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    Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration

    Explore. Experiment. Collaborate. Play.

    Summer Academy at the BAC is a four-week design exploration program providing high school students the opportunity to build fundamental architectural design skills through hands-on projects. For the month of July, the BAC studios in the Back Bay are home to high school students working closely and collaboratively with their studio leaders and fellow students addressing design problems across the spectrum of scales they might encounter in college design classes. Issues of structure, form, sustainability, beauty and utility in the built environment are all encountered as students are challenged to creatively solve architectural design problems.

    Students are encouraged to experiment with new techniques and learn new skills.  Current trends and important social and environmental design issues being addressed in the architecture professions both locally and internationally are explored through visits to design firms, presentations by studio leaders and local field trips where we delve into the built fabric of the city of Boston, visiting Boston's significant contemporary and historical architecture and landscape architecture.

    About the Program

    Summer Academy has been part of the BAC curriculum since 1973; this year, we celebrated our 40th summer! Our pre-college design exploration program is open to all high school students entering grades 10 and above. Summer Academy 2014 is a 4 week program running Monday - Friday, from June 30th - July 25th. High school students attending Summer Academy during the month of July work individually and in small studio teams building design skills in freehand sketching, perspective drawing and collage, model-making, mapping and diagramming as they explore creative solutions to architectural problems at the scale of the body, the building and the city. 

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need as well as through the Robert Houseman and the Richard Kirkham Fund. Forms are available here! All required materials must be submitted to the BAC Professional and Continuing Education Department by the deadline.  The 2014 Scholarship Application Deadline is April 10, 2014.

    Studio Projects

    At Summer Academy we explore design at many scales and experiment with different techniques and new skills in each project. Students also learn how to document their work to have a personal record as well as to begin to collect images for a portfolio of creative work that may be a supplementary or required part of college applications. Click for more

    May Info Session

    Join us Friday Afternoon, 2:00 - 5:00PM, May 30, 2014 for a Summer Academy Information Session

    Pre-register for this at summer@the-bac.edu or call: 617-585-0101

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    Students and instructors share their experiences at Summer Academy

    Summer Academy 2014

    Summer Academy 2014 will run from June 30 - July 25.  For more program information, see About the Program and Studio Projects pages.

    Registration and Scholarship forms can be downloaded from the top of this page.  If you have any questions, please  contact us at: summer@the-bac.edu or 617-585-0101 .