BDS Portfolio RequirementsClick here to see the Bachelor of Design Studies requirements for Portfolio Review.
BDS Design Media CoursesClick here to see the elective courses in the revised curriculum.
The Bachelor of Design Studies at the Boston Architectural College is an opportunity to explore design as a method for critical thinking and innovation. Choosing from a variety of program options, students craft learning experiences that are tailored to match their education and career goals. The program equips students with a foundation of skills across the design disciplines through a rigorous curriculum that incorporates applied learning beyond the traditional internship. Design Studies graduates engage in a variety of occupations and endeavors, including emerging and specialized design fields. Programs of study include:
- Architectural Technology
- Design Computing
- Design History, Theory and Criticism
- Historic Preservation
- Sustainable Design
Design Studies is a rigorous course of study for students who want to explore design in all of its possibilities. In order to ensure students are well grounded in design fundamentals, all students are required to complete core courses in:
- Design studios
- Drawing and visual studies
- Building technology
- Liberal studies and design history
Students tailor their studies to their individual career directions by selecting one of the five Programs of Study, and have the option either to major or to concentrate in that area.
The Concentration consists of:
- 4 core courses in the program of study
- + 1 advanced interdisciplinary studio
- + 2 "real world" practicums
- + 1 capstone project
The Major consists of:
- All the concentration requirements listed above
- + 4 advanced courses in the program of study
In all of the BDS programs, students round out their studies by completing open electives selected from the broad array of available courses. This allows students to customize their education as they explore their own passions and interests.
Design Studies graduates are putting design to work in such diverse careers as community advocacy, building, project management, design, entrepreneurship and organizational leadership.