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Historic Preservation

Bachelor of Design Studies


The BAC is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014. 

Our built environment defines who we are.  That environment is our past and our future.  In the Historic Preservation Concentration, students will learn how to document and preserve historically significant structures, landscapes and resources.  Students will study how landmark buildings, as well as more modest structures and neighborhoods, express our heritage and character, and why we should preserve this heritage.

Historic Preservation students have the opportunity to study a wide range of historic preservation topics including the research and documentation of historic sites; preservation finance, law and planning; preservation practice; restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic sites; and preservation public policy.  In addition, students study building design and traditional building technologies, and they have the opportunity to explore other subjects through open electives. This breadth of inquiry allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives.

The BAC is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The BDS in Historic Preservation meets the standards for degree granting programs established by NCPE.


Experiential learning is the cornerstone of a BAC education. The Practice component is the daytime "laboratory" portion of the BAC's concurrent design education. Students work in a paid position in a design firm, usually during the day. As a result, our graduates usually leave the BAC with substantial resumes, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio...more


The Design Studies curriculum is made up of two components.

  • The Practice component: Students are required to earn practice credits in a related position and reach an appropriate level of competency both in the concentration discipline and general professional skills.
  • The Academic component: Students earn credits in areas of study that include foundation, visual studies, technology and management, history and theory, liberal studies and in the areas related to their individualized concentration...more