Who can apply to Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is open to high school students entering grades 9–12. No previous design experience is necessary. There is no such thing as a typical student for us. Our students are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, landscape designers, and more.

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.

Dates and Tuition

July 9–August 3, 2018

Tuition for 2018 will be announced soon.
All materials and supplies are included.

If you cannot attend the entire program, please contact us. We may be able to accommodate you.

Program Hours

9:30 am–1 pm, Monday–Friday.

What happens each week?

Weeks 1 and 2: Material Exploration
Actively examine building materials, build an arch with concrete and wire or brick and plaster, and test its strength.

Week 3: Field Trips!
Study significant historical buildings, develop scaled models of buildings, and visit museums to study paintings and sculptures one on one.

Explore large scale presentations using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Develop freehand skills drawing on an easel, using lines and values, and understanding the horizon line and vanishing points.

Week 4: The Design Process
Explore program, site and orientation and develops a concept through iterative plans, sections and elevations; discuss your design with recent graduates; and visit a factory and a design firm.

Build trusses with wood or a dome with thin brick.

Study the urban context of vibrant, metropolitan Boston through sketchbook drawing sessions at neighboring cafes, parks, libraries, stores and museums for example.

Week 5: Build and Present
Using SketchUp, develop a walk through your design; visit a construction site; talk with a design professional about a typical day of their life; and present your final work to friends and family

Admission and Registration

Current high school students (entering grades 9–12) are invited to apply to Summer Academy. Students are accepted through a rolling admission process; enrollment is first-come, first-served. To apply, you must submit the Summer Academy Application Form (2018 application coming soon). Applications are not considered complete until payment is finalized. For more information, please call 617.585.0123 or email summer@the-bac.edu.

Information Sessions

Students and their families are invited to join us at our spring info sessions to learn more about Summer Academy. Skype meetings with groups of students can be arranged.

Information session dates will be available in Spring 2018.


Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need as well as through the Robert Houseman Fund, a gift to the BAC, established to promote diversity in the design professions. Students who qualify are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applicants must fulfill all application requirements, include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, and complete the Summer Academy Application Form. Students applying for scholarships do not need to submit tuition payment with their registration. Once scholarships are awarded, the tuition balance, if you receive a partial scholarship, will be due.

Local Transportation

The BAC is easily accessible to the T subway, commuter rail, and bus lines. We are located in Boston’s Back Bay on the corner of Hereford and Newbury, near the Hynes, Prudential, and Back Bay T stations. Public transportation information can be found by visiting the MBTA website.