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If you see yourself addressing the world’s complexities with socially responsible, sustainable architecture and design, continue your studies—and career—with NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s (NSAD) graduate degree programs.

When choosing an architecture and design graduate school, it's important to select an institution that offers flexible curriculum, engaging instruction, and the credentials you need for your industry. Offering specialized master’s degree programs, NSAD in San Diego, California, provides the focused curriculum that promotes sustainable design and opens the doors to the career you've envisioned.

Requirements for All Graduate Programs

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, documented by an official transcript or certified equivalent
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.7
  • GRE or GMAT required for all Graduate applicants except Executive Masters of Architecture and Master of Construction Management applicants
  • Portfolio guidelines (excludes Master of Construction Management)
  • A completed application form with application fee
  • Statement of Purpose: Using essay format, please complete a 1-2 page personal statement addressing:
    a. What are your career goals and how can NewSchool help you achieve them?

    b. What compelled you to apply to NewSchool and why do you feel you would be a good candidate for the program?
    i.  How have your experiences shaped you academically, professionally, and personally?

    ii. Give an example of how your experiences have prepared you for the core institutional values of NSAD.
    c.  Why do you want a Graduate degree and how does this impact your career goals?

    d.  What are your plans for your graduate level thesis? (5+1, MS GRADUATE ONLY)
Program-Specific Requirements
NSAD welcomes students with both architectural and non-architectural undergraduate degrees. Program-specific requirements include:
  • A five-year Bachelor of Architecture for our one-year Master of Architecture (5+1)
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field for our one-year Master of Science in Architecture
  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture or related field for our two-year Master of Architecture (4+2)
  • A bachelor’s degree in a field other than architecture for our three-year Master of Architecture (4+3).
  • A resume or CV listing educational and professional experience (only required for Master of Construction Management and Executive Masters).

Master of Architecture I Prerequisites
1. M.Arch 4+3 Program Prerequisites: Prior to starting this program at NSAD, it is required that an applicant has successfully (minimum grade of “C”) completed the following courses (or the equivalent at an outside institution) within the last 10 years. If these courses have not yet been successfully completed, they can be completed prior to starting the Statics/Structures sequence.
a.  SCI170: Physics 1 - Part 1 covers fundamental principles of mechanics, vectors, particle kinematics, equilibrium of a rigid body, work and energy, linear momentum, rotational kinematics, and dynamics.

b.  MTH172: Trigonometry - Numerical and theoretical applications of trigonometric functions, identities, graphs, solution of right triangles, and DeMoivre’s Theorem are presented.
2. M.Arch 4+2 Program Prerequisites: In addition to the M.Arch 4+3 prerequisites, prior to starting this program at NSAD, it is expected that an applicant has completed the following courses (or the equivalent at an outside institution) in accordance with NAAB accreditation requirements. For students that have not completed these courses prior to applying to NSAD, the missing coursework will be added as required supplemental coursework to the student’s 4+2 degree requirements.
a.  AR721/AR722: Materials & Methods I/II- These classes provides students with the fundamental knowledge of the properties and methods of construction for wood, steel, aluminum, iron, concrete, masonry, gypsum products, glass, and finishes available for the interior and exterior of buildings, and thermal and moisture protection materials . A detailed analysis of the methods of application of these materials is the main focus of these courses.

b.  AR723: Statics -This course provides an introduction to the concept of static equilibrium and its role in structural design. The basic concepts of structural design, such as stresses, tension, comprehension, shear, and bending moment will be studied.

c.  AR725: Structures I: Structural Systems & Principles - This course introduces the student to the overarching theory and practice of structural design as a system of elements (foundation, column, beam, slab, bearing wall, etc.) as they are deployed across the various building materials.

d.  AR726: Structures II: Wood, Steel, & Concrete - This course focuses on the analysis of forces, stresses, and deflection as they relate to post, column, beam, joist, truss, and other aspects of conventional wood, steel, and concrete construction.

e.  AR727: Structures III: Long-span, Seismic, & Emergent Trends – This course emphasizes both seismic and wind-load considerations, and explores the principles and primary design criteria for long-span structural systems. Additionally, the course exposes the student to emergent trends in non-conventional and sustainable structural design.

f.  AR741: Representation I - This course focuses on both freehand drawing and mechanical drafting techniques as tools of exploring, evaluating, and understanding the built form and the larger urban environment, as well as cultivating and expressing the student’s own architectural ideas. These methods will introduce students to drawing as both a language and an analytical tool fundamental to seeing, thinking, understanding, and communicating.

g.  AR742: Representation II - This course focuses on the integration of freehand and digital representational techniques and introduces the student to ideas of critical representation. The course gives emphasis to the speculative nature of drawings and their capacity to provoke the imagination and to communicate the "unseen" ideas and concepts present in both our minds and the environment. The development of keen analytical sensibilities, precision, and rigor in thought and expression is valued over the use of any single technique or software program.

h.  AR763/AR762/AR761: History of Architecture: Neoclassic through 20th Century/History of Architecture:  Early Christian through Baroque/History of Architecture: Pre-historic through Roman

– These courses cover architectural history from pre-historic through 20th century.

Apply online or contact NSAD at 619-684-8888.

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