NewSchool uses a credit hour for its academic measurement, based on quarters. For all NewSchool degree programs and courses bearing academic credit, the credit hour is defined as the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  • One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or 10-12 weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

  • At least an equivalent amount of work as required in the bullet above for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practice, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Credit Hours


A numbering system assists in the identification of courses. Each course code has an abbreviation of the general subject category followed by three or four numbers. For example, Design Studio (AR202) is identified as an architecture course offered in the second year. The numbering system is based on the following:

  • Numbers 1–2 indicate lower-division undergraduate courses

  • Numbers 3–4 indicate upper-division undergraduate courses

  • Number 5 indicates upper-division undergraduate/graduate courses

  • Numbers 6–9 indicate graduate-level courses



Course Numbering

Each course description indicates if there is a prerequisite for that course. It is the student’s responsibility to complete prerequisites prior to registering for a course. Advisors are available throughout the quarter. It is required that all students receive passing grades in all prerequisite courses before proceeding to the subsequent course. Students registering for upper-division courses (as previously defined) should have upper-division standing.