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Practice : Spring 2012
The BAC’s low-residency-online Master of Design Studies (MDS) degree, with c onc entration s in Historic Preser vation and Sustainable De sign, ser ve practicing design profes sional s and others seeking career advancement and advanced knowledge in these critical areas. The conc entration in sustainable de sign is grounded in the BAC’s national leadership in online graduate educ ation in sustainable design. Through the MDS, students have access to over 30 specialized courses in the e xpanding fields of green building design, su stainable c ommunity pla nning, green policy and advocacy, and sustainable c onstruction. Using Boston’s rich historic built environment as a laboratory, the MDS in Historic Preser vation addresses the technical and cultura l issues confronting today’s preser vationists. Students explore the philosophical and ethical roots of preserva- tion and gain practical experience in the preservation, re storation, a nd rehabilitation of historic structure s a nd sites . The MDS is delivered in a low-residency format that combines online and face-to-face learning. For the first time, students and working profe ssiona ls earn accredited masters degrees in design from where ver they live and work. Key to the low-residency format are brief periods of study at the BAC’s Newbury Street campus. During these high-energy “ intensive s,” students work with instructors a nd fellow cla s smates in small learning groups. The resulting learning charrette is part hands-on work- shop, part discussion seminar, part design studio. The program’s use of new le arning technologies gives students proficiency in the kinds of online collaborative practice now c entra l to contemporary profe ssiona l life. The low-residency Master of Design Studies degree, when added to the BAC’s Distanc e Ma ster of Architecture, solidifies the college’s position at the forefront of online design educ ation. The BAC now educates students from Alaska to Florida and Venezuela to India. The result is a 21st c entury global design academy rooted in the BAC tradition of high quality, practice-sav v y design lea rning, with students ne wly en rolled this semester from nineteen different states in the USA and from Columbia, Germany, Thailand, a nd the United Arab Emirate s. Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design & Historic Preser vation Use of new learning technologies gives students proficiency in online collaborative practice now central to contemporary professional life. During high-energy intensives, students use Boston’s historic built environment as a laboratory. Eli Herma n, Jennif er Cor a zzo, E ric Ledwa ndowski during Intensi ve PRACTICE 11 NEWSWORTHY ] MASTERS OF DESIGN STUDIES, NEW PROGRAMS