Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs


Please note that the Audiovisual Department is now operating from 16 Morwell Street Ground Floor


The Audiovisual Department is concerned with video and sound technology, supporting teaching throughout the AA. It lends equipment to staff and students, assists guest speakers presenting lectures, documents, stage manages the AA's Public Events programme and maintains a Video Editing suite in 39 Bedford Square. Recorded lectures and events can be accessed through the AA Photo Library and online at::

Student work can be seen at

Teaching Spaces and Equipment Reservations

Audiovisual equipment for both internal teaching and the public lecture series is booked through an established procedure. Staff (especially new staff) and students should liaise with the relevant coordinator at least one week prior to when the equipment is required. The department is unable to provide support for late or impromptu classes. Teaching spaces are equipped with large LCD screens or data-projectors for laptop use. Additional or specialist equipment such as slide projection, book readers or Skype access/Public Address should be requested in advance. The school as a rule does not record internal or complementary classes.

Video Editing and Chromakey Studio

The school has a long history of utilising video within both unit programmes and Media Studies. The Video Editing and Chromakey Studio is located in a 39 Ground Floor and houses designated Apple workstations running Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe CS, Logic and Cinema 4D alongside various audio, video and encoding tools. Chromakeying (green screen) work is possible in the space with prior consultation. Audio interfaces, keyboards and microphones are available. The space is open to all students and staff. Those wishing to work with video in this area, discuss a video project or seek tuition should contact Joel Newman. The area operates on a key card system for entry to the editing space. Weekend and late hour use is therefore available.


Audiovisual can help you with a very broad range of video and display equipment including: HD video cameras, GoPro cameras, tripods and mounts, sliders, Manfrotto FigRigs, Jib arms, Hague tracking system, Hot and Cold lighting, (Arri, Ianiro etc), digital audio recorders, microphones, audio mixers, video mixers, PA kit, LCD data projection, digital and analogue display gear, signal and sound generation and distribution.

The Audiovisual loan service is situated in the Hub at 16 Morwell Street, Ground Floor. Group projects or multiple loans should be discussed in advance. Those borrowing equipment from the Audiovisual Department are fully responsible for its security, care and prompt return and an agreement form must be signed to this effect. Groups may borrow equipment as part of a defined unit project on or off school premises only after discussion with the Audiovisual staff. Some equipment is not available for student use or use off-premises.

The school has a comprehensive insurance policy for those going abroad on unit trips. Unit staff should be aware that equipment will only be released for study trips after they have completed the Travel Insurance Form, which can be downloaded from the school website.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00,
Student Loans 10:00–17:00
Lunch 13:00–14:00


Head of Audiovisual & Video Tutor

Joel Newman
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4045

Audiovisual and Media Technician

Simon Richards
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4075
AA Audio Visual

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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.