NSAD forms collaborations in Italy, New Zealand

The NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) announced new global design education opportunities through collaborations with Domus Academy in Italy and Media Design School (MDS) in New Zealand.

NSAD, Domus and MDS are all members of the Laureate International Universities network. The new offerings, starting in the 2013–2014 academic year, include an interior design bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis on global design, offered through the newly created Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD, and an opportunity for students enrolled in NSAD’s digital media arts program to obtain a certificate of study from MDS.

The new global design offerings build on NSAD’s tradition in architecture programming and complement the school’s newer programs in digital media arts and construction management. They are part of an ongoing effort by NSAD to enhance its current offerings through global study opportunities in design-related fields such as interior design, graphic design and product design.

To reinforce its commitment to existing and new programs, NSAD is planning to establish three schools within its academic structure: The School of Architecture, which will teach the core curricula of architecture and construction management; The School of Digital Arts, the first program of which is a revitalized Bachelor of Digital Media Arts with certificate options through MDS; and Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD, which will house the additional global design education programs NSAD plans to develop, starting with the interior design program.


The Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD brings Italian design education leader Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, to the United States. Domus Academy is one of the top-ranked design schools in the world and has been recognized for its emphasis on advanced design methodologies capable of anticipating needs and trends in a continuously evolving society.

The NSAD bachelor’s degree program in interior design, being offered through the Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD, will prepare students to work in a global design environment. To mark the start of this collaboration, a visiting professor from Domus Academy, Paolo Giachi, is currently teaching a topics studio at NSAD on retail design with an emphasis on interiors.

In other global design offerings, a collaboration with Media Design School in New Zealand is focused on revitalizing the NSAD digital media arts program. The first phase of this effort provides students in NSAD’s program the chance to obtain certificates through MDS in the specialties of either graphic design or interactive design (Web and mobile design). These offerings are scheduled to start in 2013-2014, along with opportunities for NSAD students to study at MDS. Additional new program possibilities are being explored in collaboration with MDS with the goal of providing students with in-demand skills in digital-related specialties such as game art, game programming and animation.

NSAD’s collaborations with Domus Academy and MDS are facilitated through the educational access and resources offered by the LIU network which includes more than 60 accredited campus-based and online institutions of higher education serving more than 740,000 students around the world.

NSAD, founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western US, according to the DesignIntelligence report “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012.”


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