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The BAC’s concurrent learning model integrates professional practice and classroom studies. The BAC is one of the few design schools offering professional undergraduate programs Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture under one roof. A shared foundation year gives students broad exposure to all of the major design disciplines prior to concentrating on their specific area of interest. The comprehensive integration of professional practice into academics gives students a significant head start on their careers, and results in students already being experienced designers with substantial professional portfolios at graduation. On average, 80% of BAC students are employed in design on the day they graduate.
The BAC’s urban campus, located in the heart of the historic and architecturally significant Back Bay neighborhood, is ideally located to take advantage of all of the opportunities offered by the city of Boston. Nearby are many museums and cultural attractions, several other colleges, Fenway Park, and many of the city’s best shops and restaurants. In addition, many of Boston’s largest and most prominent firms are located within easy walking distance or a short subway ride. The city itself becomes integral to the BAC student’s study of design.
Financial Aid / Tuition
Financial Aid is available to students in the form of federal loans and grants. Students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify. A limited number of partial scholarships will be offered to highly qualified students who demonstrate a history of leadership in academic, extracurricular, and/or professional pursuits, academic excellence and exceptional creativity in the creative exercise. In addition, personal background and sincerity of interest will be taken into account.
The BAC welcomes applications from students with or without a background in design. Application requirements include the application for admission, a creative exercise, resumé and official high school transcript or GED. The BAC also encourages applications from transfer students from any academic background. Transfer credit applications require college transcripts and course descriptions. A portfolio is required only for transfer of prior design classes. The BAC admits students for both the fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis. There is no SAT or standardized test requirement for admission.
Other Cool Facts
The Boston Architectural College is fully accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). In addition, our professional undergraduate programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (Bachelor of Architecture), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Interior Design) and the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (Landscape Architecture).