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BAC Summer Academy for High School Students

BAC Summer Academy for High School Students

Designed for high school students who are curious about starting a career in architecture, interior design, landscape design, and more, the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Early College Program helps you launch your future in studying design with leading professionals and peers from around the globe.

Information for City of Boston residents regarding the Urban Planning and Summer Academy Fellows program.

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Who Is Eligible?

High school students anywhere in the world (grades 9–12) are welcome to participate in this summer program. No design experience is required. Our students are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, landscape designers, and more.

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Program Details

For over 40 years, the BAC's Summer Academy has provided high school students with hands-on design and material exercises. This Summer, the Academy will be offered in two separate formats: an on-site experience, and a synchronous virtual experience.

On-campus* students will experience live lectures, exercises, site and professional firm visits around Boston, and hands-on design and building in teams. Virtual students will explore case study buildings, attend site and professional firm visits through video streaming and chat, and will also receive kits of materials and supplies to allow them to participate in the hands-on design and building wherever they may be. All students will have access to the latest in design software and computing through either our on-site computer labs or the BAC’s VDI CloudLab.

In addition to the sketchbook that all Academy Students receive to work on, this year students will also develop a digital and physical design portfolio, and they will also receive a 3D Printing pen to incorporate into their design explorations during and after Summer Academy.

Program dates: July 5th-July 29th*, 2022; 12-3:30 pm EST

Hybrid Format: Students can participate on-campus** or online!

Tuition: $1500, with an early bird special of $1200 if students apply by April 15th

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2022


* Information for City of Boston residents regarding the Urban Planning and Summer Academy Fellows program. 

**On-campus participants are required to follow the BAC's COVID Policies, including full vaccination with a booster (once eligible). For more information and updates, visit our COVID page.
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Urban Planning and Summer Fellows Program

The Urban Planning & Summer Academy Fellows Program offers a paid* summer position for City of Boston high school-aged residents who are curious about careers in urban planning and design. This pre-college program introduces students to urban planning and design with leading professionals and peers in the Boston area and beyond.

As fellows, students are jointly enrolled in two programs that together are designed to support and enhance student learning— the Summer Academy Design Program plus the Urban Planning Fellows Program:

  • Urban Planning Fellows Program: This pre-professional training program prepares students for urban planning and urban design professional practice.
  • Summer Academy Design Program: This hands-on program is designed for high school students who are curious about starting a career in architecture, interior design and landscape design.
Summer Academy students exploring Boston.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the generosity of sponsors such as Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. and Robert Houseman. These grants help the BAC continue its mission to diversify the design professions while fostering the next generation through hands-on engagement.

Scholarship application deadline is April 15, 2022.

Students in 11th and 12th grade who complete the BAC Summer Academy program earn 1.5 college credits, and are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship towards one of the BAC's undergraduate programs.


Information for City of Boston residents regarding the Urban Planing and Summer Academy Fellows program.

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