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BFA Interior Design prepares students to shape the places where we live, work and play. Taught by award-winning designers, architects and artists, students learn to integrate the latest technology and materials with time-tested processes and principles of design. The faculty and curriculum are guided by a commitment to sustainability, the interplay between art and design, and the responsibility of design to address social issues.

Working in an environment akin to a professional design studio, students are encouraged to think like architects and engineers as well as designers, and to take creative risks and flex with changes in our culture. With unlimited access to the department studio, computer lab and printing room, they have the opportunity to explore the power of both pencil and computer. Because good design begins with good thinking, required coursework deals with the humanities and sciences as well as the history of interiors and architecture.

SVA BFA Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

2013 - 2014 student population

80 matriculated students

Department chair

Jane Smith (AIA, IIDA, ASID)

Some notable faculty members

Illya Azaroff (AIA, director of Design, Plus Lab); Annie Coggan (principal, Coggan + Crawford Architecture); Rik Ekström (assoc. AIA, LEED AP, The Oculus Group); Anthony Lee (principal, Honest Struggle Design); Neville Lewis (ASID, FIIDA, consultant); Ralph Ottaiano (AIA, LEED AP, Levien & Company)

Some alumni are employed by

Beyer Blinder Belle; Gensler; Google; Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum; Mancini Duffy; MTV Networks; Polo Ralph Lauren; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Student exhibitions

Graduating seniors present their thesis projects each spring in a gallery exhibition.

Department website

More information

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2100 | admissions@sva.edu

Media requests

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