Why Students Choose Harrington

Students who see the world from a unique point of view and are serious about their education choose Harrington College of Design so their fresh perspectives can be nourished and encouraged by the creative people around them: interior designers, professional photographers and graphic designers.

Why else do motivated students select Harrington?

  • Professionally Oriented Curriculum
    Harrington's programs combine both theory and practice, delivering a balance of studio, classroom and independent study so students can develop a well-rounded understanding of the business and creative side of their chosen profession.
  • History and Reputation
    Harrington College of Design has been preparing design professionals at our campus in the heart of Chicago since 1931 and is a recognized name in the design field.
  • Respected Faculty
    Classes at Harrington are taught by experienced professionals who provide a well-balanced approach to education. Students learn by experience, building and refining the skills relevant to the fields of interior design, graphic design and photography.
  • Portfolio Development
    By the time students graduate, they will have assembled a portfolio filled with market-relevant projects that showcase their knowledge and talent.
  • Master's Degree Programs
    Harrington's graduate programs in interior design and communication design offer full- and part-time options with classes on nights and weekends.
  • Modern Campus Environment
    Inside Harrington’s six-story vertical campus, a unique display space connects floors designed to hold a mix of classrooms, galleries, offices and spaces for conversation and collaboration. A specialized design library with extensive holdings of design resources as well as current digital resources supports student research.
  • Vibrant Urban Surroundings
    Chicago is known for its art, dramatic architecture and diverse population. The city is also home to over 40 museums, including the famed Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago’s rich cultural environment makes the ideal location for a design college.
  • Continuous Exposure to Diverse Voices and Modern Techniques
    Harrington regularly invites industry representatives, artists, designers, businesspeople and others with specific and relevant knowledge to conduct guest lectures and symposia for students and faculty.
  • Tuition Planning
    Harrington has an experienced staff of student finance representatives who can assist students throughout the financial aid process. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
  • Career Services
    Harrington's full-time career-services staff is dedicated to helping current students find part-time employment in their design field as well as assisting graduates with resume preparation, interview skills, design portfolio preparation and searching for full-time employment opportunities.
  • Vast Alumni Network
    Connections are important, and Harrington graduates join a nationwide network of more than 10,000 alumni. All graduates automatically become members of the Harrington Alumni Association, and there are no membership dues or fees.