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Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board that prepares you for licensure by integrating ongoing, real-world design practice with architectural courses.

The BAC Difference

  • Take your licensing exams early: By engaging in professional practice experiences with design firms, community projects, research, and more and enrolling in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP), you may be eligible to take your licensing exams while you earn your degree.
  • Study with working professionals: Your instructors are leaders in the field and bring current perspectives on architectural practice into the classroom.
  • Real-world experience: The BAC partners with over 350 firms that hire students to work while they study.

A Faster Path to Licensure

Because the BAC is part of the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, you can shorten the process to professional licensure by completing your B. Arch academics and work simultaneously.

Wide-Ranging Curriculum

  • Integrated building systems and technology courses help you investigate how buildings perform.
  • History and theory courses place current work into context with other times and places so you can see how where we came from influences where we are today, and where you may go tomorrow.
  • Design studios build your capacity to combine ideas and innovate new ones, supported by drawing and making courses.
  • Media courses harness the power of digital and physical making, offering you a range of visual languages to communicate your ideas.
  • Liberal education employs the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore our place in the world.
  • Professional practice courses build your understanding of how to manage projects, create a design practice, and sustain a mission.

STEM-OPT for International Students

International students in the B. Arch program may be able to extend their time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for up to three years. To learn more contact Maria Polyanskaya, International Student Advisor, at maria.polyanskaya@the-bac.edu.

Career Options

The B. Arch is one step towards receiving professional licensure, allowing you to become a practicing architect of buildings and more. While pursuing your license requires additional years of education and real-world practice, you are also prepared for a variety of careers with just your B. Arch, such as:

  • Architect
  • Design builder
  • Real estate developer
  • Client representative

Meet B. Arch Student Fatima

Every architecture degree is hard but the experience at the BAC is very much a microcosm of what waits for you in the field as a professional. At the BAC, every class is a demonstration in the power of forethought, that with proper planning even the biggest tasks can be tackled.
Alejandro M. de Pablo (B. Arch ‘21)
30%

of BAC students are international

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