Alert Click here for the latest updates on the COVID-19 policies and resources for the BAC community. Spring classes will be fully online on Monday, March 30, 2020 for all students.More

COVID-19 Essential Services Remain Open

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Governor Baker has issued an order today requiring all non-essential businesses to close at noon Tuesday, March 24 through noon on Tuesday, April 7. For more information and the list of essential services, please click here.

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DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Studying at the BAC

BAC Students: Transition to Online Learning

In the interest of safeguarding the health and wellness of our community as well as members of the greater public who may be more vulnerable to this disease, the BAC leadership has made the decision to transition all in-person classes to online. It is important to note that the BAC remains open while shifting to another educational modality. As a pioneer in distance learning for design, we are uniquely positioned to offer our students continued excellence in education.


Schedule for transitioning online

Friday, March 13 The last day of in-person classes at the BAC for Spring Semester 2020
Monday, March 16 - Saturday, March 21
(Spring Break)

An interim time to allow faculty and staff to transition online
Monday, March 23 Online courses that are already online resume as usual
Monday, March 23 - Saturday, March 28 Additional time for the BAC to ensure each student has the resources needed to fulfill online educational requirements
Monday, March 30 Transitioned online classes begin

BAC students: Transitioning to online courses this semester will be a significant adjustment. Please plan accordingly and know that our staff and faculty are committed to ensuring a positive and fulfilling learning experience throughout the semester. Resources will be provided throughout the process to address individual needs. Click here for Online Education Tips for On-Site Students.


Library

  • The libray has renewed everyone's books to be due at the end of the semester. Students won't need to return them until May. The library have also suspended fines and forgave all fines accrued this semester.
  • Library questions, research help? We are standing by and encourage you to email us today.
  • Looking for a good movie to watch at home? Kanopy, our online film provider, is offering some great films for free.
  • Looking for an online scholarly ebook about art or architectural history? A&AePortal, an authoritative online resource, is available this spring semester to the BAC community.


Working at the BAC

Beginning March 16, the BAC will be modifying operations in order to limit onsite work but continue to offer services through a combination of in-person/online/via phone. The BAC considers telecommuting to be a viable, flexible work option during this difficult time and when both the employee and the job are suited to such an arrangement. 

BAC Faculty: Transition to Online Teaching

As the BAC moves to online classes and remote work as part of its day-to-day operations, maintaining normal levels of academic excellence and service is essential. We are committed to ensuring this a smooth transition for all our faculty and ask that you please refer back to this page for updated information and resources. If you have questions not covered in these resources for faculty and staff, please reach out to Jade Hopkins.

Calendar of Online Teaching Tutorials


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COVID-19 Essential Services Remain Open

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Governor Baker has issued an order today requiring all non-essential businesses to close at noon Tuesday, March 24 through noon on Tuesday, April 7. For more information and the list of essential services, please click here.


Additional notifications:

  • All BAC funded, non-essential travel has been cancelled until further notice. As Governor Baker recommends, please limit personal travel-both internationally and domestically.
  • Updates to BAC events and activities will be announced soon.
  • The BAC campus will remain open only to essential full and part-time employees.
  • Housing will continue to be available to current BAC students residing at Pine Manor College-the BAC will communicate with students if there are any changes.

What to do

Call your health professional first if you developed symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. 


Spring Break Travel

The BAC recommends avoiding any nonessential international travel.

If you plan to travel internationally, please be aware of the travel restrictions and advisories in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We ask students travelling internationally contact emergencymanagement@the-bac.edu so we are prepared to assist you if needed.

It is also important to note domestic travel is not currently impacted, but please check the CDC website for updates.


DO THE FIVE. Help stop coronavirus.

  1. HANDS  Wash them often
  2. ELBOW  Cough into it
  3. FACE  Don't touch it
  4. FEET  Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL  sick? Stay home

Stay Informed

Since information may change quickly, we encourage you to:

If you have additional questions, contact your health care provider directly. BAC students may also find resources through our Student Assistance Program.

Email emergencymanagement@the-bac.edu for additional information regarding the BAC's response, or, if you need to contact the BAC regarding COVID-19.

Get the Facts

While there are many news headlines regarding coronavirus, it is important to note people of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American.

Know and share the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

If you have witnessed or experienced any coronavirus-related racism, here are the ways to report and get help

We all have a responsibility to take simple precautions to be safe and well!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Computing at Home FAQ

1. I need software, how can I get it?

Almost all the software in the labs is available to students, faculty, and staff for FREE (for educational use) or as a Full Trial (capable of saving files). This includes Rhino, ALL AutoDesk Software, and more.
See this list for software available for free and educational use. (updated frequently)

2. I need Revit/AutoCAD or other AutoDesk Software, is it available?

You can get almost all AutoDesk products FOR FREE. Use your BAC Email address and sign up here

    • Click the “Free Software” tab.
    • Select a software you want for free.
    • Click the “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.
    • Follow the prompts to enter the requested information.

3. I saw Adobe is free for students through May, how do I access it?

Adobe Creative Cloud is now FREE for all BAC Students and Faculty through May 31.

4. I need to use Revit but have a Mac, suggestions?

Revit is not available for MacOS. If you can set up BootCamp (Free!) or Parallels (14-day Free Trial) to run Windows, that is our best recommendation we have at this time.

Parallels is more flexible - you can use MacOS and Windows simultaneously and copy between the two. BootCamp is more robust - and provides more resources to Windows, and Windows applications (such as Revit) will run better.

5. My computer is too old, what can I do?

First, please try anyway, you may be surprised. 

Tips to help new software run better on older computers:

    • Run ONE application at a time (Do not use YouTube, rendering in the background, Spotify or any other program.)
    • HIDE or TURN OFF unnecessary/reference/entourage/context layers in Rhino, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and turn them on when absolutely needed.

6. I have no computing device, what can I do? 

Contact your instructor, Rich Griswold (Dean of Students), and and let him know your needs. He will help you review all the options and work with IT to find a solution.

Computing at Home FAQ

1. I need software, how can I get it?

Almost all the software in the labs is available to students, faculty, and staff for FREE (for educational use) or as a Full Trial (capable of saving files). This includes Rhino, ALL AutoDesk Software, and more.
See this list for software available for free and educational use. (updated frequently)

2. I need Revit/AutoCAD or other AutoDesk Software, is it available?

You can get almost all AutoDesk products FOR FREE. Use your BAC Email address and sign up here

    • Click the “Free Software” tab.
    • Select a software you want for free.
    • Click the “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.
    • Follow the prompts to enter the requested information.

3. I saw Adobe is free for students through May, how do I access it?

Adobe Creative Cloud is now FREE for all BAC Students and Faculty through May 31.

4. I need to use Revit but have a Mac, suggestions?

Revit is not available for MacOS. If you can set up BootCamp (Free!) or Parallels (14-day Free Trial) to run Windows, that is our best recommendation we have at this time.

Parallels is more flexible - you can use MacOS and Windows simultaneously and copy between the two. BootCamp is more robust - and provides more resources to Windows, and Windows applications (such as Revit) will run better.

5. My computer is too old, what can I do?

First, please try anyway, you may be surprised. 

Tips to help new software run better on older computers:

    • Run ONE application at a time (Do not use YouTube, rendering in the background, Spotify or any other program.)
    • HIDE or TURN OFF unnecessary/reference/entourage/context layers in Rhino, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and turn them on when absolutely needed.

6. I have no computing device, what can I do? 

Contact your instructor, Rich Griswold (Dean of Students), and and let him know your needs. He will help you review all the options and work with IT to find a solution.