This information applies ONLY to students beginning their degree program in the Fall of 2013 or later.
Upon completion of the 27 credits of the Foundation program, the student submits a Portfolio for review by the College. Successful completion of the Portfolio Review demonstrates the student's understanding and ability to reflectively synthesize the learning of the Foundation program.
The Foundation Portfolio is part of the process of continuous reflection and improvement expected of the student in the Boston Architectural College. Completion of Foundation, and advancement to Segment Two of the student's degree program of Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture, requires 2 things:
- completion of the 27 credit Foundation curriculum
- successful review of Foundation Portfolio
What is expected: The Foundation Portfolio Review is intended to evaluate a student's readiness for advancement from the Foundation Segment to disciplinary study. Foundation Portfolios are uniquely assembled by students as a vehicle to reflect on their work in the Foundation curriculum. Reviewers of these portfolios will expect to see the work of the student's studio, design media, practice and technology courses amended and refined to respond to feedback received in these courses. Guidelines for the portfolio response will be covered in these courses. Students are expected to write reflectively about specific projects or assignments, and to write a summary essay, using writing skills learned in Critical Reading and Research (undergraduate level) or Design Theory and Inquiry (graduate level).
When to submit: Foundation Portfolios should be submitted for review at the end of the semester in which the student completes the 27 credit Foundation program. Portfolio Reviews are held in January and May. The submittal date will follow the end of the semester, and will be published in the Academic Calendar. Students should register for PRV0001 Portfolio Review when registering for the semester in which they anticipate completing Foundation.
A Portfolio Preparation Timeline can be found at Foundation Portfolio Timeline.
What happens next: Portfolios are reviewed by the BAC's faculty and by Education Directors (students are not present for the review). Students are informed of their status at the end of Portfolio Review, usually within two weeks of the Submittal date. Students who pass Foundation Portfolio will advance to Segment Two of their chosen degree program. Students who fail are allowed to continue for one semester, with the expectation that they will resubmit at the conclusion of that semester (each program identifies a restricted number of Segment 2 courses appropriate for the student to take during the continuation semester; this list varies by degree program but does not include studio courses).
Detailed Instructions can be found at Foundation Portfolio Instructions.
How can I get more information? The Education Department presents Portfolio Forum each semester (watch the academic calendar for the date), and the Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers one-on-one portfolio tutoring by appointment. Learn more at the LRC page. For questions about the Foundation Portfolio process, you may e-mail Foundation Studies Chair Maria Bellalta, using "Foundation Portfolio Question" in the subject line, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before emailing, you may also want to check the FAQ list at Frequently Asked Questions.