Explore design at The Boston Architectural College’s Summer Academy
Learn to use laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers. Design virtual reality environments. Visit design firms and museums.
Open to students in grades 9 - 12.
Open to students entering grades 9 through 12, you will work with new materials and discover fresh ways of imagining the world around us using Boston as an urban laboratory. Studio leaders and lead faculty are emerging design professionals and advanced graduate students from Boston area design schools including Boston Architectural College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Students leave the program with a clearer sense of design professions, projects to strengthen a portfolio for college, and an expanded understanding of the impact of design around them and the ways design can change communities and improve lives.
From July 9 through August 3, our academy of studios focuses on building design and critical thinking skills including working with software, creating work using our 3D printers, designing using virtual reality software. You'll discover new ways of imagining the world around us.
No previous design experience is necessary! There is no such thing as a typical student for us. We have students who are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, and landscape designers (among others).
In this fast-paced, four-week program, students will:
Work on practical, hands-on projects in groups and individual studio settings.
Learn basic structural principles, materials composition, drawing techniques, and more.
Build physical and digital models using professional software such as Adobe and SketchUp.
Take field trips to building sites, design firms, museums, and significant buildings in Boston.
Present their work to family and friends at the end of the program.
Leave with a comprehensive portfolio of their work and a sketchbook of their experience.
Gain a solid sense of whether they want to pursue an education in architecture or design.