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A warm welcome from our President

Dear Future NewSchool Student,

Thank you for your interest in joining our community of talented and passionate designers. Applying to the right school is an important step toward a career in the design professions.

The model of design education established at NewSchool — with its global mindset, sustainably minded classroom instruction, and innovative offerings adapted to reflect the shifting design landscape — represents something new and innovative in higher education. As an intimate school with tight-knit faculty and student connections, NewSchool has the agility of a much larger university. At the core is our commitment to teach design thinking.

NewSchool is committed to connecting students to today’s practitioners, serving as their champions and mentors, and we offer our students strong relationships with top companies in our communities and around the world. Through internships and relevant job experiences, we prepare individuals for the practice of design, architecture and digital arts.

On behalf of the NewSchool community, we appreciate your interest in NewSchool and are excited to learn more about you.

Marvin Malecha
President and CAO
NewSchool of Architecture & Design

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Begin your journey by completing our online application. We'll ask you questions about your contact information, program of interest, and academic and/or employment background.

After you have submitted the application, an enrollment specialist will follow up with any supplemental application requirements for your specific program. You can review these requirements below:

Before we review your application we request a $75 application fee. You can submit your online application at any time and pay the fee at a later date. Want your application fee waived? Attend one of our open houses and we will automatically waive it!

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NewSchool of Architecture and Design is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

WASC Senior College and University Commission
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Alameda, CA, 94501


In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
  • B. Arch. (231 quarter undergraduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 90 quarter graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 150 quarter credits)
  • M. Arch. (license +pre-professional degree + 45 quarter credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-783-2007
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