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Interior Design


Interior designers have the exciting job of transforming physical spaces into functional, comfortable habitats. With rapid urbanisation, interior designers are in great demand. Good interior designing courses train students to make optimal use of limited living spaces; to turn four walls into beautiful homes and functional offices.

At ISDI’s interior designing course in Mumbai, students will learn ways to understand the needs of audiences as well as leverage the opportunities and limitations of a physical space to design better interiors.

Interior Design (ID), a 4-year undergraduate specialization, has a globally-renowned curriculum and aims to create skilled designers and critical thinkers of the future. Our students learn to design a wide range of spaces, rooted in socio-cultural trends and deep understanding of the society we live in.

The interior design course exposes students to design history, material concepts, colour, texture and surface knowledge, spatial scale and detail, visual and digital representation techniques, behavioural aspects of space, sustainable materials, lighting design, entrepreneurship and professional practice. Students of the interior design school are taught to use a range of designing techniques such as CAD, hand drawings, model making and rendering.

ISDI provides students a platform to explore, discover and learn the craft hands-on via field trips and other interactive opportunities. Students can explore a number of career paths, including styling, retail designing and visual merchandising.

Area of Focus

  • Principles of Interior Design
  • Impact of Interiors on Civic Life
  • Space Planning and Building Codes
  • Aesthetic and Lighting Needs
  • Environmental and Urban Design
  • Details, Furniture and Construction
  • Elements of Space, Technology and Surface


+ ID Second Year Curriculum - Sem III

  • Interior Design Studio 1 - 6 Credits

    Students will be introduced to the basic vocabularies, skills/techniques, practices and contexts of interior design through the vehicle of a series of small abstract projects. Human scale, interior programming, movement, circulation and fundamental form making will be explored in conjunction with the making studio. Students will be working both individually and collaboratively, in studio environments. This course also introduces students to an array of specific professional resources available to interior designers.

  • Representation and Analysis - 3 Credits

    Introduces fundamental digital and analogue drawing tools to students. Two‐dimensional and three‐dimensional graphic digital software and the basic principles of analogue drawing are introduced and both techniques are applied to sketch, test, document and render drawings as both in class exercises to explore technique and build skills, and in support of design studio. This fundamental studio course presents baseline software platforms from which students will continue to build‐upon and hone throughout their education.

  • History of Interior Design - 3 Credits

    A survey course which focuses on the development of interior styles as an expression of cultural, material, political, and aesthetic conditions from the 15th century to the present. It explores the evolution of interior design as a discrete field of practice and its recent emergence as an academic discipline and certified profession. The lecture and recitation course will introduce students to critical and fundamental theories of the modern interior, and locate the student's studio work in a larger social, political and economic context. Coursework will include essays and seminar presentations.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

+ ID Second Year Curriculum - Sem IV

  • Interior Design Studio 2 - 6 Credits
  • Students will study the decorative interior—a study of surface, space, and small-scale place—making within a city context. The class introduces color, day lighting, and artificial lighting and utilizes abstract methods as design development tools. In this studio class, students learn to convey design ideas through drawings and models used as investigative tools, in studio teams and individually, in order to reveal the objective, subjective and phenomenological qualities of the space and are able to articulate ideas in critiques.

  • Materiality and Assembly for Interiors - 3

    Credits An introduction to the nature of hard and soft materials and their direct application in creating and enclosing space. Materials are considered as matter, for their phenomenological effects, their cultural, historical and contemporary and particular use in interior design. Consideration is given to the impact of material choices and deployment on people and the environment and as they are installed in interior assemblies. As a seminar, assignments will be both individual and team based, and will include a number of on‐site field trips.

