NYIAD Frequently Asked Questions

We are confident that the New York Institute of Art and Design offers the right online course for you. In the following Q+A, we answer key questions about NYIAD so that you can be sure that we will meet your highest expectations. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to email us at info@nyiad.edu or call us at 1-800-583-1742.

How do I get started?

It's easy. Simply fill out our online enrollment application or call us at 1-800-583-1742 to enroll over the phone.

How much do NYIAD courses cost?

Tuition for each of our courses varies. You can check out the cost of art and design courses from NYIAD here.

Is New York Institute of Art and Design accredited?

Yes. New York Institute of Art and Design is the only online design school to be both licensed by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. We are also nationally accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Learn more about NYIAD Accreditation here.

Are the courses offered online?

Yes. All of NYIAD's courses are online except for the Feng Shui Interior Design Course, which is sent to students through the mail. There are no residential classrooms or campuses.

How does the mentorship program work?

All NYIAD students are paired with a personal mentor. He or she is a working professional in your field of study and a licensed teacher there to guide you and answer all your questions as you move through your course. You will get personalized feedback on your projects and you are free to contact your mentor at any time throughout the course. Learn more about the NYIAD mentor program here.

How has NYIAD training worked for others?

We've been in business for over 25 years and in that time we've trained thousands of successful people just like you. There are NYIAD graduates who own their own businesses, work for large corporations, sell their own jewelry online and more. 98% of students surveyed tell us they have achieved the goals they set for themselves when they started the course.

When do NYIAD courses start?

Whenever you are ready. NYIAD courses are online and you can get started anytime. Simply enroll online and we'll send you an email with the login information you need to get started.

Where are NYIAD courses located?

The New York Institute of Art and Design is an online school and all of our courses are online with the exception of the Feng Shui Interior Design Courses, which is delivered to students via mail. There are no residential classrooms or campuses. Our offices are located in Manhattan and we invite you to drop by if you're ever in town.

Will I have to quit my job or school?

Absolutely not. We know you're busy with other things - that's why our courses are self-paced. You can learn anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device. Learn on your schedule, in your free time, with no deadlines or due dates.

Do I need prior training or experience in the field?

No you do not. Our courses are designed to take you from wherever you are now to wherever you want to go. We assume no prior training. Our training starts with the basics and gradually moves on to more advanced skills and techniques.

Can I take two courses at the same time?

Of course you can. And when you do, you qualify for a 25% discount on all courses. To find out more, call 1-800-583-1742.

Do I get a discount if my friend and I sign up together?

Yes, you both save 25%. To find out more, call 1-800-583-1742.

Is there a discount for taking both Wedding and Event Planning?

Yes. We offer a buy one, get one 50% off discount on our Wedding and Event Planning Courses. To take advantage of this offer, please call 1-800-583-1742.

How do I contact the school?

You can call or email us anytime. Our Manhattan offices are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Check out all the contact information for NYIAD here.

Do I need to have internet access?

Yes. All of NYIAD's courses are offered entirely online with the exception of the Feng Shui Interior Design Course, which is delivered via mail. You can take our online courses on any internet-connected device - desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

How long does it take to finish the course?

It depends on your schedule and how much time you have to devote to the course. We give you up to 18 months to complete the course at no additional charge. The average completion time for all our courses ranges from 8-12 months.

Do your courses include business training?

Yes they do. Since over 60% of our students want to earn money with their skills, we cover the business skills you'll need to get started. You can become an interior designer, a professional wedding or event planner, learn to make jewelry, become a professional stylist or image consultant. Pursue your passion and turn it into a lucrative career.

What equipment will I need?

All you need is an internet-connected device to access your course materials.

Will I be able to get a job after completing this course?

Yes you will. The New York Institute of Art and Design has a proud history of training successful interior designers, wedding and event planners, jewelry designers and personal stylists. Every graduate will receive an NYIAD Certificate of Completion that proves you have the skills required to make it in the field. In addition, several of our courses are certified by professional organizations in their corresponding industry. Our Interior Design Course is certified by Designer Society of America and our Wedding Planning Course is certified by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

Does the school provide internships or job placement?

Because we have students from all over the world, not just in one region, we are not able to offer opportunities like this. However, your student advisor will gladly help you brainstorm ways to find some in your area.

Is the tuition tax-deductible?

Possibly. The IRS permits you to deduct the cost of your NYIAD training under certain circumstances. Whether you qualify depends on your individual situation. Consult with your tax advisor to find out if it's deductible for you.

Does NYIAD offer financial aid or other tuition assistance programs?

Because of the lower cost and shorter length of our courses, they do not meet the requirements for standard financial aid programs. However, NYIAD is approved to offer military financial assistance for veterans and spouses. Learn more about NYIAD's military tuition assistance programs here.

I don't see my country listed on the enrollment form.

If your country is not listed on the enrollment form, this is because we do not currently accept credit cards from said country. In order to enroll, you must first contact the school and complete a bank transfer. Please contact the school for more information.

How do I log in to my course?

Your email address that you signed up with is your username. After you enroll, you should receive an email with login instructions. To log in, visit https://courses.nyiad.edu/.

How do I access the student forum?

Every student has access to the NYIAD student forum where you can interact with other students, graduates and NYIAD staff members. The forum is located at http://forum.nyiad.edu.