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COURSES in Digital Design & Media Arts


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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Monday 4–7pm $1,920

DME2002 Design Perspective Drawing

This course introduces students to both freehand and mechanically generated perspectives. The initial sessions will discuss historical concepts from the renaissance before engaging in plan, elevation and section perspectives. The course will end with the study of alternate vanishing points, and the development of rendered shades and shadows. Students will develop one and two-point perspectives, and interior and exterior views. [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Tuesday 4–7pm $960

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Wednesday 5:30–7pm $960

DME2008 Mixed Media

As an advanced elective at par with Watercolor Rendering, this course explores basic and alternative rendering techniques using mixed media such as marker, watercolor pencil, pastel, and charcoal. Color, lighting, and composition will be discussed as students work on a variety of subject matter with a main emphasis on linear perspective views.
[1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Monday 4–7pm $960
BC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Monday 4–7pm $960

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Thursday 4–5:25pm $960

DME2021 Digital Portfolio

This course will study the fundamentals of integrating text, typography and images into visual presentations. Students will learn the synergy between Adobe applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and will explore the principles of graphic design, publishing, and electronic file preparation. Students will leave this course prepared to develop a real-life project from concept to a final printed piece. [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Tuesday 4–7pm $960

DME2022 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2023 Photoshop: Digital Imaging & Editing II*

*Pre-requisite: DME2022 or DME2024

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Thursday 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 13 Online Online $1,920
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
BC Main Jan 22–May 13 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

DME2033 Autodesk Revit II: Parametric Design*

*Pre-requisite: DME2032 or DME2063

Learn advanced topics of parametric modeling using Revit Architecture. We will explore advanced model creation and how to leverage the power of the family editor. Other topics include how to use design options, visualization techniques, and other smart workflows. [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $960
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Monday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2035 Rhino 2: Digital Design and Fabrication*

*Pre-requisite: DME2034

This second-level CAD course is for individuals who already have a basic knowledge of Rhino. In Rhino I students learned the fundamental language and structure of the Rhinoceros platform. Rhino II will build on the capacity for navigation and construction within the software and propel students toward rapid prototyping. Course work will involve advanced design computing, including some scripting and rendering, with weekly assignments leading to a final project. While a variety of CAD/CAM processes will be explored, fabrication via 3D printing and laser cutting will be the focus. [1.5 Credits]

 

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2042 AutoCAD 1: 2D Drafting

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. This course covers AutoCAD for Windows only. [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

*Class is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format. Contact Continuing Education with questions.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $960
2ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

DME2044 Landscape Representation 1: 2D Visualization with AutoCAD

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Thursday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2045 Landscape Representation 2: 3D Modeling with AutoCAD*

*Pre-requisite: DME2042 or 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Thursday 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit I: Building Information Modeling

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]

SPRING 2019

*Class is taught in a competency-based education (CBE), self-paced format. Contact Continuing Education with questions.

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC (CBE)* 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $960
2ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

DME2072 Advanced Revit & Computational Workflows*

*Pre-requisite: DME2032

This course will focus on harnessing the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a tool for advanced design and production. The course will explore ways in which BIM allow for accelerated iteration and testing of design concepts, using the power of Autodesk Revit to capture and interpret data which can inform the expression of design ideas. Course material will build on the basics of Revit's core functionality, including advanced elements such as using the massing environment to iteratively design, understanding the powerful applications of flexible systems and adaptive components, and developing creative techniques to allow models to serve multiple goals within a complex workflow. Underlying elements of integrated project delivery, embedded parametric variability, building data management, and other advanced concepts will support the semester-long design process. Throughout the course, theoretical issues concerning BIM, and its role within the design process will be explored and challenged. [3 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

DME2073 Visual Communication

This 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

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $960
2ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

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COURSES in Landscape Architecture


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 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Wednesday 4–7pm $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 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]

In addition to the class time on Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 10:15pm, the course also includes five (5) two hour long Saturday "labs" or field trips. 

The Saturday Labs will be held from 9:30 am to11:30 am and will take place at the following dates: 

2/16/19
3/30/19
4/13/19
4/20/19
4/27/19

The location of the trips will shift between Arnold Arboretum and the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

SUS2022 Sustainable Planting Design and Practice*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Thursday 4–7pm $1,920

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COURSES in Interior Architecture/Interior Design


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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC Main Jan 22–May 13 Online Online $1,920

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*For students with design experience. Approval is required to register. Interested students should contact Continuing Education.

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Studio Jan 22–May 20 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

INT3101 Human & 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Monday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Jan 22–May 13 Monday 4–7pm $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Wednesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920
BC Main Jan 22–May 13 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
AC Main Jan 22–May 13 Tuesday 4–7pm $1,920
BC Main Jan 22–May13 Tuesday 7:15–10:15pm $1,920

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Courses in Sustainable Design


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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $960

SUS2013 Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy

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

 

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
TBA TBA TBA Online Online TBA

SUS2014 Sustainable Design and Perservation

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 Session Dates Day Time Tuition
TBA TBA TBA Online Online TBA

SUS2015 The Urgent and Hopeful Future of Sustainable Design

A review of the "cutting edge" of sustainable design including the evolution of mindset, processes and tools required for a sustainable future. Active engagement with the processes and systems of the living world yields: an understanding of wise action, the development of an aesthetic of beauty born from a unity of mind and nature, and the expansion of the context of design beyond the individual building. Examples include: Systems Theory, Integrated Design, Triple Bottom Line, the Precautionary Principle (mindset and process), and LEED, 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge, Permaculture, Biomimicry, Life-cycle analysis and Eco-Charrettes (tools). [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC  02 Mar 25–May 20 Online 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

SUS2023 Residential Energy Modeling

Over the past twenty years the development of residential energy modeling software has made it possible to evaluate the energy efficiency -or profligacy- of building designs from the earliest stages of design. Using the evaluative tools provided by the modeling software, designers are able include energy efficiency with aesthetics, function, siting and the many other elements of design as they conceive a building. This course will provide an overview of residential energy modeling, including some historical context of its evolution; an introduction of 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. The relationship of energy modeling to green building rating systems will be explored. [1.5 Credits]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online Online $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online Online $960

SUS2040 Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities

Greening healthcare projects should be a no-brainer -what building type has occupants more deserving of a healthy space? Unfortunately, when people think of healthy spaces, hospitals are often among the last to come to mind. The intense resource requirements, code constraints, programmatic requirements and institutional culture can make green building a more significant challenge than with other typologies. This course explores the theories and practices of sustainable healthcare design, what it means to create a healthy and healing environment, and how to balance the complex demands of hospitals with those of the natural environment. Topics will include energy and water use intensity, toxicities in building materials, daylighting and opportunities for connections to nature, greening a healthcare campus, use of rating systems, and more. [1.5 Credits]

 

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
TBA TBA TBA Online Online TBA

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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 02 Mar 25–May 20 Online 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]

SPRING 2019

Section Session Dates Day Time Tuition
1ZC 01 Jan 22–Mar 16 Online 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 Session Dates Day Time Tuition
TBA TBA TBA Online Online TBA

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