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Jan 25–May 22, 2021

Spring 2021 Semester

 

The Boston Architectural College's Continuing Education (CE) program offers courses in digital design, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies to non-degree and certificate students. Continuing Education students are welcome to register for individual courses or enroll in one of our Certificate Programs

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Oct 26–Nov 6, 2020

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Nov 9, 2020–Jan 29, 2021

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Nov 9, 2020–April 2, 2021

Spring 2020 Registration for all CE students (01 Session)


Jan 25–May 22, 2021

Spring 2021 Semester

 

 

 SPRING 2021

 

Browse upcoming classes by subject:

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Digital Design Classes


DME2017 - Illustration: Information Graphics

This course introduces digital image editing as an element in the design process. It discusses general topics such as conceptual graphic design and design communication, as well as specific skills in model photography, drawing reproduction, image adjustment and digital computer skills. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in the solution of design and communication problems. Graphic layout and presentation critiques will be continuous throughout the semester. This course will assist students in the production of well-conceived, well-designed portfolios and presentation graphics in design studio. [1.5 credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Thursday 4–5:25pm EST $960

DME2022 - Photoshop: Digital Imaging and Editing I

This course is an introduction to digital image editing using Adobe PhotoShop. Discussions will begin with basic techniques such as using the toolbox, making and saving selections, photo retouching, applying color, adding text, and using layers. Students will then move into layers, masks, copying and pasting, and digital montages. Exercises in class will be complemented by group discussions of completed assignments. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2023 - Photoshop: Digital Imaging and Editing II*

*Pre-requisite: DME2022 

This project-oriented course builds upon the students' basic knowledge of Photoshop to explore a wider breadth of electronic imaging technology and its applications in design. Students are encouraged to use an experimental approach and to stretch the boundaries of the medium. Projects begin with digital image creation using sources such as digital cameras, video frame-grabbing and freehand drawing. As they develop their compositions, students explore manipulation, processing, and editing of the images using diverse programs. The course is intended to question both the aesthetic and technical limits of electronic image-making while building visual and aesthetic skills through frequent critical reviews of projects. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2028 - Digital Fabrication and Model Making

This course introduces students to the techniques of rapid prototyping and the creation physical objects through the use of digital fabrication techniques. Students who enroll in this course are expected to have prior knowledge of basic 3D modeling techniques. Assignments will cover the fundamentals of digital fabrication including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing, as well as the software associated with these workflows. Uses and applications of digital fabrication will be covered, along with material studies and assembly processes. Coursework will examine the digital craft of model creation as well as the possibilities for scripted parametric fabrication processes, focusing on a series of iterative explorations culminating in a final project. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2032 - Autodesk Revit: 2D and 3D Representation 

The Autodesk(r) Revit(r) parametric building modeler is a powerful building design and documentation system for architects, design-build teams, and other building industry professionals. In a parametric building model, every drawing sheet, every 2D and 3D view, and every schedule is a direct representation of information from the same underlying building database. Autodesk Revit offers substantial productivity, quality, and business benefits to designers seeking to improve how they use information technology to do their work. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* - $1,920
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

DME2034 - Rhino 1: 3D Design

Rhino is among the most influential software to emerge in the community of academic and professional architectural practice. Due to its efficiency and economy of performance, it is currently in use by numerous design firms small and large. With roots in marine engineering, the target output is digital model construction. The relative strength of Rhino lies in its close command-line relationship with the AutoCAD interface widely in use in the architectural and design industry. This allows the flattened world of two-dimensional construction drawings to be realized in three-dimensional form. Utilizing a minimal number of guide poly-lines, students will construct digital models that range from relatively simple to complex. The mathematical concepts of lofting, sweeping, cutting, splitting, and Boolean operations will be addressed as well as methods of curve construction such as slicing, sectioning, and continuous contours.   [1.5 Credits]

*Section 1ZC is taught in the self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) model. Email ce@the-bac.edu with quesitons.

**ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC* Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC** - $960
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2037 - Rendering with V-Ray

This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques to produce photorealistic renderings using the rendering plugin V-Ray. V-Ray is compatible with several 3D modeling programs including Rhino, Sketchup, Revit, and 3ds Max. Students will learn to apply rendering techniques to create professional, photorealistic imagery and visual effects. This course covers critical V-Ray concepts including materials, textures, lighting, color mapping, reflections, and camera controls. Prior knowledge of 3D modeling software is recommended. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2042 - AutoCAD: 2D Drafting CBE*

*Course is taught in the self-paced, comptency-based education (CBE) model. Email ce@the-bac.edu with questions.

