While most architecture schools have studios that teach interior design, it is also clear that interior architecture has become a branch on its own, and there is a large number of universities that focus only on it. Interior design came up as a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. Interior designers combine knowledge, creativity, problem solving skills, and aesthetic vision to develop safe, functional, aesthetically pleasing environments that meet the needs of the client. Specialized knowledge includes programming, design analysis, space planning, interior construction, building codes, materials, furnishings, and equipment.
Based on Designschoolshub, QSWorldUniversityRanking and Domus official ranking for 2015 of the Interior Design Schools worldwide, Arch2O picked up its own selection of the top 10 Interior Design Programs across the globe, depending on infrastructure, education, staff and the expenses, here is our list:
Located in the heart of Florence, surrounded by historic structures, FDA is considered number one, as it provides top quality education due to the well trained and professional teaching staff, of which most of whom are holding senior positions in the top design organizations and private practice in Italy and throughout Europe. State of the art technological advancements are provided to the students, aiding understand of the discipline.
Situated in the north west of London, the design schools tutoring is to emulate a real life design studio, so that the students are provided the necessary skills for them to survive in the practical world. Freehand is preferred to computer till the ending of the program. The curriculum is closely monitored to ensure that the standard of education is up to mark of the daily advancements and keeping check on the requirements of the leading interior design organizations. The lectures are provided in small briefs, which the student has to work out and design, at the same time complete their projects while keeping the high up firms in the market.
The best American school on our list at number three is SCAD – the school is well spread out, with its founding campus in Savannah, Georgia and three more of them are based in Atlanta, Georgia, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. The schools caters for more than 12,000 students from over 100 countries, and SCAD is well known for the talent and dedication of its faculty, the use of cutting edge technology and learning resources which gets the students up to speed, to jump directly into the firms after graduating.
Pratt institute is allocated the number 4 spot, with a success of 93% of students finding job placements as soon as they graduate. PI’s moto is “Put your passion to work”, which shows the continuing support of everyone involved in the school to help the students reach their full potential, with dedication and hard work. The flagship program of the school, Bachelor of Fine Arts, B.F.A in interior design is accredited by the Council of Interior Design (CIDA). The faculty is filled with well accomplished professionals who challenge the students to transform their passion into meaningful pieces of art.
The college is located in downtown Vancouver, and offers a broad prospect of programs ranging from interior design to game design. The program creates an opening in the market for jobs, as the skills learnt in the 6 term tenure are directly implemented to the practical experience, with keeping in mind the use of space, color and lighting. The students are guided every step of the way to help them develop a portfolio to showcase their potential to employers.
RISD is situated in Providence, providing a lively art scene and the cultural centers of Boston and New York are in the midst of it. The school offer bachelors as well as post graduate programs. The interior design course is separated into three main focus areas, theater, exhibition and retail and helps the students specialize them in all three programs requisites. RISD is known for emphasizing knowledge necessary for applying in the real world. The school also helps in enhancing collaboration abilities and communication skills, which enables each individual to grow creatively and become socially and environmentally aware for better success.
The three year program taught at the Chelsea College of Arts helps develop the students’ skills in creating, designing and visualizing the spaces around them. The college teaches the students to deal with complex architectural spaces and how to refine them and make them easier to interpret.
The program offered by UTS is of 3 years, it deals with interior and spatial design. The studios are built in such a way that they help enhance the capacity of the student and makes an environment for them as it is in the practical world. Analogue and Digital tools are both taught, so they are capable of solving real life issues in the studios.
The Dublin Institute of Design offers a full 3 year program for Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, which was started in 1991 and the institute has been building its reputation since then which has enabled it to become a top contender in the market. The institute has made it mandatory for students to study technological programs rather than keeping them optional keeping in mind the growing demand of the market and also keeping the race close.
The school was founded in 1916, the focus of the school was to provide some of the most in-depth, detailed and creative education in the U.S.A. The ratio of successful graduates who landed jobs within 6 months of graduating is 92%, whereas the post graduate enrollment is at an all-time high at 94%. The fact that the alumni and professional staff is freely available also enables the students to pick up on things quickly and overall boost the chances of future prospects.
By: Muhammad Umair Siddiqui