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The field of architecture changes at a frenzied pace. Keeping up is no longer enough. To succeed professionally, you have to stay a step ahead. At NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), we prepare our students to do just that. Whether you’re taking the next step in your career or just starting college, you’ll find an education tailored to you and your schedule.

We help you bring your vision to the world—striking a balance between beauty, sustainable design, relevance, and social responsibility. And we are one of just a few programatically accredited architecture programs in the western United States.

NSAD programs are based on our philosophy of experiential learning. Our faculty members are active practitioners who push you to realize your potential by tackling authentic challenges, enabling you to build a portfolio that showcases hands-on, real-world experience. We maintain close relationships with the professional architectural community to ensure that your instruction includes the latest innovations and techniques.

I cannot overstate the value of NSAD’s location. Our campus—in the heart of lovely downtown San Diego, with its surrounding urban neighborhoods and close proximity to the Mexican border—is an ideal outdoor laboratory where students work on projects of regional and social significance.

Above all, NSAD is a community in every sense of the word—one that promotes collaboration among professionals and peers. You’ll find many opportunities to participate in lectures, clubs, and other dynamic activities that will expand your educational experience. You’ll find faculty and staff eager to help you get the most of your time here. And years from now, NSAD’s support and resources will continue to be available to you to help advance your career. 

On behalf of everyone at NSAD, I look forward to the prospect of you pursuing your education with us. It promises to be an experience you will never forget.

Dr. Steve Altman

Note on Licensure and Accreditation
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 preprofessional 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)

Accreditation visit for all programs: 2016

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