This course in computer-aided drafting introduces the basic concepts and operation of AutoCAD, emphasizing two-dimensional computer-aided drafting concepts, conventions and documentation production. The course provides hands-on instruction in AutoCAD.
Students will have to complete weekly assignments, which will require approximately three hours of work to be completed outside of class, plus short readings. The course instruction and learning resources will be presented in windows only. Students may elect to use either Mac or Windows versions of the software to complete course work. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

DME2044 - Advanced 2D Digital Visualization

This course will help students-individual users to earn fundamental design skills to create a set of drawings for any master plan from schematic design to design development, including 2D CAD drawing, illustration, and image post production. The course will outline the thinking process and typical workflows by using case studies and inviting guest speakers. The course encourages innovative design thinking and unique graphic representation. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2045 - Advanced 3D Modeling and Form (Landscape Architecture)*

*Pre-requisite: DME2044

This second-level CAD course is for individuals already having a basic knowledge of AutoCAD who desire to explore and extend their expertise focusing on site design graphics. Students will learn about incorporating files from other design consultants and illustrative techniques available in AutoCAD to highlight pertinent information for site plans, sections, and elevations. Additional techniques will be covered in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create content for AutoCAD. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2046 - 3D Studio Max 1: Modeling and Rendering

This course introduces techniques of modeling and rendering three-dimensional models using 3ds Max. This program generates photo-realistic architectural renderings and simulated fly-by or walk-through used in motion-picture special effects. Lighting techniques, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties and applying textures will be covered. Assignments culminate in a series of finished renderings. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2055 - Algorithmic Design: Grasshopper*

*Pre-requisite: DME2034

This course aims to familiarize the student to the concept of computational design, broadly defined and understood as formal investigations based on non-linear 3D modeling approaches that are considered in a traditional perspective as counterintuitive or anathematic to traditional generative design philosophy and processes. The course will identify and build these concepts using Grasshopper as a geometric modeler - a plug-in module for the Rhino modeling software - as the prime arena for these investigations.
Computational analogues in support of design present themselves as open structures making explicit design as a modeling developmental process, adaptable to formulating and exploring new solutions to problems that were previously considered elusive or hidden underneath the final design outcome or byproduct. The recent capabilities of computational design environments have transcended to various fields of science with keen philosophical implications that expose the lack of acknowledgement of patterns previously misconstrued as non-orderly or, at the very least, incoherent, readdressing these as a complex behavior. Now, through digital and cultural meditation, computational environments have been adapted to design and an architectural practice in the form of specialized software modules such as is the case with Grasshopper.
The Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino features an innovative interface described as a graphical algorithmic editor, one of the few of its kind in use for 3D modeling, exposing the process and allowing the easy flow and exploration of new ideas. The series of exercises throughout the course permit familiarizing with the interface, build upon each other and, with practice, allow understanding how to encapsulate complex instructions - given as inputs processed through the software as dynamically modifiable outputs - into user-definable and simpler modifiable units in order to subsequently re-evaluate the available parameters and develop new sequences and therein 3D geometric structures. [1.5 Credits] 

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

DME2063 - Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling CBE*

*Course is taught in self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) model. Email ce@the-bac.edu with questions.

This course will offer an introduction to creating and managing a BIM (Building Information Model) using Autodesk Revit. It will also facilitate in the greater understanding of Building Information Modeling as it pertains to the industry as a whole. Using Revit as a tool, the course will teach the fundamentals needed to effectively produce and manage a "working" BIM, in terms of design and constructability. The course will also teach some finer points of the program and how they can be used to develop the BIM further. Please note: Revit requires the Windows Operating System to run; students will need to have access to Windows in order to use Revit. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have schedule meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

DME2073 - Visual Communication

This required, all-online course teaches students skills of visual communication including techniques in the use of images, infographics, diagramming, maps, graphs, layout etc. The course utilizes both on-line software tutorials and instructor-led project-based digital workflow assignments. [1.5 Credits]

