I know that the university that I graduated from, Judson University, has an opportunity for all of those! It is fairly small and not CIDA accredited. But I found that I was able to have a great balance of conceptual and technical design, as well as a great community.
However, keep in mind that your college life does take up more time than your high-school life, you may not be able to find time for your academics, athletics, and arts! And with a major like interior design, you will have more project assignments than reading or writing assignments. These projects can span a whole semester! You will need to learn your mental, emotional, and physical limits so that you can avoid burnout and also have fun.
Hope this helps!
- New York School of Interior Design
- Design Institute of San Diego
- Academy of Art University
- Savannah College of Art & Design
- Parsons - The New School
- FIT State University of New York
- Auburn University
- Drexel University
- SAID - University of Cincinnati
- Arizona State University
I suggest you take some time to look into each of these schools. Learn about their unique programs and the opportunities they offer. For instance, larger public schools like Auburn University are known for their excellent athletic and music programs. On the other hand, schools like the New York School of Interior Design are centered on the arts, offering outstanding musical opportunities, though they might not have competitive sports programs.
EZINNA EDGE’s Answer
The choice of a good interior design college or university depends on your specific goals, preferences, and location. And just like you pointed out, that such a school should equally have a good volleyball team and musical opportunities. Different institutions offer various programs with unique strengths. I will try and list some schools in the United States with the preferences you mentioned, but they are not exhaustive.
University of Florida (UF): UF offers a Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a concentration in interior design. The university has a Division I volleyball team, and there are musical opportunities available through the School of Music.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: UNC-Chapel Hill offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and has Division I volleyball teams. The university also has a renowned music department.
University of Michigan: The University of Michigan offers an Interior Design program and has a Division I volleyball team. It is known for its School of Music, Theatre & Dance, offering various musical opportunities.
At the same time, when considering interior design colleges, keep the following factors in mind:
• Ensure that the program is accredited by organizations like the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
• Consider where you want to study. Some students prefer urban environments with access to design firms and cultural resources, while others may prefer quieter settings.
• Look for programs that provide internship or co-op opportunities, as practical experience can be crucial for your career.
• Research the success stories of graduates from the program and whether they have a strong network in the interior design industry.
Keep in mind that the level of competitiveness of the volleyball team and the extent of musical opportunities can vary from one institution to another. It's crucial to research each college or university thoroughly, including the specifics of their interior design program, the success of their volleyball team, and the musical activities they offer. Additionally, you may want to contact the admissions and athletic departments to inquire about the availability of musical opportunities and volleyball programs that align with your interests and skill level.
I wish you all the very best, Mila.