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Summer Academy student in studio
Summer Academy students collaborate on model

"We want to teach
problem solving. We're cross-disciplinary, with some industrial design, some computer boot camp, and some architecture.
It's not Drafting 101."

Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration

Summer Academy at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) is a design exploration program for high school students entering grades 10 and above. Summer Academy students explore and develop both fundamental design skills and critical thinking skills through drawing, collage, photography, model-making, and mapping complex systems. Students work with new materials and discover fresh ways of imagining the world around us using Boston as an urban laboratory.

What do students learn through Summer Academy?

During a typical day, you will...

  • Explore, photograph, and sketch the city.
  • Work in the studio redrawing, reimagining, and physically modeling the city and its component parts.

There are times where you will...

  • Visit an architectural firm's office.
  • Work in the computer lab learning new drawing and modeling software on the computer.
  • You may even be learning and using the 3D printer, laser cutter, and computer numerically controlled router (basically a woodworking robot).

Each week a new studio topic is introduced, and at the end of each week, you will have a final piece to include in your portfolio.

Examples of Possible Studio Topics

Studio Week 1: Making the city
Studio Week 2: Dwelling-A human container
Studio Week 3: Mapping the city
Studio Week 4: Students choose one of the following four studios:

4.1 Parks & Rec
4.2 Build with Bots
4.3 Interior, Exterior, Up & Down
4.4 Urban Design-Build temporary architectural installation

When you have completed Summer Academy, you will have produced an impressive body of work for your college portfolio.

Who should apply to Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is open to high school student entering grades 10 and above. No previous design experience is necessary! There is no such thing as a typical student for us. We have students who are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, and landscape designers (among others).

Learn more about program dates and times, registration, and tuition.

Apply to Summer Academy 2016

Application coming soon. To request an application for Summer 2016, contact us at summer@the-bac.edu.