This post is a response to a discussion made on the main board.
I suggest anyone who is interested in applying to the BAC to take a tour around the school and talk to students there. One insider tip, don't waste your time with the so called 'student body'-the Atelier.
Anyway, I have nothing against the school, but problems I have are usually with the board members, the directors, and some members of the staff there. I personally hate the politics that goes through in the school.
However, putting all the politics aside, it is true the school do not tend to focus on design theory, but it doesn't mean you aren't allow to find your own resource. Sometimes is takes a lot of motivation for me to put up with that. It's a personal preference, I don't mind doing that, and I don't expect the school to spoon-feed me throughout the years, so it all works well with me on that.
There are admiration from the community towards the school. One of mine is the volunteers who take time out to teach us.
As for the Practice component part, be prepared to spend a few months to a year to look for an entry level position here in Boston. As someone said earlier, no one would think of hiring someone with no architectural experience in an architecture firm, and that is very true. Also, motivation plays a very strong part here. Just imagine having to deal with problems at work (clients, contractors, engineers, paperwork..etc) and then going back to class from 7 till 10.
Pressure? Yes. Stress? Yes. Excellent time management skills? Yes.
Sleepless night? Yes, but this is true for every architecture school I bet, but they don't need to go to work at 8am.
I don't recommend this school to everyone, especially to those who are still undecisive with their career interest. If you're really interested in what architecture is, take a tour of an architecture firm, talk to an architect then decide whether you want to pursue this profession or not.
From looking at the school blogs, the BAC doesn't offer the studio culture other schools have. Your studio is your home. There's no interaction among students here. You'll probably meet your classmates once a week for crit or unless you get to know each other very well, you can get together more often, but for the rest of the day, the school is your mid-point connection between work and home.