The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) today announced the official launch of its online Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. RIT’s new online degree is NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) accredited and offered in partnership with 2U Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), parent company of global online learning platform edX.
This educational partnership will bring RIT’s highly regarded campus-based program to life in a dynamic digital environment that will serve learners across the United States and beyond seeking a professional education in architecture. Registration for courses from August 2022 is now possible.
Established in 2011, RIT’s Master of Architecture is offered by the university’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The program is a unique global offering for emerging architects and industry leaders seeking a career rooted in environmental sustainability and equitable urban design. RIT’s curriculum combines these principles with the use of cutting-edge technology and functional design to optimize building performance and create healthy communities.
“The intersection of issues of global sustainability and social justice in architecture has never been more urgent, and our graduates are uniquely equipped to create architectural solutions that address the pressing issues of our time,” said Ellen Granberg, RIT Provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “By creating this rich and immersive online learning experience, we are bringing the best of the RIT program to the world at a critical time off-campus.”
RIT Architecture Online is designed to match the rigor and reputation of the on-campus program and will share the same degree requirements, program focus, directions and strengths. RIT faculty develops and delivers the curriculum through a combination of live and on-demand courses that can be accessed worldwide. Students will also complete paid, immersive in-person collaborative educational experiences in their local communities that complement their classroom learning with hands-on, applied experience.
“We have created a dynamic, engaging and immersive virtual learning experience that offers tomorrow’s architectural leaders greater opportunities to explore and develop sustainable and resilient built environments in myriad contexts, climates and environments,” said Dennis A. Andrejko, leader of the Architecture department of the RIT. “This program is unique in that it takes RIT’s world-class curriculum and makes it available to learners around the world in a fully online environment, giving more students the opportunity to pursue a compelling and fulfilling career in architecture. “
Luyen Chou, chief learning officer at 2U, said his team of online learning designers has worked with RIT to ensure the richness of the campus curriculum is thoughtfully and effectively translated into the digital environment, with an emphasis on inclusion and support for non -traditional and adult learners.
“Designing online learning requires precision, expertise, and a fundamental understanding of what creates and sustains an incredible digital and hybrid learning experience,” said Chou. “Working with the RIT team, we took the best of their current program and brought it to life on edX.org for the next generation of environmentally conscious and globally minded architectural designers.”