Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs

The AA Diary consolidates all schedule information into one space providing the date, time and online location of the many academic courses, juries and events taking place throughout the school.

Projective Cities Seminar - Geraldine Dening Architects for Social Housing: For a Sustainable Architecture - AA Lecture Hall Team - 2/6/2020 - 10:00

Full schedule of upcoming Events

The first edition of the AA Annual Review, originally published in January 2019, summarises the 2018–19 Academic Year by presenting facts and figures, celebrating accomplishments and highlighting initiatives developed with the future in mind.

Expanding Horizons - AA Virtual Exhibition Gallery - AA EARTH DAY OPEN CALL

The AA Digital Worlds enables the School Community to continue its academic ambitions, social gatherings and spontaneous experiments. Access your unit, programme and courses.

AA Hardship Fund

The AA Hardship Fund (AAHF) is launched to support full-time students of the AA School registering for Term 3 studies in the 2019-20 academic year. In this time of great uncertainty, and the inevitable impact on personal finances, the AAHF endeavours to support as many students as possible in order to complete their studies in this academic year.

Donate to support the students through this difficult time and beyond

Taking place on Teams, these workshops provide weekly slots to answer questions, discuss issues and brainstorm ideas about Term 3, careers, grants, wellbeing, research and resources. Login to find out more.

Watch our series of instructional videos made by AA Staff to teach you how to do specific tasks remotely.

Visit our online resources page for instructions and links to various digital academic and extracurricular resources.

Applications are still open

Our admissions office is open all year round for any enquiries and further information.

All prospective students are invited to submit an application for the 2020/21 academic year. Please see the Foundation, Experimental and Diploma Programmes Application and Postgraduate Application pages for further details, entry requirements and the online forms.

Foundation Course Deadline - Early applications close Friday 22 May 2020.
Experimental and Diploma Programmes – official deadlines closed but late applications welcome.
Postgraduate Programmes - offical deadlines closed but late applications welcome.

As part of the Core Curriculum Speculative Studies allows students to explore diverse research methodologies, historiographies and modes of action through a range of disciplines including anthropology, art, biology, ecology, economics, geology, law, philosophy and politics to learn about and identify relevant forms of activism.

Communication & Media Studies High Pass Recipients


Exceptional work in First Year - Sindi Dojaka, The Drawn Mistake & Translation Through Drawing
Exceptional work in Second Year - Yuyi Jiang, Printed Matter & Cellar Door
See full list of High Pass recipients' work

writing prize winner


Sharp Prize - Moad Musbahi, Calvin Hin-Long Po
Third Year - (Mark) Tzu-shuo Wu, Second Year - Ferial Massoud, First Year - Daphne Esin, Qi Zhu

Foundation Jury, 2019

Deadline Friday 22 May
The AA Foundation Course is a one-year introduction to art and design education. The AA recently gained the power to award its own degrees, enabling us to re-open applications for the Foundation course to international applicants.

The application and bursary deadline for the Foundation Course has been extended until Friday 22 May 2020. One in five AA students receive financial assistance. For more details, see the Foundation Course page

London - Online

24/7 360° AATV Live Sessions & 360° AA Summer School - London - Online - 9/7/2020–23/7/2020 - Deadline: 1/7/2020

Make global discoveries & connections at AA Visiting Schools around the world.

See the Visiting School prospectus.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.