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June 17–Oct 23, 2020

Fall 2020 Registration (02 Session)


Aug 24–Dec 12, 2020

Fall 2020 Semester

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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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Thursday 4–5:25pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17  Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
BC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $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, CBE (competency-based format). Email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
1ZC* Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960
BC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2042 - AutoCAD 1: 2D Drafting CBE*

*Course is taught in the self-paced, CBE (comptency-based education) format. Email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

DME2044 - Advanced 2D Digital Visualization (Landscape Architecture)

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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Thursday 7;15–10:15pm 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2047 - 3D Studio Max 2: Rendering and Animation*

*Pre-requisite: DME2046

This is a second level course for individuals already having a basic knowledge of 3ds Max. Topics covered in this course will focus on advanced modeling techniques and visualization workflows. 3ds Max will be used to generate detailed, geometrically accurate 3D models. The VRay rendering plugin will be used to generate photo-realistic renderings which depict lighting, materiality, and atmosphere. Techniques of lighting, creating atmospheric effects, placing cameras, choosing materials and setting their properties, and applying textures will be covered. Students may use provided building models for their rendering and animation assignments or may work from models they have built in previous classes. Assignments will culminate in a set of presentation-quality rendered images created using the VRay rendering plugin. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2063 - Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling CBE*

*Course is taught in self-paced, CBE (competency-based education) format. Email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

DME2073 - Visual Communication

This 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

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960
2ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Monday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Thursday 12:30–3:30pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Wednesday 5:30–7pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Wednesday 5:30–7pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Monday 4–7pm $960
BC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Monday 4–7pm $960

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Interior Design Classes


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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Monday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Monday 7:15–10:15pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 12 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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. [3 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $1,920

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Historic Preservation Classes


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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

HSP2010 - Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Placemaking

In this course we will examine the tourism industry and how it connects to historic preservation and sustainable development. Students will learn the history of tourism, the different facets of the tourism industry, economic development and the concepts/methodology of placemaking.
Students will have weekly assignments where they have to explore the various themes of the class by visiting local tourist sites and museums and reporting back to the class. Most of the class will focus on heritage tourism and tourism in urban areas, but topics of sustainability and environmental impact will be integrated into each course topic. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

HSP2017 - Adaptive Reuse and Development Process

This course introduces the student to historic building adaptive reuse and the analytical techniques and decision-making processes that shape the certified rehabilitation project. By "certified", the intent is to meet or exceed the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guideline for Rehabilitation in terms of creating a "synthesis of form" in which a historic property that is listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places is adapted to a new use. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

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Sustainable Design Classes


SUS2014 - Sustainable Design and Preservation

As the art and science of sensitively adapting historic buildings for continued and new uses, preservation is inherently a sustainable practice. Learn how old buildings were built with features that conserve energy and create a comfortable environment. Develop a framework for evaluating energy-saving options for historic buildings and the special considerations they require. Build your knowledge of current best practices in the field regarding windows, insulation, renewables and more. This course will help you design energy improvements that meet historic preservation guidelines whether you're trying to comply with regulatory requirements in a local design review process or federally funded project, or just want to promote the long term sustainability of historic buildings. Discussion topics will include environmental quality, materials selection, and energy rating systems like LEED. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2016 - Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design

It didn't all start with LEED. Efforts to reconcile the demands of the contemporary built environment with the demands of the natural world and finite resources have been going on around the world for at least the last fifty years -in some places they have been going on for millenia. For at least the last thirty years, significant green advances in building products, systems, planning and design, and design theory have been going on in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia-New Zealand as well as in North America. This course will examine the most innovative and exciting green design approaches, projects, policies and programs from around the world. While not all of these are transferable across cultural and geographic boundaries, this course is offered in the belief that as we face the increasingly urgent need to build sustainably, we can all learn from each other. The key lies in global and local solutions. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2025 - Greening Existing Buildings

The existing building stock is here and much of it is responsible for consuming energy, water and other resources at an unsustainable rate from both the environmental and the economic standpoints. Focusing on non-residential buildings, this course will examine the issues, techniques and processes that are involved in turning these buildings into sustainable consumers, whether through relatively simple retrofits or major renovations. Among the topics to be reviewed will be assessing existing performance, instituting building commissioning, improving energy and water efficiency, limiting (re)construction waste, improving indoor environmental quality, supporting sustainable operations and considering renewable energy sources. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

SUS2026 - Greening the City

That cities have the potential to be the most sustainable form of human development is coming to be widely recognized, as is the fact that most cities have a long way to go to realize that potential. Progress is being made, however, in terms of improvements to infrastructure and the building stock, innovative transportation and development policies and programs, revised codes, and other measures designed to encourage sustainability. This course will examine the most innovative approaches to greening cities around the US and other countries and consider both their successes -and failures- and their applicability to different regions and cultures. Among other things, the important role of conflict resolution as major changes are being made in a city will be considered. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2029 - Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles

The concept of an environmentally conscious building should take into account energy consumption, the quality of indoor air, and most importantly human comfort. Indigenous strategies that adapt to the rigors of the local climate and contemporary bioclimatic architecture are part of this introductory course to sustainable design. Participants will be introduced to the human needs for comfort and shelter as well as psychrometrics and the physics of heat transfer and heat loss calculations. Building form, orientation, and indoor spaces will also be discussed as they relate to sun, wind, and site, as well as bioclimatic design, passive solar design, natural cooling, and daylighting. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

