NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, CA
student ratio
total students
$24,450 | $24,450
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) is an innovative, hands-on architecture and design school in San Diego, California. Students are challenged with rigorous curriculum, and NSAD's bachelor's and master's degree programs nurture artistic passion while demanding professional excellence.

Faculty members at NSAD are the heart and soul of the institution, and are experienced, active practitioners in their fields. Collaboration among students is highly encouraged, and small class sizes allow for individual attention.

Located in Beautiful San Diego, California

NSAD's campus is in San Diego's East Village, surrounded by PETCO Park (home of the MLB's San Diego Padres), historic Gold Rush-era architecture, restaurants, music venues, and popular student hangouts. San Diego is famous for its year-round perfect weather, allowing students to enjoy activities such as surfing, sailing, mountain hiking and exploring nearby museums, shopping, street festivals, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

NSAD's campus can be described as urban, industrial, and iconic. The main buildings are adaptive reuses of San Diego landmarks: the old "Hang 10" site and the Wonder Bread factory.

Architecture students have designated studio spaces that are available for their use 24/7. All students have access to the print center and a materials lab on campus, including an SLS 3D printer. The newly designed computer lab center gives students access to the latest graphics and design software.

A Commitment to Sustainable Design

An important initiative at NSAD is to prepare students for responsible and socially conscious careers in architecture and design. All degree programs are built on a solid ethical foundation and promote accessible, socially beautiful, and sustainable design solutions.

Undergraduate Programs

NSAD offers 9 bachelor's degree programs, all of which share several common qualities: rigorous academics, a culture of collaboration, and a learn-by-doing philosophy.

All programs include general education coursework in communication, humanities, logical reasoning, and social science.

Students may start their undergraduate programs during Fall, Winter, or Summer quarters.

The Bachelor of Architecture degree program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB). This 5-year program can prepare students for obtaining licensure in their states and positions with architecture or design firms.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture is designed for students who are preparing for either Master of Architecture programs or other professional degrees. This degree program opens the door to a variety of academic and career options.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is a 4-year degree that prepares students for exciting careers. This program features an interdisciplinary foundation of science, architecture and engineering, reinforced by hands-on learning in the construction-rich location of urban San Diego, where the city is the classroom.

NSAD's hands-on Bachelor of Interior Design program focuses on interdisciplinary, integrative practice and sustainable, socially responsible design--along with giving students an international education. When studying for a term at NSAD's sister institution, Domus Academy, in Milan, Italy--an internationally recognized institution for design education--students will learn from global experts and collaborate with current thought leaders in the field and top design companies.

NSAD offers a Bachelor of Arts in Product Design that provides students with international experience and preparation for a career in a wide range of industries in product design. This program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester at Domus Academy in Milan, training students to become designers in a global context. Intensive project work with real companies will provide training in product design, product solutions and design concepts through prototyping, manufacturing and materials selection. NSAD's location in San Diego makes for a workshop with limitless opportunities in design.

The Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts integrates the design disciplines of architecture, graphic design and 3D modeling/animation, and may lead to careers in visual design, creative advertising, or interactive design. The DMA program provides educational collaboration with Media Design School (MDS) in Auckland, New Zealand. Students may study for a term abroad.

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of technical requirements and essential project experience that prepares students for entry into global film, television, animation, and visual effects industries.. The program includes instruction led by faculty/lecturers from award-winning Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. Strong foundation in design, drawing and theory conclude the program with a short film project designed to model the industry's studio environment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Game Art is designed to give students the creative and technical skills needed for a career in the gaming industry. The program provides study in creative technologies, specifically in the core areas of Game Art and Game Design. Students expand on their problem solving skills as they study game theory, game design mechanics, the meaning of play, and develop the artistic skills necessary to create 2D and 3D game assets. Curriculum engages students in design and state of the industry software is used to help apply concepts and simulate real world production.

The Bachelor of Science in Game Programming combines the strategy and creativity of game development with programming to develop graduates with the knowledge, skill set and experience to enter the industry as a game programmer or software engineer. Students will develop a strong skill set in game programming and strong command of specialized technical and academic knowledge. Basic theories, principles and skills needed for game programming and game development including C++ programming and practical math and physics skills will be taught to students by field accomplished faculty.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design also offers graduate degree programs in construction management and architecture.

Location & Contact

1249 F Street
San Diego, CA 92101-6634

John Kim

Director of Enrollment Management

Phone: 619-684-8841

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Design/Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Construction Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Construction trades
    • Building/Construction Site Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Digital Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Game and Interactive Media Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied39
    • Accepted31
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled375
    • Female Applicants12
    • Females Accepted7
    • Female Acceptance Rate58%
    • Male Applicants27
    • Males Accepted24
    • Male Acceptance Rate88%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some Transcript of high school record
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen August 30th --
    • Early decision plan July --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 30th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$24,450
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,450
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$450.00
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students375
    • Male Student Percentage74%
    • Female Student Percentage26%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino32.53%
    • Black or African American2.13%
    • White or Caucasian26.4%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.27%
    • Asian8.27%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races3.47%
    • Unknown14.13%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state StudentsNot Reported

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station Not Reported
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations American Institute of Architects student chapter, Student Council, Night Owls, Alpha Rho Chi - Numisius Chapter, CMSA
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty104
    • Full-time Percentage22%
    • Part-time Percentage78%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 445 students to 69 faculty




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