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Curriculum

Our students are motivated to make a difference in shaping the architecture of the city. We seek students who want to learn in the workplace as well as in the classroom, to engage social and environmental issues in the resolution of design problems, and to join our network of design professionals. The BAC studio experience invites students to imagine and make work that responds to social and spatial conditions. Students design buildings that matter - spaces that contribute to people and the environment's well-being. Individually and collaboratively, students learn to create innovative designs and forge their design identity. (Some students travel during the summer in an intensive study program to accelerate their studies.) The program includes the following curricular areas: Studio Design, Design Media, History and Theory, Building Technology and Management, Liberal Studies, and Electives.

Our concurrent practice education offers an ongoing integration of design practice with the learning process, supported by a like-minded community of students and faculty. Mentored and supervised, students grow as working design professionals. Degree students work in the design profession during the day and attend classes in the afternoon and evening. This interplay of education and practice provides graduates with a solid preparation for a career in design, a professional network, and the opportunity to meet the Intern Development Program (IDP) required to sit for licensure at graduation.

Segment I: Foundation. Students in Foundation acquire beginning knowledge, abilities, and understanding in both liberal and professional education.

Segment II: Integration. Students explore - in depth and breadth - the field of architectural design. Emphasis is on integrating skills, knowledge, and understanding.

Segment III: Synthesis. Students pursue advanced professional courses related to individual interest. Segment III concludes with a Degree Project.

Degree Project. The Degree Project is completed over two semesters. Each student engages in a project covering the design process from conception to documentation.

Students work in a paid position in a design firm. 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. Bachelor of Architecture graduates become architects, energy performance consultants, exhibit designers, and educators who work collaboratively to engage and transform communities.

  • All Segments
  • Segment I
  • Segment II
  • Segment III

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Foundation Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Foundation Studio 2
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND1010 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review
  • Practice Assessment 1

Semester 3

  • ARC1001 Architecture Studio 1
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture 1
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Practice Assessment 2: Skill Level 4 & 1000 Hours

Semester 4

  • ARC1002 Architecture Studio 2
  • DME2000 Spatial Thinking
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Semester 5

  • ARC1003 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 6

  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • MNSxxxx  Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • Practice Assessment 3: Skill Level 6 & 2500 Hours

Semester 7

  • ARC1004 Architecture Studio 4: Comprehensive Project
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review

Semester 8

  • XDS1001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • HTC2004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming and Codes

Semester 9

  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • SSHxxxx  Social Sciences and Humanities Elective
  • APL2001 Community Practice 2
  • Practice Assessment 4

Semester 10

  • Arts Elective
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • SSH1104 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Practice Assessment 5: Skill Level 8 & 5000 Hours

Semester 11

  • ARC1011 Degree Project 1: Comprehensive Project
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • HTCxxxx  History /Theory Elective

Semester 12

  • ARC1012 Degree Project 2: Comprehensive Project
  • Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Foundation Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Foundation Studio 2
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND1010 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review
  • Practice Assessment 1

Semester 3

  • ARC1001 Architecture Studio 1
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture and Design 1
  • TSM2001 Sustainable Systems 1
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Practice Assessment 2: Skill Level 4 & 1000 Hours

Semester 4

  • ARC1002 Architecture Studio 2
  • DME2000 Spatial Thinking
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Semester 5

  • ARC1003 Architecture Studio 3
  • TSM2003 Sitework
  • TSM2004 Structural Systems 1
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 6

  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • TSM2006 Detailing and Construction
  • TSM2002 Sustainable Systems 2
  • MNSxxxx  Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • Practice Assessment 3: Skill Level 6 & 2500 Hours

Semester 7

  • ARC1004 Architecture Studio 4: Comprehensive Project
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • TSM2005 Structural Systems 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review

Semester 8

  • XDS1001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • HTC2004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • TSM2019 Human Factors, Programming and Codes

Semester 9

  • DME2100 Representation | Workshop
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • SSHxxxx  Social Sciences and Humanities Elective
  • APL2001 Community Practice 2
  • Practice Assessment 4

Semester 10

  • Arts Elective
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • SSH1004 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Practice Assessment 5: Skill Level 8 & 5000 Hours

Semester 11

  • ARC1011 Degree Project 1: Comprehensive Project
  • Design Elective: Design Media or Workshop
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • History /Theory Elective

Semester 12

  • ARC1012 Degree Project 2: Comprehensive Project
  • Elective
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective