December 7, 2013:
Practice forms available online
December 13, 2013:
Deadline for submitting Practice forms
[Reporting Period closes at 5pm]
January 24, 2014: Spring 2014 Gateway Open House
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Learn more about this exciting new opportunity here!
The deadline for the academic year 2013-2014 has passed.
Each program [ARCH, DS ID, LA] has different Practice requirements that students must fulfill in order to graduate. Each program's Practice requirements are tailored to industry standards for licensure and professional practice, where applicable.
- Foundation Practice Assessment
- One-on-One/Regular Practice Assessment
- Review-Style Practice Assessment
There are two main Practice requirements each student must fulfill to graduate from the BAC: a certain number of Practice hours, and a Skill Level. These requirements are different for each program, and within each there are a series of subcategories that students must earn hours in. These subcategories are based on requirements for licensure in each of the disciplines, and can be found on each degree program's Student Learning Contract [SLC]. The SLC is used by the Practice Department to assess a student's skill level during Practice Assessments, and is also a tool to help students be advocates for their own learning in their professional practice jobs.
Students will take part in several Practice Assessments over the course of their program; Practice Assessments are conducted by Practice Examiners and are used to determine the student's progress through the Practice requirements of the program. For more information on Practice Assessments, click here.
BDS [except BDS-Arch] students should refer to their Department Head and Directors for more information on requirements for Practicums.
Graduation requirements for each program [PDF]
Student Learning Contract for each degree programPDF]
Practice Registration Clearance Information [click here]
Earning and Reporting Practice Hours [click here]
Students' progress will be assessed and tracked through Practice Assessments, which occur at regular intervals throughout their degree programs. To find out when your program requires you to come in for a Practice Assessment, see above. Practice Examiners, who are practicing design professionals dedicated to conducting Practice Assessments, will meet with students and assign a Skill Level based on the evidence of learning a student shows and discusses during their assessment.
Practice Assessments are in three main categories: Foundation, One-on-One, and Review.
[applies to all programs, except MDS and Distance tracks]
The Foundation Assessment is the first moment a student will be introduced to the Practice Assessment process. This Practice Assessment will be a incorporated into the FND2003: Community Practice course. Students will meet with a Practice Examiner, a practicing professional dedicated to conducting Practice Assessments for the Practice Department. The Examiner will interview the student, and determine the student's Skill Level. Some students may have professional practice experience to discuss with the Examiner, but most will likely not have any professional design experience - and that's okay! The goal of the Foundation Assessment is to get students familiar with the Practice Assessment process; it is a moment for the Examiner to provide students with guidance to prepare for future assessments, give career guidance and advising, and discuss the student's professional goals. At the end of the Practice Assessment, the Examiner will provide the student with a copy of their Student Learning Contract [SLC], which will show the student's newly assigned Skill Level. Following the Foundation Assessment, students will also receive an email with advising notes from the Examiner.
Preparing for your Foundation Practice Assessment
Students will learn in FND2003: Community Practice what they are required to prepare and bring to their Foundation Assessment.
Scheduling for your Foundation Practice Assessment
Students will learn how to schedule their Foundation Assessment in FND2003: Community Practice
[Applies to the following Practice Assessments: B.Arch/M.Arch #2,3,5; BID #2,3,4; MID #2,3; BLA #2,3,4; MLA #2,3; BDS Arch #2,3,4]
The One-on-One, or Regular, Practice Assessment, forms the backbone of the Practice Assessments students engage in throughout their course of study. Students will meet with a Practice Examiner, bringing evidence of their learning and progress in their professional practice work. Based on the evidence shown, and the discussion between the Examiner and the student, the Examiner assigns a Skill Level using the SLC [see above]. Examiners help students develop a strategy for their next steps at work, become better advocates for their own learning, and provide verbal and written feedback on the student's work and professional development. Many students cite Practice Assessments as particularly formative and helpful parts of their education here at the BAC.
Preparing for your One-on-One/Regular Practice Assessment
Students must bring the following:
- Practice Portfolio, including reflective essays and self-assessment
- Download this template [InDesign Document]. You MUST use this template; keep in mind that your Examiner is not interested in distracting or overly complicated layouts - we want to see your work clearly, and in an organized fashion. The Portfolio must be complete, including essays and self-assessment, or your Practice Assessment will be considered incomplete. If you are using an earlier and incompatible version of InDesign, download the [PDF] to use for reference as you assemble your portfolio.
- Bring one bound hard copy, and one digital copy [on CD or a thumb drive]
- Supervisor Assessment
- Download, send to your supervisor to fill out, and bring with you to your assessment [PDF]
- Download, send to your supervisor to fill out, and bring with you to your assessment [PDF]
Scheduling your One-on-One/Regular Practice Assessment
When a student becomes eligible for their next Practice Assessment, they will receive an email from the Practice Department with instructions about how to sign up for an appointment for an Assessment. Please note that Practice Assessments CANNOT be rescheduled unless a student shows documented evidence of illness or emergency. If a student misses an appointment, the Department cannot guarantee that they will be able to reschedule before the end of the semester. Missing a Practice Assessment may put you at risk of not being able to progress in your program or clear for Portfolio Review or Graduation.
Attending your One-on-One/Regular Practice Assessment
Practice Assessments are held in room 304 of 320 Newbury Street. Please be at least 10 minutes early for your appointment, and have all of your required materials ready to review with the Examiner. Remember that you are meeting with a practicing design professional - be courteous, dressed appropriately, and prepared.
After your One-on-One/Regular Practice Assessment
The Examiner will notify the student at the end of the Assessment what their new Skill Level is, and provide them with an updated copy of their SLC. Additionally, students will receive a copy of the Examiner's notes via email. Click here to see a copy of the form an Examiner uses to assess student progress.
[note: this type of Practice Assessment applies ONLY to B.Arch and M.Arch Assessment #4]
Like other Practice Assessments, this Assessment is a time for students to reflect on their professional and academic experience, to consider their professional goals, and to receive feedback about their work, portfolio, and professional progress. Unlike other Practice Assessments, this one is conducted in a conversational style between a panel of 2-3 members of the Practice Faculty, practicing design professionals, and Academic Faculty. Each review lasts approximately 45 minutes, and gives students a unique and valuable opportunity to get their work in front of a panel of experienced design professionals. Generally, the panel will engage the student in a conversation about their portfolio, and their professional goals and progress.
Preparing for your Review-Style Practice Assessment
Students should bring the most recent and updated version of their Practice Portfolio, printed and bound. Students should also be prepared with questions or topics they'd like to discuss with their panel.
Scheduling your Review-Style Practice Assessment
When students become eligible for this Practice Assessment, they will be notified by the Practice Department when the Reviews will be held, generally in a series of evenings in Cascieri Hall.
There are three possible outcomes of a student's Practice Assessment:
Progress with distinction
Student has shown exceptional progress, evidence of learning, and direct, profound connections between their academic work and practice work. These students are eligible for Practice Department awards.
Student has satisfactorily completed the requirements for progressing through the Practice requirements of their program.
Student did not show sufficient evidence to warrant a higher Skill Level than their previous Assessment.
OR, student did not bring all required materials to their Practice Assessment
OR, student did not show up for their Practice Assessment.
These students are placed on Practice Probation. To learn more about Practice Probation, click here.
Student is missing a form (Supervisor Assessment, Resume, Essay, Self-Assessment, Hard Copy or Digitized Portfolio).
Satisfactory Educational Progress in Practice is determined at a student's Practice Assessment. A student must accrue a minimum required number of Practice Hours and Skill Level during each segment of their education. If a student does not meet these requirements at the time of their Practice Assessment, the outcome of the Assessment will be "No Progress," and s/he will be placed on probation. Educational sanctions and registration limits can be imposed on students not making sufficient educational progress in Practice.
Contract for Educational Progress in Practice
A student on practice probation must sign a probation contract, also known as a Contract for Educational Progress (CEP). This is a formal document that lays out a plan to help the student improve Practice performance. It is completed by a Practice Advisor in consultation with the student and lists a series of criteria/terms that the student must meet within the given semester.
Terms of Practice Probation
All students are permitted one full semester on probation to regain good Practice standing. After the probationary semester, if a student has not regained good Practice standing, the student will face an academic hearing to determine whether s/he will be allowed to continue her/his studies at the BAC.
Probation contracts can violated in two categories:
Skill Level - Student is unable to raise his/her required Skill Level to his/her program minimum during the given probationary semester.
Practice hours - Students must successfully complete a minimum number of required Practice Hours at a satisfactory rate. If a student is not on track to complete the minimum required amount of Practice hours, s/he will be placed on Practice probation.
