Located in the design district of Downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, a globally recognized and awarded design university, is known for its forward-thinking professors, an inspiring campus community and top industry connections and collaboration opportunities. NewSchool students are innovative designers who are passionate about pursuing exciting careers in the fields of Design, Architecture and Digital Arts. From the first day of class, students explore and break through creative boundaries, while hands-on experiences provide the foundation and tools necessary to grow and succeed as a designer.
In 1980, the late Richard Welsh founded NewSchool of Architecture in a small industrial building in Chula Vista, California. Welsh had a vision: a superb professional education program that culminated with the Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Change and growth came quickly. In 1988, NewSchool of Architecture relocated to central downtown San Diego and, in 1989, Bislin Education Corp. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Futures in Education, Inc.) purchased the school. Soon after, more architecture degree programs were added: the Associate of Arts, the Master of Architecture, and the Master of Science in Architecture. In 2001, ForeFront Education, Inc., acquired the school and changed its name to NewSchool of Architecture & Design.
From its earliest days, NewSchool offered an evening class structure to accommodate a large number of working students. In 1991, the year NewSchool was institutionally accredited, students became eligible for federal financial aid programs. There became less fiscal need for evening classes—but by this time a tradition had been established. Many mid-career professionals interested in changing vocations were attracted to the afternoon and evening schedules available for NewSchool’s architecture degree programs, which remain a top draw today.
In July 2008, NewSchool was acquired by Laureate Education, Inc., a global network of more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 1,000,000 students around the world. NewSchool’s highly regarded architecture and design programs complement Laureate’s global network of higher education institutions.
By carrying on the proud tradition of Richard Welsh, the professional faculty at NewSchool have developed degree programs in architecture and other rewarding fields, giving you the opportunity to grow creativity and professionally.
Throughout Laureate’s history, we have remained true to the compass that guides us – our mission to make higher education accessible and affordable so our students can pursue their dreams. Discover the stories of Laureate students and alumni who are building powerful solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing their countries, and the world.
NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network – a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. Through this network, students at NewSchool are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including award-winning schools such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. Through this network, NewSchool is able to provide students with direct access and exposureto top creative talent and industry leaders from around the globe.
Students participate in and experience a truly global classroom environment with unique study abroad programs, a diverse international student body, cross-location collaborations, flexible online learning, and world-renowned guest lecturers.
NewSchool’s student body is rich in diversity. In 2015, more than 100 international students from 26 countries joined the NewSchool Community, including students from: Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Italy, Kuwait, Chile, Spain, Peru, India, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Turkey, China, Japan, Iceland, Iraq, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea, Libya and Romania.
At NewSchool, faculty and staff are committed to the success of students both during and after their formal education. Strong industry connections, collaborations and cutting edge design education is a part of the classroom instruction each day, as well as real-world, skills-based instruction that prepares students for employment and successful careers following graduation. New School is proud of its 93% job placement rate for graduating students.
New School’s global university network provides students with access to some of the world’s most influential companies including Gensler, URS, Jonathan Segal Architects, Delawie Wilkes Rodriquez Barker, and Bjarke Ingels Group.
At NewSchool, our faculty and students have the dedication and drive to achieve great things in their education, local communities and in their careers. Our students have won numerous local, regional and national competitions. Curious and innovative, our students are continuously striving to gain the knowledge and experience that will advance their academic and professional careers. With our industry-leading design and architecture professors, industry connections, and an inspiring campus community, students have multiple opportunities to recognize and channel creative energy into a rewarding, fulfilling career.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. Programmatic accreditation is provided through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for its professional architecture programs. Our Master of Architecture program is ranked as one of the Top 30 in the World by Frame magazine.
Great cities are the engine of innovation. As the birthplace of California, San Diego has always been at the forefront leading the country in game-changing creativity and technology. Our campus lies in the heart of the downtown East Village design district. Here artists, architects and designers are transforming once-empty industrial space into contemporary, creative studios, offices and residences. The result is the ideal destination for students to learn design - both for now and in the future.
