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Welcome to the AA School application page. If you wish to apply to the AA Foundation Course, Experimental Programme (BA(Hons)), Diploma Programme (MArch) please follow the steps below which will guide you through the process.

FOUNDATION, EXPERIMENTAL AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES APPLICATION


 

COURSES


The AA offers the following full time courses:

  • A one-year Foundation Course
  • A three-year AA Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) leading to the AA Experimental Examination (ARB/RIBA Part 1). The AA Experimental (BA (Hons)) has entry levels in all years of the programme. 
  • A two-year AA Diploma Programme (MArch) leading to the AA Final Examination (ARB/RIBA Part 2). The AA Diploma (MArch) has entry level only in the first year of the programme.

Students are admitted into the Foundation Course by application through the admissions process (see Foundation – Minimum Academic Requirements below). Successful completion of the AA Foundation Course can lead to an offer of entry into the AA Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) at First Year level. Application to the Foundation Course 2020/21 can only be accepted from UK (Home), EU/EEA passport holders.

Students from overseas schools of architecture who wish to participate in the activities of the AA as a year away from their home institutions can apply to the AA One Year Abroad – Visiting Student Programme (VSP). VSP students are accepted in the Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) at second or third year level only and must be EU/EEA passport holders.

Please note: All applicants must be 18 years of age or older by Monday 21 September 2020 to be eligible to enter the school for the 2020/21 academic year.

The Architectural Association (AA) has been granted the power to award its own degrees. Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards.

The AA Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) and the AA Diploma Programme (MArch) are officially recognised and also meets the professional criteria set out by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the professional qualifications of AA Experiment Examination (ARB/RIBA Part 1) and the AA Final Examination (ARB/RIBA Part 2).


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


You are required to meet the minimum academic requirements outlined below for your desired year of entry. Overseas applicants are required to have the recognised equivalent to the examinations listed below plus the required English language qualifications. Please see Overseas Applicants page for guidance.

Successful applicants who are awaiting the outcome of future examination results will be issued a conditional offer. These conditions must be met by the date outlined on the offer letter for you to be eligible to enter the 2020/21 academic year.

In some cases applicants without conventional entry qualifications are also considered, provided they are able to offer acceptable alternatives.

The minimum entry requirements for the Foundation Course are:

  • One A level pass (grade C or above) in a non art/design subject, plus
  • Five GCSEs (grade C or above) including maths, a science subject and English language.
  • Foundations in art and design must be accompanied by one A level (or equivalent) in a non art/design subject.
  • Application to the Foundation Course 2020/21 can only be accepted from UK (Home), EU/EEA passport holders. The AA Foundation Course can lead to an offer of entry into the AA Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) at First Year level subject to application and the successful completion of the course.

The minimum academic requirements for students entering the First Year of the AA Experimental Programme are:

  • Two A level passes* (grade C or above); plus
  • Five GCSEs (grade C or above) including maths, a science subject and English language.

* If one A level is an art/design subject, it must be accompanied by at least one A level in a non-art/design subject.

Students with previous architectural or design experience may apply to enter the Experimental Programme/One Year Abroad (VSP). The minimum academic requirements for students entering the Second or Third Year of Experimental Programme are:

  • Two A level passes* (grade C or above); plus
  • Evidence of a minimum one/two years full-time architectural study
  • One Year Abroad students are accepted at second or third year level only and must be EU/EEA passport holders

* If one A level is an art/design subject, it must be accompanied by at least one A level in a non-art/design subject.

Please note: Third Year entry level will not gain enough credits to achieve AA Experimental BA (Hons) degree.

Applicants wishing to enter the Diploma Programme (MArch) to gain AA Final Examination  (ARB/RIBA Part 2), the professional qualification/AA Diploma, must have must have gained ARB/RIBA Part 1 by 24 July 2020 for 2020/21 entry to the School.