  • Introduction to Design Studies - 3 Credits

    This class examines different aspects of design and visuality by looking at larger questions of production, consumption, and use and how these issues become part of a larger discourse about design and visual culture. The design process is intricately tied to visuality, or how things appear and look; thus, the course uses images to provide students with a better understanding of their chosen field of study at Parsons. In this class, students will assess the relationship between design and the visual by investigating questions about gender, spatial control, ethics, race, status, and class; and will look at a variety of theoretical, historical, social, and political writings to explore this complicated topic.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

+ ID Third year Sem V

  • Interior Design Studio 3 - 3 Credits

    Design Studio 3 challenges students to draw and represent ideas in an increasingly sophisticated manner with an increased understanding of their personal design process. This studio emphasizes an integration of environmental issues including energy use, passive construction, solar orientation and material selection to modify both space and climate to comfortable human habitation, synergistically providing heating, cooling, and lighting. A key objective of the studio is to develop both quantitative and qualitative understandings of energy design approaches and their fundamental interior design value. A basic challenge of the studio will be to not only develop an understanding of energy conservation and design, but to investigate this through designing interiors that balance use, energy, and enjoyment in a sustainable manner. Taught in conjunction with Energy and Ecology in the Interior.

  • Energy and Ecology in Interior - 3 Credits

    Introduces environmental principles and approaches to ecological design as they relate to the interior environment. The class will prepare students to understand their physical environment: how elements in the built environment interact to modify both space and climate. The material will be presented to provoke studio design issues and to provide an understanding of the integration of environmentally conscious design strategies. This course offers scientific and technical support for Interior Design Studio 3 in a seminar context with individual and team coursework.

  • Lecture Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

  • Liberal Arts Elective - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

+ ID Third year Sem VI

  • Interior Design Studio 4 - 6 Credits

    This transitional studio builds on prior studio learning to understand the complexities of designing for a specific social group. It also incorporates natural and artificial lighting, materials selection and particular programming challenges for interiors using a wide range of static and dynamic media. Students will be given an opportunity to work with outside partners or advisors and will demonstrate an ability to work both individually as well as on a team. While project work will be primarily studio based, content may require off‐site research and engagement.

  • Liberal Arts Elective - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

+ ID Fourth year Sem VII

  • Interior Design Studio 5 - 6 Credits

    In this studio students are encouraged to develop their collaborative skills on larger scale projects, where interior and architecture are developed simultaneously and collaboratively. Material and assembly investigations to study design of a large scale detail integrating interior and exterior architecture are part of this course. Representation and translation of design ideas and the ability to present design work coherently and compellingly to a wide range of stakeholders, are critical requirements for this studio course.

  • Pre-Capstone - 3 Credits

    Students will choose from of a range of courses designed to prepare them for their capstone experience. These will stress a reciprocal relationship between independent work and class time, practice and theory, which will enable them to reflect critically on art, design and visual practices as they relate to issues of sustainability, politics, and social justice. This is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that continues to refine the skills and thought processes students have acquired as they progress through Parsons: presentation skills, writing skills, self and peer reflection and assessment skills, executive skills, research skills and systems thinking.

  • Liberal Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

+ ID Fourth year Sem VIII

  • Interior Design Studio 6 - 6 Credits

    Develops a capstone project that synthesizes prior program learning. Reconciling multiple stakeholders and audiences, students work towards presenting their projects as a form of social engagement and innovation. Students will primarily work individually, but may collaborate with classmates and other programs with special approval. Students may select from a range of architectural and interiors projects to apply prior studio learning. Sophisticated representation and analytical thought, self‐driven and self‐critical students should exhibit a thorough approach to design, engaging concept at all scales.

  • Liberal Arts Electives - 6 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.

  • Studio Electives - 3 Credits

    Students should explore their elective options with their advisors to create a coherent study plan.


Culture & Place


Centrally located to the largest real estate market and top architecture firms


Learn from hands-on experience


Experience old world architecture with new world designs

At ISDI, we believe that the best kind of learning for our students is for them to get hands-on experience. Based in one of the most up-coming development centres of Mumbai, our students will benefit from the experience and lessons from the industry's best architects, and also explore the many nuances of the field.

Along with practical lessons, students at ISDI can also explore the cultural capital of the country, which boasts of a beautiful meld of old-world architecture with modern styles and designs. From towering glass & steel monoliths to gracefully designed Victorian-age monuments, our students can observe, first hand, the lessons that history's greats have applied to space and interior design.

If you are keen to find your path and place in the history of this industry, you need to look no further than ISDI.

So, come, visit us and find out what you're missing!


Student Work

Explore the variety of projects that our students work on, while at ISDI.





