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About NSAD
As an innovative, hands-on architecture school in California, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) offers a student-centric learning environment along with access to a faculty of highly experienced practitioners. From exploring the founding principles of architecture and the latest trends in sustainability and design aesthetics to teaching technical and leadership skills, NSAD exposes you to practice-oriented curriculum as you pursue a degree in architecture, digital media arts, construction management, or landscape architecture to achieve your professional goals.

Experiential Philosophy
NewSchool of Architecture and Design reinforces classroom theory with real-world application. We challenge our students with rigorous advancement standards, and our hands-on, instructional degree programs nurture artistic passion while demanding professional excellence.

Faculty Practitioners
At NSAD, most of our faculty members are highly experienced active practitioners. They will help prepare you for your career by bringing the present and future of architecture and design into the classroom.

Professional Accreditation
NSAD's professional programs in architecture are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Our institution is also accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award bachelor's degrees and master's degrees.

NSAD was also ranked by Design Intelligence among the top 10 undergraduate architecture programs in the western United States.

Social Consciousness
We prepare professionals for responsible citizenship and careers in architecture and design. Our degree programs are built on a solid ethical foundation and have long promoted accessible, socially beneficial, and sustainable design solutions.

Personal Attention
Our dynamic classes provide individual attention while encouraging collaboration among students and faculty. Because we maintain relationships with many area architecture, construction management, and landscape architecture firms and projects, there are ample opportunities for you to engage personally with local professionals and to participate in site visits.

Prime Location in San Diego
NSAD is located on the edge of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of the Urban Art Trail, where architectural history and innovative design converge. Minutes from the Mexican border, the city boasts a diverse artistic community and mild Mediterranean-like weather, which provides you with a bustling urban classroom year-round-all while you pursue degree.

Programs Offered
Architecture: Both our Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and our Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degrees are accredited by the NAAB. NSAD was ranked by Design Intelligence* among the top 10 undergraduate architecture programs in the western United States, showcasing our continued dedication to architecture education.

Construction Management: Our Bachelor of Science in Construction Management develops the knowledge and expertise to position you to become a leader in the construction industry. Our Master of Construction Management helps prepare you to be a construction professional who can thrive in the ever-changing built environment, and the program is offered entirely online.

Landscape Architecture: Our Landscape Architecture programs focus on sustainable, productive urban environments. We offer both a four-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a three-year Master of Landscape Architecture. The dynamic array of coastal and urban ecologies in San Diego provides a living laboratory for the study of landscape issues.

Digital Media Arts: As evolving technologies bring the global community together, it's increasingly important that professionals use images, design, and communications in crafting purpose-driven, visual experiences. Our Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts can equips your to make those goals a reality while also helping you succeed in a rewarding career.

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:
B. Arch. (235 quarter undergraduate credits)
M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 90 quarter graduate credits)
M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 135 quarter credits)
M. Arch. (license +preprofessional degree + 45 quarter credits)
 
Next accreditation visit for all programs:  2016.

* Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Design Intelligence, Vol, 17, No 6, page 20.