Learning Goals:
1. Create visually compelling presentation graphics which convey complex data and other non-visual information through the use of images, infographics, diagrams, maps, graphs and layout.
2. Use typography in meaningful ways to communicate written information -
3. Use color, scale, graphic arrangement, symbols, and other visual elements to communicate ideas
4. Create page layouts in both printed and digital platforms which effectively communicate research and arguments.
5. Effectively use concepts of visual hierarchy to organize and present work
6. Employ best practices in analog and digital workflows using Adobe Creative Suite
7. Effectively capture and reproduce high-quality images using scanning, photography, printing, and web space

*ASYN means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* - $960
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960


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Media Arts Classes


ART2003 - Freehand Drawing

This course uses exercises in still life and figure drawing to expose students to various ways of seeing and of engaging the world through visual representation. Students learn to draw form, objects, and human bodies in their surroundings. Explorations include positive and negative space, edges and contours, and the effects of light and shadow. Students are expected to maintain and develop a sketchbook by drawing from observation at least once a day. Media used might include pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastels. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Monday 9:00am–12:00pm EST $1,920
Spring 2021 BC Jan 25–Mary 15 Online Monday 4–7pm EST $1,920

DME2006 - Watercolor Rendering

This course explores drawing with water and color. Students will understand the versatility of water in the selection and mixture of colors. Through various exercises, students will formulate their own creative approach to the medium. Elements of composition and design will be discussed and different techniques will be presented to build presentation skills one step at a time. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Wednesday 5:30–7pm EST $960

DME2008 - Mixed Media

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor Rendering, this course feeds from the skills acquired in Freehand Drawing to enhance the mostly linear views created in perspective. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed before students begin to explore basic and alternative techniques using pencils and mixed media to gradually develop rendered views. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Wednesday 5:30–7pm EST $960

DME2009 - On-Site Photography

This course is intended for designers and other interested individuals to learn, explore and understand the uses, issues and problems of photography in the field. Students will explore photography as a means of documenting and explaining the built environment. Projects may include photographing historic buildings with public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Special techniques such as panoramas and time-lapse photography could be explored for conveying space, flow, and time. Some class meetings will involve field trips and local travel will be necessary to complete photography assignments. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Monday 4–7pm EST $960
Spring 2021 BC Mar 29–May 22 Online Monday 4–7pm EST $960

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Interior Design Classes


HTC2018 - Case Studies in Interiors and Furniture

This seminar course uses readings and projects to explore the emergence of interior design as a distinct form of professional practice. Starting from the gradual separation of interior and furniture design from architectural practice in the mid-nineteenth century, students will research the evolution of the discipline in relation to social and technological concerns such as sustainability, globalization, and the profession's emphasis on human factors. Theories and projects that have defined the scope and methods of interior design, particularly since the early 20th century, will be examined in context. The course is open to both bachelors and masters students, but participants in this seminar will be responsible for undergraduate- or graduate-level reading and research assignments depending on their program. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

INT1001 - Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to Interior Design Certificate Students. Email ce@the-bac.edu for registration information.

Interiors Studio 1 is the first project-based studio designing environments for the experience of the inhabitants of interior space. Course participants will frame a series of interiors problems in the process language of definition, goals, objectives and performance criteria, enabling the application of creative methods for problem solving. Examples of problem-framing and process tools from practice will be introduced. The elements and principles of design will be explored in terms of the materials, volumes and systems specific to interior space. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 22 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

INT3101 - Human and Social Factors in Interiors

This course addresses the design application of principles based in environmental psychology, anthropometrics, ergonomics and neural/sensory-perceptual studies. The emphasis of the course will be on application in professional practice. Emerging issues, examples of inappropriate design, and the implications of a human factors approach for design theory will be discussed. Students will examine the potential for applying the methodological contributions of the behavioral sciences to pre-design investigation. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $1,920

TSM2007 - Materials and Methods

In this introductory course students develop an understanding of basic construction materials and assemblies, including foundations, walls, roofs, doors and windows, water protection, and finishes. Through a series of drafting exercises coordinated with the technical matter being presented, students will learn the basics of hard-line technical drawing. Selecting and detailing interior finish materials, including flooring, wallcoverings, ceilings and textiles will be explored. The objective is to enable a student to design more effectively through the understanding of material technology and the process of construction of interior space. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Tuesday 4–7pm EST $1,920
Spring 2021 BC Jan 25–May 15 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

