The Architecture Bachelor of Design Studies is a nine semester (4.5 year) undergraduate program that leads to an accelerated Master of Architecture degree, which can be earned at the BAC in four additional semesters. This dynamic, design-based pre-professional degree prepares students for advanced study in architecture while deeply engaging them in practice and community-based endeavors. After successfully completing this Architecture Bachelor of Design Studies degree, a student may move directly into the two year completion of the BAC's NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree program.
Like all pre-professional architecture programs, the Architecture BDS degree is not recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) as a professional architectural degree required in order to sit for licensure exams and registration. However, the Architecture BDS is especially designed to efficiently connect to the BAC's M. Arch, which is a NAAB accredited degree. Please follow this link to see more about accreditation and BAC degrees.Accreditation New England Association of Schools and Colleges for Bachelor of Design Studies and the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the Master of Architecture.
Program Pre-professional degree for Bachelor of Design Studies leading to our first professional degree in architecture for the Master of Architecture
Length Six and one-half years (may be shorter depending on prior academic and work experience)
Campus At the BAC Boston becomes a laboratory for learning. Boston is a global city with the 6th largest economy in the country and the 12th largest in the world. Our small, urban campus is located on Newbury Street in the Back Bay historic district, an inspiring, walkable urban environment. It is convenient for those working in Boston's thriving professional design community, making it a dynamic hub for design-related lectures and exhibitions.
Philosophy BAC students see architecture as a means to make a difference in the world. At the same time, they get great value out of building their design careers while in school. In 2013, 85% of BAC graduates work in the design professions at the time they complete their degrees - typically with significant professional responsibilities.
We seek highly creative students who want to engage social and environmental issues through their design work and join our network of design professionals. Beginning students learn design fundamentals in transdisciplinary studios alongside students of landscape architecture, interior design, and design studies.
Our students design buildings that matter - spaces that contribute to the well-being of people and the environment, but also to the life of cities. Individuality is a key trait of our students, and the program has built-in flexibility. Some students may accelerate their programs through summer courses including our international programs. Others find themselves with unparalleled professional opportunities in their architecture offices and move to an optional lower credit load. BAC students form their identities as designers through the studio sequence working collaboratively and individually on increasingly complex design projects.
Students Approximately 1,000 degree students are enrolled at the college. Students come from all over the United States and overseas. Their academic and professional backgrounds are diverse. About half are undergraduates, half are graduates.
Enrollment Students may begin their studies either in the fall or spring semester.
Faculty Educators and professional practitioners in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and design studies teach here. Approximately 250 adjunct faculty members serve as instructors, mentors and advisors each semester. The average BAC class size is fifteen students with most design courses having eight students per instructor.
Financial Aid The BAC participates in Federal Pell and Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan programs as well as many state scholarship programs. Before a financial aid award will be made, students must be admitted to a degree program. To receive financial aid (federal or state) students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Visiting Information sessions are held monthly. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information (617-585-0123 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or to have an interview.
We think of our professional education as concurrent: it offers an ongoing integration of design practice with academics. As they acquire knowledge and practical skills BAC students move into paid positions in the design profession during the day - and attend classes in the afternoon and evening. They are mentored and supervised by a strong, like-minded community of faculty, students, and advisors, so that they can grow intellectually but also rise as working professionals. This interplay provides graduates with a solid preparation for a career in design and the opportunity to meet the Intern Development Program (IDP) requirement for NCARB registration at graduation from the M. Arch. BAC graduates leave with substantial résumés, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio. Most graduates are able to sit immediately for the national licensure examination. Architecture Bachelor of Design Studies on to Master of Architecture graduates become architects, energy performance consultants, exhibit designers, and educators who work collaboratively to engage and transform communities...more
The Architecture Bachelor of Design Studies to M. Arch is a nine semester (4.5 year) undergraduate program that leads to an accelerated Master of Architecture degree, which can be earned at the BAC in four additional semesters...more