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Interior Design Programs Online and On Campus

Interior Design Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)
Interior Design Certificate Program

Learn to create the environments where we live and work.

As you prepare to enter the industry in a range of roles, you’ll learn the creative and technical skills from experienced professionals who share their firsthand knowledge. Our graduates pursue careers in creative positions, as residential or commercial interior designers, exhibit designers, designers in architectural firms, and more.

In a curriculum developed with input from industry experts, you’ll:

  • Explore design fundamentals, theory, visual communication, culture, and history
  • Work on projects exploring all aspects of design through sketching, drafting, and color composition
  • Learn modern computer-aided design using current design industry software, such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp Pro, Rhino, and rendering with V-Ray

The art and technique of creating functional and aesthetic environments for living and working.

Interior Design degree programs at Berkeley College 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. The B.F.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The Online B.F.A. in Interior Design degree program offerings stem from a CIDA accredited onsite B.F.A. in Interior Design degree program.

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Berkeley's Interior Design degree and certificate programs is offered at the following locations: 

 

Student Testimonial

“The professors and classes are preparing me for my career. I learn better hands-on and my time at Berkeley has taught me skills and the software packages that will help me be successful in my field.”

-Gleny Bravo, Interior Design Student

Here’s what sets the Berkeley Interior Design program apart:

  • You’ll learn in small classes with personal attention from instructors with real-world design experience
  • You’ll be prepared for a wider range of career opportunities than many programs because of the rich and diversified curriculum and the professional experience of the faculty
  • You’ll have access to current technology used by design professionals
  • An emphasis on critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • You’ll have opportunities for field trips, guest lectures, and other design-related events
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or job-related assignment for a valuable learning experience
  • You’ll have exceptional networking opportunities through faculty and alumni connections

Lauren DiGenova
Interior Design Alumna

Berkeley College Interior Design Team Transform the Ultimate NY Jets Fan Cave

Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Achievement Data

Berkeley College collects and publishes the following information in connection with its accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). A full-time student taking 15 credits or more each semester could complete the Interior Design B.F.A. program in four academic years or less. An academic year is comprised of two semesters. A part-time student taking nine credits each semester could complete the program in seven academic years or less. The following data was collected using institutional records and by Career Services outreach 6 months after a student completed his/her degree.

Note: Berkeley College is required to disclose program length, retention rates, graduation rates, and employment rates in accordance with federal disclosure requirements. The following data was calculated in accordance with CIDA rules, and may differ from the data used in federal disclosures.

Student Attrition and Retention

50% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2019, putting attrition at 50%.

Completion Rate:

Of the students who completed the B.F.A. program between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, 100% did so in 4 years or less. This rate includes first-time and transfer students. This rate is separate from and differs from the graduation rate used in federal disclosures.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

Two out of 20 students (10%) who completed the B.F.A. program between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 applied to graduate school. Both students were accepted into at least one graduate program; 17 students did not apply; and one student did not respond to Career Services outreach.

Employment Rates:

75% of students who completed the program between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are employed in interior design or a related profession. 25% are employed in jobs unrelated to interior design. 

This employment rate of graduates is calculated based on communications between graduates and Career Services staff. These percentages include all graduates who were employed in a full-time, part-time, contract, and/or per diem position within six months after graduation. Such positions may have been obtained through direct referrals provided by Career Services; students whose Berkeley College internships have led to employment; students who found employment on their own; and students who have remained in positions they held prior to enrolling at and/or while attending Berkeley College. Information about the types of jobs students were placed in is available in the B.F.A. Interior Design Program Statistics.

Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, https://www.accredit-id.org/, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation logoThe CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The B.F.A. in Interior Design granted by Berkeley College meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

Want to learn more about Berkeley's Interior Design program?

You’ll find additional information in our Catalog, including the different degrees offered, descriptions of the courses you’ll take, the department faculty, and much more. You can always live chat or contact us with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: Interior Design

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

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, Business Data Science program, and National Security program 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 info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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.

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.

Interior Design degree programs at Berkeley College 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.

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
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or job-related assignment for a valuable learning experience
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees 

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 in Woodland Park (Fall only), and Paramus (first two years of the B.F.A. degree only, offered Fall & Winter only).

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 and capstone projects are completed prior to graduation. You may also have an opportunity to participate in an internship where you can apply what you’ve learned. Students will 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.

