale Architecture, New York, NY
  • Viacom, New York, NY
  • Waldners, New York, NY
  • Wm. Collins Architect, Setauket, NY

Student Recognition/Scholarship

Students regularly apply and win scholarships at the national, local, and department level.

National Level

  • Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Six New York Tech students have won this award in the past six years, including two winners in 2016 ($30,000 per award).
  • NEWH Scholarships: Two New York Tech students have won in past five years (up to $5,000 per award).

Local Level

  • Decorators Club: Ten Certificates of Recognition in the past five years.
  • ASID/ELF Awards: Fifteen in the past five years.

Department Level

  • Friends of School of Architecture and Design Scholarship: Six students in the past six years ($2,500 each).
  • Brendalyn Stempel Scholarships: A total of $90,000 awarded to nineteen recipients over the past five years.

Community Participation and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Aging in Place, Home Modification
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hurricane Sandy, Home Renovation—Victim Assistance
  • Meals on Wheels
  • NeoCon (Chicago, IL/Philadelphia, PA)
  • Operation Resilient Long Island
  • Sunrise Day Camp
  • Town of North Hempstead Clean Energy Project: Renovation of the Solar House
  • U.N. Food Garden Design & Signage

Program Attrition and Retention Rates

The following data was collected using institutional records and an annual email survey, the Graduating Student Survey (GSS), which is administered to all alumni within six months to a year of graduation. Since 2013, this survey was sent cumulatively to 37 Interior Design graduates and nine responded, for a 24% response rate over these years.

  • Student Attrition and Retention
    On average, 77% of students enrolled in the fall (2017, 2018, and 2019) returned in the fall next year (2018, 2019, and 2020), putting average attrition at 23%.
  • Graduation Rates
    Of the students graduating in 2020, 100% graduated in four years or less.
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs
    No students who graduated in 2020 applied for graduate school.
  • Job Placement Rates
    3 out of 6 students who graduated in 2020 are employed in interior design or a related profession.

According to the Graduating Student Survey, 100% of New York Tech Interior Design graduates entering the job market were employed within a year of graduation with some pursuing an additional degree or course of study. ​