TSM2015 - Interiors Lighting

Interiors Lighting presents the principles and methods of designing for natural and artificial lighting as an integral component of the built environment. In its interaction with color, materials, textures, space and form, light plays an essential role in shaping experience. Topics covered include: perception, the design process, light sources, fixture selection, color, documentation, codes, calculations, controls, and day lighting. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

TSM2016 - Color Theory for Interiors

Color Theory for Interiors introduces the student to principles, theories and systems for the application of color in the built environment. This course is concerned with understanding the interaction of color with materials, texture, light, and form. It includes an exploration of the physical and perceptual nature of color and the physiological, psychological and emotional impact of color. Color will be considered as an essential element of the design process, and as an effective communication tool in design ideation and presentations. Two and three dimensional exercises and projects will demonstrate the various aspects of color theory and application. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Monday 4–7pm EST $1,920
Spring 2021 BC Jan 25–May 15 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

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Historic Preservation Classes


HSP2004 - American Vernacular

This course explores the American vernacular built environment from the first permanent settlement period to the present. Vernacular is a label applied to buildings, structures, objects and landscapes crafted by people who are not professionally trained designers. When these forms are studied collectively in a broader context segmented by time, ethnicity, race, gender, economics, politics, geography, popular culture, religion, natural disaster, etc., a cultural landscape emerges.
This is not a survey course. The subjects of our study contain too many layers to be packaged into a conveniently constructed chronological box. Instead, we will sample pieces that represent the true purpose of this seminar i.e.to learn an approach to the study of the historic artifact beyond its intrinsic value by attempting to answer questions such as: Why does it look like it does? How did it get this way? What does it mean to the creators and users?
As preservationists or designers, this approach may seem counter intuitive. Generally we are forced by de-facto public policy and commercial contract to determine ""significance"" of the historic artifact in accordance with rather inflexible rules which rely heavily on pre-determined [if not defined] stylistic and typological terms. Much of our learning and practice is tempered by this reality.
In this course, however, we will stretch our analysis and draw upon the thinking of scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines including preservationists, historians, cultural geographers, anthropologists, folklorists, architectural historians, archaeologists, sociologists, conservators, and the like. The overarching goal of this course is to expand the way students approach the study of the built environment and view it from a cultural significance perspective. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

HSP2006 - Architectural Materials Conservation

This course will introduce students to the distinct physical properties of specific architectural materials and their common deterioration mechanisms. Students will study model deliverables, including case studies, condition assessments, and treatment plans, and develop their own conservation deliverables as course assignments. Students will hone skills in observation, critical thinking, and evidenced-based reasoning while exploring individual architectural conservation projects. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

HSP2009 - International Heritage Conservation

The aim of this course is to examine the world of international heritage conservation practices worldwide. This research based course will start with an overview of international historic preservation and what it means, including the built environment, cultural landscapes and intangible heritage. Then the course will move towards an investigation of major policy and organizations that are involved in heritage conservation on the international level, including UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. The last third of the course will cover controversial cases in World Heritage and heritage conservation case studies from various countries, ranging from Italy and India to programs here in the United States. The overall goal is to introduce students to new techniques in heritage conservation and placing them in the context of economic development, environmental conservation, tourism and urban growth. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

HSP2011 - American Architecture: Colonial to Post Modernism

This course examines American architecture from the first colonial settlements through Postmodernism. Because a building's style is inextricably influenced by its context, architectural developments will be analyzed in relation to their historical, cultural, social, and regional milieux. The lecture and discussion based course will begin with an overview of major themes and developments in American architecture, a discussion of the challenge of identifying
architectural styles, and an introduction to the formal, structural, and ornamental characteristics of buildings and corresponding vocabulary to facilitate students' ability to interpret, analyze, and describe historic buildings. The course will move through an in-depth review of major developments and themes in American architecture with opportunities for questions, discussion, and independent research. Beyond a simple survey, the course will study significant buildings and designers to facilitate a deeper understanding of specific styles, periods of development, relationships between buildings, and architects' influences upon one another. Major buildings of each period will be
used as case studies to illustrate these themes and to examine the formal aspects of composition and construction that define buildings as products of particular places and times. Students will develop the ability to think, read, and write critically about American architecture, with the aim of developing a fluency in the architectural and historical vocabularies required for professional historic preservation practice. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

