Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Harrington College of Design is to create the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.
Building on a tradition of excellence, Harrington delivers an unmatched educational experience -- offering a faculty of practicing professionals, innovative programs of design, a progressive curriculum, and a student-centered approach -- enriched by the historic, vibrant, and diverse culture of Chicago.Harrington College of Design will be a premier school of integrated design recognized for innovation, creative collaboration, and a passion for exploration.
Our Location & Programs
We are located in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois, and offer students programs leading to either a master's, bachelor's, or associate's degree upon completion of our Interior Design Program, Digital Photography Program, or Communication Design Program.
Our 80-year History
We trace our history to 1931, when Frances Harrington, a practicing interior designer, traveled to Chicago to provide a series of lectures for interior design professionals. She soon found a growing interest in the study of interior design and expanded her offerings by creating the Harrington School of Interior Design.
As Harrington School grew, Ms. Harrington began providing diplomas to her qualified day division students. When she retired in 1959, her former student Robert Marks assumed leadership of the school. Marks added many programs and degree options to the school's curriculum. Changes in programs, which are now under the guidance of our school's professional Advisory Board, are driven by input from the design industry's professional organizations. In 2003, Harrington Institute changed its name to Harrington College of Design to reflect the broadening of our school's design-related programs of study. Our school recently moved to its current location at 200 W. Madison Street.
200 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL, US , 60606