SUS2032 - Daylighting and State of the Art Electric Lighting

This course will examine the techniques and benefits of daylighting in terms of occupants' well being and productivity, potential improvements in energy efficiency, and its effects on building form. For daylighting, the relative advantages and disadvantages of toplighting versus sidelighting and the best approaches to the design of both will be covered. The course will also examine the latest approaches to the design of efficient electric lighting both inside and outside of buildings. The plusses and minuses of different kinds of lamps and fixtures along with issues of efficiency, light quality, longevity and disposal will be considered. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

SUS2036 - Marketing Sustainability

This course offers an introduction to green building marketing. Students will be introduced to the current market for green buildings. Several methods for making the business case for building green will be examined. The course will introduce marketing concepts for professional service firms, including architects and designers, engineers and contractors. We will study a variety of means of differentiating a firm in this growth market, including networking, partnering, positioning and promotion. The course will examine the concept of branding for individuals and firms. Finally, we will discuss the importance of documentation of sustainability performance to support the marketing of green leadership. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2045 - Green Building & 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2049 - Design for Social Resilience

This course introduces students to frameworks for considering and measuring the social impacts of design. [1.5 Credits]

Learning Goals:
1. Students will gain skills in identifying and assessing urban risk factors around a design project.
2. Students will be introduced to the use of mapping techniques in the documentation and analysis of social resilience.
3. Students will develop knowledge around identifying and engaging stakeholders.
4. Students will study the processes of urban gentrification and its impacts on housing accessibility and equity.
5. Students will learn existing guidelines and standards for social resilience including: JUST labeling, Living Building Challenge Equity Petal, LEED pilot credits , SEED Network etc

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

SUS2050 - Renewable Energy Sources

This course provides an overview of renewable energy sources and systems available for the built environment including solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, biomass and geothermal. Students will learn to assess and quantify, at the scale of the district and the site, opportunities and challenges to the use of renewable energy including energy generation potential, economic outcome and environmental impact. Students will also learn how to create a detailed renewable energy profile and action plan. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

REA3012 - Land Use Planning, Zoning & 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

REA3016 - Real Estate Development Studio

This studio is geared toward real estate development students, but is open to all disciplines. This advanced interdisciplinary studio examines and synthesizes large scale site planning principles and frameworks and the direct relationship these may have to the natural and built infrastructural networks that surround them. Planning and spatial patterns will be developed through physical explorations that respond to complex and rich development programs, including housing (affordable and market rate) campus planning, corporate campuses and headquarters, or mixed used developments, as well as to ecological and sociological factors. Students will foster an understanding for the holistic nature of real estate development projects by investigating community networks, the regulatory process and design process. [3 Credits]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 12 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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Landscape Classes


MNS1003 - Botany

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 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

MNS2004 - Ecology Systems

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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Friday 4–7pm $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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
Saturday 9–11:30am

SUS2022 - Sustainable Planting Design and Practice*

*Requires the permission of the Program Director to register. Interested students can 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]

Section Dates Format Day Time Tuition
AC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

TSM3013 - Public Policy and Environmental Ethics

Despite recent attention to environmental justice and environmental protection, negative factors such as pollution and resource depletion continue to disproportionately burden marginalized populations. This course offers a historical and community based approach to environmental policy and sustainable design by evaluating methodology to achieve positive societal change. Students will develop an understanding of public policy and effective community organization through the investigation of case studies at a range of scales across geographies. [3 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

LAN2001 - Ecological Analysis & Conceptual Framework*

*Requires the permission of the Program Director to register. Interested students can email ce@the-bac.edu for more information.

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. [3 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 12 Online $1,920

HTC3034 - Contemporary Landscape Architecture Seminar

This lecture/seminar course explores the recent and contemporary debates in landscape architecture and urban design and concentrates on the discourses of urban planning since the late nineteenth century and how contemporary urban debates led to current trends in practice. In this course, we will discuss theories, histories and practices that have shaped our understanding of urban design. We will survey the ideas of influential people who have addressed urban problems and changed the shapes of human settlements, suburbs, cities and regions through urban design and development. We will analyze the values implicit in each of their proposals, stressing the fact that urban design is not only a physical design process but a balancing of political, economic, cultural and physical factors that impact a place and its inhabitants. The course will also provide information about why urban design is a collaborative work and what range of professions are involved. In this framework, the relationship between urban design, landscape design, architecture and planning will be discussed and the contemporary debates about the significance of these relationships will be studied further. [3 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

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Design for Human Health Classes


DHH3017 - Advanced Theories in Design for Wellbeing

Students explore interdisciplinary theories that provide foundational understanding for health and wellbeing in the built environment. [3 Credits]
Learning Goals:
1. Identify specific theories related to health and wellbeing within the built environment.
2. Discuss the application of health and wellbeing theories as a means of improving the built environment.
3. Analyze the use of health and wellbeing theories as applied to existing design.

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Dec 5 Online $1,920

DHH3018 - Sacred Design: Shaping Spaces Experiences

Students explore their environments as spiritual spaces for attentive observation & mindful participation. Discover the basics of spiritual design and how the designed spaces influence the experiences relative to sensory perceptions. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

DHH3019 - Biophilia

This course will examine the principles of Biophilia as they relate to biomimicry, human evolution, and the Design Thinking Process. [1.5 Credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Oct 19–Dec 12 Online $960

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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC Aug 24–Oct 17 Online $960

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