You’ll learn from accomplished professionals, use industry-leading tools such as Rhino and Maya, and gain preparation for practice working on real-world projects. You’ll prototype in our state-of-the-art materials lab and have 24/7 access to your own studio space. For aspiring architects and designers, our uniquely small urban laboratory is ideal for personalized attention, and your teachers won’t be the only ones who know you by name.
Total Credits : 231
Typical Program Length : 5 years
Educational Pathway to : Master of Architecture II or Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management Double Degree
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a licensed architect, the Bachelor of Architecture program offers a curriculum that will prepare you with the credentials and knowledge you need to secure licensure in many states. This program will teach you both the foundation of the profession as well as the advanced theories and practical application of creating inspirational structures in a sustainable manner. Upon graduation, you can choose to enter the workforce or continue your educational goals through the Master of Architecture II or the Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management Double Degree
Total Credits : 191
Typical Program Length : 4 years
Educational Pathway to : MA Architecture I, First Professional Degree (NAAB Accredited), 2 year track
If you are interested in a career in architecture and design with a goal of accelerating the time to graduation and career entry, the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program provides a convenient pathway to your goals. The BA in Architecture degree can be completed in 4 years or even less time, if you choose additional course loads over summer quarters or online as part of your study plan. This degree does not prepare for architecture licensure - however the degree will prepare you to pursue the Master of Architecture I program which is a NAAB accredited, first professional degree. With a wide range of different roles and aspects of the building process, this program can open the doors to many academic options and prepares you for a variety of architecture and design-related career options
Students enrolled in design programs at New School may choose a minor in Construction Management to complement their degree. Courses are offered sequentially during fall, winter and spring terms. While this course of study focuses on implementation within construction field, the knowledge, concepts and process are transferable to managing all types of projects. Students interested in pursuing a minor in Construction Management must seek approval from their Academic Advisor and Department Chair.
A minor degree will be awarded to a New School student who completes their major course of study successfully, and chooses to focus a minimum of 22 credits of their elective or additional work in a predefined series of courses. A minor degree will be reflected on both the student’s transcript and diploma.
The minor is a total of 22 credit hours taken among the classes below:
The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management prepares students to enter the construction management profession working with designers, owners, and constructors. A graduate of the Construction Management program will have successfully demonstrated leadership, business management acumen, and technological understanding of the current practices and theories in Construction Management. Through coursework, community involvement, and other extracurricular activities, students will gain an appreciation for the urban environment and study methods of reusing current buildings toward a broader deﬁnition of responsible, energy-eﬃcient practices.
The Master of Architecture I is a NAAB accredited, first professional degree, giving you the skills to turn your interests into practice as well as the opportunity to pursue state architecture licensure. This program offers two-year and three-year tracks, allowing you to chart the course that best fits your experience and needs. This master’s degree in architecture complements your existing skills while expanding your professional horizons as you work toward state licensure.
This studio-focused graduate program allows students to explore what it means to be an architect in today’s world. Students will have opportunities to work with real clients and can culminate their education by taking part in the thesis process. New School also offers several exciting travel and study abroad programs for extended study and enrichment.
The Master of Architecture II degree was created for students seeking career advancement. This program will expand your expertise in the context, theory, and history of structural development. Designed for students already possessing a first professional degree in architecture, the Master of Architecture II builds on foundational knowledge in art and design with a program that integrates thesis-based learning and coursework to explore architecture in the context of history and theory, tectonics, urban studies, and professional practice.
From urban planning to interior design, many professions today benefit from in-depth study of architecture. If you want to enrich your knowledge of the field but don’t plan to pursue architectural licensing, consider a Master of Science in Architecture. Students with a bachelor’s degree in architecture or any other field may apply for this program. The program typically requires one to two years of full-time study to achieve 45 required credits.
If you are a licensed architect who has worked at least five years in the field and want to advance your professional knowledge and career, consider the Executive Master of Architecture Program. This NAAB-accredited architecture program will teach you a blend of theory, design, and practice that you can put to work immediately.
Our fully online Master of Construction Management Degree is designed to develop professionals for advanced construction management theory and practice based on an interdisciplinary foundation of science, architecture, business management, and engineering. When taken full-time, this construction management degree program can be completed at your own pace in less than one year. New School is one of the only schools in America offering a comprehensive online Master’s of Construction Management program.*
* Please note that completion of the Master of Construction Management in one year is dependent upon individual progress within the program, including number of courses taken per quarter.
