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

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Architecture Courses

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: ArchitectureEdX 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

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Art & Art History Courses

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Music & Performing Arts Courses

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Engineering (Mechanical, Civil and Electrical) Courses

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.


Edited by: Ibrahim Abdelhady