Admissions - Distance M.Arch
The Boston Architectural College welcomes new students to apply to the College's Distance Track of the NAAB accredited Master of Architecture program. The BAC has a long, rich history of educating professionals in architecture. Since 1889, the institution has been strongly connected to the profession of architecture. As a college, the BAC provides a unique educational model through its concurrent learning format. Students earn credits through classroom experiences, as well as through time spent working in the profession. The college’s Distance M.Arch degree allows students from around the country and world to earn a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture, close to where they live and work, while continuing to practice as a professional in architecture. Most students are able to qualify to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (A.R.E.) upon completion of the program.
There are both academic and professional prerequisites for admission. Although we do not specifically require an undergraduate degree in Architecture for admission, the list of prerequisite classes would most likely be fulfilled by someone who has earned the pre-professional, four year undergrad Architecture degree, or a closely related course of study with a design focus.
Prerequisite classes are:
∙ At least four semesters of design studios with an architectural focus
∙ Architectural History from ancient to modern
∙ Materials and Methods
∙ Freehand (figure drawing)
∙ 2D drafting
∙ 2D and 3D CAD
In addition to the academic prerequisites, we require that applicants have worked at least one year in professional practice in an architectural setting, and that they have risen to a level where they are responsible for the coordination of information for all phases of a moderately complex project, including working with stakeholders and consultants.
We require a portfolio for admission that showcases both academic and professional work. The portfolio should demonstrate a clear understanding of 3D spatial design, as well as the design process from inception (starting with beginning sketches) through to final model.
To apply to the Distance M.Arch, students must complete an admissions file, which will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine eligibility and acceptance into the program. There are a limited number of seats in the Distance M.Arch program, and acceptance is selective.
Applicants may apply for either a fall (August) or a spring (January) term start. Application files must be completed by the application deadline for a given term in order to be considered for admission. The Admission Committee will review all applications subsequent to this deadline. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision by mail.
To find out more information about the Distance M.Arch, please contact Paige Manning, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 617-585-0137.