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Continuing Education Courses

Through the Continuing Education program, you can take a course individually or take multiple courses as part of a certificate program in digital design, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, historic preservation, and real estate development.

Registering for a course individually offers you the option to get a feel for a program or brush up on your skills without enrolling in a certificate program. This is a great option if you want to see what it’s like to study at the BAC.

Enrolling in a certificate program gives you the opportunity to develop and strengthen specific career skills in a more accelerated time frame than earning a degree. This is an excellent opportunity if you’re exploring a new field and interested in a short certificate program.

How to Register for Courses

Continuing education students are not required to be enrolled in a Certificate Program to register for courses. Students are welcome to register for courses as part of a Certificate Program or take a course individually.

There are two ways to register for courses – either online or by submitting a Registration Form.

Register online via Self-Service, our online registration portal. New students should create an account within the portal. All returning students should have login information. Questions regarding login credentials may be directed to the BAC's Help Desk at help@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0191. 

Self-Service Guides:

Register by completing and returning the CE Course Registration Form (pdf). This form can be submitted via email to ce@the-bac.edu or in-person at the Student Services Suite (basement level accessed by elevator only) at 951 Boylston Street, Boston.

Important Dates

June 13 - June 26, 2022
Fall 2022 Priority Registration For Certificate Students

June 27 - September 2, 2022
Fall 2022 Registration for All CE Students (Main, 01 session, Studio)

June 27 - October 28, 2022
Fall 2022 Registration for All CE Students (02 session)

August 29 - December 17, 2022
Fall 2022 Semester

Fall 2022 Courses

For the most up-to-date information and course availability, search the online catalog on Self-Service. Fall courses are available to view in Self-Service when registration opens in June.

DME2023 - Photoshop: Digital Imaging and Editing II*

*Pre-requisite: DME2022

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

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

Monday

7:15-10:15pm EST

$960


DME2037 - Rendering with V-Ray

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

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

Tuesday

7:15-10:15pm EST

$960


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

*Pre-requisite: DME2044

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

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

AC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Onsite

Thursday

7:15-10:15pm EST

$960


DME2055 - Algorithmic Design: Grasshopper*

*Pre-requisite: DME2034

This course aims to familiarize the student to the concept of computational design, broadly defined and understood as formal investigations based on non-linear 3D modeling approaches that are considered in a traditional perspective as counterintuitive or anathematic to traditional generative design philosophy and processes. The course will identify and build these concepts using Grasshopper as a geometric modeler - a plug-in module for the Rhino modeling software - as the prime arena for these investigations.

Computational analogues in support of design present themselves as open structures making explicit design as a modeling developmental process, adaptable to formulating and exploring new solutions to problems that were previously considered elusive or hidden underneath the final design outcome or byproduct. The recent capabilities of computational design environments have transcended to various fields of science with keen philosophical implications that expose the lack of acknowledgement of patterns previously misconstrued as non-orderly or, at the very least, incoherent, readdressing these as a complex behavior. Now, through digital and cultural meditation, computational environments have been adapted to design and an architectural practice in the form of specialized software modules such as is the case with Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino features an innovative interface described as a graphical algorithmic editor, one of the few of its kind in use for 3D modeling, exposing the process and allowing the easy flow and exploration of new ideas. The series of exercises throughout the course permit familiarizing with the interface, build upon each other and, with practice, allow understanding how to encapsulate complex instructions - given as inputs processed through the software as dynamically modifiable outputs - into user-definable and simpler modifiable units in order to subsequently re-evaluate the available parameters and develop new sequences and therein 3D geometric structures. [1.5 Credits]

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

Wednesday

7:15-10:15pm EST

$960


DME2073 - Visual Communication

This 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.

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Tuition

Fall 2022

2ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

AYSC*

$960

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] 

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24–Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$960


SUS2032 - Lighting Design for Sustainability and Health

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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

2ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$960


SUS2040 - Sustainable Design for 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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning. The instructor may schedule a small number of optional synchronous meetings as appropriate.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

OCt 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$960

REA3014 - Real Estate Technologies

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

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day

Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

Tuesday

7:15-10:15pm EST

$960

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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24–Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$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]

*ASYC means that this course will be asynchronous learning.

Semester

Section

Dates

Format

Day/Time

Tuition

Fall 2022

1ZC

Oct 24-Dec 17

Online

ASYC*

$960

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