  • Applicants who have studied for Part 1 in the UK must have gained at least a 2:2 in their degree.
  • Applicants who hold a complete Bachelors degree from outside the UK (UK BArch 2:2 equivalent) are required to make an application to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for Part 1 exemption independently. Successfully gaining Part 1 exemption does not automatically ensure an offer of a place in the Diploma Programme. Applicants are advised to apply by 15 November 2019, and await the outcome of the interview, prior to applying to the ARB for exemption. For further information please refer to the ARB website www.arb.org.uk/architect-information
  • International applicants who will not complete their Bachelors degree (UK BArch 2:2 equivalent) until mid-2020 are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team before applying for the 2020/21 academic year.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of competency in both spoken and written English. The AA reserves the right to make a place in the school conditional on gaining a further English language qualification if deemed necessary.

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 as defined on page 80 of the UKVI Tier 4 policy guidance;
  • You are a Tier 4 (Child) student;
  • You successfully completed a course in the UK as a Tier 4 (Child) student or as a student under rules in force before 31 March 2009, where you were under 18 when granted leave. The course must have lasted for at least six months, and must have ended no more than two years prior to your CAS was assigned;
  • You have successfully obtained an academic qualification (not a professional or vocational qualification) from an educational establishment in the UK, which meets the recognised standard of a Bachelor's degree or above; or
  • You have successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree or above, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country as defined on page 80 by the Tier 4 policy guidance.

Please note: In order to assess the equivalency of an overseas qualification, you must provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms your international academic qualification is comparable to a UK Bachelor or Masters’ degree. In order for international qualifications to be eligible for an English Language Assessment, the degree must have been fully taught in English. Please visit the UK NARIC website and complete all the sections of the Visas and Nationality portal. Please send a scan of the UK NARIC English language Proficiency Statement and Academic Qualification Level Statement documents to the admissions team via email.

If your place is conditional on providing an English language qualification, the following qualifications satisfy the requirements of the UKVI, and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • International/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 visa application. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate so we can verify your results online.
  • 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. 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. The AA requires a scan of your results, so we can verify these online.

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.

You must submit your English language examination results by Friday 22 May 2020 for the 2020/21 academic year, prior to entry in Term 1.

Please note the English language qualification requirements are subject to frequent change in line with Home Office/UKVI regulations, and it is your responsibility to remain up to date with any changes. Please also regularly check the AA website for up-to-date English language requirements prior to submitting your application for the 2020/21 academic year.



VISITING THE SCHOOL


Prospective students are encouraged to visit the School before applying. AA Open Days are the perfect opportunity to meet current students and staff, tour the AA’s facilities, view presentations of student work and get advice on the application process.

We currently have two Open Days scheduled for students interested in joining the 2020/21 academic year:

  • Open Evening - Friday 18 October 2019, 3:30–6:30pm followed by an optional Public Programme event starting at 6:30pm.

This event is for prospective students wishing to join either the AA Foundation Course, Experimental Programme (BA(Hons)), Diploma Programme (MArch).
 

  • Open Day – Friday 10 January 2020, all day followed by a Public Programme event in the evening, exact times TBC

This is a school-wide event for anyone interested in joining:

Events will be held throughout the day, and full details will be announced in due course. We look forward to welcoming you to the school.

For further information, and to register your interest in attending, please visit the Open Days page.

If you miss our open days, you are welcome to organise a personal visit with one of the admissions team at any time throughout the year. We also strongly encourage prospective students to visit the school for Public Programme events which take place during term time. For full details of upcoming Public Programme events please see the What’s On page.

Individual or group visits for those interested in applying can also be arranged with advance notice. For further details please contact the Admissions Team on
T + 44 (0)20 7887 4051/4060/4011 or admissions@aaschool.ac.uk


APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES


The AA is a private institution and does not belong to UCAS. Anyone interested in applying to the AA must:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Pay the relevant application fee: £55 for early applications, £75 for late applications; and
  • Submit a digital portfolio of art/design work to be considered for the 2020/21 academic year.

Please note: All applicants must be 18 years of age or older by Monday 21 September 2020 to be eligible to enter the school for the 2020/21 academic year.

