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Established in 2007, the BAC's low-residency distance track Master of Architecture allows students to study from anywhere while maintaining full-time professional employment through a combination of online and face-to-face learning experiences. The program leads to the BAC's Master of Architecture degree, which is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Admission to the Distance M.Arch is selective. It is designed for practitioners who have an undergraduate degree in architecture or a closely related major, have work experience in architectural practice, and can demonstrate evidence of defined management skills and responsibilities. Each semester Distance M.Arch students participate in an intense week-long studio and classroom residency at the BAC which supplements rigorous online coursework. This intensive residency establishes a foundation of community and collaboration which is sustained and deepened through critical online exchanges throughout the program. At the same time, the mix of academic and professional backgrounds embodied in student-colleagues who live, work and study miles and time zones apart ensures a diversity of perspectives that provides a unique learning experience.
The low residency Distance Master of Architecture program challenges its students to engage new and evolving modes of communication, collaboration, and design methods in their studies, preparing them for professional leadership as architects practicing in a global economy.
The program is based on the BAC model of concurrent education which extends the focus of learning beyond school to include the work place. Students maintain full-time professional employment to satisfy Practice Component requirements. Qualifying practice hours apply toward completion of Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements...more
The program takes five to seven semesters over two and one half to three and one half years to complete. The Distance M.Arch program is based on a cohort model and is tailored for students with an academic background in architectural design or a closely related design field, and a professional background in architecture. Well qualified students who meet all academic prerequisites and have strong professional portfolios may be granted advanced standing by waiving the first two semesters and completing the program in five semesters...more