With all the available Interior design colleges to choose from, you will have to do your own research to find the interior design program in college that’s right for you. While Design Intelligence has published the best interior design schools in America for this year in this post, it’s always advisable that you collect information from all possible schools you will be applying to. This way, you can make an informed decision on what interior design college is best for you and apply based on the requirements for their program.
One way to help you come up with a decision on which interior design colleges you should send your application to is by searching for what people think about them. In this post, we have collected opinions of users from College Confidential, one of the best one-stop resources about all things college, about some of the best interior design colleges listed by Design Intelligence.
“My one year experience from SCAD.
“The admission center of the school is STRATEGICALLY located in the prettiest part of town. HOWEVER, all the buildings are inconveniently spaced out which hurts the sense of unity on campus. Some of the buildings are located right IN the ghetto (Industrial Design). And they recently built a new dorm there. Really? I wouldn’t walk there at night. And there is NOWHERE to walk to.
“For the amount of money they ask for, the quality of some of their facilities is sup-par.
Not being by NASAD is a big deal, I don’t care what anyone thinks. Why else would every other respectable college be on the list? And how is it possible that an art school DOES NOT require a portfolio for admission?
“Good luck!” — click here for the source
Reply by a user that explains why SCAD does not require art portfolio as part of admissions:
“A few reasons…
“01. Studies show that students who perform well academically continue to perform well at institutions of higher learning because they continue to apply themselves. Plus, students that do well academically–historically–are less likely to drop out. Retention is a BIG word at EVERY institution. All schools want students who stay and pay for 4 years.
“02. Since students do not need to declare a major until the end of their second year, they can discover for themselves in which of SCAD’s 20-something majors they fit best. Students can learn to be professionally competent in many of the majors without being gifted or prior expertise.
“03. Many students do not come from H.S. programs with strong art departments.
“A portfolio is required for graduate admissions however.” — click here for source
“Here is the bottom line for students considering SCAD for their first college experience:
“SCAD is 100% what you make of it. Yes, many students have negative experiences, but it is not the school that is at fault; SCAD is a unique school and is not right for many of students that choose to attend. Because admissions are not particularly selective, you will have a scale of untalented to extremely talented students in your classes. The less talented students have a more difficult time with the course work (studio classes, specifically) and need to work harder to be competitive with peers on a higher level. This is not meant to be demeaning, this is the nature of a professional career in any art field and college is your chance to learn to be competitive.
“The students that end up unhappy are generally those who realize art school was not the right choice for them. This does not automtically label them “not good enough;” art schools have cultures of their own that many perfectly talented artists decide is not to their liking. SCAD is not structed like a tradition college and I’d be willing to bet money that the majority of SCAD students would agree it is very hard to meet people. There are no football games, few common areas, under utilized clubs and recreational sports for you to meet people. Most students move off campus after freshman year, so dorm life is lacking. The students that end up unhappy are usually not expecting to encounter any of these challenges and have difficulty finding the right friends.” — click here for the source
For more information about the Interior Design Program at SCAD, click here!
User replies about the safety of students studying at Pratt: “[M]y cousin who went to pratt lives right in that area and i was staying there for three weeks- was better than i expected. i was really nervous going there at first too (i live in ohio), but it wasn’t so bad. i’d say it’s pretty safe around the daytime- you just gotta be careful like anywhere else. i applied to pratt, but the neighborhood is one of the things that i don’t like about the school. the subway kind of sucks and i don’t think i’d like living there for 4 years. obviously wouldn’t walk around in the nighttime. i always came home by a taxi or car after dark. but considering that pratt is a top school for what you want to major in, go visit the school sometime.” — click here for the source
More responses about the environment at Pratt and in comparing to neighboring school Parsons: “With regard to aesthetics, to people coming from other places, NYC is smaller, older and dirtier than you are led to believe watching it on TV. That said, Pratt’s maintenance was a concern, but not as much of a concern anymore. We went on a recent tour and my daughter and I remarked that, it seems to be better from what we had seen posted online. It remains a “city school” and it way above par with the other “city schools” we have seen, in terms of campus life. My daughter is between there and Parsons and student life at Parsons is enhanced by the immediate surrounding area (Greenwich Village). I do feel, as a parent, I will be spending more on student life issues at Parsons to compensate for the lack of space there.” — click here for the source
Another opinion about Pratt’s environment: “Well, our daughter is at Pratt and loving it. Her dorm room is beautiful and in our visit we did not see the maintenance problems noted earlier. The new administration building, Myrtle Hall is beautiful and has enabled more space on the main campus. All of the staff we’ve worked with have been very helpful. You may have seen that Architectural Digest selected it in the top 10 campuses for beautiful architecture. My daughter’s only concern is the hard work, and she is a child known for her work ethic.” — click here for the source
Regarding scholarships at RISD:
“My daughter received both financial aid and departmental awards (money) throughout the last four years at RISD. RISD was pretty generous, and she also (every year) applied for and renewed local scholarships she was awarded at high school graduation. She worked part-time throughout the school year and one summer and found paid internships for two more summers. She didn’t see any of this as a struggle, and she’s so, so, so grateful she was able to go to RISD. It can be done.
” If you want to go to RISD — and I’d argue there’s nothing quite like it — work hard at your schoolwork and art and look into scholarships and grants in your local area. My daughter will graduate with only $2,000 in loans, and we paid about what your mother can pay. But, I have to say that this is due to her hard work, dedication, and responsibility. She had four deliriously happy years at RISD — and she earned them.” — click here for source
For more information about the Interior Design Program at Pratt, click here!
An overview of the UC’s Interior Design Program: “I am in UC’s interior design program. I transferred into it after a year at a small liberal arts school that was highly acclaimed for their academics. I assume I was admitted because of my ACT score alone. They did not take my previous college record into account at all because they run on quarters and my previous school had been on semesters and semesters give students less credit hours.
“The high school I attended did not have a great art department. I took few of the art classes because they were “easy” and I wanted to pump up my GPA and take more advanced classes. I was extremely happy with the no portfolio policy. I took art classes all through elementary and middle school and had basic talent, but nothing to show of current work. UC believes they can train anybody in art and I believe them. They let me in and now I am on my way to a great future.” — click here for more comments
About UC’s environment: “In terms of the surrounding area- First, I’ll start off with safety- it isn’t the greatest place. This city about 2 blocks away is called “Over the Rhine”, which is considered to be one of the worst/most dangerous places to live. However Clifton (where UC is) is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be; I’ve walked back alone from DAAP at 2 or 3 in the morning and have never felt unsafe- the campus is well lit, and as long as you don’t cut through parking garages, I think you’ll be fine (we get reports every time a violent crime occurs- we really don’t get that many… maybe 1 or 2 a month)” — click here for the source
For more information about the Interior Design Program at the University of Cincinnati, click here!
- The World’s 25 Best Design Schools – Business Insider lists down the best interior design colleges all over the world. If you’re living outside the US or you want to take interior design at an international school, then you should read this.
- Top 10 Best Interior Design Schools In The World – Here’s another list from Design Schools Hub that offers a completely different perspective compared to the ones featured above.
- Compare Schools with Interior Design Degrees – FindTheBest lets you compare and contrast the different interior design colleges available based off the site’s Smart Rating, which factors in Academics Excellence, Experts Opinions, and more. This is a great resource to inform you on the best interior design program for you.
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