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BAC Programs Qualify for IDP Hours Toward Professional Licensure

Master of Design Studies Programs in Design for Human Health, Historic Preservation, and Sustainable Design

MDS Students working in Spring 2013 Intensives; Boston Architectural College; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

MDS Students working in Spring 2013 Intensives; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that the Master of Design Studies (MDS) has been recognized by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) as an approved advanced degree program that qualifies for supplemental elective experience toward the requirements of the Intern Development Program (IDP). The MDS at the BAC is offered in the areas of Design for Human Health, Historic Preservation, and Sustainable Design, and delivered in a unique low-residency online format that allows students to enroll in the program from anywhere they live and work.

All of NCARB's 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes licensed in the field of Architecture. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as an architectural internship. NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) guides interns through this process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions.

"In addition to accelerating the time required to qualify for the licensure exams, BAC's advanced MDS degrees enhance an emerging architect's knowledge and expertise," said Len Charney, BAC Head of Practice.

Of the 5,600 hours required to satisfy the experience requirement, up to 930 elective hours may be earned through an approved advanced degree program, including the MDS programs at the BAC. Students are able to petition and receive credit for the 930 IDP training hours after they have graduated from the program and earned their degrees.

"Through low-residency model, students in our MDS programs have the opportunity to earn an advanced degree while maintaining fulltime employment elsewhere," said Don Hunsicker, BAC Head of the School of Design Studies. "While the majority of coursework is completed online, the program includes several weeklong residencies at our Boston campus to launch each semester."

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) provides students with the knowledge to assess and design private, public, and community environments based on the human dimensions of physical activity, cognitive performance, and psychological wellbeing. This program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that merges biological and social sciences with design skills to better serve those who have suffered a traumatic injury, have been compromised as a result of disease or chronic illness, or have diminished capabilities as a result of natural human development or aging processes. The MDS-DHH may be completed in five semesters.

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation (HP) addresses the technical and cultural issues confronting today's professionals in heritage conservation and management. Students explore the philosophical and ethical roots of preservation and gain practical experience in preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and sites. The MDS-HP may be completed in four semesters.

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Sustainable Design (SD) creates leaders of the green building revolution. In classes with leading practitioners in the field, students acquire the technical expertise, leadership skills, and global perspective required for the vital work of transforming how we create and occupy our buildings and communities. Coursework is grounded in whole systems thinking and application that transcends disciplines. This core philosophy holds that the built environment should be designed as a set of interactive systems engaged with the larger systems of nature and society. The MDS-SD may be completed in four semesters.

Each of the Master of Design Study Programs at the Boston Architectural College has rolling admissions, and flexible eligibility requirements for acceptance of transfer credits to the completion of your degree. For more information, please visit http://the-bac.edu/ or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@the-bac.edu, or 617-585-0123. To learn more about NCARB or IDP requirements, please visit http://www.ncarb.org/.