HSP3001 - Historic Preservation Philosophy and Practice

This course will explore the history of the preservation movement worldwide, with a special focus on the philosophy and practice of historic preservation in the United States. We will explore and critique the social, historical and cultural roots and contemporary meanings of historic preservation and the future of the profession and examine case studies from around the country. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920
Spring 2021 2ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

HSP3015 - Historic Preservation Law and Planning

This course introduces students to the regulatory landscape within which historic preservation practitioners of all types must operate. It examines the legislative hierarchy of federal, state, and local laws that provide the framework to implement historic preservation practices. This course also explores the social, economic, and policy issues that impact the practice of preservation. Such matters including housing justice, sustainability, gentrification, government transparency and the public process, community advocacy, zoning, building code, and local commission powers will be woven throughout the course. The role of the preservation planner and that of preservation planning in the larger context of strategic planning and community development will also be explored. Students will examine current preservation issues and gain a better understanding of how preservation policies impact the historic built environment and the lives of those who live in it. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

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Sustainable Design Classes


SUS2007 - Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking

This course traces the history of the sustainable design movement then introduces its primary tenets using the LEED Rating System as the organizing structure. Readings in the course are drawn largely from Environmental Building News. Online discussions are designed to acquaint the students with the language, philosophy, and principles of sustainable design. This course examines the underlying principles of sustainability and design. The class focuses on environmental sustainability and thought processes that can help professionals design a more sustainable world. Major aspects of environmental building that will be addressed include energy efficiency, building materials, indoor environmental quality and land use. Ways of evaluating the sustainability of the built environment are discussed including the LEEDTM rating system. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2013 - Multiple Urbanisms: Sustainable Development 

In recent years, numerous theories about sustainable development and urban living have emerged. New urbanism, landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, sustainable urbanism, are just a few to mention. Each of these planning and design theories introduces new ideas and principles; some of them even issue manifestos. How different actually are these urbanisms? Does one preclude the other? How do these theories contribute to sustainable development? This course reviews the most current among these movements, their basic tenets and positions. Students will apply observations derived from the comparison of urbanist theories to sample urban and suburban sites, and draw conclusions about sustainable development. Course discussions and assignments are aimed at establishing sound and well-informed professional approaches. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2017 - Solar Energy: Design with the Sun

The interaction of buildings and sunlight is rich and complex. This course will examine the many possibilities provided by the sun to power, light and heat our buildings. These possibilities are affected by geographic location, climate, building site, and building form, orientation, fenestration and thermal mass-all of which will be considered. Passive and active solar thermal systems, solar domestic hot water systems and photovoltaics will be studied along with design strategies to prevent unwanted solar gain in climates and seasons when that is a problem. The relative cost and benefits of different solar strategies will also be addressed. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have schedule meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2020 - Green Roofs and Green Walls  

Among the green elements which have come into use over the last twenty years to soften the impacts of buildings on the environment are green roofs. More recently this concept has been extended to vertical surfaces with the use of green walls, both interior and exterior. Both of these elements have potential and both come with caveats -in terms of their value to the environment and their relationship to the buildings on which they are located. A well designed green envelope can make a contribution to a sustainable building; a poorly designed green envelope can seriously damage a building. This course will examine the many choices available for designing, constructing and maintaining green roofs and green walls, the pros and cons of each in any given location from an environmental standpoint, and the critical things to be aware of as you design and construct them. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960


SUS2028 - Energy Modeling in Building Design 

With the development of increasingly sophisticated software, energy modeling has become an integral part of commercial & institutional building design. Making energy performance a manipulable element at the earliest stages of building design is essential to sustainable building design. This course will provide an overview of energy modeling of commercial & institutional buildings, an introduction to the most popular energy modeling packages- including hands-on experience with at least one of them- and a discussion of how to make use of energy modeling results in the design process. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will also be explored. Students shall have a Windows based PC or a Mac that has Windows virtual environment (e.g. Parallels, VWware Fusion, or Oracle VM Virtual Box) and a copy of Windows 7 or Windows XP installed in order to run the eQUEST energy modeling program.' [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2030 - Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality

