New York Institute of Art and Design History

The Start
1985 – The Start

The New York Institute of Art and Design was founded in 1985, under the name Sheffield School of Interior Design. The first and only course offered at the time was a correspondence course in the art and business of interior design. Later the name was shortened to “Sheffield School” to allow for the expansion into new subject areas.

Course Expansion
2000s – Course Expansion

In 2007, the Sheffield School began offering a home-study in Wedding and Event Planning. Then in 2009, we introduced our Jewelry Design Course, offering a comprehensive education in beading and wire working.

Going Online
2012 – Going Online

In the fall of 2012, the school underwent a massive shift from the traditional correspondence model to an online learning model, with the rollout of its online learning center. All courses were put online and enrollments in the mailed programs ceased by 2013.

Name Change
2014 – Name Change

In the summer of 2015, the Sheffield School officially became the New York Institute of Art and Design. This new name better encapsulated what the school stood for, and allowed for additional growth in program offerings.

Present – More New Courses
2015 to Present – More New Courses

Since 2015, NYIAD has launched seven new online courses – AutoCAD, Personal Style, Floral Design, Landscape Design, Home Staging, Creative Writing and Graphic Design.