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The Studio is fully equipped with lighting, backgrounds, cameras and tripods. The Digital Photo Studio has digital SLR cameras available for students to use within the studio, although students are welcome to use their own cameras if they prefer. To reserve a place in the Photo Studio, please contact Sue Barr on 020 7887 4080 (extension 4080 from inside the AA). Studio reservations are held for 15 minutes, after which they will be available to other students.

Loan of Photographic Equipment

Due to the continuous late return of photographic equipment, the Photo Studio has now introduced a fine system to encourage photographic equipment to be returned on time. Students are now required to pay a deposit of £50 in advance of equipment loans from the Photo Studio. This deposit is payable via the Accounts department and will be refunded at the end of the academic year, providing all equipment has been returned on time throughout the year. Any overdue equipment will incur a £5 per day fine which will be deducted from the student's £50 deposit (unless the student has contacted the Photo Studio to extend the equipment loan). If the photographic equipment is returned more than ten days late, another deposit of £50 will be required in advance of future photographic equipment loans.

Sue Barr manages the Digital Photo Studio from 10:00–18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Student Assistants manage the Studio at all other times.

For more information, please contact the Photo Studio on 0207 887 4080 /


Opening hours

Monday* 10:00–21:30 Tuesday* 10:00–21:30 Wednesday* 10:00–21:30 Thursday 11:00–15:00
Friday 11:00–15:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00
*closed 13:00–14:00


T: +44 (0)20 7887 4080

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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.