History of Harrington

Harrington College of Design was founded in 1931 when Frances Harrington, a practicing interior designer from New York, began a lecture series in Chicago for professionals, later expanding offerings to the public and eventually offering a diploma to day and evening division students.

After Ms. Harrington’s retirement in 1959, a former student named Roberts Marks assumed the leadership of the school, at that time called Harrington Institute of Interior Design. Under his direction, the school continued to add program levels and later degree options as well as accreditation.

In 2003, Harrington Institute became Harrington College of Design to better reflect the introduction of additional career-focused design and design-related programs. The addition of the digital photography and graphic design disciplines has made the campus an exciting place to learn, with many opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative learning experiences.

Today, changes in Harrington’s curriculum are informed by the guidance of an active professional advisory board as well as input from employers and professional organizations related to the school’s degree programs.

Harrington’s story continues to be written with each successive class of graduates. The school is built on a foundation of substance and tradition but evolves as it continues to thrive on agility and flexibility.

If you have questions at any time, a Harrington Admissions Representative can provide assistance and help the process go smoothly, quickly and efficiently.

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