Students enrolled in SFIA’s distance learning program may enroll in a degree program or take individual courses. Through SFIA’s distance learning program, students may pursue a Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, Associate Degree or a Technical Certificate.
SFIA welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds, on every continent. All courses are completely self-paced and do not coincide with the SFIA on-site class schedules. There are no starting dates for distance learning. Courses may be started at any time and finished at any time.
All courses are textbook based. Students respond to each textbook chapter with a checklist summary “tell back” of the chapter content. This is an efficient method of learning, and is far more effective for retaining content than the traditional lecture/exam method.
Courses range from 36 to 48 hours, so if one were able to study 6 hours a week, the total time per course would take roughly from 6 to 8 weeks. If one could study 12 hours a week, a course could be finished in 3 to 4 weeks. Some students who have ample time to study finish a degree program in a year or less.
New students receive a new student packet with study instructions and a log for recording study time. All courses are textbook based and at least one textbook is required for each course. The average cost through book services is $30-$50 per book, plus shipping.
SFIA faculty members respond to the first course work submittal, then add ongoing feedback as appropriate. All course assignments and communications between SFIA faculty members and students are by email or regular postal mail. Studio design and graphics work is submitted by email or postal mail. Since all courses are textbook based, students can find content by reviewing the books at Amazon.com or other online book dealers
Drawing, computer drawing, and advanced math skills are not required to study architecture or ecological design. These skills are acquired during the course of study. Higher-level math beyond simple algebra and trigonometry is not required at any point. Computers are not required but highly recommended, to expedite course work and communication with SFIA.