Who can apply to Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is open to high school students entering grades 9–12. No previous design experience is necessary. There is no such thing as a typical student for us. Our students are aspiring artists, architects, interior designers, engineers, industrial designers, computer game creators, landscape designers, and more. Please note that international students must secure their own visa for this program.

Track Highlights

Grades 9 and 10

  • Test the strengths and limits of bricks and plaster
  • Learn basic Photoshop, InDesign, and SketchUp
  • Study Eero Saarinen’s work including the MIT Chapel

Grades 11 and 12

  • Produce printed and digital portfolio of work
  • Create in virtual reality
  • Study renowned architect Le Corbusier’s design of Harvard University’s Carpenter Center

Dates and Tuition

July 8–August 2, 2019

Tuition is $1,800. All materials and supplies are included.

Program Hours

9am-12:30pm    Academic curriculum
2pm-5pm           Off campus excursions

Daily lunch is provided. 

Admission and Registration

Current high school students (entering grades 9–12) are invited to apply to Summer Academy. Students are accepted through a rolling admission process; enrollment is first-come, first-served. To apply, you must submit the Summer Academy Application Form. Applications are not considered complete until payment is finalized. For more information, please call 617.585.0123 or email summer@the-bac.edu.

Information Sessions

Students and their families are invited to join us at our info sessions to learn more about Summer Academy. Skype meetings with groups of students can be arranged.

11:00am – 12:30pm, February 16

11:00am – 12:30pm, April 6

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Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need and through the Robert Houseman Fund, a gift to the BAC, established to promote diversity in the design professions.

Students who qualify are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applicants must fulfill all application requirements, include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, and complete the Summer Academy Application Form. The deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday, May 1. Students applying for scholarships do not need to submit tuition payment with their registration. Once scholarships are awarded, the tuition balance, if you receive a partial scholarship, will be due.

Local Transportation

The BAC is easily accessible to the T subway, commuter rail, and bus lines. We are located in Boston’s Back Bay on the corner of Hereford and Newbury, near the Hynes, Prudential, and Back Bay T stations. Public transportation information can be found by visiting the MBTA website.