This course gives students the tools they need to evaluate a material based on how it impacts the built and natural environment. Since people in western cultures tend to spend most of their time indoors, specific attention will be paid to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). Environmentally responsible materials selection will be discussed, including the importance of waste, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and all aspects of the manufacturing process. Interior design issues that are covered include the importance of natural daylighting, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and acoustics. Current materials rating systems and specification writing aids will be reviewed. Case studies representing best practices in sustainable design of interiors will be presented for discussion. This course is directly useful to anyone selecting materials for any kind of building project. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2033 - Building Envelope

It is the building enclosure where many sustainable design intentions find their physical expression. Here, as well, is where the majority of legal claims against designers find their expression. The building enclosure has three major assemblies-foundation, walls, and roof- each with as many as 10 (or more) components. Sustainable design requires integration of these assemblies and their components in a way that manages the major degradation vectors- water, air, heat, radiation, pests, and even occupants. This course will cover the building enclosures for both commercial and residential structures. A major focus of the course will be the relationships among green building, building science, energy efficiency, durability, and risk management. Students will leave the course with a new way of understanding, analyzing, and designing sustainable enclosures. An equal emphasis will be placed on design, specification, construction, and commissioning of building enclosures. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2035 - Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation and Planning

This course will examine how communities across the nation are grappling with such smart growth issues as affordable housing, sprawl, urban revitalization, economic development, transportation investments, and open space protection. These issues are also collectively referred to as sustainable development, growth management or New Urbanism. The course will cover the history of sprawl and current policy debates about land use, urban design, regulation, and public and private investment. The course will feature critiques of specific development projects, tailored to the interests of students. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2045 - Green Building and Health

While sustainable design principles encompass human health and wellbeing issues, designers don't often focus on the full range of impacts that the built environment has on public health. This course examines the intersection of the overlapping fields of green building and public health, with an eye for trends that will guide design practices in coming decades. Participants will explore the direct and indirect relationships that our work has on preventing illness, injury and reductions in quality of life. Key topics include air quality, water quality, food access, transportation networks, lighting design, workplace productivity, material toxicity, resilience, and more. Students will apply core principals of health and wellbeing across a range of scales of design, from product to building to city. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960

SUS2046 - Resilient Design

Resilience is the ability of a system to bounce back from disruptions or interruptions. As climate change advances, we will face increased storm intensity, flooding, heat waves, drought, and wildfire, while terrorism or political strife could result in extended power outages and interruptions in heating or transportation fuels. To prepare for these risks, buildings and communities should be designed to be more resilient.
This online course will examine both the context for resilience and practical strategies for achieving resilient buildings and communities. Elements include the siting of buildings and infrastructure to protect against flooding, land-use planning to ensure functionality in the event of gasoline shortages, high-performance building designs that will maintain livable conditions during extended power outages or loss of heating fuel, water supply and delivery options for times of drought or power outages, and renewable energy systems that can function during power outages. All of these measures also contribute to sustainability. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Mar 29–May 22 Online ASYC* $960


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Real Estate Development Classes


REA3011 - Intro to Real Estate Development

This course teaches the fundamentals of real estate property development. All major property types and land uses are covered as well as all stages of the development process, legal framework, including site selection, market analysis, financial feasibility, valuation methods, design and legal considerations, construction, lease-up, operations, and sale of the final product. The course includes lectures, case studies, student exercises, site visits, guest lectures, and student presentations. The cases are designed to put students in decision-making situations such as they may face in a professional career. There will also be a focus on best practices in real estate development across sectors. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

REA2012 - Land Use Planning, Zoning and Regulatory

Real estate development occurs within a complex framework of planning, legal and policy regulations. A development proposal must demonstrate compliance with a community's comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, and other policies. A local, state, or federal government may require compliance with real estate law environmental regulations on each level. Knowledge of the integration of development with public infrastructure, such as transportation or utilities, as well as a working understanding of community outreach and the public approvals process is necessary for the success of any development project. This course offers an overview, readings, discussions, and applied exercises that address the planning, policy, law and regulatory influences on real estate development. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online Monday 5:30–7pm EST $960

REA3013 - Real Estate Finance

This course is designed to provide real estate professionals with the critical tools of real estate finance. Students learn and use pro forma analysis along with assessment of sources of debt, market revenue assumptions, cost of construction, operating costs and other critical financial components. Topics will also include leasing and property income streams, equity valuation, tax analysis, the financial structuring of real property ownership and discounted cash flow and internal rate of return analysis. There will also be a focuses on developing an understanding of the economic factors that shape and influence the markets for real property. This includes an analysis of housing as well as commercial real estate, and covers demographic analysis, regional growth, construction cycles, and urban land markets. This will be supported by exercises and modeling techniques for measuring and predicting property demand, supply, vacancy and prices. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

