Spring Semester Programme Students work from Spring Semester Programme 2012

Spring Semester Programme

Monaco. OnTheSea

Monday 11 January – Friday 6 May 2016

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

The spring semester 2016 studio will look at relationship the country of Monaco has with the sea. Sitting on an acute topography by the Mediterranea Sea, this densely built city is challenged by the restricted land availability. Students will be asked to look at the existing water edge conditions and define new dialogues with water from the creation of physical filtration, to reclaimed land, detached land or/and floating opportunities.

The exercise will start with a group work to record and map the existing conditions together with studying and learning from previous proposals that were designed by well-known international architectural firms. Tangible and intangible city qualities such as infrastructure and flow, verticality and pattern, etc, will inspire individual strategies. The challenge to formulate ambitious proposals will be tested through representation techniques and models that reveal, test and propose ideas in a precise context.

Students are invited to explore their own aesthetic style as outcome of the progress from site analysis to propositional studies. The dialogue between 2d and 3d representation shall reveal unpredicted qualities that inspire the students' design narrative.

The AA will be closed during the Easter Break from Friday, 25th March to Tuesday, 12th April 2016 inclusive.  This gives students an added opportunity to either develop their project further or travel in Europe. 


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 resutls 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, you will need to bring original documents or certified true copies of certificates with you at registration. These will be returned to you. 

Deadline for application is 7 December 2015 and the oustanding fee has to be paid by 15 December 2015.

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.


The tuition fee is £9,441 which includes AA Visiting Membership fee. However should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found on: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php. 

The deposit is £3,752 made payable after acceptance onto the programme. 


Entrance Requirements
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 

NEW UK Visa and Immigration changes to English Language Tests – 6th April 2015 onwards

On Friday 20 February 2015 UK Visas and Immigration updated its list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT).

Applicants planning on taking an English language test before 5th April 2015 can still take any of the tests outlined below:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category. The certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of CAS/visa application.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English at grade C1 or C2 – (in each component AA entry requirement is Borderline grade – since January 2015)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at grade C2 – (in each component AA entry requirement is Borderline grade – since January 2015)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) overall minimum of 63 with a score of at least 59 in each category
  • Trinity College (Integrated Skills in English) at grade C1 (ISEIII) or C2 (ISEIV). The certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of CAS/visa application.

However, from 6th April 2015 the AA and UKVI will only accept tests from the following two providers:

  • Trinity College London (Integrated Skills in English) – AA requirement – C1 (ISEIII) or C2 (ISEIV). The certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of CAS/visa application.
  • IELTS Academic (IELTS SELT Consortium – Cambridge English Language Assessment) – AA Requirement – 6.5 overall with a 6.0 in each band. The certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of CAS/visa application.
We accept three years of study in a university in a majority English speaking country instead of an English language qualification.

 (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.

Course Director
Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Fundation Metropoli "Design LAAB" London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Naiara 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 and Pennsylvania in the USA.

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


Programme Director
Naiara Vegara

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

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