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.


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. NewSchool is proud of its 93% job placement rate for graduating students.

NewSchool’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.