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

Out-of-state residents and NJ residents living further than 25 miles away from the Woodland Park and Paramus campuses can register in the online Interior Design programs.

The first online cohort will start in the fall 2020 semester. Both the A.A.S. and B.F.A. degree programs will be offered. Online students can start in the fall and winter semesters. Students cannot start online in the spring semester.

Yes.

The learning outcomes for the students in the online programs are the same as for those in the onsite programs, the delivery and teaching methods are different. Online teaching will be based on PowerPoint lectures, which will be supported by audio and video recordings.

Online students need to be very proactive and self-motivated. The online Interior Design program is rigorous and demands hours of project work outside of the online interaction environment.

Constant interaction with the faculty through emails, chats and discussion boards are fundamental to improve and achieve the expected results. Time management is a very important skill for online students.

The Interior Design program has an intense curriculum focused on preparing students to become professionals in the Architectural/Construction industry. The courses in the online A.A.S. and B.F.A. degree programs follow the same standards and rigor as the courses in the on-site A.A.S. and B.F.A. degree programs. The expectations for our students, whether online or on-site, are the same.

The online B.F.A. in Interior Design degree program is not accredited but the online courses in this online B.F.A. degree program stem from the accredited on-site program.

Whether studying on site or online, graduates of the Interior Design programs will be prepared to join the professional workforce.

No experience or portfolio are required, only passion and dedication.

Small classes (maximum of 15 students) allow for individual attention and guidance. Virtual guidance is provided in the online classes

PC hardware recommendation

  • Operating system
    • Minimum: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
    • Recommended: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Desktop & laptop processor
    • Multi-core Intel or AMD CPU (More core count equals faster rendering times)
    • Minimum:
    • Intel: i5
    • AMD: Ryzen 5
    • Recommended:
    • Intel: i7, i9
    • AMD: Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9
  • Memory / RAM
    • The more RAM in the system can handle more heavier 3D files
    • Minimum: 8GB
    • Recommended: 16GB
  • Storage
    • Minimum: 250GB Solid state drive (SSD)
    • Recommended: 500GB Solid state drive (SSD)
  • Display card (GPU)
    • AMD or NVIDIA
    • Minimum: 1GB GPU
    • Recommended: 4GB GPU
    • *Intel Integrated graphics are not recommended for CAD softwares
  • Mouse
    • 3 button mouse required
  • Internet access required

 

Mac hardware recommendation

  • If the student prefers to use a Mac, installation of Window 10 with bootcamp is required
  • Windows 10 student version is provided free for Berkeley students
  • Bootcamp is free software that lets the user install windows on a Mac
  • Parallels are not recommended because of the amount of resources it consumes
  • Refer to PC hardware recommendation

First Semester

Supplies
  • Drafting Package - $80.00
  • T-Square - $25.00
  • Color pencils/markers - $40.00
  • Foam core / glue/model making - $30.00

Total approx. $175.00

Second Semester

Software
  • AutoCAD - Student Version Free from Autodesk – 3-year license
  • Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint – Free for Students
  • Acrobat Reader - Free download
  • SketchUp Pro - $55.00 / yearly
  • Adobe Photoshop - $19.99 / month (only needed for 1 month) student can purchase /month as needed in their final presentations.
  • Dialux - Free for students
  • Comcheck - Free for students

Total approx. $75.00

Third Semester

Supplies
  • Construction I class materials - $50.00

Total approx. $50.00

Fourth Semester

Software
  • Rhino - Evaluation Version free for 90 days
  • VRay - $99.00 / year
Supplies
  • Lighting class materials - $25.00

Total approx. $125.00

Fifth Semester

Supplies
  • Construction II class materials - $20.00

Total approx. $20.00 

Sixth Semester

Software
  • Revit - Student Version Free from Autodesk - 3-year license
Supplies
  • Furniture Design class materials - $30.00

Total approx. $30.00

Seventh Semester

Supplies
  • Miscellaneous approx. $20.00

Total approx. $20.00

Eighth Semester

Supplies
  • Miscellaneous approx. $ 20.00

Total approx. $20.00

Interior Design Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $200.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at https://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2020-2021/admissions/undergraduate-degree-program-tuition-fees-2020-2021/index.html.

Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $300.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at https://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2020-2021/admissions/undergraduate-degree-program-tuition-fees-2020-2021/index.html.

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