Harrington College of Design in Chicago was founded in 1931 by Francis Harrington, an interior designer from New York who saw growing interest in the subject when she visited Chicago for a series of lectures. Since then, it has flourished within Chicago’s inspirational Loop district, giving students access to a unique environment in which to learn from and study interior design.
Today, the school offers more than just interior design. Students come here to earn associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in Graphic and Communication Design, Photography, and of course, Interior Design.
There are three semesters in which to enroll during a typical school year here: spring, summer, and fall. However, depending on your curriculum and desired graduation date, you may only need to complete two of the semesters each year. By the time graduation approaches, each student will have amassed a portfolio of their work that can be used to in conjunction with resumes when looking for employment.
Interior designers work to develop homes, offices, and other spaces to meet functional needs as well as aesthetics. Students interested in interior design here can apply for either a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design or an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires four years of study while the Associate degree is a two-year program. Within these programs, students will discover a wide range of interests including Residential and Commercial Interior Design, Hotel and Restaurant Design, even Exhibit and Architectural Firm Consulting.
The Digital Photography Associate of Applied Science in Digital Photography not only teaches creative aspects of photography but the technical as well as professional aspects as well. In as little as five semesters, you could be working in the professional photography field. As a digital photography student you will be instructed on professional medium format digital capture, photo software like Photoshop, even logistical and ethical applications for the professional photographer.
The third area of study offered is a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communications Design. This program helps you bring the various aspects of graphic design and advertising together as you create logos, brochures, and web pages while considering your design from a critical aspect.
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Whether you’re looking to enroll for Interior Design, Digital Photography, or Communication Design, the admissions process is the same. You must submit these materials in order to be considered for admission:
Application for admission
High school diploma or equivalent
Request for high school transcript, GED, or equivalent
Payment of non-refundable application fee
Aptitude for creativity
Motivation to pursue and succeed in academic and career goals
Financial aid representatives are available to help you make smart money choices when it comes to your education. They will work to find not only a payment schedule that fits your needs but a financial aid package as well. The school accepts financial aid from various sources including Federal PLUS loan programs, private loans, Pell Grants, and work-study. The school also offers students scholarship opportunities based on a scholarship application, two letters of recommendation, financial need determined by FAFSA, enrollment in six credit hours, and proof of graduation.
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Many opportunities are available for students to be just as involved outside of the classroom as they are in. There are various student organizations that capitalize on students’ studies as well as other outlets of involvement like Harrington Student Government.
The College of Design is a great example of an urban campus. It’s located in what is termed a “six-story vertical campus." Students have full access to their classes, library, galleries, and work spaces in one building.
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Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.