The application procedure is the same for all applicants, regardless of where you are applying form. Applicants wishing to join the One Year Abroad (VSP) follow the same application procedure as Experimental (Second and Third Year) applicants, but must tick the One Year Abroad box in the online application form.

Prior to completing the form applicants should carefully read the entry requirements for their chosen year of entry. The AA will not accept multiple applications and applicants cannot change their year of entry once the application has been received, assessed and a decision has been made. Therefore, it is crucial that you apply for the year level most suited to your experience.

Applications will not be processed until the online form has been completed, all required supporting documents have been provided. Failure to provide the information requested will delay the processing of your application. It is therefore advisable that you start preparing this documentation now.

If there is any change in your circumstances after you submit your application (e.g. if the subjects you are studying change), you must inform us as soon as possible. The AA reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a place if you fail to inform us of significant changes in your circumstances.

Deadlines for 2020/21 Academic Year

The Foundation, Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) and Diploma Programme (MArch) have two official admissions deadlines as outlined below:

  • Early applications for 2020/21 close: Friday 15 November 2019. Applicants wishing to be considered for a scholarship or bursary must submit their online form by this date
  • Late applications for 2020/21 close: Friday 24 January 2020.

Your online application must be submitted by the dates listed above. Applications received after the dates above may be accepted at the discretion of the school.

You will need to register to gain access to the online application form.

Please ensure you complete all sections of the online form carefully. You can save the form and return to complete sections multiple times using your original registration password.

Please be aware that applications will not be processed until the online form has been completed, all required supporting documents have been provided. Failure to provide the information requested will delay the processing of your application.

Applicants who submit an incomplete application will be contacted by email to request the outstanding documentation. The AA will send applicants a maximum of 2 reminders to follow up documentation. If no response is received, the application with be automatically rejected by the AA.

Upon signing the application form applicants certify that the work submitted is entirely their own. Plagiarism is unacceptable in the academic setting. Students are subject to penalties including dismissal from the course if they commit an act of plagiarism.

Certificates and transcripts must be supplied to account for all years of study as outlined below:

  • Foundation and Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) First Year entry level: Must supply 3 to 4 years of school transcripts showing grades, plus schooling certificates obtained to date (if applicable). In addition, if you have undertaken a Foundation Course or completed any other higher education courses at another institution, please include the details of this course and your grades, with your application
  • Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) Second and Third Year entry level: Must supply A Level (or equivalent) transcripts and certificates, plus a minimum of 1-3 years university transcripts showing grades.   
  • Diploma Programme (MArch): Must supply transcripts for all 3-4 years of undergraduate study, plus degree certificate (if awarded). If you have not completed your studies, please include transcripts to date. If you have also completed postgraduate study, please upload these documents as well.  

Overseas applicants must supply certificates and transcripts that have been officially translated into English. The AA can only accept official translations bearing the stamp and signature of the translator.  Please upload both the original documents and the translations.

If you have any enquiries, please email admissions@aaschool.ac.uk

The Academic Reference needs to be presented on official headed paper, hold the original signature of the referee (not a jpeg signature), and contain the referee’s contact details. The reference must be from an academic who has taught you recently. For those with previous architectural education, the reference must be from someone who has taught you design as part of your course.

For mature students who have been out of education for more than three years, the reference should be from your employer or a professional (doctor, lawyer, etc.) who can give you a personal reference.

Referees who would prefer to send the reference to us directly can do so by post to:
Admissions, No. 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES. 

Referees can also email us directly to admissions@aaschool.ac.uk. However, the reference must be on official headed paper, be signed and scanned as a PDF, and emailed directly from the referees official school or university email address. Emails received from personal email addresses will not be accepted.

All applicants must submit a digital portfolio of art/design work which emphasises their skills, interests, creativity and personality. The portfolio should contain 20 – 30 pages (drawings/project synopsis/samples of work) combined into a single PDF format (Max file size 40MB).

