Newschool of Architecture and Design Reviews
NSAD has many issues that resulted in my dissatisfaction. The first was the lack of empathy that the professors had toward student spending. On the first day of school you are expected to have at least $500 in art supplies that are very specific to architecture. The list is not passed down to the students until the first day so there is no way to prepare. Assignments are given out with little to no guidance. Several times, when asking specific questions to professors, their answers were vague and unreliable. I also found that when information was put out, it was commonly distributed to a small amount of students and then it was expected that everyone knew what was going on. The problem with this kind of instruction is that the students are left to instruct themselves. If you want to do that, then why go to school. You don't need to go to school to be an architect, so those of you that do go should expect detailed instruction. It was extremely common for students to have to remind professors that they are paying to be there, they are paying for instruction, and they are paying the professors salaries. Also, the world of architecture relies heavily on the use of software like AutoCad, Revvit, Sketchup, and Photoshop. If you have no experience with these programs, you won't get it here, but most of you assignments will be expected to be turned in using these programs. NSAD is clearly where washed up architects go to die! Apparently those who can't do, really do teach. Lastly, if you are going to have a school dedicated to architecture and design, why whould you have it in an old run down building in a homeless infested area of San Diego?