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School of Design

Devoted to Design

The School of Design at NewSchool is an urban laboratory, combining world-renowned Italian design with the innovative style of California creativity. Our learning-by-designing methodology teaches students to solve real-life design problems with the help of world-class faculty members. Our students work with some of the most exciting brands in the industry, make connections that accelerate their careers, gain inspiration from collaborative projects, and independently develop their skills and talents. Career-focused programs challenge our students to grow as creative professionals and develop their personal design identity.

Our Offerings in Design Degrees

Our curriculum provides design students with a wide range of skills they need to create eye-catching and innovative design portfolios. Our programs focus on sustainable measures, interdisciplinary practices, and socially responsible design theories.

Bachelor of Arts in Product Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Product Design degree program explores the multifaceted applications of design and teaches students how to think critically and apply creative problem-solving skills.

Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design

The mission of the Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design program is to nurture innovative and inspired designers able to conceive, plan and detail interior environments that support and enhance user experience and harmonious living.

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design &
Interactive Media

Explore Graphic Design & Interactive Media: A Degree of Principles, Technology, and Practical Applications.

Design Minor

To provide students with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich their educations, a minor is a program of study that is distinct from or supplements a student’s major.

Meet Our Dean

Elena Pacenti

Elena Pacenti comes from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, which is one of the top-ranked design schools in the world, bringing her professional and academic expertise in design-related fields. Pacenti previously directed the Design School at Domus Academy in Italy. She was director of the Domus Academy Research Center from 2002 through 2009, where she oversaw the development and coordination of design innovative research projects for the European Union and for government and private groups in Italy. In 2011, she established the Master in Service and Experience Design program at Domus Academy.

Design Advisory Board

The School of Design Advisory Board includes leading professionals from the design community who provide advice and counsel to the administration and faculty on employment trends, market conditions, professional practice, curriculum opportunities, and other critical information to advance the school’s mission.

Elevate Your Design

Advisory Board Members include:

  • Paul Basile | Principal, BASILE STUDIO
  • Viveca Bissonnette | Founder/Principal at Hollander Design Group
  • Stefano Guissani | CEO, LISSONI NEW YORK
  • Marco Susani | Principal, Co-Founder Koz Susani Design, Chicago USA, and Milan Italy
  • Elif Tinney | Design Director & Studio Director, GENSLER, SAN DIEGO
  • Jules Wilson | Principal, JULES WILSON DESIGN STUDIO