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Foundation Portfolio Review

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

The Foundation Portfolio Review is part of the process of continuous reflection and improvement expected of students at the BAC. Completion of Foundation and advancement to Segment II requires completion of the required courses in Foundation and achieving a successful review of Foundation Portfolio

Required Courses for Foundation Portfolio Review

Undergraduate students must complete the following eight (8) courses prior to their Foundation Portfolio Review.

  • FND1006 CityLab
  • FND1003 Foundation Studio
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND1010 Making and Modeling
  • FND2007 Community Practice
  • FND1004 Foundation Studio 2

Each graduate program has different required courses that must be completed prior to submitting a Foundation Portfolio. Please review the table below. An ‘X' indicates a course that must be completed along with the discipline specific courses listed prior to Foundation Portfolio Review.

 Graduate Onsite Programs




 FND3006 CityLab  X  X  X
 FND3032 Transdisciplinary Studio  X  X  X
 FND3033 Visual Thinking  X  X  X
 FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies  X  X  X
 FND3010 Making and Modeling  X  X  X
 FND2007 Community Practice  X
 First disciplinary history/theory/criticism course  HTC3050  HTC3051  HTC3033
 First disciplinary studio course  ARC3306  INT3005  LAN2001
 First two disciplinary technology courses  DME2015/DME2016

Upon completion of the required courses in Foundation, students submit a portfolio for review.

Course Catalog Description of the Foundation Portfolio Review

The Segment I Portfolio Review is a standardized evaluation of a student's readiness for advancement through the BAC Curriculum and shares results and feedback with the student. Onsite students must submit a portfolio at the end of the Segment I curriculum. The student submits a compilation of work that clearly documents achievements within the Foundation curriculum. The requirements for the portfolio can be found on Moodle or by contacting the Faculty. Students whose portfolios receive a ‘1' or ‘2' score are required to arrange a meeting with their program dean to find out the next steps before proceeding to Segment II.

What is expected

The Foundation Portfolio is individually created by students as a vehicle to reflect on their work. Portfolio criteria is fulfilled by the student's studio, design media, practice, and technology courses with work amended and refined to synthesize learning gained in these courses. Guidelines for the portfolio submission will be covered in these courses. Students are expected to write about projects or assignments and to write a Reflective Introduction essay, using writing skills learned in foundation courses.

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 (above). Portfolio Reviews are held in December 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). Results are available usually within two weeks of the submittal date. Students who pass Foundation Portfolio will advance to Segment II. If a student's portfolio is deemed incomplete (earning a 1 or 2 score), 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 may 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.

How can students get more information?

By registering for PRV0001, you will have access to the Moodle site which holds more information. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers one-on-one portfolio tutoring by appointment. For further questions, students should email Director of Foundation Studios Lee Peters at