America's Best Interior Design Schools 2015

November 14, 2014 · by Design Intelligence

Which schools are best preparing students for success as an interior designer?

Note: the full report—including interior design programs ranked 6-10  and related rankings for architecture, landscape architecture, and industrial design programs—is now available in print and PDF editions.

For over a decade, "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking as determined by practitioners who employ design professionals.

Survey Methodology:

America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. This 15th annual survey was conducted in mid-2014.

Selected professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising the performance of recent architecture and design graduates are invited to participate in the research. Survey participants, who are drawn from the Greenway Group database of leading firms throughout the United States, must verify they are currently responsible for hiring or supervising design professionals in each of the design fields for which they respond: architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. Surveys from non-qualifying individuals are excluded from the results.

For the four professions surveyed, a total of 1,426 professional practice organizations participated in the research.

The professional practice survey queried participants on the question, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” In addition, they are queried about additional issues, such as how programs rate in teaching various skills.

The Top 5 Undergraduate Interior Design Programs - 2015


Savannah College of Art and Design


Pratt Institute


New York School of Interior Design


Rhode Island School of Design


Parsons The New School for Design

The Top 5 Graduate Interior Design Programs - 2015


New York School of Interior Design


Pratt Institute


Rhode Island School of Design


Savannah College of Art and Design


Parsons School of Design

Note: Respondents selected from lists of undergraduate programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Because there are few CIDA-accredited graduate programs, many non-accredited programs were listed as choices, and write-in responses were allowed.


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