If a student is on probation due to repeatedly not meeting the minimum requirement of Practice hours and/or Skill level, and those requirements are not successfully completed during the probationary semester, they have violated the terms of the CEP.
Student fails to meet the additional terms specified within the CEP (such as meetings with Advising, Practice, the Learning Resource Center, etc.).
When a student first goes onto probation, s/he starts on Probation 1. Students on Probation 1 are given one complete semester to regain good Practice standing.
Outcomes for Probation 1 include:
Students who meet the procedural and technical terms of their Probation 1 contract are removed from probation.
Students who meet the procedural terms of their Probation 1 contract but violate the technical terms, move on to Probation 2.
Students who succeed in all technical areas, but at the same time violate the procedural terms of their contract, are not automatically removed from probation. Instead they may be required to file a formal appeal to be removed from probation. A rejection of this appeal results in the student's moving to Probation 2.
Students who fail to meet the procedural and technical terms may be blocked from registering for further work at the BAC. They will not be permitted to register until they meet with the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) in order to create a more structured plan for their Probation 2 semester. The SAC has the authority to uphold a registration block and can mandate up to a one year's leave of absence for a student. Failure to attend this meeting results in a permanent registration block.
Students on Probation 2 have one semester to regain good Practice standing. If they do not achieve good Practice standing at the end of one semester, they face an educational hearing to determine whether they can continue their studies at the BAC.
The terms for Probation 2 are otherwise the same as Probation 1 with any additional conditions dictated by the Student Advisory Committee written into the student's probation contract. Outcomes for Probation 2 include:
Students who meet the procedural and technical terms of their Probation 2 contract are removed from probation.
Students unable to complete the technical terms of their CEP in order to regain good Practice standing must attend a hearing with the Educational Review Board (ERB) to determine whether they will be allowed to continue at the BAC.
Students who succeed in all technical areas, but at the same time violate the procedural terms of their contract, must appeal to be removed from probation. If the appeal is rejected, then the student is given a second semester of Probation 2 and is expected to adhere to any terms laid out in that semester's contract.
Return to Probation
If a student who was previously on probation but had regained good practice standing, later returns to probation, then s/he will return to probation at the same level that s/he was is the semester of his/her last probation contract. (Previously at Probation 1 - return at Probation 1, previously at Probation 2 - return at Probation 2). Any student returning to probation may be required to meet with the Student Advisory Committee before being allowed to register.
For more information about Student Advisory Committee [SAC] or Education Review Board [ERB], please visit Academic Advising's webpage on Probation [click here].
[More information coming soon.]
What is Prior Practice Learning?
Students in the Architecture and Interior Design programs may transfer in Practice Hours for a Prior Practice Learning experience for design-related professional work completed prior to enrolling at the BAC. To receive Practice Hours for Prior Practice Learning, the work must have been of a design nature conducted under the direct supervision of a designer or design-related architecture, engineering, or construction professional. Students have one year from their date of matriculation to submit their completed Prior Practice Learning Application to the Practice Department. Students may earn up to but no more than half of the number of Practice Hours needed for their degree program's graduation requirement:
Up to 2500 Practice hours for Bachelor and Master of Architecture
Up to 1800 Practice hours for Bachelor of Interior Design
Up to 1500 Practice hours for Master of Interior Design
How do I apply for an Prior Practice Learning?
Students who wish to apply for Prior Practice Learning must complete the following steps:
- Contact the Practice Department [email@example.com] to schedule an initial appointment to discuss the eligibility of transferring in Practice Hours for your Prior Practice Learning experience.
- Following the first appointment, submit a completed Prior Practice Learning Application for each previous employer for which Practice Hours are petitioned. Each employer must sign the Employer Certification section on the last page of Prior Practice Learning Application.
- Obtain and submit a written statement, on official company letterhead, from each Prior Practice Learning experience employer that verifies the length employment and describes the work in which the student was involved.
- Compile 8 ½ x 11 graphic samples representative of the work in which the student was involved.
- These examples must be presented in an organized and clearly labeled manner. Students must indicate their specific role and the scope of their involvement for each project presented. Additional notes or annotation should reflect on particular challenges and learning experiences. [Please note that this documentation must be submitted separately from any portfolio submitted to the Admissions Department]
Students may also be asked to schedule additional appointments and/or submit additional work samples as follow up. Students may be approved for some, all, or none of the petitioned hours. Granting Prior Practice Learning hours is at the discretion of the Practice Department.
Please see our Gateway pages for more information, found here.