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College Profile: Boston Architectural College

 
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The Boston Architectural College (the BAC), formerly known as the Boston Architectural Center, is New England's largest independent design college, located on Newbury Street in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood. The BAC offers bachelor's and /or master's degrees in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and design studies. The school was founded in 1889 as the Boston Architectural Club, and evolved over time into a fully accredited degree granting college. Since its founding as a club for architects in the Boston area who needed to educate their apprentices, the BAC has maintained close ties to the professional design community throughout its history. Those ties exist in the BAC's faculty of practicing professionals.[citation needed] Its mission is stated as follows: "Dedicated to excellence in the education of design professionals, the BAC is supported by a strong faculty, accessible, and rooted in the professions."[citation needed] Accessibility has largely been manifest in an open admissions policy, but also in efforts to keep tuition affordable. Currently, the school enrolls over 1000 degree-seeking students and over 400 continuing education students, while employing 300 educators and professional practitioners.[citation needed] One of the most distinctive characteristics of the BAC is the concurrent learning model: experiential practice in the field, intellectual academic learning in the classroom. In addition to classroom study, students earn credits working in paid positions at design firms during the day, while attending classes in the evening, typically two to three nights per week. This educational experience connects the theoretical with the practical, and also often affords students the ability to test for licensure upon graduation.[citation needed] The college offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Design, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Design Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Design, and a Practicing Professionals Distance M.Arch.[citation needed] In addition to its degree programs, the BAC offers an extensive array of continuing education courses. Professionals and non-professionals alike can choose to take a course or enroll in certificate programs covering the following areas: advanced architectural rendering, computer-aided design, decorative arts, historic preservation, and sustainable design. The BAC is also a center for professional development, offering practicing architects and interior designers an opportunity to obtain continuing education credit by taking courses at the BAC and in their own firms.[citation needed]
 
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA
02115-2703
617-262-5000 (general)
617-585-0125 (financial aid)
617-585-0123 (admissions)
 
 
 

 

General Information
Other Names Boston Architectural Center
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size Under 1,000
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Boston Architectural College Website
Wikipedia

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy Yes
Admission test scores Not applicable
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Not applicable

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
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Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
1,408 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
0 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
0 Fall Admissions

Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
Yes Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
No Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

Degrees and Certifications
Bachelor of Architecture (Bachelor Degree)
Study of architecture at the Boston Architectural Center features the college's model of concurrent learning: working in approved, paid, supervised positions in design firms during the day -- the "practice" component of the curriculum -- while studying several evenings a week at the BAC -- the "academic" component of the curriculum. Although each component has a sequence of its own, the two are designed to be concurrent, allowing progress in one to facilitate learning in the other
Bachelor of Interior Design (Bachelor Degree)
Study of interior design at the BAC features the college's model of concurrent learning: practice and academics. Students work in approved, paid, supervised positions in design firms during the day -- the "practice" component of the curriculum -- while studying several evenings a week at the BAC -- the "academic" component of the curriculum. Although each component has a sequence of its own, the two are designed to be concurrent, allowing progress in one to facilitate learning in the other
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Bachelor Degree)
The BAC is admitting students for the Fall2006 semesterto its first professional degree in landscape architecture, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Both beginning and advanced placement students are encouraged to apply. As one of a small number of institutions across the United States to offer professional degrees in the three major design disciplines (architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture), the BAC is uniquely positioned to apply its model of concurrent design education to the study of landscape.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Bachelor Degree)
The BAC is admitting students for the Fall2006 semesterto its first professional degree in landscape architecture, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Both beginning and advanced placement students are encouraged to apply. As one of a small number of institutions across the United States to offer professional degrees in the three major design disciplines (architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture), the BAC is uniquely positioned to apply its model of concurrent design education to the study of landscape.

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