REA3014 - Real Estate Technologies

As the profession of real estate development becomes more interdisciplinary, understanding the technological applications to completing a successful project is a necessity for any developer. This course will cover techniques such as advanced Microsoft excel, construction scheduling software, energy modeling software and other web based applications that support community engagement. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

REA3015 - Leadership and Entrepreneurism

The practice of real estate development requires both the art and skills of leadership and persuasion. Ultimately, real estate development is a risk-taking proposition, and it requires an entrepreneurial approach. This course examines the dynamics and principles of leadership and entrepreneurism. It also addresses the emerging philosophy and approaches of "design thinking" and teamwork. As a result of this course, students will better understand their own personal leadership attributes and how to apply them throughout their professional career. The course will introduce students to the ‘Entrepreneurial Process' to include an examination of the steps that business owners and business leaders engage in as they move a project from the opportunity recognition and idea generation stage all the way through to harvest. The process of developing and writing a business plan for a future business proposition that students are considering, a private business or innovative ideas at work, will be part of the process as well. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

REA3019 - Introduction to Community Development

This course is based on the history and current practice of the community development process, the empowerment of communities through resident leadership and the active participation of people living in neighborhoods where years of neglect by real estate developers left a deteriorating housing stock, boarded-up storefronts and other signs of disinvestment. This is a place making course that takes into consideration the history of the struggle for land use in inner city communities that have encountered systematic neglect from developers. It also includes a summary of the development of affordable housing, main street district storefronts, youth centers and other community based real estate initiatives that have emerged over the past five decades since landmark federal legislation such as the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Community Reinvestment Act (1977). Introduction to Community Development details how past, active, and future real estate deals are connected to and arise from community leadership. Other topics include the expansion of a network of Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Main Streets, and other non-profits directly involved in place making and land use decisions. Positive outcomes that reflect the desire of residents will also treated in some detail. Attention will be given to the financing of community development projects through government grants, private foundations, tax credits, and other gap funding sources. A history and summary of key community leaders in Greater Boston and other cities nationally is included. Emerging trends such as New Urbanism, Smart Growth, Greening the City, Green

Buildings, and Historic Preservation are also profiled as communities expand the range of projects they are demanding. At the end of the first week, students will be divided into two group: Group 1 - The Development Team; and Group 2: The Neighborhood to prepare a presentation and push-back for a major real estate development in Dudley Square. This will lead to a final class that models a Zoning Board of Appeal s (ZBA) hearing. Students should anticipate a series of guest lectures from community practitioners working on a wide range of real estate projects. [1.5 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Mar 29–May 22 Online Mar 29–May 22 7:15–10:15pm EST $960

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Landscape Classes


LAN2001 - Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Framework*

*Required permission from the Program Director to register. Email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

**This online class will have a mixed delivery format for spring 2021. The instructor will select times to meet with students virtually after the class has started.

This discipline design studio introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and technical skills used by landscape architects to conduct inventory and analysis for projects within the built environment. The studio will use the Greater Boston Area as the focus of inquiry to understand the complexity of natural, economic, and social systems that interact within this urban region. The students will learn to collect, analyze, and synthesize complex data within the design process to inform decisions about land use, development, and infrastructure. This studio will apply the digital communication methods from the Landscape Representation course to draw clear connections between analysis and design. The studio operates in conjunction with Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design, Sessions 1 and 2, but is not limited to this sequence. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 22 Online See course description** $1,920

MNS1003 - Botany

*This online class will meet virtually for spring 2021. The instructor will select times to meet with students virtually after the class has started.

This course is an introduction to botany and the evolution of plant science. The course presents students with the various aspects of plant characteristics, from their aesthetic quality to their fuel value at both a micro and macro scale. The emphasis is on traditional and technical knowledge, and will directly complement the existing and vital relationships between plants, animals, and human beings. Field trip explorations will include studies and observations on plant physiology and form, plant ecology, plant communities, and biodiversity, as well as basic plant classification and identification. Understanding plant growth forms, reproduction and dispersal mechanisms will lead to appreciation of horticulture and design. The course will also explore the relationships between native vegetation, invasive plants and managed plantings. The use of basic computer skills is required; digital cameras are encouraged to facilitate documenting fieldwork and diagnostic plant features.
Botany is open to all design students, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design and Design Studies, as well as to Landscape Institute and CE students, and will provide the fundamental tools for understanding plant ecology and their value, particularly as being integral elements to today's sustainable design principles. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online See course description* $1,920

MNS2004 - Ecology Systems

*Section 1ZC will have a mixed delivery online format for spring 2021. The instructor will select times to meet with students virtually with students after the course has started.