Candidates who have appeared for a 10 + 2 examination (e.g. A levels, CBSE, HSC, IBDP, ISC etc), or its educational equivalent in any discipline (e.g: Science, Commerce, Arts) with an interest in Design & Innovation. Although, successful completion of the 10 + 2 examination is necessary to confirm the admission, our institution does accept predicted or preliminary grade indications until final results are declared.

The upper age limit for undergraduate program is 21 years.


Admission Process

+ Step 1 - Application Form

Your application helps us to learn about you. Please complete the form with all your details and the Purpose of Study. Click here to Apply.

You will receive a confirmation email with your application number after you have successfully submitted the online form. If you have not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours, please contact us on the Admissions Line +91 77188 65341 or +91 90043 06222.

Required Application Material to be couriered or hand delivered to ISDI:

  • Copies of Mark sheets of the course last completed (10th or 11th or 12th grade if completed)
  • Passport size recent photographs against plain background
  • Declaration form duly filled which can be downloaded from here or it also will be sent in the mail after completing the application form
  • Soft copy of your portfolio 

+ Step 2 - Pay the Application Fee

Application Fee for ISDI Challenge Rs. 3500 (Rupees Three Thousand Five Hundred Only) Online Payments can be made through our payment partner Paytm You can log on to- and select New Registration and fill the payment details. Please do mention the Application Form No OR via demand draft in favour of "ISDI" payable at Mumbai

+ Step 3 - Schedule your ISDI Challenge

Visit our website to view the key dates for the Entrance Exam.

You may schedule your ISDI Challenge by calling the ISDI Admissions Line on +91 77188 65341 or +91 90043 06222 and filling up the declaration form.

+ Step 4 - Take the ISDI Challenge

Online Portfolio Submission - Choose any two concepts: theme or object or urban space or natural form or activity within the daily surroundings.

Candidates must explore chosen concepts and create a visual interpretation in 3 different original pieces for each concept. Any forms of media may be used to create the original pieces - drawing, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, digital images.

Each piece of work must be supported by a brief.

A minimum of 6 and maximum 10 pieces of work must be compiled into a single PDF file which must not exceed 2 mb. The final work with your Application Number must be emailed to The portfolio will be accepted via email only. Based on the portfolio submitted via email, the candidate will be shortlisted for the ISDI Challenge.

The ISDI Challenge comprises of a Creative Aptitude Test and Interview. This allows the Admission Committee to evaluate how a prospective student develops and translates ideas into design and form, communicates and articulates the work in writing. A decision is made once all interviews for the Application Cycle are over and Acceptance Letters are sent to selected candidates.

The ISDI Challenge takes place over 2 Application Cycles:

Early Application Cycle: October 2015 to December 2015 Regular Application Cycle: January 2016 to May 2016

What to carry on the day of the exam?

  • Admit card (will be provided after application fee is submitted)
  • Original Id Proof of the photocopy of the id submitted in the application material
  • Original handwork submitted for Online Portfolio Submission(For UGP Design Students only)

Handwork is a collection of your strongest artistic work that is presented as professionally as possible. The goal of a successful portfolio is to tell a visual narrative of your passions, explorations and abilities. The best format for displaying your work depends on the type of work you wish to show.

All the stationary and materials will be provided for the ISDI Challenge taken at the campus.

+ Step 5 - Announcement of Results

Our team is privileged to evaluate your application and ISDI Challenge. The results will be communicated to you via email after ratification by the ISDI Admissions Committee. This may take up to 15 days from the date of the ISDI Challenge.

+ Step 6 - Enrollment into the program

  • Registration & Admission Fee of 45,000 and Security Deposit of 25,000 are payable within 20 days of receiving the confirmation of successfully clearing the ISDI Challenge.
  • The interest free Security Deposit is payable on confirmation of admission and will be refunded on completion of the chosen program.
  • In case of withdrawal of admission, candidate needs to provide an official application of withdrawal of admission.
  • Security Deposit will be non refundable if there are any payment dues pending after commencement of course or admission withdrawn during the course.

* All refunds will be considered and governed by our Fee Refund & Guideline Policy