There is no single way of preparing a portfolio and every portfolio we see will be different. Please include a selection of highlights that will show the admissions panel an overview of your work and the processes behind it, including sketches or development drawings/models in addition to final images.

Foundation and Experimental (BA (Hons)) First Year entry level applicants should include a summary of current interests and sketches, models, photographs, paintings and essays all help to build up a picture of your particular interests and skills. Experimental (BA (Hons)) Second and Third Years and Diploma (MArch) applicants should include a summary of work carried out during their course, as well as any self-motivated projects undertaken outside of their course.

The portfolio should be clearly labelled including your full name and programme/year of application. 

Further suggestions on preparing your portfolio can be found online at: /APPLY/ADMISSIONS/Portfolio.php


ASSESSMENT AND INTERVIEW


Applications are initially assessed to ensure that they meet the academic entry requirements and age eligibility outlined above. Applicants who do not meet the requirements will be informed by email. Successful applications will be passed to Step 2.  

Applications that meet the entry requirements will be assessed by an admissions panel of tutors. The panel will carefully consider the personal statement, reference and portfolio, in addition to reviewing academic grades. Applicants who are unsuccessful will be informed by email. Successful applications will be passed to Step 3. 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the AA School in London at which a full portfolio can be presented.

The interview invitation will be sent by email so it is important you regularly check the email address you supplied upon application.

As a guide, if you submit a completed application by the November deadline we will aim to interview you between January and March 2020. November applicants wishing to be assessed for First Round scholarships must attend an interview no later than the end of March 2020.

If you submit a completed application by the January deadline we will aim to interview you between April and June 2020. Applicants who submit an incomplete application will not be interviewed until all outstanding documentation is received.

Interviews are undertaken by two academic members of staff (i.e. tutors related to the year you have applied to) and are approximately 25 to 30 minutes long. The interview is a two-way process. The panel is interested to see what skills and interests the applicant has, so it is important to spend time preparing a portfolio. The applicant, in turn, has the opportunity to ask questions about the school and have a look at the working spaces and facilities.

The purpose of the interview is to try and assess each applicant’s potential, ability and suitability to benefit from the course. The AA is looking for students with a creative imagination and plenty of motivation. It is important to read the AA Website, Experimental and Diploma Unit micro-sites, which will give you an idea of the wide range of work carried out in the school. There is no single way of preparing a portfolio and every portfolio we see will be different. Further suggestions on preparing your portfolio can be found online at: /APPLY/ADMISSIONS/portfolio.php

In addition to your portfolio, it is essential that you bring all your original documents with you to the interview for verification. It is a compulsory requirement to have copies checked against original documents, and failure to present original documents may delay your chances of obtaining an offer of a place at the AA. This information will be included in your interview invite, however, please see below a summary:

  • Passport
  • Original transcripts and certificates for your school qualifications/degree transcripts (as applicable) (in English and original language)
  • English language certificates as outlined on the website. Applicants requiring a visa must keep the original certificate for the visa application.
  • Original reference letters (signed and on headed paper) – if not posted directly to the school.

Applicants who fail to attend their scheduled interview, and do not confirm prior to the interview date that they are unable to attend, will automatically have their application withdrawn for the 2020/21 academic year.


RECEIVING YOUR DECISION


Applicants will receive a formal letter confirming the outcome of their interview within two weeks. This will be sent by email and by post.

Successful applicants will receive one of the following offers:

  • Unconditional Offer: meaning you have met all the entry requirements.
  • Conditional Offer: meaning that you will have to successfully meet all of conditions by the deadlines outlined on the offer letter, prior to entering the school.

The AA reserves the right to offer an applicant a lower year of entry. This information will be clearly outlined in your offer letter. In all instances the final decision as to the appropriate level of entry is established by the admissions/interview panel.

Applicants will be offered a place in one course/year only, and cannot switch between years.

