Certificates

NewSchool offers several certificates in on-campus formats. Certificates range from 13 to 16 credit hours, and most are comprised of three-credit classes and one six-credit studio or equivalent. These certificates are designed to develop new skills or deepen learning in a targeted area of architecture or design.

Current students should consult with their academic advisors to see how a certificate can fit into their program of study.

Certificate Programs

NewSchool certificates focus on essential learning in specific areas. They are ideal for professionals in the field seeking to update their current skills or develop new ones. Professional development certificate programs include:

Neuroscience for Architecture
This certificate program guides students in an exploration of the juncture of the brain and the built environment. Students develop a working knowledge of the brain and learn aspects of how it processes spatial cues. Studio work in the certificate program utilizes an evidence-based design approach, grounding architectural concepts in neuroscience.

Healthy Urbanism
There is growing acknowledgment that the way cities and neighborhoods are designed directly impacts the health of residents, workers, and visitors. At the same time, many designers and planners fail to create healthy urban environments through a lack of understanding, experience, and training. This certificate program provides grounding in the processes and design strategies that promote healthful cities.

Creative Advertising
This certificate provides NewSchool students in the Graphic Design & Interactive Media program the ability to augment their current major course of study with creative advertising courses specializing in ideation, creative strategy, creative direction, art direction, and copywriting. The certificate provides official recognition of their additional specialized learning. This certificate is also available externally to those who are not currently students at NewSchool but would like to learn creative advertising and earn official recognition for doing so.

Interior Design for Architects
This certificate program is specifically addressed to architecture students and eligible non-degree seeking students interested in exploring and deepening their knowledge and skills about the design of interior environments. With a strong emphasis on research and programming the spaces to support human activities and well-being, the studio work focuses on the design of complex environments, such as hospitals, hotels, or new typologies of commercial/public spaces.

Product Design
This certificate program is specifically addressed to NewSchool students and eligible non-degree seeking students interested in exploring and deepening their knowledge and skills about the design of products. With a strong emphasis on human-centered design methodologies and project-based learning methods, the certificate program covers the design of traditional artifacts as well as the creation of digital products and systems. This certificate can be pursued at two levels: basic and advanced.

Digital Architecture & Fabrication (DAF)
This certificate program is specifically addressed to architecture and construction management students and eligible non-degree seeking students interested in exploring, expanding, and deepening their knowledge of buildings in both physical and virtual architecture, structure, and interior environments. With a strong emphasis on the state-of-the-art research in digital design and fabrication and the computational programming for creative buildings and spaces to support the future of human activities and well-being, the studios will focus on complex architectural environments and the process of design assessment and optimizing of the elements and components of buildings and their spatial constituents. In these courses, topics such as human interactive spaces, intelligent façade design, structural investigation, spatial layout, mass and form typology, new smart materials, context-based shaping forces, as well as energy efficiency strategies, are thoroughly and systematically examined in an incremental but comprehensive manner with special focus on their impact on formation and reformation of the design solutions.

Note: Students seeking certificates are not eligible for Title IV Financial Aid nor will they be reported as enrolled for loan deferment purposes.

Admissions

Undergraduate Certificate Program Requirements
To be admitted into an undergraduate certificate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduation from a recognized high school or acceptable evidence of comparable academic achievement
  • Minimum high school GPA average of 2.5 or 12 transferable college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completed application form

International students must demonstrate their proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 525 or above
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or above
  • Pearson Test of English score of 53 or above
  • University of Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) score of B or better

Graduate Certificate Program Requirements
To be admitted into a graduate certificate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a minimum GPA average of 2.7
  • Completed application form

International students must demonstrate their proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 550 or above
  • IELTS score of 6.0 of above

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: NewSchool of Architecture & Design is unable to sponsor an international student for J1 or F1 visa status for any of our current certificate programs. To enroll in any certificate, you will need to be a degree-seeking student.

To learn more about earning a Certificate at NewSchool, contact our Enrollment Team today.

Tuition Rates: Jul 2018 - June 2019 Total Credits Relevant Program Total Tuition Cost of Certificate Student Operations Fee Per Quarter Tuition Price Per Credit
Certificate in Neuroscience for Architecture 15 M. Architecture $9,598 $175 $639.87
Certificate in Healthy Urbanism 15 M. Architecture $9,598 $175 $639.87
Certificate in Creative Advertising 15 B.S. Graphic Design & Interactive Media $7,103 $175 $473.53
Certificate in Interior Design for Architects 15 B. Interior Architecture $7,103 $175 $473.53
Certificate in Product Design 15 B.A. Product Design $7,103 $175 $473.53