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Practice Requirements

Depending on where you are in the completion of your program at the BAC, you have different Practice requirements. If you have any questions about requirements or Practice hours in general, please contact the Practice Department at practice@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0145.

Sequence of Practice Requirements

If you are enrolled in the BAC's undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture, you'll satisfy requirements for professional growth and development through the acquisition of Practice hours and periodic, one-on-one Practice assessments with licensed design professionals.

The following matrix categorizes the Sequence of Practice Requirements1 per program.

New Student

Beginner

Engaged

Advanced

Timeline

Admissions

New Student Orientation

End of Foundation Segment 1 Portfolio Review

Segment 2 Portfolio Review

Graduation

Skill Level2

n/a

1-2 All Programs

6 B.Arch/M.Arch

4 BIA/MIA

5 BLA/MLA

8 B.Arch/M.Arch

6 BIA/MIA

6 BLA/MLA

Practice Hours3

n/a

n/a

2200 B.Arch/M.Arch

450 BIA/MIA

600 BLA/MLA

3000 B.Arch/M.Arch

900 BIA/MIA

900 BLA/MLA

Experience

None or limited (may have prior practice experience)

Initial

Some

Extensive

Personal Development

Self-focused

Self-aware

Connected to others

Big picture

Reflection

None or limited

General insights

Connected

Rich and integrated

Connection to Community

Individual benefit

Recognizes community assets and needs

Connected locally with community

Facilitates community linkages

Transdisciplinary Approach

Personal focus

Willingness to make personal decisions that reflect awareness of others

Respectful and appreciative of others

Seeks out and adapts to others

Professional and/or Civic Engagement

Unaware

Participates in activities

Organizes and manages tasks

Initiates action on design projects and/or social justice issues

Capacity to Work in Firm Design Teams and/or with Diverse Communities

Unknown

Limited and directed

Responds to requests that develop context-appropriate action

Imaginative, self-directed leadership

1 Adapted from Gelmon, S.B. Agre-Kippenhan, S., Cress, C.M. (2013). Beyond a grade. Are we making a Difference?: The benefits and challenges of evaluating learning and serving. In C.M. Cress, P.J. Collier, V.L. Reitenauer, Associates (Eds.), Learning through serving: a student guidebook for service-learning and civic engagement across the disciplines and cultural communities (p. 168-169). Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

2 Prior to Fall 2016, skill levels were referenced as: New Student = Skill Level 0; Beginner = Skill Level 1-2; Engaged = Skill Level 3-6; Advanced = Skill Level 7-8.

3 B.Arch and M.Arch students with prior industry experience may petition for the transfer of up to 1,500 prior Practice hours. Contact the Practice Department at practice@the-bac.edu for more information.

Practice Department

practice@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0145