Interior Design

Designed for students planning to pursue a professional career in Interior Design, our B.F.A. degree program in interior design emphasizes a three-dimensional approach to creating humane, enabling, and ecologically sensitive interior environments for living, working, and recreation.

About Our Program

Designed for students planning to pursue a professional career in Interior Design, our NASAD accredited program aspires to excellence in teaching and instruction understanding the rigors of an ever-changing industry. We offer our students the highest standards of academic quality in interior design education allowing them to launch a successful career leading to NCIDQ certification.

The program emphasizes a three-dimensional architecture-based approach to examine, understand and create unique, humane, ecologically sensitive solutions for various types of environments. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual approach to solving design problems that meet their client’s aesthetic and functional needs. Contemporary issues such as sustainability, health and life safety codes, universal design and the latest AutoCad and BIM software technology are used throughout the curriculum.

Skills such as drafting, space planning construction methods, lighting, history, theory and research, material application, sustainability, and presentation methods are just the beginning of what students will engage with throughout their academic journey. Individual attention, small class sizes, and collaboration are fundamentals within the program.


Students in our Interior Design program can take advantage of opportunities ranging from study abroad to membership in our student interior design club. All students will complete internships before graduating from the program and many will be involved in community learning projects. Students exhibit their work annually at the NY11+ exhibition in Albany and New York City. Each year our senior class produces their own installation of work in the Little Gallery on campus.

NCID Qualification

Our graduates are prepared for entry level positions in the field of interior design. After the appropriate number of work hours, interior designers take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. You can learn more about the exam here.

Study Abroad

Students in the Interior Design program have the opportunity to study abroad in London during the second semester of their junior year. Summer study abroad options are also available. Please visit our Global Education page to learn more.

Visit our Flickr photostream to view images from last year’s study abroad experience!

Interior Design Club

The Interior Design (IND) Club at Sage College of Albany provides an opportunity for students to connect with one another outside of the design studio. The IND Club is a part of the college’s student government organization. The IND Club hosts monthly guest speakers, a lunch and learn series, and a fall outing, among other activities. The IND Club welcomes participants from all majors, not only interior design students. It’s a great way to meet others and be a part of the vitality of the Sage College of Albany campus!

New York Eleven

The Interior Design program participates annually in New York Eleven. New York Eleven is a collaboration of prestigious New York State Educational Institutions offering four-year programs in interior design. Each year the exhibition showcases projects and accomplishments. In 2012 we highlighted our Habitat for Humanity project at the New York Eleven exhibitions at both the Empire State Plaza in Albany and the Knoll New York showroom.

Habitat for Humanity

The Interior Design program’s successful Habitat for Humanity project gave students the opportunity to contribute to their local community. This project was covered by several local media sources; check out the Times Union article. Photos on our Flickr photostream show the process of selecting furnishings at Habitat’s ReStore, refinishing them, and installing in the client’s new home.


Sage IND students have opportunities to display their work in campus galleries. An annual Interior Design student show in the Little Gallery showcases the work of our senior class. Past shows have included “Thinking Inside the Box“, about the definition and purpose of interior design, and “Rethinking the Armory”, a collection of designs for the Armory building on campus. These exhibitions are open to the public and provide our students with an opportunity to show off their work to a wider audience.

Here's What Our Students Make

Interior Design Course Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Digital Imaging
  • 2D Design
  • Rapid Visualization
  • Art History I
  • Humanities Seminar

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Spatial Design
  • Time Arts
  • Art History II
  • General Elective
  • HUM 112 iThink I

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • Residential Design
  • Design Presentation
  • AutoCad I
  • Math
  • Social Science Elective

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • Office Design
  • Materials
  • AutoCad II
  • Social Science Elective
  • General Elective

Semester 5 (Spring)

  • History of Architecture and Design
  • Intro to Lighting Design
  • Contract Design I
  • Construction Fundamentals
  • Social Science Elective

Semester 6 (Spring)

  • History of Architecture and Design II
  • Building Sytems and Codes
  • Contract Desgin II
  • iThink II
  • General Elective

Semester 7 (Fall)

  • Senior Capstone I
  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Topics in Interior Design
  • Science Elective
  • Studio Elective

Semester 8 (Spring)

  • Senior Capstone II
  • Professional Practices
  • Interior Design Internship
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
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