Interior design allows professionals to not only create spaces in which people live and work, but also to explore the relations between a building's architecture and the ways in which people might use it. Europe boasts a number of interior-design programs for which English is the primary language of instruction — a plus for students whose design sensibility is more European than American.
Florence Design Academy
Located in a center of the Italian Renaissance, the Florence Design Academy offers graduate-level courses in interior design. All classes are in English, though the school also offers Italian. From the beginning, students are taught to approach design using high-tech software, such as 3D Studio Max, Flash, Rhino 3D, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Acrobat and InDesign. Classes begin each year in September and January.
Florence Design Academy Via Martelli n. 4 50129 Firenze Italy 011-39-055-287-000 florencedesignacademy.com
Kingston University, located just outside London, offers a three-year undergraduate program in interior design. Students take courses in communication skills, interior-design principles, the history of architecture, creative careers management, technical studies, and contemporary issues in research, with optional modules in a foreign language, art and design history, and communicating art and design history. Students are also expected to complete a dissertation project.
Kingston University River House 53–57 High St. Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT1 1LQ England United Kingdom 011-44-20-8417-4646 kingston.ac.uk
Marbella Design Academy
Marbella Design Academy offers a three-year diploma course in interior design, as well as a three-year diploma course in interior design with an emphasis on furniture and product design; all courses are taught in English. The school boasts that 100% of its graduates are able to find work in interior design.
Marbella Design Academy Camino Hoyanca 29110 Monda, Spain 011-34-952-45-96-77 designschool.com
Zach Feral has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York and pursued postgraduate studies at the Open University in the U.K. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications, including "Dazed & Confused," "Artforum" and "Think Again."