If you’re passionate about pursuing a career in architecture or design, choosing the right university is crucial to your future success. While accredited degree programs are a principal factor in formal education, selecting a school that offers a truly enriching experience is essential, enabling you to gain the connections, support, and resources to excel in a demanding professional environment.
At NewSchool of Architecture & Design, we turn artistic passion into professional excellence by offering a wide range of study programs, innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, project-based learning, and expert classes in Sustainable and Urban Design. As a globally recognized and award-winning architecture and design university, we’re proud to offer students like you access to accredited architecture programs, global design education opportunities, and a vibrant campus community that’s dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. In this blog post, we’ll give you a sneak peek into what it’s like to study, live, and thrive in our engaging and inspiring community.
Studying in San Diego
At NewSchool, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Located in the East Village Design District in downtown San Diego, our campus is an urban laboratory that offers unparalleled access to the hub of the architecture, construction, and design industries.
Our campus allows construction management students to observe the redevelopment of a major city firsthand. We’re also located at the intersection of natural and built borders, where architecture and design students have the chance to research problems confronting a globalized society and examine the ever-changing role of architecture in one of the most ecologically diverse and environmentally sensitive areas in North America.
Within its gorgeous natural environment, architecture and design students can reinvent outdoor activities and lifestyles, observe the evolution of the healthcare and biotech industry, and design for a new culture of well-being.
Besides enhancing your formal education, San Diego, California, is buzzing with creative energy, inspiring startups, and innovative design studios.
Walk a few blocks to study at the San Diego Library, housing over 5 million books, or get inspired by 15+ museums within a one-mile radius of our campus. Combined with perfect weather and a variety of beautiful beaches, NewSchool is the ideal place to hone your creativity and turn it into academic and professional excellence.
International Student Community
Our student body is rich in diversity and inclusivity, where design-minded learners from over 20 countries come together to pursue their passion. With award-winning international faculty and staff, NewSchool students benefit from a truly global classroom environment that fosters innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
To further enhance your experience, we offer opportunities for study abroad programs, cross-location collaborations, and guest lectures from world-renowned architects and designers. Whether you’re looking to broaden your horizons, build meaningful connections with peers from around the globe, or simply immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of cultures and ideas, you’ll find all that and more at NewSchool of Architecture & Design.
Campus Facilities and Resources
To create exceptional designs, you need access to exceptional tools and resources. That’s why our campus gives you everything you need to bring your creative visions to life.
From cutting-edge design studios, a large-scale print shop, and state-of-the-art materials lab with 3D printing capabilities to our extensive library of design publications and computer labs, you’ll have access to industry-standard tools and technologies to support your studies, portfolio, and professional growth.
Student Organizations and Activities
NewSchool students are more than just passionate about design education – they’re innovative, creative, and driven to make a difference.
Whether you’re interested in joining the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter or the Construction Management Student Association (CMSA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), or the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), you’ll find a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to helping our com`munity succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Student-led organizations are a crucial part of the college experience. Our clubs and organizations host various events, outreach activities, and networking opportunities to supplement your academic journey. We’re proud to offer a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages our students to take an active role in shaping their futures.
Learning from experienced architects, designers, and practicing professionals is vital to gaining a realistic view of the design profession and a real-world perspective. Our award-winning faculty are selected for their backgrounds, academic experience, and commitment to advancing education in the architecture and design fields.
Our forward-thinking professors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of designers, developing effective teaching methods that combine hands-on learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to help you succeed both in the classroom and out in the field. They are highly trained professionals who are currently working in the industry. They are involved with the most current developments in the profession, as well as part of the professional community and organizations.
As an industry and career-focused institution, we’re committed to your goals during and after your formal education. NewSchool’s global university network gives you access to some of the world’s most influential firms.
You’ll gain strong industry connections and cross-collaboration opportunities and work with some of the most exciting brands to gain the hands-on experience needed to grow as a designer.
Some of our esteemed alums can be found making a difference in some of the world’s leading institutions and design firms. Our comprehensive approach to professional development means we introduce career-building strategies from the beginning of orientation, like personal branding, networking, job search strategies, and more, to ensure successful employment.
Our programs allow for internships, and many of our students work in architectural offices during their studies. Internships are one of the most important aspects of professional growth and development, allowing you to gain practical experience to add to your portfolio.
In this regard, the urban San Diego community is an ideal laboratory for innovation where you’ll be encouraged to intern as soon as possible.
Some of our master’s degree programs require an internship for graduation, but we understand the importance of hands-on, project-based experiences and problem-solving in the real world.
Our Career Services Office works with you to secure an internship related to your discipline with some of San Diego’s most innovative firms, allowing you to gain the exposure and experience you need for future success.
Why NewSchool of Architecture & Design?
Education in the design professions prepares students to respond creatively to some of the most pressing problems facing our global society. It gives them the tools, skills, and methodologies necessary to become citizen architects and designers.
At NewSchool we’ll look at what’s Your vision for the future, what are Your values, and what You care about. And you’ll learn to articulate this to others in a meaningful and powerful way. Here, one of our objectives is to give you these tools so you can identify who you are, what are your qualities, and what impact you can make in this world. We start from the premise that you all have what it takes. To us, that’s what successful academia is all about at its core. So, if you want to be a leader at NewSchool you are in the right place!
Architecture, design, and related disciplines are integrative professions requiring lifelong learning and exploration. Excellence requires the mental agility to learn new disciplines and to communicate new ideas effectively. NewSchool programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Graphic Design & Interactive Media, Product Design, and Interior Architecture & Design provide the skills and methodologies necessary to adapt to — and excel in — a challenging professional environment positioned to serve society.
We believe in teamwork and want each other to be successful. And this is the NewSchool family!
Get in touch with our Enrollment Team to discuss your personal degree plan and see for yourself what it’s like to be a NewSchool student!