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NYSID’s curriculum is well-suited to both the individual seeking an introduction to the field of interior design and to those desiring an advanced program satisfying the high standards and credentials required in major interior design firms. Formal acceptance by the Office of Admissions is required if a student wishes to earn a degree from NYSID or complete the Basic Interior Design program.  To take up to twelve credits nonmatriculated, there is no application process.

The recommended deadlines for applications to the BFA, AAS, and BID programs are February 1 for fall and October 1 for spring. The fall-only MFA-1, MFA-2, and MPS deadline is February 1.  After those dates, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. 

Application Instructions

Please read these application instructions carefully.

First, complete and submit the online application by itself. All other required application materials must be emailed to and will get added to your file separately. You cannot attach anything with the application form.

After you submit the application form, and it is processed, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to log in to the NYSID Portal where you can check your application status, pay the application fee and view your checklist of required materials.


Application Requirements:

Nonrefundable application fee ($60 domestic; $100 international)

One-page essay

Two letters of recommendation

  • Letters must be sent directly by the recommenders via email or postal mail to NYSID admissions

Official transcripts

  • Transcripts must be sent directly from all prior institutions to NYSID admissions via email or postal mail. We will not accept photocopies sent by the applicant as official.
  • Current high school students and graduates must submit a high school transcript showing graduation
  • Applicants with college credit must submit a transcript from each previous institution attended
  • College graduates do not need to submit a high school transcript
  • Applicants who have completed education in a foreign country must submit an evaluation of their foreign transcripts by World Education Services (WES) in lieu of the school transcript.
  • Resume (graduate programs only)

SAT/ACT scores (U.S. high schools)

  • Not required if out of high school more than 5 years or completed 45 college credits
  • Score report must be sent from the testing service to NYSID admissions

Proof of English Proficiency

  • Required if primary language is not English
  • TOEFL minimum score 79; IELTS minimum score 6.5
  • Score report must be sent from the testing service to NYSID admissions
  • Grade of C or better in English composition course from accredited institution  


  • 10-15 samples required for associate’s and bachelor’s degree
  • 15 samples of design work required for MFA-2 and MPS programs; optional for MFA-1 program
  • All portfolios must be provided online via Dropbox or sent via email as a single PDF file


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