About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture & Design is a globally recognized design university known for our forward-thinking professors, industry connections and inspiring campus community. Our students are innovative designers who are passionate about pursuing exciting careers in the fields of Design, Architecture and Digital Arts. From your first day in class, we’ll help push your creative boundaries while giving you the tools to grow as a designer.


Our global footprint is linked to the world’s largest university network, with 80 partner schools in more than 28 countries. We draw creative talent from around the globe, offering unparalleled international exposure through our partnerships with Domus Academy in Italy and Media Design School in New Zealand. As a student, you will 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.


We’re career-focused and bring the industry into the classroom every day, offering real-world opportunities for experience and employment, and our 93% job placement rate is a true testimony of this. From your first day of class through graduation and beyond, our global university network will provide you 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.


Our faculty and students are inherently driven to achieve. They are consistently raising the bar winning numerous competitions outside the classroom. Curious and innovative, they’re continuously striving to gain knowledge and experience that advance their academic and professional careers. With our forward thinking professors, industry connections, and an inspiring campus community, you’ll channel your 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. In fact, NewSchool is 1 of only 7 schools in California to offer both NAAB accredited B.Arch and M.Arch degrees and 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 form 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.