Through lecture, discussion and project exercises, this course explores the relationships of ecological communities in diverse environments, the implications of landscape patterns, and how landscape scale affects ecosystem processes from rural to urban. Key concepts of landscape and urban ecological systems are examined through the use of current case studies and local examples. Large management and conservation issues at the landscape scale are also studied as part of a holistic approach to systems thinking. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online See course description* $1,920

MNS2009 - Plant Taxonomy

This is an introductory course on the comprehension and proficiency of the taxonomy of plant species. The topic examines plant diversity, functions, and seasonal distinctions, and studies the relationships between plants and their classification systems. Divisions between families and genera, and the preparation and use of analytic keys are explored. Attention is given to woody plant species, including trees, shrubs and vines of North America. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920
Saturday 9:30–11:30am EST

SUS2022 - Sustainable Planting Design and Practice*

*Requires permission of the Program Director to register. Email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

This course addresses technical drawings, design placement and specification standards of plant materials, including considerations for the artistic treatment, planting niche and usage. Students will be asked to develop planting designs for four to five typical planting niches: a doorway garden, a sunny/tropical garden, a shade garden, a bio swale parking lot and a historical garden. Students will provide a working exposure to planting design techniques, criteria, and graphic representation, practice observation skills and critical readings, learn to utilize plant materials and understand various horticultural production techniques. [3 Credits]

Semester Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
Spring 2021 AC Jan 25–May 15 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm EST $1,920

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Design for Human Health Classes


DHH3001 - Enivornmental Health

Students examine materials used in the built environment that are contrary to human health such as mold, asbestos and other known hazards, along with abatement procedures for these materials. [3 Credits]
Learning Goals:
1. Discuss the transmission and proliferation of viruses, bacteria, and chemical agents.
2. Discuss the role of the interior environment in relation chemicals and pollution.
3. Analyze legislation intended to preserve human health.

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

DHH3011 - Health Conditions and Design

Students explore different physical and psychological chronic health conditions in relation to specific designs of residential and institutional housing. [3 Credits]
Learning Goals:
1. List an array of physical, psychological and sociological health conditions that effects how one interacts with the built environment.
2. Discuss the different types of living environments occupied by people with chronic health conditions.
3. Analyze existing environments for supports and constraints related to a specific chronic health condition.

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online ASYC* $1,920

DHH3020 - Play and Health in Designed Environments

In this one and half-credit course students will learn to assess and think critically regarding how the designed environment facilitates or inhibits play, including curiosity and risk-taking, across the lifespan. Through the use of case studies and peer-reviewed evidence, students will practice design thinking and reflection to strengthen their ability to observe, evaluate and generate designed spaces that foster play, curiosity and risk-taking behaviors and why this is critical for human health. [ 1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online ASYC* $960

DHH3021 - Environmental Psychology

This course introduces design students to new ways of understanding places in the world and how design professionals can enhance people's lives. Through the exploration of a broad range of spaces, including homes, workplaces, and public space, students gain an understanding of how the psychological paradigms of neurobiology, learning behaviors, social culture, cognition and human behavior apply to spatial design and how design can enhance the lives of individuals from children to elders to those living with disabilities. [3 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–May 15 Online *ASYC $1,920

DHH3022 - Human Conditions

This course explores specific Human Conditions; what they are and how they can affect the planning and design of the built environment. Students will learn about, and how to identify physical, psychological, and cultural human factors, as well as obstacles from the environment. They will discuss and analyze the specific influences from these factors and how they can be considered throughout the design process. Students will then synthesize practical design solutions that are best for human health and wellness. [1.5 Credits]

*ASYC means that this class will not have scheduled meeting times.

Semester Section Dates Format Day/Time Tuition
Spring 2021 1ZC Jan 25–Mar 20 Online *ASYC $960

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