Interior architecture and design is a growing and evolving discipline that requires its practitioners to produce functional and beautiful spaces that fulfill human expectations while incorporating evolving technology and sustainable perspectives.
Whether you are a high school student with a passion for making inside spaces both beautiful and functional or an experienced designer seeking to pursue licensure, New School of Architecture & Design’s practitioner-oriented Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design program will put you at the forefront of these trends.
Our hands-on interior architecture and design program focuses on interdisciplinary, integrative practice and sustainable, socially responsible design—along with giving you an international education.
The interiors of buildings can change functions many times in the span of their existence, especially as more buildings are built for sustainability with anticipated lifespans of 100 years. The work of interior designers often focuses on tenant improvement or redesigning an existing facility for a new use. Further, these new interiors must be sustainable, meet human needs for performance and satisfaction, be consistent with changing requirements of families and businesses, and provide healthy and safe work or living environments.
The Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design is offered through the Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool. Students benefit from a truly global academic experience. Visiting faculty and other design experts with international experience create a global design campus experience at NewSchool. Moreover, the Interior Design degree program includes a study-abroad opportunity in the world design center of Milan—at no additional tuition cost.
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Upon completion of the Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design program and a minimum of two years practice experience, interior designers are eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, any local or state building codes exams and any other applicable state requirements, designers can become certified or licensed in their jurisdiction. Eligibility requirements for professional licensure vary from state to state; all students and potential applicants must check with their state for current information. NewSchool enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements.
Job opportunities range from employment in specialized design services; architectural and design firms; home furnishing, furniture and materials shops and retailers; furniture and lighting design companies; and self-employment as a freelance designer or consultant.
The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design degree program at NewSchool of Architecture & Design prepares students for professional practice of product design in a wide range of industries.
Offered as part of the newly created Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool and in close collaboration with the prestigious graduate design school, Domus Academy in Milan, the product design program takes advantage of these relationships to position its students to become designers in a global market.
Students will learn how to design products and build strategies through a strong interdisciplinary foundation year, intensive project work and project assignments with real companies.
The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design degree program includes a study abroad opportunity at Domus Academy in Milan at no additional tuition cost.
Students pursuing a product design degree must complete 182 quarter credits, which typically requires four academic years of full-time study (based on three quarters of attendance annually).
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Product Design, students will be able to:
Product Design professionals can have great careers in :
Job opportunities range from employment in specialized design services; home furnishing, furniture, and materials shops and retailers; furniture and lighting design companies; and self-employment as a freelance designer or consultant.
Design is a way to innovate, to drive results by providing creative responses to business challenges. This is why design has become important to all types of businesses that rely on innovation and new ideas to fuel their growth and success. NewSchool of Architecture & Design’s Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Design and Management will teach you the fundamentals of design and business. Strategic design and management will help you build the skills needed to identify new opportunities and unmet needs in the global marketplace and to develop comprehensive strategies for bringing new products and services to life.
Whether you are a high school student interested in careers that combine design knowledge with business skills or you are a practicing designer who wants to deepen your ability to lead design projects and teams, our Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Design and Management degree program will prepare you to succeed in the global design industry. The curriculum incorporates interdisciplinary experiences, meaning that you will be working alongside students from architecture and other design disciplines to simulate the environment you will experience in the workplace. You will be prepared for a range of careers, such as a design strategist or researcher, a project manager within a design department or agency, or to venture out on your own as an entrepreneur. This degree program is offered through the Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool, offering you the benefits of a truly global academic experience. Visiting faculty and other design experts with international experience create a global design campus experience at NewSchool and help prepare you for a career. Additionally, the program includes a study-abroad opportunity in the world design center of Milan - at no additional tuition cost.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in the program, you will be able to to:
Strategic design and management professionals can have great careers in :
Job opportunities range from employment in specialized design companies, design consultancies and organizations in any industry seeking to improve its products, services, and business strategies through the application of design principles.
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