The NYSID Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Interior Environments is a one-year post-professional program focused on specialized knowledge, thinking, and skills, structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. The curriculum provides rigorous professional education in the area of sustainable design focused on the interior environment, exposing students to a range of topics, research methods, integrated design development methodologies, and sustainable project management practices. Course work addresses the history and theory of sustainability, principles of sustainable materials, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, and integrated environmental systems design and indoor air quality as well as green textiles, furnishings, and decorative elements. The program includes two major studios designed to integrate acquired knowledge and research while exploring both residential and nonresidential environments, and prepares graduates to achieve LEED AP Certification.
The 30-credit MPS requires completion in one year and is structured to accommodate working professionals by offering all classes in the evening and on weekends. It begins with 6 credits of foundation studies in the 8-week summer session, followed by two 12-credit 15-week semesters composed of lecture, seminar, and studio formats. All of the 30 credits required for the MPS degree must be taken at NYSID.
Admission to the MPS in Sustainable Design of the Interior program requires formal acceptance and a first-professional degree in interior design, architecture, or a closely related field, and submission of a portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s professional–level education and experience.
MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments Curriculum (30 credits)
Semester I – Summer (6 credits)
726 Principles of Sustainable Design in the Natural Environment (2)
728 Designing the Green Interior (2)
725 History and Theory of Sustainability in the Interior Environment (2)
Semester II – Fall (12 credits)
733 Sustainable Soft Goods (2)
734 Daylighting (2)
736 Materials and Finishes for the Sustainable Interior (2)
738 Constructing the Green Interior (2)
742 Sustainable Studio I - Residential Environments (4)
Semester III – Spring (12 credits)
743 Sustainable Hard Goods (2)
744 Green Lighting, Energy, and Controls (2)
748 Maintaining the Green Interior (2)
749 Environmental Systems for the Sustainable Interior (2)
752 Sustainable Studio II – Contract Environments (4)