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Interior Design, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Interior Design program of The New School prepares you for graduate studies, particularly in the allied fields of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments: architecture, industrial design, and lighting design.

Beyond the Classroom

You work with faculty, peers, and outside professionals designing interior environments that reflect an understanding of sustainability, cultural differences, and human needs for comfort and well-being. Courses guide you through the study of materiality and two- and three-dimensional form and space. The design studio sequence introduces topics of increasing complexity across various typologies, and you learn to conceptualize and develop interior designs using hand and digital drawings, physical models, collage, and renderings. Art and design history and theory courses build your research, communication, and conceptual skills. Access to New York City's globally influential firms and showrooms broadens your practice, and Parsons' long-standing prominence and industry connections give you access to leading interior design firms, museums, galleries, and auction houses.

Future Opportunities

Graduates leave prepared to begin careers or pursue further education in interior design, lighting design, sustainable design, set design, exhibition and event design, historic preservation, and consulting. This program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE). As a BFA Interior Design student, you benefit from this integrated academic community through access to students and faculty of related making disciplines at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Integrative Studio
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Interior Design Studio
  • Studio Lab: Textiles and Soft Materials
  • Studio Lab: Building Systems
  • Ecological Design for Interiors 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Complete the Common Application
  • Application Fee Application fees are $50 for all U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for first-year international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Portfolio
  • Essay
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25230 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25230 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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