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Bachelor of Design Studies

VS638: Robotic Arm Fabrication

VS638: Robotic Arm Fabrication; Instructor Matt Trimble

Photo by Matt Trimble; location Radlab, Inc., Boston, MA

BDS Student Spotlight

Anastasia Lyons is a Bachelor of Design Studies candidate, concentrating in Design History, Theory, and Criticism. More

    BDS Portfolio Requirements

    Click here to see the Bachelor of Design Studies requirements for Portfolio Review.

    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:


    Curriculum Overview

    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.