NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) helps prepare students to enter and advance in the fields of architecture and design. NewSchool emphasizes sustainable thinking and materials, particularly in urban environments. The school’s pragmatic approach is furthered by its instructors, who are highly experienced, active practitioners. They prepare students by bringing the current and future practices of architecture and design into the classroom. Located in the heart of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, the NewSchool campus provides students with access to a diverse mix of architectural history and innovation.
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NewSchool offers bachelor’s programs in architecture, construction management, media design, animation, game development, game programming, interior architecture and design, product design, strategic design and management; master’s programs in architecture and construction management; and an executive master’s program in architecture. Courses and curricula are coordinated to maximize collaboration and cross-disciplinary study. Media design, for example, integrates architecture, graphic design and 3-D modeling/animation.
NewSchool is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, and its architecture programs are accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The 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 six-year, three-year or two-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 pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
NewSchool of Architecture and & Design develops professionals for responsible citizenship and careers in architecture. NewSchool has long promoted accessible, socially beneficial and sustainable design solutions through programs built on a solid ethical and practice-based foundation.
Faculty members are practitioners who are dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility, as is evident in their associations with community groups, local and national organizations and nonprofits, such as Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, Habitat for Humanity and the Green Building Council.
Students are currently involved in pro bono projects to build an orphanage in Baja California; to provide relief services to victims of the earthquake in Haiti; and, through the school’s Design Clinic, to design a school in rural Liberia, Africa, and affordable housing in Southeast San Diego.
NewSchool of Architecture and & Design has been recognized as a leader in its field. In 2012, DesignIntelligence ranked NewSchool’s undergraduate architecture program as the 8th best in the "Top Schools in the West" category in its report America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2013. The school’s annual student-produced publication, Cartouche, has been honored for its contribution to the field. The school’s Design Clinic program has been honored for addressing key design issues in the San Diego metropolitan area.