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Practice Curriculum

基础s of Applied Learning

diagram of curricular sequence

Applied Learning at the BAC

During foundation year, students complete two core foundation courses in Practice:  CityLab Intensive (FND2003) 和 Community Practice (FND2007).  These 实践-based courses aim to scaffold professional and personal development in areas related to design thinking, critical problem-solving, communication, 和 collaboration skills through applied learning.  Upon successful completion of Community Practice students may choose to apply their skills to a 网关 project, gaining professional design experience while providing services to non-profit, municipal, 和 community partner organizations.

*注意:  The following timeline is based on a typical foundation-year sequence, but may vary to reflect the individual needs of each student.

1 // CityLab Intensive

City Lab Intensive is a four-day immersive experience that starts on a students' first day at the BAC. During the Intensive, all incoming graduate and undergraduate students engage in a series of field-based exercises centered on the exploration of systems, structures, places, 和 populations that make up the city of Boston.

  • Interdisciplinary student teams are taught by a range of experienced instructors 和 design practitioners.
  • Sketching + analysis of the City are guided by five design lenses: 1. Human Comfort, 2. Mobility, 3. Open Space, 4. Building Patterns, 和 5. Social/Cultural Systems.
  • 灵感 is derived through the process of curiosity, discovery, and cultivating an appreciation for learning outside the classroom in an applied manner where collaboration 和 communication are essential.

2 // Community Practice

Building on the twin foci of communication and collaboration, Community Practice serves as an introduction to professional design 实践 at the BAC. During this course, students begin to contextualize not only the place of their learning, but also the complex challenges and opportunities presented to designers in the continual making 和 remaking of a design intervention.

  • 应用学习 through group-based design projects, lectures, 和 interdisciplinary participation.
  • Communication, collaboration, 和 critical thinking skills are developed 和 strengthened to help students 实践 design professionally
  • Final group projects serve as a catalyst for exploring design lessons 和 concepts learned throughout the semester.

3 // Advanced 基础 // 网关 to Practice

Gateway students acquire practical professional experience through collaborative engagement on design projects with community groups, municipal agencies, and nonprofits in metro and greater Boston. In addition to providing services to community organizations that may find it difficult to afford full-service professional design services, 网关 students benefit from opportunities to earn 实践小时, bolster their portfolios, strengthen technical and professional skills,  and network with students, faculty, community partners, 和 design professionals across an array of disciplines.  For more information, visit the 网关 页。

*注意:  Although students are typically encouraged to defer participation in a 网关 project until their second or third semester, exceptions may be made for foundation-level students who have acquired basic technical skills or project-based experience from prior involvement in a professional design setting.