If you’re interested in studying interior design but not sure how to get started, it’s important to research interior design schools to see what seems like desain the best fit for you.

We receive lots of questions about NYIAD’s online interior design course- from how the online learning center works and how long it takes to graduate- to how much experience in design students need in order to get started. Here are some of our students and grads to give you aspiring designers a look at what our students are like, and how they’re able to fit creative education into their lives.

Meet Jacqueline Clair:

Jacqueline is the creative mind behind the popular interior design, photography, and lifestyle blog, York Avenue. Based on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Jackie shares her adventures in decorating a small Manhattan home and discovering everything New York City has to offer. Through her photography of beautiful neighborhoods, parks, and must-trys, Jackie also developed a passion for creating stunning visual imagery, and works part time as a freelance photographer in addition to her full-time job. We stumbled upon her blog after she enrolled in our Interior Design course and started documenting the student experience in her posts. On balancing a busy lifestyle with studying, she shares:

“You’re given 18 months to complete the course. For someone working full-time, I’d say that’s accurate. If you really want to bang it out and devote a lot of time to it, you could finish it in a year. It depends on you and how fast you want to finish! My feeling is, it’s not a crazy amount of coursework, so you could probably finish in 6 months or a year if you wanted to! It’s getting through Powerpoint type slides, which have pretty big fonts…not slogging through chapters and chapters of textbooks.”