The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree is made up of three phases:
Segment I: Foundation; Segment II: Integration; and Segment III: Synthesis. and is intended to be completed within five years.
During Foundation, all entering undergraduate BAC students share their first year experience, and are exposed to broad principles of design thinking affecting Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and Design Studies. Fundamental design concepts, and a common, spatial language is established, as students embark in their discovery process. In addition to disciple related courses in design history and theory, critical reading, writing, design media, including freehand and digital, students also explore the liberal arts, humanities, and the arts and sciences, and learn to become social thinkers.
The second phase of the study, Integration, leads students to more complex and specific spatial problems, from regional and urban ecologies, to housing and institutional planning issues, to urban infrastructure, the public realm, and to civic, interdisciplinary buildings and structures and the highly resolved, constructed site parameters encircling these. Landscape Architecture technologies, principles of grading and storm water management, site detailing, and sustainable design are explored. During Integration, students participate in Practice and partake in community work and professional collaboration, and through applied learning begin to observe, refine, and formulate ideas that will further strengthen their Landscape Architectural studies.
The third and final Segment, Synthesis, within the Bachelor program, culminates with students' successful completion of design and liberal studies explorations, as represented through Degree I and II projects in Landscape Architecture.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) professional degree conferred by the School of Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architectural College is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB). LAAB visiting teams are comprised of landscape architectural practitioners, faculty from other programs, and college or higher education administrators from other universities. The visiting teams review programs against the Accreditation Standards and Procedures established by the LAAB Board.