Decision on the admission of an applicant is final and there is no right of appeal against this decision. An appeal will only be considered if based upon any irregularities having taken place during the application process; from submission of application to receipt of outcome. Any such representation should be made within 10 working days of the dated AA School correspondence confirming the application outcome and addressed to the Head of Admissions, Architectural Association School of Architecture. Please send this via email to admissions@aaschool.ac.uk

The appeal will be reviewed by the Head of Admissions with the School Registrar and the School Director to assess if any irregularity has taken place during the application process. The Head of Admissions, School Registrar and School Director cannot overturn the original decision but can decide whether to dismiss the appeal or recommend a re-assessment of the original application.

The Head of Admissions will communicate the final decision to the applicant within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal.

Please note: Applicants can only submit one application/portfolio per academic year. Unsuccessful applicants are eligible to apply to the school the following academic year. However, if the second application is unsuccessful, any further applications will be accepted at the discretion of the AA School.


ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER


All applicants must pay a 1 term deposit and submit a signed admissions form by the date outlined on the offer letter/admissions form to secure a place in the School for the 2020/21 academic year. Payments and admissions forms received after the deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the School. The AA reserves the right to operate a waiting list as places within the course / programme cannot be guaranteed.

The 1 term deposit is non-refundable/non-transferable. For graduate and foundation applicants, the deposit is also non-deferrable.

Applicants holding an unconditional offer must pay their deposit and return a signed admissions form by the dates outlined on the offer letter/admissions form.

Applicants holding a conditional offer should contact the appropriate admissions coordinator prior to paying the deposit. In some instances paying the deposit will be recommended (i.e. for Foundation and Experimental applicants) However, most graduate applicants will be asked to wait until all conditions are met before paying the deposit. The AA School takes no responsibility for applicants who pay their deposit prior to obtaining an unconditional offer.

If you fail to meet the conditions outlined in your offer letter please inform the school immediately. The AA will review your offer and your place may be officially withdrawn or, if possible, deferred until 2021/22 for 2020/21 applicants. Deposit refunds will be reviewed in line with the deposit policy.

Deposit refunds will be reviewed in line with the deposit policy.

Applicants holding a deferred offer do not need to sign an admissions form or pay a deposit to secure a place. The Admissions Team will contact you in April 2019 to confirm if you would like to accept your offer and provide further details about the 2020/21 academic year.

The deposit amounts for the 2019/20 academic year are below:

  • Foundation applicants are required to pay a deposit of £7,142. The deposit will then count towards the cost of the tuition fees for the final term (3rd term) of the Foundation Course.
  • Experimental (First, Second and Third Years entry level) and Diploma applicants are required to pay a deposit of £7,142. The deposit will then count towards the cost of the tuition fees for the last term of the final fifth year of study.
  • Deposit amounts for the 2020/21 academic year will be announced in January 2020.

Applicants joining the Foundation Course and One Year Abroad programme cannot defer their entry into the school. All other Experimental and Diploma applicants can defer for a maximum of one academic year. To defer you must:

  • Confirm the deferral in writing to the admissions team;
  • Complete and return the Admissions Form (please send signed original by post); and  
  • Pay the minimum required deposit* before 29 July 2020.

* The deposit is non-refundable/transferrable under any circumstances.


FEES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


We understand that fees and financial assistance are important considerations when choosing where to study. This section aims to provide you with a summary of the fees and the financial assistance available to prospective and current students.

Link to Fees and Financial Aid Section


TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISA INFORMATION


Entry conditions for international applicants from outside the EU or European Economic Area are governed by the Home Office / UKVI Tier 4 General Points Based System. To check if you need a visa please visit the UKVI website.

If you require a Visa, you must receive a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number from the AA before making a visa application. You will be required to hold a valid visa, sponsored by the AA, by the first day of Introduction Week. For 2020/21 applicants this date is 21 September 2020.

The AA will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number once you hold an unconditional offer, have formally accepted your place, and submitted the required financial evidence. Details will be sent with your offer letter, and your coordinator will be in touch in May to provide further information and advice with regards to your CAS.

As of the 1st August 2019, the AA has secured “full privileges” this means new students enrolled at the AA will be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and full time during the vacation period.

