Frequently Asked Questions: Interior Design

What is Interior Design?

Interior Design is the art and technique of creating functional and aesthetic environments for living and working.

Why is Interior Design such a growing field?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, designers will be needed to respond to consumers’ expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible.

As interior designers focus on increasingly specialized design areas, there will be a greater need for them to collaborate with other designers and in other design-related fields. Demand for interior design services for the healthcare industry will grow because of an anticipated increase in demand for facilities that will accommodate the aging population.

Why should I study for Interior Design at Berkeley College?

Interior Design degree programs at Berkeley College (CIDA-Accredited) focus on the creative and technical aspects of this exciting industry. Graduates are prepared with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to enter the industry in a range of roles.

What will I learn in the Interior Design program at Berkeley College?

Faculty members in this program are selected for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience in interior design. They combine firsthand knowledge and know-how with classroom instruction for a thorough education for entry into the professional world.

Benefits of the program include:

  • A curriculum that focuses on exploring design fundamentals, theory, visual communication, culture, and history
  • Studio-based, hands-on projects, exploring all aspects of design through sketching, drafting, and color composition
  • Modern computer-aided design learning current programs used in the design industry, such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp Pro, Rhino, 3ds Max, and rendering with V-Ray
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees 

What are the Admissions requirements for Berkeley College?

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is a basic requirement for admission to degree and certificate programs. In evaluating candidates, the Committee on Admissions takes into consideration your individual interests, your motivation to succeed in a chosen profession, and prior academic achievement. Basic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent and an entrance exam or SAT/ACT scores. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes. 

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email

Are advanced drawing skills required to enter the Interior Design program?


What is the Enrollment deadline to apply for the Interior Design program? Is a portfolio required?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

A portfolio is not required. 

Can I study Interior Design at any of the campus locations?

Interior Design Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)is offered in Paramus (Fall & Winter only), and Woodland Park (Fall only). Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) is offered inWoodland Park (Fall only), and Paramus (first two years of the B.F.A. degree only, offered Fall & Winter only). 

What type of networking and career placement opportunities are available for students?

Instructors are chosen for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience. They share firsthand occupational knowledge that can help prepare students to enter the job market. Portfolios, internships, and capstone projects are completed prior to graduation, as students work closely with the Career Services Department to secure future employment.

Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Gallery at Woodland Park and contribute to the department website. Students may also participate in field trips, attend guest lectures and opening receptions, and network with members of the professional design, art, and film community.

What kind of job can I get with an Interior Design degree?

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and Associate’s degree programs prepare students to pursue careers in creative positions such as:

  • Residential designer
  • Commercial interior designers
  • Exhibit designers
  • Architectural designers
  • And more

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