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About NewSchool of Architecture and Design


As an innovative, hands-on architecture and design school in California, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) offers a student-centric learning environment along with access to a faculty of highly experienced practitioners. From the founding principles of architecture to the latest trends in sustainability and design aesthetics to developing technical and leadership skills, NSAD exposes you to practice-oriented curriculum as you pursue a degree in architecture, digital media arts, or construction management, to achieve your professional goals.

Experiential Philosophy
NewSchool of Architecture and Design reinforces classroom theory with real-world application. We challenge our students with rigorous advancement standards, and our hands-on, instructional degree programs nurture artistic passion while demanding professional excellence.

Faculty Practitioners
At NSAD, most of our faculty members are highly experienced active practitioners. They will help prepare you for your career by bringing the present and future of architecture and design into the classroom.

Professional Accreditation*
NSAD’s professional programs in architecture are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In fact, we are one of a handful of fully accredited architecture degree programs in the western United States. Learn more by visiting our accreditations page.

Career-Friendly Schedules
You can start your degree program when it works best for you during our fall, winter, or summer quarters.

Social Consciousness
We prepare professionals for responsible citizenship and careers in architecture and design. Our degree programs are built on a solid ethical foundation and have long promoted accessible, socially beneficial, and sustainable design solutions.

Personal Attention
Our dynamic classes provide individual attention while encouraging collaboration among students and faculty. Because we maintain relationships with many area architecture, and construction management firms and projects, there are ample opportunities to engage personally with local professionals and to participate in site visits. 

Prime Location in San Diego
NSAD is located on the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of the Urban Art Trail, where architectural history and innovative design converge. Minutes from the Mexican border, the city boasts a diverse artistic community and mild Mediterranean-like weather, which provides you with a bustling urban classroom year round—all while pursing your degree.

If NewSchool of Architecture and Design, our degree programs, and the inviting learning environment of San Diego sound like the perfect fit for you, apply online today.

* In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (235 quarter undergraduate credits)
  • Master of Architecture (preprofessional degree + 90 quarter graduate credits)
  • Master of Architecture (non-preprofessional degree + 135 quarter credits)
  • Master of Architecture (license +preprofessional degree + 45 quarter credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016.

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