Create Space

Interior designers draw on an array of skills and knowledge — of 2D, 3D and 4D design; architecture and construction, materials and manufacturing; health and safety codes and much, much more — to plan spaces that support people and their goals.

Introduction

Russell Sage College has the only accredited bachelor’s program in Interior + Spatial Design between Syracuse and New York City. As a student in our BFA program, you’ll learn manual and digital drafting, space planning and construction methods and how to apply sustainable materials, lighting, color, textiles and furniture to meet clients’ aesthetic and functional needs. 

You’ll gain real-world experience with budgets and applying building codes at an internship, and you’ll add to your portfolio through a year-long, self-designed capstone project. 

Upon completing our Interior + Spatial Design BFA program and the requisite number of work hours, you’ll be eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which leads to professional certification. 

Faculty

Art + Design faculty members write and illustrate books, participate in juried art exhibitions and contribute to attention-getting design projects — but you will find that they are supportive teachers, first. Russell Sage College is a small school, so your professors get to know you and your goals. They’ll offer constructive critiques as you grow as a designer and help you to identify fulfilling opportunities and brainstorm creative projects — while you are a student and even after you graduate. 

Create, Exhibit, Publish and Connect

As a BFA student at Russell Sage College, you’ll have easy access to equipment like a 3-D printers, laser cutter, large format printers, Wacom Cintiq displays, scanners, audiovisual equipment, a vacuum former and more at the Art + Design Technology Center

Two on-campus galleries attract prestigious exhibits and provide a professional venue for students’ work. You may also serve on the editorial board or publish your work in Vernacular, a student-run art and literature publication and eagerly-anticipated annual campus tradition for more than 50 years. 

The Interior + Spatial Design Club hosts speakers, a lunch and learn series, trips to showrooms and design firms and industry events with local chapters of the Commercial Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). 

And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network with Russell Sage College’s entire Art + Design department and members of Albany and Troy’s creative communities at department-sponsored Artist Lectures, Opalka Gallery programs and other activities.

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Your Future

You will graduate from Russell Sage College’s bachelor’s program in Interior + Spatial Design prepared for entry-level positions in interior design and eventual NCIDQ-certification.

Careers

Our graduates get great jobs in a variety of settings, including interior design firms, large construction companies, boutique architectural firms and consumer product manufacturers. 

Recent graduates are working as a project coordinator at Cube 3 Studio LLC, designer at Standard Commercial Interiors, designer and sales representative at Best Tile, event designer and planner at Whim Events and are working as independent designers.

Graduate Studies

A Master of Fine Arts degree is the next step for many Interior + Spatial Design graduates who want to continue their studies. Our bachelor’s program in Interior + Spatial Design is also excellent preparation for programs in architecture, education or other fields that align with your goals.  

Learning Experience

As a student in Russell Sage College’s bachelor’s program in Interior + Spatial Design, you’ll develop your signature style and approach to spatial solutions through studio classes, an internship and a self-designed capstone project.

Internships + Capstone Project

 

Interior + Spatial Design students do amazing things in the professional world, thanks to our well-established internship program. Students cite their internships as one of their best educational experiences, and many receive job offers after their internships. 

 

Employers that have recently hosted Interior + Spatial Design interns from Sage include Architecture+,  ROI Office Interiors, Accent Furniture Showroom, the Rosenblum Companies, and Shawn Henderson Interior Design.

 

In your senior year, you will identify a design challenge and propose a solution as your independent capstone project. Recently, students have reimagined assisted living facilities, shelters for people fleeing domestic violence, neonatal intensive care units and hospital waiting rooms for their capstone projects. The best capstone work is featured in the annual BFA show at the Opalka Gallery and the New York Eleven Plus (NY11+) showcase in New York City. 

Program Objectives

As a student in Russell Sage College’s accredited bachelor’s program in Interior + Spatial Design, you’ll learn manual and digital drafting skills, space planning and construction methods and how to apply sustainable materials, lighting, color, textiles and furniture to create aesthetically-pleasing and functional environments. Our BFA curriculum includes studio classes, an internship and a self-designed capstone project to prepare you for entry-level positions in interior design and eventual NCIDQ-certification.

First-year and transfer students can find information about application procedures, tuition, financial aid and scholarships via the links at the bottom of this page.

 

Please also visit our website at art.sage.edu to learn more about the many opportunities available in our program.

Accreditation

Russell Sage College’s Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA  20190. 703-437-0700.

Application Procedure

We’d like to meet you! Come visit our campuses, get to know our faculty and diverse student body, even sit in on a class or two.

First-year and transfer students can find information about application procedures, tuition, financial aid and scholarships via the links at the bottom of this page. 

Applicants to Russell Sage College’s BFA programs should also submit a portfolio of their work. This might sound intimidating, but don’t worry. You have options!

  • If you have a portfolio that’s ready to submit, great! You can submit it online at sagearts.slideroom.com
  • If you don’t have a portfolio, or you don’t feel your portfolio is ready, that’s okay. You can join Russell Sage College’s Art + Design department as a pre-art major for your first year. You’ll take the same foundation courses the rest of the students take. Then, at the end of your first year:
    • You can submit a portfolio with the foundation year work you just made, or
    • If you have at least a 3.0 average in your six foundation studio courses, the portfolio requirement will be waived for you.

More information about what to include in your portfolio and how to submit your portfolio is available at sagearts.slideroom.com


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Assistant Professor of Interior+Spatial Design