Design Institute of San Diego
8555 Commerce Avenue
San Diego, California 92121
Admission: Tel (619) 566-1200 or
(800) 619-4337
Fax (619) 566-2711


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Design Institute of San Diego
8555 Commerce Avenue
San Diego, California 92121

 Design Institute of San Diego
Design Institute of San Diego.

College Description
Design Institute of San Diego is a private, independent college founded in 1977 and devoted exclusively to professional education in interior design. Enrollment is approximately 200 students. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Design Institute of San Diego is nationally accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). FIDER accreditation is important because it is recognized by the profession's principle design organizations, such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). Design Institute is authorized to operate under the Education Code of the State of California as a degree-granting educational institution. The institute is accredited as a Senior College by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Academic Life
Design Institute of San Diego offers a single program of study leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program prepares students for careers in interior design. It balances the two most important aspects of the profession: interior design as creative and technical ability and interior design as professional business practice. The creative aspects of interior design are part of an ongoing dialogue with culture. Through formal education, students gain insight into the historical development of furniture, decorative objects, and the interior architectural features of the built environment. The social sciences have a profound influence on design. Design Institute students study the needs, values, behavior patterns, perceptions, and responses of people as the basis with which to create environments for living and working. The design process requires more than aesthetic and social decisions. Specialized knowledge of structural principles, details and drawing, programming, building codes, energy conservation, safety regulations, lighting, and methods of construction are all part of the vocabulary of today's interior designer. The curriculum at Design Institute is carefully organized to introduce these concepts in logical sequence, continually layering and overlapping basic design principles as their levels of complexity increase, providing the student with a firm framework on which to build a professional practice. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of three years of study in interior design (90 credit units) and one year of study in general education (36 credit units).

Campus Life
Design Institute of San Diego is located within a few miles of the Pacific beaches of La Jolla. Southern California has always been a mecca for artists and designers who find the ocean, the desert, and the California sunlight conducive to the creative life. San Diego has become one of America's largest cities, but it has retained the character of a small, seaside community. Its lifestyle is casual while offering a wealth of cultural and intellectual resources, including major museums, galleries, opera, dance, and theater. Recreational opportunities abound. The city has long been the home and training ground for many of the world's finest athletes. Biking, surfing, jogging, boating, and hiking are a part of San Diego life. The city is alive with visual interest, from its gracious old missions to the stark beauty of the Salk Institute designed by Louis Kahn. All of this, combined with an almost perfect climate, makes San Diego an ideal city in which to learn and work. The college does not have a student government. All matters of interest to students are welcomed by the administration and faculty at any time.

Facilities and Resources
Academic facilities are of a high-tech contemporary style and include spacious classrooms, drafting studios, exhibition space, a computer lab, a student lounge, and administrative offices. A library containing books, periodicals, samples, catalogs, and slides is available for student use. All facilities offer convenient parking.

Financial Aid
Approximately 70 percent of students attending Design Institute receive some type of financial assistance. Types of aid included Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal Stafford Student Loans, California Workstudy, and Cal Grants A and B. All awards are made on the basis of eligibility.

Admission Requirements
All candidates for admission must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Previous training in art or design is not essential as this training is provided within the program. The school welcomes applications from those whose personal goals are consistent with the educational objectives of the school and whose previous background indicates a reasonable ability to benefit from the curriculum offered. A personal interview is advised but not required. Transfer students may receive credit for courses completed at an accredited institution that are similar to courses at Design Institute. In some cases the transferring student may need to submit actual work for evaluation. A grade of C or better is required to transfer credits, and official transcripts must be presented. Design Institute welcomes applications from international students. Those from non-English-speaking countries must present evidence of English language proficiency at a level that will allow them to proceed without difficulty. Certified translations of official transcripts are also required. A Certificate of Eligibility Form (I-20) will be issued after the applicant has submitted all admissions material and has been accepted by the school. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis for both the fall and spring semesters. Applications are evaluated upon the receipt of the completed application for admission, the application fee of $25, and official transcripts. Applicants will be notified of the school's decision in writing within 30 days of the completion of the admission procedures.

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