Design Institute of San Diego collects data from multiple sources regarding graduates' employment and careers.
The placement rate is the number of graduates who secure employment in the interior design industry within six months of graduating from DISD. To calculate this rate, we take the list of graduates for each semester and divide them into three categories:
- Employed: Graduates who have a job in the interior design industry within six months of graduation
- Not Seeking Employment: Graduates who are not looking for a job in the United States, perhaps because they are taking time off for personal reasons, returning to their home country, serving in the military, or a variety of other reasons
- Seeking Employment: Graduates who, six months after graduation, are still looking for a job in the interior design industry
This data is reported by graduates, verified through official forms completed by employers, and reported to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) of the State of California.
Design Industry Sectors
Many graduates specialize in one or two areas of design, such as residential design or hospitality design. Others work in all sectors. Of the graduates who responded to the survey, about one-third work in residential design and about two-thirds work in non-residential design.
This data comes from a survey that we send to all alumni six months after they graduate.
Annual Starting Salaries for Graduates Employed Full-Time
Many DISD graduates secure full-time employment within six months of graduation. For these graduates who are employed full-time, over 60% were offered starting salaries of more than $30,000/year.
This data comes from official forms completed by employers, and is reported to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) of the State of California.