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Transferring to the BAC

Thank you for considering the BAC as the place to continue your educational journey! We welcome transfer students for both the fall and spring semesters with our open and rolling admissions policy, and we are happy to help you throughout this process and answer any questions you have.

How Do I Apply for Transfer Credit?

You may begin the process for transferring credit after you have been accepted into a program at the BAC. Please refer to the How to Apply page to determine application requirements.

Please provide the following to admissions@the-bac.edu:

  1. An official transcript from each institution (sent directly from the school to the BAC), including any courses you plan to complete before matriculating to the BAC.
  2. Copies of catalog course descriptions from the year in which each class listed was taken. For instance, if a class was taken in 1999, the description from 1999 must be provided. Most college registrar's offices, libraries, or websites provide these upon request. Please note that in some cases where course descriptions are not sufficient to determine course content, course syllabi or other materials may be required.
  3. A portfolio of relevant examples for each design and design media course (drawing, drafting, rendering, painting, digital applications, perspectives and physical model making, and technical work) you wish to transfer. Please follow these general guidelines when submitting your portfolio:
  • Describe each image with a brief caption to explain your thinking. 
  • Include reproductions of preliminary sketches and diagrams to document the entire design process.
  • Present academic work in chronological order. For each project included, identify the school where the studio was taken, in which semester and year, studio level, and project duration.
  • Separate your work into sections reflecting the source: Academic, professional, and/or personal.
  • When submitting group projects (either studio or professional), be sure that your role is clearly identified.

You may request transfer credits by submitting a course-by-course credential evaluation for any foreign transcripts. Please note that credential evaluations are a requirement for all international applicants who did not attend a U.S. accredited institution, whether or not they have a previous degree in architecture. We recommend the following agencies:

If you have taken design courses: A portfolio of relevant examples for each design and design media course (drawing, drafting, rendering, painting, digital applications, perspectives and physical model making, and technical work) you wish to transfer. Please follow these general guidelines when submitting your portfolio:

  • Describe each image with a brief caption to explain your thinking. 
  • Include reproductions of preliminary sketches and diagrams to document the entire design process.
  • Present academic work in chronological order. For each project included, identify the school where the studio was taken, in which semester and year, studio level, and project duration.
  • Separate your work into sections reflecting the source: Academic, professional, and/or personal.
  • When submitting group projects (either studio or professional), be sure that your role is clearly identified.

Transferring Course Credits

The BAC encourages students to apply for transfer credit, which will be reviewed both by the Admissions Office and your program’s Dean. Find more information on the process and what qualifies in the sections below.

You may transfer up to half of the credits required for any onsite degree program. Online degree programs only accept transfer credits with approval from the program director.

Here are the qualifications for any credits you wish to transfer: 

  • Like other institutions of higher education, the BAC will only accept transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. 
  • Transfer credit should be requested within the first semester if possible, and must be requested within a year of matriculation at the BAC.
  • Select programs accept up to half of the required credits.
  • Must be accompanied by a course description, syllabus, and evidence of learning accomplished.
  • You need to have earned a grade of C (2.0) or above in each of the courses, with the exceptions of math and physics, which require a grade of B (3.0) or above. 
  • Transferable courses must cover 75% of the content of the equivalent BAC course.
  • Courses categorized as design (meaning there is a visual component; examples include design studios, drawing or drafting, and CAD or other computer-aided design) must be demonstrated through visual examples of work done in these classes, preferably in portfolio form.

If a course is accepted as transferred, it will count toward graduation; if a course is waived, you will not be required to take it again at the BAC, but will need to complete the same number of credits in the same subject area as the waived course in order to graduate.

If you earn course credit at other institutions between the time you matriculate at the BAC and you graduate, you will be charged a transfer fee. This is true both for students who are matriculated and for those who take leaves of absence during their participation in BAC degree or certificate programs.

Transferring BAC Continuing Education courses to a degree program are limited to 6 credits. However, students who complete a BAC Certificate can transfer in all 9 credits of the certificate into a degree program, provided the credits are applicable to the degree.

Articulation Agreements

The Boston Architectural College is proud to partner with a number of top schools around the world to make transferring from their academic programs to ours more seamless and straightforward. Through these articulation agreements, you can easily know what classes will transfer ahead of time, learn your exact placement in your program within a faster time frame, and complete your program faster.

St. Clair College in Canada between their program in architectural technology and our Master of Architecture. 

Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) in Washington between their Interior Design Degree and our Bachelor of Interior Architecture. Learn more about the curriculum sheet.

NHTI, Concord's Community College in New Hampshire between their Architectural Engineering Technology Degree and our Bachelor of Architecture. Learn more about the curriculum sheet.

Sheridan College in Canada between their Architectural Technology Program to our Master of Architecture. Learn more about the curriculum sheet.

George Brown College in Canada between their Architectural Technology Program and our Master of Architecture. Learn more about the curriculum sheet.

Transferring Practice Hours

In addition to course credits, transfer students also need to complete required Practice hours and Skill Level Assessments. You may be able to earn credit for community-based and professional experience that you have already completed by applying for Prior Practice Hours. Learn more on the Earning Practice Hours page. 

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