Architecture Schools in San Diego, CA with Degree Program Info

There are two schools within 10 miles of San Diego, California that have architecture degrees. Read an overview of the program requirements at each college and find out which school is the right one for you.

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San Diego Schools with Architecture Programs

Students in the San Diego, CA, area can find both undergraduate- and graduate-level training options in the field of architecture. This article provides details on the coursework requirements for programs at a couple of institutions. A table of pertinent details about each school, such as tuition costs, is included as well.

  • Woodbury University - San Diego, a branch campus of Woodbury University in Los Angeles, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture. The campus is located in a diverse neighborhood roughly two miles from downtown.
  • For students considering a transfer to a 4-year program, San Diego Mesa College, about seven miles north of the city center, offers an associate's degree with an architecture major which may meet the requirements for the first 2 years of many other institutions. The school also offers a certificate program.

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Comparison of Schools

Compare stats and characteristics of each of the profiled schools so you can make a more informed decision about where to study architecture. The table contains facts on school type, acceptance rates, campus setting and more.

Woodbury University - San Diego (statistics for LA/San Diego combined) San Diego Mesa College
School Type 4-year private not-for-profit 2-year public
Total Enrollment (2014) 1,588* 24,159*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-16) $36,408* $1,142 in-state, $4,670 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-14) 76%* 67%*
Acceptance Rate (2015) Open admisions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate for First-time Students (2014) 79%* 68% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 42%* 23%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Woodbury University - San Diego

Woodbury University's satellite campus in San Diego offers students access to its School of Architecture. Learning at the satellite school is focused around the diverse and rapidly growing San Diego region, and on design that meets the social, environmental and political demands posed by this area. School facilities include an architecture and development library, fabrications shops for wood and metal, and a state-of-the-art 3-D printer. Students at the San Diego campus may earn either a Bachelor of Architecture or, beginning in fall 2013, a Master of Architecture.

Bachelor of Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture degree features a 5-year professional program that introduces students to the challenges of designing in an urban environment characterized by both manufacturing and residential development. Students complete various courses, including materials, architecture, structures, systems integration, and urban design. Each semester also features a design studio course where students work on their own design projects. The degree requires completion of 160 credit hours of coursework plus 300 hours training under an architect or allied professional approved by the university. Creation of a portfolio is also an important feature of the program.

Master of Architecture

Beginning with the fall semester of 2013, the Woodbury University - San Diego master's program will offer both a 3-year program for those without a prior degree in architecture and a 2-year program for those who have a pre-professional degree in the architecture field. Students will have courses each semester that expose them to the design and visualization process while also giving them technical education in building techniques and architectural history.

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College offers associate's degree programs to students in various fields. Architecture programs are designed for those who want to work with architects or become a professional architect. The school offers concentrations in architecture technician and landscape architecture, as well as an architecture concentration leading to transfer.

Associate in Science in Architecture Technician

San Diego Mesa College offers an architecture technician associate's degree, which is designed to prepare graduates for work in the field with architects and engineers or to pursue additional education in architecture. Students in this program learn about architectural drafting, computer software for design, the history of architecture, and site engineering.

Associate in Science in Architecture (Transfer)

This degree program focuses on traditional and computer-aided drafting, architectural design, and theory, and includes 60 credits, of which 35 are in the architecture concentration. The curriculum is designed to ready the student to transfer into a bachelor's level architecture program. The college offers both a general curriculum and one specifically tailored for transfer into the architecture program at Woodbury University - San Diego.

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