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"Going to Summer Academy has opened my eyes to choosing design as a career path"

Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration

Summer Academy has been introducing high school students to the fields of architecture and spatial design since 1973.

Are you considering a career in architecture or design? Are you working on your portfolio for college admission? Or are you simply curious about design? The Summer Academy at The Boston Architectural College offers an opportunity to study design with a hands-on approach and with no previous design experience required.

Summer Academy students experiment with materials, build structures, test professional design software, visit professional firms, and explore buildings like libraries and museums in Boston.

Students who complete the Summer Academy Program earn three college credits and are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship towards one of our undergraduate programs.


July 8 - August 2

9am-12:30pm    Academic curriculum
2pm-5pm        Off campus excursions

Tuition is $1,800. Lunch, materials and transportation to field trips are included.



Application Deadline: Monday, June 3

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need and through the Robert Houseman Fund, a gift to the BAC, established to promote diversity in the design professions.

Scholarship applicants must include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor and an essay in addition to the Summer Academy Application Form.

Students applying for scholarships do not need to submit tuition payment with their registration. Once scholarships are awarded, the tuition balance, if you receive a partial scholarship, will be due.

Who can apply to Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is open to high school students entering grades 9–12. No previous design experience is necessary. There is no such thing as a typical student for us. Our students are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, landscape designers, and more.

Please note that international students must secure their own visa for this program.

Summer Academy Field Trip

Track Highlights

Grades 9 and 10

  • Test the strengths and limits of bricks and plaster
  • Learn basic Photoshop, InDesign, and SketchUp
  • Study Ero Saarinen's work including the MIT Chapel

Grades 11 and 12

  • Produce printed and digital portfolio of work
  • Create in virtual reality
  • Study renowned architect Le Corbusier's design of Harvard University's Carpenter Center


The BAC Summer Academy 2019

9am - 5pm, July 8-August 2

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