Students on the Postgraduate programme will be permitted to bring dependents.

 

When you receive your visa it is important to check it carefully to ensure that there are no errors. Corrections should be made as soon as possible. You should check the following on receipt of your visa:

  • Visa type
  • Personal details – name, date of birth and nationality
  • Length of visa (start and end dates)
  • Working condition
  • Police registration condition
  • Sponsor licence number of the AA School of Architecture (see Tier 4 Guidance upon Acceptance of Offer)

Correcting visa errors from outside of the UK
Please contact the visa application centre and request that the correction is made before travelling to the UK.

Correcting visa errors inside the UK

  • Error in Entry Clearance Vignette (visa inside passport):
    If there is an error the AA Compliance personnel can help you get this corrected.  Corrections of this nature must be reported within three months of your arrival in the UK and the process requires reporting the error and sending a letter to the UKVI along with your passport and two new passport photographs.  The AA Compliance personnel will undertake this with you. The current correction timeframe is approximately 6 – 7 weeks.*
  • BRP card issued following an application made overseas:
    If you have been issued with a 30 day travel visa followed by a BRP card and there is an error on the BRP card, the AA Compliance personnel can help you get this corrected. Corrections of this nature must be reported within 10 days of collecting your BRP and requires reporting the error to the UKVI and then posting your BRP card to them once response is received.  The AA Compliance personnel will undertake this with you.  The current correction timeframe is approximately 3 – 4 weeks depending on how quickly the BRP card can be returned to the UKVI.
  • Identity error on BRP card (for applications made within the UK):
    If your BRP card has been issued following an application made within the UK and there is an error with your name, date of birth or nationality, the AA Compliance personnel can help you get this corrected.  Corrections of this nature must be reported within 10 working days of your BRP card being delivered to you and requires reporting the error to the UKVI and then posting your BRP card to them once response is received.  The AA Compliance personnel will undertake this with you.  The current correction timeframe is approximately 3 – 4 weeks depending on how quickly the BRP card can be returned to the UKVI.
  • Conditional error on BRP card (for applications made within the UK):
    If your BRP card has been issued following an application made within the UK and there is an error with the conditions of your visa, you will need to apply for an Administrative Review. (Conditional errors also include the length of visa, incorrect sponsor licence number and police registration condition). 

Administrative Reviews must be made within 14 days of receiving your incorrect visa and the AA Compliance personnel can help you with this process which requires the completion of an on-line application form and then returning your card to the UKVI once they have confirmed that an error has been made. The cost of this is £80 however the fee will be refunded to you if an error is identified. The current processing time for this correction is approximately 3-4 weeks depending on how quickly your BRP card can be returned to the UKVI. 

* The correction timeframes stated are only a guide and corrections can sometimes take longer than expected.  Do not book any travel whilst waiting for your visa to be corrected.

AA Compliance personnel:
Krishna.Songara@aaschool.ac.uk

 


ACCOMMODATION


London is a fantastic city to be a student in and living in your own home away from the AA School is part of the experience. Even though for most students, living in London will be a very positive experience, students often find the prospect of finding private sector housing daunting.

London is distinct from most other places in the UK when it comes to private accommodation for students because it is not usually possible to arrange your accommodation far in advance of starting your course. This is a great thing as it gives students plenty of time to think about their accommodation options and decide on the best one. Most students find their accommodation about 1-2 months before moving in.

The AA School has enlisted the services of the University of London Housing Services (ULHS) http://www.housing.lon.ac.uk who run a private housing service for many students in London.

The ULHS can offer advice to students on how to find accommodation, which areas to consider, what the options are, pricing and more. They produce a London Student Housing Guide which includes a vast amount of information on how to search and secure accommodation in London which is also accessible online at http://www.housing.lon.ac.uk/housing-guide. You will receive a copy of this guide during Introduction Week.

They have an online database of accommodation offers from registered landlords and letting agents which operates throughout the year. These offers include flats and houses for groups as well as rooms in shared flats and houses.

