Curious about design, a career in architecture, interior design, landscape design or working on a portfolio for college admissions? The Virtual Summer Academy at Boston Architectural College (BAC) offers an opportunity to study design with peers and design professionals. No design experience is required! 

For over 15 years, the BAC’s Summer Academy has provided high school students with hands-on design and material exercises. Going ‘virtual’ in 2020, students will receive the materials through the mail to follow simultaneously while the full-scale is being executed by the BAC faculty member. Daily discussions in synchronous webinars will lead the student exercises. Case study buildings and professional firm visits through virtual reality will parallel the design/build teams of students in developing and experiencing their projects online.

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

About BAC's Pre-College On-Campus Programs 

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. 

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.


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