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Design Institute of San Diego

Design Institute of San Diego is college with 181 students located in San Diego, CA.

Fine and Performing Arts, Open Admissions


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Design Institute of San Diego says

The path begins by choosing an interior design school where you can develop your ability to design and create inspiring spaces; a place where you can take the images and ideas in your head and give them life; an academic environment that will prepare you to become a practicing professional in interior design. You're here - exploring and discovering - to design your future. DI Student and Teacher

Picture yourself a few years from now. Where do you see yourself? Do you have an image of yourself at work; totally engaged in a career that's meaningful and self-fulfilling? Perhaps it's something you've envisioned for a long time. What is interior design? It's way more than most people think.

We're not fortune tellers, but... At Design Institute we can see the future of our students at work. Your future is built into everything we do. There are many interior design schools and programs, but when you find the right school for you, it can change everything.

Our faculty practice what they teach and you receive the benefit of their wide experience. The advanced degrees they earned have been applied to their interior design careers and to the interior design courses they teach. They know the value of an education extended into real life - business, professional organizations, changing technologies, opportunities to do creative work and also, their desire to pass on what they know to the next generation. They are here to teach you, guide you, and be your mentors.

By the time you graduate you will have taken courses from more than thirty interior designers, architects, computer technologists and scholars in the arts and sciences.

You are the future of interior design. The path you want is here, waiting for you.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 181
Gender 6% Male / 94% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 66% Full Time / 34% Part Time
Geography 4% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 63% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 65%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 6%

Student Services

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Popular Majors

Interior Design (100%)

Majors Offered


A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Administration & Faculty

Director Margot Doucette
Accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Student : Faculty Ratio 12 : 1



Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $22,745 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $23,764
$48K-$75K $15,053
$110K+ $29,477

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $20,460, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $20,460 Same as On-Campus
Fees $10 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $11,268
Books $1,117 $1,117
Total (before financial aid) $21,587 $32,855

Students Receiving Aid

63% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 75% $7,564
Federal Scholarships/Grants 63% $5,610
Other Federal Grants 50% $500
Pell Grants 63% $5,210
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 13% $9,224
Student Loans 75% $7,564

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

66% of students graduated in six years.

63% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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