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Summer Academy

"The idea is to create studios that reinvent the idea of what architects and designers do. These studios challenge students to think about the design field in a different way."

Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration

Join us for an information session Saturday, May 16 and Saturday, May 30

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street

Summer Academy at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) is a design exploration program for high school students. Summer Academy provides students with the opportunity to capitalize on Boston as an urban laboratory to explore and develop fundamental technical and graphic communication skills, while highlighting the critical role that design plays in shaping and improving the communities in which we live. Our month-long series of studios focuses on building design and critical thinking skills including drawing, collage, photography, model-making, and the mapping of complex systems. Students work with new materials and discover fresh ways of imagining the world around us.

Summer Academy has been part of the BAC curriculum since 1973 and is open to all high-school students entering grades 10 and above. Studio leaders and faculty are emerging design professionals and advanced graduate students from Boston-area design schools including Boston Architectural College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Students leave the program with a clearer sense of potential design professions, projects to strengthen a portfolio for college, and an expanded understanding of the impact of design around them and the ways design can change communities and improve lives.

Learn more about the program.