500+ Free Online Courses in Architecture, Art, Design & Engineering

Today, a broad number of students across the globe cannot afford the higher tuitions of traditional colleges and universities, which have caused many of them to search for alternatives. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs  and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, it seems that online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education. In this article, we tried to gather some free online courses from the world’s leading universities —  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player.

Design Courses

Cars: Past, Present & Future – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video– Michael Shanks, Stanford
Everything I Know – Free Online Video – Buckminster Fuller

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Architecture Courses

Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes (Video) – Free iTunes Video – Course Web Site – Jan Wampler, MIT
The Production of Space: Art, Architecture and Urbanism in Dialogue at MIT
Architectural Construction and Computation at MIT
Architectural Design: Intentions at MIT
Basic Structural Design at MIT
Theory of City Form offered in audio and video format through MIT OpenCourseWare.
Dialogue in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism at MIT
Nature and the Built Environment at University of Notre Dame
History of Architecture – Free iTunes Video – Jacqueline Gargus, Ohio State
Roman Architecture – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Audio – Free iTunes Video – Free Video & Course Infos –Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale
Structures 2 – Free iTunes Video – Peter von Buelow, University of Michigan
Theory of City Form – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Julian Beinart, MIT
Experiencing Architecture Studio at MIT

Some other helpful links

MIT OpenCourseWare: Architecture : Lunched inIn 2003 by MIT as an online platform through which absolutely anyone can access the same course contents as paying students – for free.
Harvard Online Learning: A collaborative partnership involving Harvard, the Allston-Brighton community, and the City of Boston
Delft University of Technology OpenCourseWare: Similar to MIT, TU Delft also has an OpenCourseWare platform – albeit less extensive.
EdX: Architecture: EdX is a non-profit online initiative founded by MIT and Harvard University, offers free interactive classes from some of the world’s top schools.
Open Online Academy An online platform similar to Edx, offers a more selective range of courses relating specifically to architecture, art, and design.

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Environment & Natural Resources Courses

Adaptation to Climate Change – Free iTunes Video – Charlie Kennel, Cambridge
Americans and the Global Forest – Free iTunes Audio – Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley
Australian Environmental History – Free iTunes Audio – Richard Broome & Katie Holmes, La Trobe University-Australia
Blue Planet: Introduction to Oceanography – Free Online Video – Edwin Schauble, UCLA
Climate Change: Law and Policy – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Audio – Free iTunes Video – Cymie Payne, Daniel Farber, UC Berkeley
Education for Sustainable Living: Environment – Free Online Video – Multiple profs, UCLA
Energy Regulations and the Environment – Free Online Video – Steven Weissman, UC Berkeley
Environmental Economics – Free iTunes Audio – David Zilberman, UC Berkeley
Environmental Law and Policy – Free Online Video – Bob Infelise, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley
Environmental Politics and Law – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Free iTunes Audio – Free Video & Course Materials – John P. Wargo, Yale
Food and the Environment – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Audio– Nathan Sayre, UC Berkeley
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast – Free Online Videos – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video & Course Info – David Archer, University of Chicago – David Archer, University of Chicago
How Climate Works – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Multiple Profs, Princeton
International Environmental Law – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Free iTunes Audio – Web – Cymie Payne, UC Berkeley
Intro Environmental Science – Free iTunes iOS Course – Brian Lower, Ohio State
Introduction to Earthquakes, Their Causes and Effects – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Web – Richard Allen, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video – Web – Peter Berck, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Literature and the Environment – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Ken Hiltner, Princeton
Introduction to Permaculture – Free Online Course Video – Will Hooker – North Carolina State
Microeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video –  Calanit Kamala, UC Berkeley
Mitigating Agriculture’s Impact – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video –  Gordon Geballe, Yale
Radar – Free iTunes Video – Kevin Kloesel, University of Oklahoma
Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels (Law & Policy) – Free Online Video – UC Berkeley
Sustainable Living – Free Online Video – Multiple profs, UCLA
The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental Change – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video & Course Info – Ronald B. Smith, Yale
Wildlife Ecology  – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Web – William Bean, UC Berkeley
Woods Energy Seminar – Free iTunes Audio – Multiple Professors, Stanford

