Sorry about the "abandonment" of this blog for the past semester. I wasn't taking any studio classes this fall and didn't quite want to bore everyone with stories on history, structures and programming.
Anyway, will be submitting my portfolio for review and the end of the semester, if I pass, and if this school blog project is still going on, I'll post some experience with the C-studio.
For those who are unfamiliar with the school system, here's a breakdown of the reason why I'm not taking studio every semester and what's up with this portfolio scene.
The curriculum basically breaks down to 3 segments. Each segment have their own credits requirement for each academic and practice component. Students need to pass Segment 1 in order to get into Segment 2 and so forth. For example: Students need to fulfill 39 credits (all the courses required/listed) and a minimum of 13.5 credit hours of practice and reached at least Level 4 (BAC Standard:Level 4=Entry level drafter) in Segment I.
And the end of each Segment, before moving on to the next Segment, students are required to hand in a portfolio for review. After achieving a passing status on their porfolio, students can then take up classes in Segment 2.
There are only 3 design studio available for Masters student in Segment 1, that's why this semester I've been mainly focusing on academic subjects.
So there's a brief breakdown of the curriculum. For curiosity purposes, Segment 3 is the thesis section.
PS: I was asked this question a few days ago. "How was your portfolio when you applied to the BAC? To be honest, I did not send in any portfolio. Funny thing for a design student not to have one isn't it. Anyway, they didn't require one as they have the same policy since the school started - anyone can get into the BAC. And I do mean anyone, however as I told the guy who asked me this, not everyone can get out of the school. I've seen students/friends dropping out/changing school right after their first semester. Not surprising at all for the Boston Architectural College. (Note: recent name changed)