Which interior design programs are best preparing students for success in the profession?

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.

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 14th annual survey was conducted in mid-2013.

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, including those not invited by DesignIntelligence to participate, are excluded from the results.

For the four professions surveyed, a total of 1,108 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 – 2014

1

Savannah College of Art and Design

2

Pratt Institute

3

Rhode Island School of Design

4

University of Cincinnati

5

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Top 5 Graduate Interior Design Programs – 2014

1

Savannah College of Art and Design

2

Pratt Institute

3

Parsons The New School For Design

3 tie

Rhode Island School of Interior Design

5

New York School of Interior Design

Note: Where more than one school receives the same number of votes, the schools are given the same numerical ranking, and the next rank is omitted.

Note: Respondents selected from a list 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.