At NewSchool students are prepared for professional success in a growing and evolving market through a series of intensive courses and hands-on projects. 

  • Learn by designing: Work with real-world clients to address design challenges in fresh and original ways
  • Get hands-on experience contributing interior design expertise to collaborative projects
  • Gain exposure to a variety of interior design sectors including restaurants, healthcare facilities, co-working spaces and more
  • Earn an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on integrative practice and sustainable, socially responsible design
  • Students have the opportunity to work directly with brands
  • Our annual grad show hosts 100+ employers and is a great opportunity for upcoming graduates to showcase their work and network with potential employers. 


The study abroad experience is built into tuition for all design program students!

  • Participate in a study-abroad program in Milan at the award winning design school, Domus Academy. The quarter abroad program takes place in the Spring quarter during the world renowned Milan Design Week.
  • Learn a human-centric interior design philosophy grounded in Italian heritage 
  • Blend Italian design principles with California’s perspective on advanced technology and sustainability
  • Build a globally connected network full of likeminded thought-leaders and experts

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Interior Architecture: Italian Design Approach & California Innovation

A Unique Experience



San Diego

Explore our urban campus in the heart of Downtown San Diego’s East Village Design District. The East Village is constantly abuzz with creative energy and innovative design projects. 
  • Enjoy San Diego’s vibrant downtown culture full of museums, restaurants and event venues
  • Explore the beautiful beaches and attractions that make San Diego famous
  • Join a community of like-minded students and faculty on our 85,000 square-foot campus
Studying at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy students gain exposure to world-class faculty and brands, all while enjoying life in the bustling European city.  
  • Immerse yourself in the city’s contemporary design style
  • Learn Italian design methods through hands-on projects
  • Collaborate in a multicultural environment with over 50 nationalities represented 

Faculty Spotlight

 Marianne Berg

  • Contributing faculty, Interior Architecture & Design
  • Designer of several popular San Diego restaurants, including Park & Rec and Waypoint Public
  • Owner of Mbee studio and part of commercial design industry in San Diego since 1998

 Elena Pacenti, Ph.D.

  • Director, Design Programs at NewSchool of Architecture & Design
  • Research interest focuses on theory and practice of service and experience design, in particular about the interaction among human beings, service systems and built environments.
  • Previously a Director at Domus Academy in Milan, top ranked design school in the world.

Student Work

Check out some of the past work by NewSchool students: 

Interior Architecture opens up a number of career paths in a wide range of industries, some of the most common opportunities include:
  • Interior design for commercial or residential spaces
  • Exhibition design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Hospitality design
  • Furniture & lighting design


Now Accepting Applications For Winter 2019

NewSchool of Architecture & Design | San Diego, CA

Request more info today and receive $75 off your application fee!

NewSchool of Architecture & Design is an accredited university, inviting qualified, creative, and intelligent students to pursue the career of their dreams in the fields of architecture, design, and construction management. We offer opportunities to participate in real-world projects and have an 87% job placement rate within the first 6 months after graduation.

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ArchitectureConstruction ManagementInterior Architecture & DesignProduct DesignGraphic Design & Interactive MediaConstruction ManagementArchitecture

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We Are NewSchool

  • Career Focused: 87% of NewSchool graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.*
  • Accreditations: We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Scholarships: NewSchool awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually.
  • Study Abroad Programs: We believe design is a global concept. We’ve had programs in countries around the world, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Peru.
  • Transferring to NewSchool: If you’re transferring from a community college, we make it easy to get credit for the classes you’ve already taken and for third year placement.
  • Student Housing: Live within steps of campus in a fully furnished, downtown apartment.
  • Minors: Broaden your education by earning your minor in Architecture or Construction Management.
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