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NewSchool Of Architecture & Design


The Newschool of Architecture was founded in Chula Vista, California in 1980 for the purpose of providing a professional education in architecture. In 1988, the school was relocated to central downtown San Diego. In the ensuing several years, the institution underwent two ownership changes and an expansion of degree programs before its name was changed in 2001 to Newschool of Architecture & Design. The school today offers several professional and non-professional degree programs in architecture and design.

Points of Distinction

  • "Architectural internship" philosophy encourages school-work mix
  • Hands-on, practical approach throughout programs
  • Supportive Career Services Department
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Areas of Study

The school has bachelor and master degree programs in architecture and visual communication. Each program has different prerequisites and requirements relating to years of study. Degree programs include the following:

  • Bachelor Of Arts In Architecture
  • Bachelor Of Architecture
  • Bachelor Of Arts In Visual Communication
  • Master Of Science In Architecture
  • Master Of Architecture, First Professional Degree
  • Master Of Architecture, Second Professional Degree
  • Executive Masters Program


The school provides an online form which allows prospective students to easily request detailed information about its programs. The form is also a way for applicants to begin the admissions process. Applicants are considered quarterly on a space-available basis and are advised to apply early.


The faculty is comprised of experienced architects, designers and practicing professionals. Instructors are chosen for their professional background, academic experience and commitment to the advancement of architecture and design education. Faculty members are actively encouraged to become involved in the development of school policies and procedures.

Student Body

Enrollment is in excess of 400 students. There are slightly more undergraduates than graduate students. Approximately 70% of the student body is male.

Student Life

The Newschool is a commuter college and does not offer its own on-campus housing. However, the San Diego campus is easily accessible by public transportation and has convenient freeway access for commuting students. The school provides networking opportunities for its students and also provides assistance in terms of resume and interview preparation, as well as notification of current job openings.

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,

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