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Foundation Portfolio Review

This information applies ONLY to students beginning their degree program in the Fall of 2013 or later.

Frequently Asked Questions
Foundation Portfolio Instructions and Evaluation Sheet
Foundation Portfolio Timeline

Upon completion of the nine required courses in Foundation, students submit a portfolio for review by the College. Successful completion of the Portfolio Review demonstrates the students' understanding and ability to reflectively synthesize the learning of Foundation.

The Foundation Portfolio is part of the process of continuous reflection and improvement expected of students at the BAC. Completion of Foundation and advancement to Segment II of the student's designated degree program requires two things:

  • Completion of the required courses in Foundation.
  • Successful review of Foundation Portfolio

What is expected: The Foundation Portfolio Review is intended to evaluate a student's readiness for advancement from Foundation to disciplinary study. Foundation Portfolios are uniquely assembled by students as a vehicle to reflect on their work. Reviewers of these portfolios will expect to see the work of the student's studio, design media, practice, and technology courses amended and refined to respond to feedback received in these courses. Guidelines for the portfolio response will be covered in these courses. Students are expected to write reflectively about specific projects or assignments and to write a summary essay, using writing skills learned in Critical Reading and Research (undergraduate level) or History Theory (graduate level).

When to submit: Foundation Portfolios should be submitted for review at the end of the semester in which the student completes the required Foundation courses specific to a program (see the Frequently Asked Questions for a specific list of required Foundation courses in each degree program). Portfolio Reviews are held in January and May. The submittal date will follow the end of the semester and will be published in the Academic Calendar. Students should register for PRV0001 Portfolio Review when registering for the semester in which they anticipate completing Foundation.

What happens next: Portfolios are reviewed by the BAC's faculty and education directors (students are not present for the review). Students may request the results at the end of Portfolio Review, usually within two weeks of the submittal date. Students who pass Foundation Portfolio will advance to Segment II of their chosen degree program. If a student's portfolio is deemed incomplete, the student will meet with the appropriate school Dean to determine the requirements and schedule of the portfolio resubmission. With permission from the Dean, the student will be permitted to take certain classes from Segment II during the semester that the student is preparing to resubmit (Segment II Studio courses are not permitted). The student should schedule a meeting with an academic advisor to discuss what courses to take next.

Foundation Portfolio Instructions and Evaluation Sheet

How can students get more information? The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers one-on-one portfolio tutoring by appointment. For questions about the Foundation Portfolio process, read the Foundation Frequently Asked Questions. For further questions, students should email Director of Foundation Studios Lee Peters at lee.peters@the-bac.edu.