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Digital_Design   Interior_Design    Sustainable_Design





Digital Design & Media Arts


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 Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $1,920

DME2034 Rhino 1: 3D Design CBE*

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

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 Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

DME2042 AutoCAD 1: 2D Drafting CBE*

*Course is taught in the CBE (competency based education), self-paced format. 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit 1: Building Information Modeling CBE*

*Course is taught in the CBE (competency based education), self-paced format. 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960




Interior Design 


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, wall coverings, 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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Wednesday 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 June 1–July 25 Online Tuesday/Thursday 4–7pm $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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Wednesday 4–7pm $1,920

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. Interested certificate students should email ce@the-bac.edu.
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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Thursday 4–7pm $1,920



Sustainable Design


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 Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

SUS2018 The Zero-Energy Home: What, How and If

As fuel prices and global energy security fluctuate, strategies for designing zero energy homes need to be investigated. A Zero Energy Home is currently a goal and ever present in the media, but not yet accomplished at the level of our technical potential. We will explore the various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the implications of the term within several contexts: bioregional, local, and site constrained. The various energy loads being counted towards the absolute of Zero will be explained, as well as the design opportunities to reduce them. The occupant's behavior and habits in the home are critical to the successful energy outcome, and feedback opportunities and data from case studies will be presented and examined. Metrics of consumption, peak load, and annual use will be presented and compared. The principles of orientation, thermal envelope, renewable energy systems that produce (positive), as well as mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems that consume (negative) will be explained and investigated for both case studies and theoretical projects for exploration. [1.5 credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

Summer 2020

Find Courses in:

Digital_Design   Interior_Design    Sustainable_Design





Digital Design & Media Arts


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 Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $1,920

DME2034 Rhino 1: 3D Design CBE*

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

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 Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

DME2042 AutoCAD 1: 2D Drafting CBE*

*Course is taught in the CBE (competency based education), self-paced format. 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

DME2063 Autodesk Revit 1: Building Information Modeling CBE*

*Course is taught in the CBE (competency based education), self-paced format. 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]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960




Interior Design 


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, wall coverings, 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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Wednesday 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 June 1–July 25 Online Tuesday/Thursday 4–7pm $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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Wednesday 4–7pm $1,920

INT1001 Interiors Studio 1*

*Open to students in the Principles of Interior Design Certificate. Interested certificate students should email ce@the-bac.edu.
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 June 1–July 25 Online Monday/Thursday 4–7pm $1,920



Sustainable Design


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 Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960

SUS2018 The Zero-Energy Home: What, How and If

As fuel prices and global energy security fluctuate, strategies for designing zero energy homes need to be investigated. A Zero Energy Home is currently a goal and ever present in the media, but not yet accomplished at the level of our technical potential. We will explore the various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the implications of the term within several contexts: bioregional, local, and site constrained. The various energy loads being counted towards the absolute of Zero will be explained, as well as the design opportunities to reduce them. The occupant's behavior and habits in the home are critical to the successful energy outcome, and feedback opportunities and data from case studies will be presented and examined. Metrics of consumption, peak load, and annual use will be presented and compared. The principles of orientation, thermal envelope, renewable energy systems that produce (positive), as well as mechanical, electrical and ventilation systems that consume (negative) will be explained and investigated for both case studies and theoretical projects for exploration. [1.5 credits]

Section Dates Format Tuition
1ZC June 1–July 25 Online $960