What is Low-Residency?
On-Campus Residency Requirements
Students accepted into the program are required to attend annual on-campus residencies
each summer. Depending on which courses and activities the students participate in,
they may be on campus for as few as a couple days or as many as ten. New students
generally attend the entire session the first year, and take part in the new-student
orientation on the first day of residency. During the first residency, new students
will meet with the academic director to create their individual course of study—their
guide to completing the program. New students will also attend on-campus portions
of required and elective courses that they are taking during the summer semester or
will be taking during the subsequent fall or spring semesters.
During subsequent summer residencies, students will meet with the program director to refine their course of study and with the thesis director to develop their thesis topic. Returning students will also participate in the on-campus portions of required and elective courses that they are taking during the summer semester or will be taking during the subsequent fall or spring semesters.
Off-Campus (Distance Learning)
Some courses, such as HP 630. Perspectives in Preservation, have multi-day class sessions
on campus, but the majority of the courses are only introduced during brief sessions
during residency. Most courses are designed to be completed off-campus during the
12-week summer and 16-week fall or spring semesters. Students are expected to spend
approximately 10 to 12 hours per week on each course.
Faculty maintain regular contact with students throughout the semester. Depending on the course, this may involve individual telephone discussions, conference calls, online synchronous discussions or asynchronous conversations. Typically, faculty and students communicate every two weeks.