The ULHS works with a number of other providers of accommodation including short-term providers and Private Student Halls of Residences.

Finally, the ULHS offers housing advice which includes offering a contract checking service which allows students to have their contracts for private accommodation checked before they sign. They also offer legal advice should students get into any difficulty in private accommodation.

Both current students and those with an offer to study can access these services. New offer holders will have access to this service from mid-August. If you would like to make an enquiry via the ULHS website you will need your AA membership number which can be found on your offer letter. Current students will be able to access this service from late-August.

If you have any questions about finding accommodation in London please contact ULHS: * www.housing.lon.ac.uk

* Email: housing@london.ac.uk

* Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8880 * Facebook: www.facebook.com/UoLHousingServices

* Twitter: @ulhs

Please note, due to this agreement, the AA will no longer be running a separate Accommodation Office service during September. However, we will be organising an AA Accommodation Event during Introduction Week. For details please see the events list.


STUDENT LIFE AND STORIES


The AA School is tremendously active, dynamic and noisy. Keep an eye on what’s happening around the School via: Facebook, Twitter, Events List, AA Life and AA Conversations. You can also view recent AA Public Programme events and lectures via YouTube

For a great overview of the AA School, we recommend you watch the QAA Student Submission 2016 video. Created and edited by student representatives for the QAA, it provides an overview of daily life, student experiences and our facilities.

Each year students from around the globe join the AA School in London. Of our full-time students, sixty per cent join either the Foundation Course or our ARB/RIBA validated Experimental and Diploma Programmes. The remaining 40 per cent are enrolled in one of the AA’s Taught Postgraduate Programmes.

The AA Student Forum is an important part of the school. Members of the Forum meet regularly throughout the year. For further information, and to get involved, please visit their Facebook page.


INTRODUCTION WEEK


Introduction Week is a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with London and the AA, as well as to meet fellow new students. Official Registration and compulsory inductions to the library, workshop, computer room and health and safety take place this week. Visits are arranged to places of architectural interest and to architectural practices, and there are introductory talks about the different parts of the school.

The AA will welcome the 2020/21 cohort of new students on Monday 21 September 2020. Please come to 36 Bedford Square at 10am, where you will be able to collect a welcome pack, which will provide you with everything you need to know for the week. The admissions team will be around to answer any questions you may have.

On Monday the Director of the school will provide you with key information about the AA. You will also attend course/programme introductions providing an important opportunity to learn more about the course and meet AA tutors/programme directors. On Tuesday 22 September you will be required to attend registration and compulsory inductions throughout the day.

Over the summer we recommend you keep an eye on the AA website and Facebook page for updates and events. Full unit briefs for the 2020/21 academic year will be available via the website in August / early September.

All students are required to attend registration on Tuesday 22 September 2020. You will be required to arrive at the scheduled time for your course; this time will be confirmed soon.

To register you will need:

  • A pen.
  • Your passport and a photocopy of the photo page (all students).
  • Student Visa vignette and a photocopy with your entry stamp/police registration stamp (if applicable).
  • Your biometric residence permit and a photocopy of the front and back of the card (if applicable).
  • Any outstanding documents listed on your conditional offer letter or that we have specifically requested.
  • Proof of payment of your deposit and tuition fees (a receipt or statement), and a copy of your scholarship/bursary/loan letter (if applicable).

You may find that you owe the AA a small amount of money if, for example, the bank charged fees when you made a transfer, or if you have forgotten to pay the £95 membership and student forum fee. You will not be able to officially register as an AA student until you have paid all outstanding money.

Once you have registered you will be able to sign up for reference and bank letters. These will be available for collection from the Admissions office from Tuesday onwards. We cannot issue letters before this date.

Please check your email regularly for updates over the coming months. We look forward to meeting you all on Monday 21 September 2020.

AA School Admissions


CONTACT


Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team via email admissions@aaschool.ac.uk or as below:

Nicola Amory +44 (0)20 7887 4094 – