Berkeley College Alumna Discusses Interior Design Career on Television with Joanna Gagis

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Photo Caption: Amanda Amato,Berkeley College alumna and owner of AMA Designs and Interiors LLC (Right), discusses the challenges and rewards that come with the interior design business during an appearance on the public television program Life & Living with Joanna Gagis on November 26, 2016.

Berkeley College alumna and owner of AMA Designs and Interiors LLC, Amanda Amato, of Pompton Lakes, NJ, was featured on the public television program Life & Living with Joanna Gagis on November 26, 2016. During the show, Ms. Amato discussed how she became enamored with design at a very young age, and the challenges and rewards that come with the interior decorating business.

“I always wanted a career that helped people,” Ms. Amato said during the interview. “Design came natural to me. I was drawing rooms at the age of six, and I always stuck with it. I had a feeling I was always going to be a designer. I tried exploring other passions, but design was always the one that stuck.”

Watch the entire segment with Ms. Amato here.

Ms. Amato graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a B.S. in Interior Design, taking courses both online and on site in Paramus and Woodland Park, NJ. Following her Berkeley College internship with wallcovering company Phillip Jeffries, she earned interior design roles at Thomasville Furniture and Funk Design Studio before becoming Senior Interior Designer at Boonton, NJ-based firm Polo M.A. Inc. Today, she provides her design services through AMA Designs and Interiors LLC, while also volunteering to charitable causes like the renovation of the kitchen at Great Notch Fire Co. in Little Falls, NJ.

Ms. Amato credits Berkeley College professors like Alfonso Torino, Ph.D., Chair, Interior Design, for showing her how to expand upon her design skills. “Professor Torino would always ask questions that I hadn’t even considered when designing,” she said. “I still ask myself those same questions today as I design rooms to not only look beautiful, but to be functional as well.”

Read more about Ms. Amato here.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate, and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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