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Art & Art History Courses

Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Art – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video – James Grant, Oxford University
Art Through Time: A Global View – Free Online Video – Annenberg Media
Exposing Digital Photography – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video & Course Materials –  Dan Armendariz, Harvard
Foundations of American Cyber-Culture – Free Online Video – UC Berkeley
Introduction to Visual Studies – Free iTunes iOS App – Anna Divinsky, Penn State
Introduction to Visual Thinking – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – John McNamara, UC Berkeley
Let This Be a Lesson: Heroes, Heroines & Narrative in Paintings at Yale – Free Online Video – John Walsh, Yale
Lighting Essentials – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Simon McIntyre, The University of New South Wales
Photography – Free Online Video – Free iTunes App – Jonathan Worth & Matt Johnston at Coventry University
SmARThistory Video Lectures – Free Online Video/Audio – Beth Harris, MoMA & Steven Zucker, Pratt Institute
The Elements of Drawing – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video –Stephen Farthing, Oxford University

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Music & Performing Arts Courses

Basic Concepts of Music Theory – Free iTunes Video – Jamie Henke, U. of Wisconsin
Dave Conservatoire (Music Theory Lessons) – Free Online Video – David Rees, Royal College of Music, London
Free Music Courses (Multiple Offerings) – Free Online Video – Berklee College of Music
Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts – Free Online Video – Missouri State, Robert Bradley
Introduction to World Music – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Syllabus – Missouri State, John Prescott
Jazz and Culture – Free iTunes Audio – Andrew Barnes, Arizona State
Listening to Music – Free Online Video – Craig Wright, Yale
Politics in Music – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Audio – Courtney Brown, Emory Craig Wright, Yale
The Ethics of Jazz (Lecture Series) – Free Online Video – Herbie Hancock, Harvard
The Langauge of Music – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Amy Muchnick, Missouri State
The Unanswered Question: 6 Lectures on Music – Free Online Video – Leonard Bernstein, Harvard

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Engineering (Mechanical, Civil and Electrical) Courses

Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits – Free Online Video – Professor Simone Gambini, UC Berkeley
Advanced Visualization – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video –Bernd Hamann, UC Davis
Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials – Free Online Video –Free iTunes Video – Free Video & Course Info – Gerbrand Ceder & Nicola Marzari, MIT
Basic Electronics – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – Prof T.S. Natarajan, IIT Madras
Chemical Engineering: Process Dynamics and Controls – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Course Info – Peter Woolf, University of Michigan
Civil and Environmental Engineering – Free iTunes Audio – Marios Agathoklis Panagiotou, UC Berkeley
Control Systems Engineering – Free Online Video – Benjamin Drew, UWE Bristol
Convex Optimization I – Free Course in Multiple Formats – Stephen Boyd, Stanford
Convex Optimization 2 – Free Course in Multiple Formats – Stephen Boyd, Stanford
Digital Signal Processing – Free Online Video – Prof. E. Ambikairajah
Direct Solar/Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Technologies – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video & Course Info – Gang Chen, MIT
Dynamics of Machines – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – Amitabha Ghosh, IIT
Dynamics and Control I – Free iTunes Video – Multiple staff, MIT
Electrical – Digital Signal Processing – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – S.C Dutta Roy, IIT
Electro Magnetic Fields – Free Online Video – Harishankar Ramachandran, III
Electronics & Communication Engineering – Signals and Systems – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – K.S. Venktesh, IIT Kanpur
Electronic Feedback Systems – Free Online Video – Free Video & Course Info – Prof. James Roberge, MIT
Electronic Techniques for Engineering – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Web – Vivek Subramanian, UC Berkeley
Electronics – High Speed Devices & Circuit –  Free Online Video –Free Video Download – K. N. Bhat, IIT Madras
Elementary Fluid Mechanics – Free iTunes Audio – Mark Stacey, UC Berkeley
Engineering Dynamics – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Free Video & Course Info – Kim Vandiver and David Gossard, MIT
Engineering Ethics – Free Online Audio – Taft Broome, MIT
Engineering Statics – Free Web Course – Carnegie Mellon
Environmental Air Pollution – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – Mukesh Sharma, IIT
Fluid Mechanics – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – T.I.Eldho, IIT
Fundamentals of Photovoltaics – Free iTunes Video – Tonio Buonassisi, MIT
Groundwater Hydrology – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Course Materials – Charles Harvey – MIT
Image Processing – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Owen Carmichael, UC Davis
Information and Entropy – Free Online Video & Course Materials – Paul Penfield and Seth Lloyd, MIT
Information Theory and Coding – Free Online Video – Free Video Download – S.N.Merchant, IIT Bombay
Integrated Circuit Devices – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – UC Berkeley
Introduction to Chemical Engineering – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video  – Channing Robertson, Stanford
Introduction to Digital Integrated Circuits – Free iTunes Audio – Elad Alon, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Digital Integrated Circuits – Free Online Video – Professor Jan M. Rabaey, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Engineering – Free iTunes Video – Tod Laursen, Duke
Introduction to Engineering – Free iTunes Video – Multiple presenters, Duke University
Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods – Free Online Video & Course Info – Free iTunes Video – Multiple staff, MIT
Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems – Free Course in Multiple formats – Stephen Boyd, Stanford
Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits – Free iTunes Video – Chang-Hasnain, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation – Free Online Video & Course Info – Markus Buehler and Jeffrey Grossman, MIT
Linear Integrated Circuits – Free Online Video – Professor Clark Tu-Cuong Nguyen, UC Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering: Introduction to MEMS Design – Free iTunes Audio – Free iTunes Video – UC Berkeley
Microelectronic Devices and Circuits – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Sayeef Salahuddin, UC Berkeley
Microcontroller Design – Free Online Video – Beuce Land, Cornell
Microcontroller and System-on-Chip Construction Using Verilog and Altera FPGA – Free Online Video – Beuce Land, Cornell
Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes – Free iTunes Audio – Free Online Video & Course Info – Gang Chen, MIT
Nanomanufacturing – Free iTunes Video – Free iTunes Audio –Course Info – John Hart, U Michigan
Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis – Free Online Video – Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, MIT
Nuclear Engineering – Free Online Audio – Eric Norman, UC Berkeley
Nuclear Engineering 101 Nuclear Reactions and Radiation – Free Online Audio – Lee A. Bernstein, UC Berkeley
Optimization Models in Engineering – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley
Pre-Engineering: Intro to Microcontrollers – Free iTunes iOS Course – Steve Dickie, Michigan MI Learning
The Structure and Properties of Materials – Free Online Video –Free iTunes Video – JW Morris, UC Berkeley
The Engineering Profession – Free iTunes Video – Course Info – University of Michigan
The Fourier Transform and its Applications – Free Online Video –Free iTunes Video – Free Course in Multiple Formats – Brad Osgood, Stanford
Technology Entrepreneurship – Free Online Video – Free iTunes Video – Chuck Eesley, Stanford
Understanding Lasers and Fiberoptics – Free iTunes Video – Free Online Video – Free Course Info & Free Online Video – Prof. Shaoul Ezekiel, MIT

References:
* Openculture “1100 Free Online Courses from Top Universities”. Accessed 18 Feb 2015.
* Education Portal “List of Free Online Architecture Engineering Courses & Programs” Accessed 17 Feb 2015.
* Archdaily Whelan, Jennifer. “Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free” 16 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Feb 2015.

 

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