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Boston Architectural College Reviews

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  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who need to work, are curious about what being an architect entails or are changing careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any school know what you are looking to get out of your education, check to see if the school has the facilities to meet those needs and then make a decision. If you feel you may need help with your studies or counseling I wouldn't suggest this school. Also I don't know if housing is now available, but I'd try in advance to get into housing at another nearby institution if you are typical college age so you don't miss out on that comradery.

    Bang for the buck

    I guess you get what you pay for as tuition is relatively cheap.

    Did enjoy being here

    My experience with the teachers, as at the time I believe 70% of them were volunteer was that they took their insecurities/anger from work out on the students. Many of them were biased, possibly due to my color and maybe even my gender.

    Did learn a lot

    Being exposed to the field of architecture while taking classes is something I can't even separate in my mind, after completing my bachelors there.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Being on one of the most popular streets in Boston, there are several clothing stores, or shoe stores nearby where one can hang around. The Prudential center plaza and the library is very close by too.

    Food and Dining

    There is no cafeteria, where we can actually buy a large meal from in the school. However, the college is situated in a very popular street of Boston, Newbury Street. There are several restaurants in walking distance from the school.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at this college, but there are several apartments for students in Boston, near the school.

    Academic Rigor

    At first, things can be very overwhelming, due to long hours with models and drawings. They need to be done with cleanliness, thus it takes patience. Once you do more of it, you will become more aware of how long it will take you to do models and drawings, so that you can better plan ahead. This will definitely make the course less difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being able to manage your time is very important here. Usually, the students are instructed to build models, drawing plans, and do homework for the other core classes, which will take several hours to finish.

    In three sentences

    4 Branches of programs, Architecture, Interior design, landscape architecture, and design studies. It takes extreme dedication to get through the courses due to large amounts of work given. Regardless, they can be enjoyable and very informative for ourselves.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always a check point with a live person waiting to check you into the campus... Just one thing you have to love about a small scale school!

    Great for these types of students

    Self Motivators, creatives, communicative, shy, and non-traditional

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I am getting everything and more with my professors. Not only are they instructing me, but one is helping me to establish the area I live in on the Historic Preservation map while another keeps us all posted on the job market. They truly care!

    What to do for fun

    When you are in Boston for the Intensive Week.. It is just that, intensive. I recommend you use your free time to your benefit and visit the following: Boston Public Library - most expansive library I have ever been in Nathanial Hall - go here for lunch as often as possible Chinatown - soooo much culture in such a small area The Fenway & The Emerald Necklace - everyone needs a little time with nature Wherever the train takes you - get on the T and get off in random areas.. Just explore!

    Food and Dining

    The food provided during the Intensive week was fantastic food from local restaurants.. What better than good food on top of community support?

    Dorm Life

    The hotel provided during my first intensive week was the Colonnade Hotel just off Copley square.. Here I had expected the Motel 8!

    Academic Rigor

    With their distance program, you are expected to stay on top of your own work. The courses are fast paced, but it is really about how timely and dedicated you are on your end.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend you look at what the professors have completed in their own careers. They are the standard to which you should calibrate yourself, and if you are not willing to work as hard as they have, you should find another school.

    In three sentences

    I am a Master's of Design Studies Student focusing in Historic Preservation through BAC's distance learning program, and what I love most about the school is the responsiveness of the professors. They have all been wonderful resources for the Historic Preservation Practice and have structured their classes in order to get us students investigating our own local areas. Everyone I have interacted with from BAC has been truly dedicated to helping students achieve their goals both inside and outside the classroom!

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a security guard posted at the entrance of every building. They are part of the Longwood Security company so they are well trained to do their job. They are also very friendly and become a known name to you over your time at the BAC, (plus they give out candy on the evenings).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few scholarly, career-advancing clubs at the school. There aren't many clubs or activities that get you out of studying architecture, but the student development department is always welcome for ideas.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, creative and out-of-the-box thinkers, students who want to change the world through design

    Bang for the buck

    The education that you are paying for it totally worth it. However, the accouterments typical to the college experience are not as great given the money you are spending. There are occasionally not enough computers during busy hours at the school, the buildings shut down at 10pm during average weeks and the major studio space isn't open on weekends. To give the school credit, they are trying to expand in these problem areas.

    What to do for fun

    With the work load being so high and the dorm/living locally life being slim, group social outings can be rare. But the school tries to provide event for students so they can relax and have fun. Plus once you have connections with students in studio, you find fun in coffee breaks or taking trips to Blick & Utrech (the supply stores)

    Food and Dining

    There is no formal cafeteria or cafe at the school. But since the BAC is located in such a central area of Boston, there are many dining options to chose from. The prudential food court is a short walk away and most of the restaurants on Newbury Street are a decent price and can provide a great atmosphere for a group brainstorm or just to blow off steam.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Boston Architectural College. Every student commutes; whether it is five blocks or 50 miles away, everyone takes on the challenges of getting models to school, managing travel time with study and class time, and dealing with running a household while going to school. There are a few options for students willing to pay Boston prices if they need to live close. Otherwise, the Commuter Rail is the best option to take (since parking in the city is ridiculous).

    Academic Rigor

    The intensity of work and creativity in studio helps balance out the simplicity of taking a math or writing class. Each class poses new challenges to face. The small class size helps in letting you get the most out of each course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get creative on your application. The more you express your self and your interest in design, the better your chances are of getting recognized in the start of your education there.

    In three sentences

    The progressive and open-minded approach to teaching the design process is different from all other architecture school. You are immersed in the design process from the start and begin to understand all aspects of the field of architecture. The only downfall is how small the student body and campus is.