The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that the Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) in Sustainable Design was recognized by Azure Magazine in Higher Education, an article that identifies innovation in design education.
The article lists top programs by discipline, recognizing the BDS in Sustainable Design at the BAC as one of five programs in the Sustainable and Social Design category.
"We polled architects and designers across Canada and the US, and heard from top professionals regarding the strongest bachelor's and master's programs," reads the article by Paige Magarrey. "Our listings highlight over 40 schools that offer a unique, innovation-oriented education. We also cite honourable mentions and international schools that have earned stellar reputations. While not an exhaustive survey, our overview, supplemented by our own research, presents the current state of design education. And with new program options in urban planning and sustainable and social design, it also speaks to what the future of the industry holds."
The article reveals that an interdisciplinary program is among the most valuable trends in design education, and that practical skills are valued more than any other skillset by professionals when hiring new graduates.
"The program offers students the flexibility of a wide array of design disciplines to prepare graduates for professions in emerging design fields," said Don Hunsicker, head of the School of Design Studies. "With an emphasis in developing design thinking, students cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills applicable to many careers."
The School of Design Studies awards a Bachelor in Design Studies, with majors in Sustainable Design, Historic Preservation, Architectural Technology, Design Computing, Design History, Theory and Criticism, and Architectural Design. The Master of Design Studies is offered in a low residency format that includes online learning and brief periods of intensive study in Boston, with concentrations in Sustainable Design and Historic Preservation.