London - Autumn Semester Programme Autumn Semester Programme 2016, study model by Supitcha Krishnamara

London - Autumn Semester Programme

Almeria. Seaport

Monday 4 September – Friday 15 December 2017

The Semester Programme is a full-time studio-based course open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Held over 15 weeks, the programme is integrated into the AA’s undergraduate history and theory seminars and media studies courses, and is designed to allow transferable study credits. On finishing the course students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the AA School.

The Autumn Semester 2017 will focus on how to integrate obsolete infrastructure into the city. As technology evolves, the ways we work and live change. Cities, as a result, need to adapt their urban qualities to perform differently. The design studio will travel to the Spanish port city of Almeria to explore the logistic and commercial potential of the waterfront. Through group work students will look at the existing conditions of the site and its relation to the city. Here the city will be understood as layers of information that together reveal drawing and mapping qualities, which feed into the students’ own design narratives. By analysing both tangible and intangible conditions, each student will develop their own brief to target specific design challenges of re-introducing old infrastructure into changing urban areas.

Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the progress, and the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation will reveal unpredictable qualities to inspire their design narratives.

Applications

1) Please see the entrance requirements and English language requirements below. 

2) If you meet the requirements you can apply to the programme by submitting the following:

  • Completed PDF application form
  • A4 Portfolio consisting of 20 sheets that demonstrates your range of skills
  • Academic transcripts in English
  • Letter of reference
  • Certificate showing proficiency of English Language. Refer to English language requirements below. If you do not have the certificate and are planning to take an English Language test, you can still make an application with the above documents and submit your results when you receive them.

You can submit all the documents digitally to visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk via email, Dropbox or other file transfer methods – however, original documents or authorised true copies of certificates are required prior to enrolment in September.

Deadline for application is 28 July 2017 and the outstanding fee has to be paid by 4 August 2017.

Applicants will be notified of results by e-mail within two weeks of the deadline. If applications are received before the deadline, applicants will be notified of their results sooner. Applications received after the official deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the school.

Please do not use the online payment form until you have had an offer of a place based on the completed application form and portfolio.

Fees

The tuition fee is £9,920 which includes AA Visiting Membership fee. 

The deposit is £3,920 made payable after acceptance onto the programme. 

Eligibility

The AA Semester Programme is open to qualified students of undergraduate and graduate standing currently enrolled in architecture school. A minimum of two years of study in architecture or urban design is required. Students should submit a portfolio consisting of 20 sheets (A4) that demonstrates their range of abilities. The portfolio can be submitted as a digital copy. After submitting the application form, please send original academic transcripts in English, certificates and a letter of reference. All candidates are required to show proficiency in the English language.

English Language requirements

To meet both the AA and the Home Office/UKVI English language requirements you will need to have one of the acceptable language qualifications listed below, unless you are from one of the following groups:

- You are a national of a majority English speaking country (all countries listed below including Canada but excluding Ireland).

- You have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration, equivalent to a UK’s bachelor’s degree or above, which was taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country (listed below); In order to assess the equivalency of an overseas qualification the student should provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the translation.  Please go to the English language assessment section for individuals of the UK NARIC website  apply online and send us your NARIC certificate. 

Majority English speaking countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.

We also accept if you successfully completed a course of study in the UK when you were under 18 (and a Tier 4 Child visa holder). This course must have lasted for at least six months and must have ended no more than two years prior to your visa application.

If your place is conditional on providing English language qualification the following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the Home Office/UKVI and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • International applicants: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate. Please check Appendix O and the Approved secure English language tests and test centres issued by the UKVI to ensure you book a test with an approved SELT provider.
  • EU Applicants: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of application to the AA. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate.
  • Trinity College SELT test (ISE II (B2) or ISE III (C1)) with a minimum pass in each category. Trinity reports have a two year validity period. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a copy of the original certificate.

Applicants are required to meet the scores in each category and overall – we cannot accept lower scores. In addition, your certificate must show that you have achieved the required scores during a single sitting of the examination.

Programme Head – Naiara Vegara

Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Metrópoli Cities Lab London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Naiara also teaches at the AA Master of Housing and Urbanism course, and has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia for 5 years. She has been a visiting critic at many architecture schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture at workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Taylors in Kuala Lumpur.

Course tutor - Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov

Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect RIBA Part III. She is currently Director of MdeM architects and Course Tutor of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme. Previously she taught at the UAL Chelsea College of Art and Design. Marie-Isabel is a regular visiting critic at many architectural schools including SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts), UAL Central Saint Martin and the University of Westminster in London. She has worked in the fields of urban masterplanning, architecture and interior design for various offices: in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for De- Kar Design and in London for Acme Ltd.

Insurance
 (For non-British citizens)

Due to Government changes with regard to health treatment in the UK, you will be required to have the following:

For students from the European Union
 If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than six months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously called E111) which must be obtained from your home country.  
 The card is not an alternative to travel insurance.  It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to your home country, or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.  Some insurers now insist that you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

For students from non-European Union countries, ie international students
 If you are here for less than six months, please note you are not covered for National Health Service treatment in the UK.  You are therefore required to obtain travel/health insurance from your own country.

Location

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course tutor
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


Links & Downloads

PDF Application Form



Semester Programme Structure



Semester Programme Booklet


Prospectus

Programme site




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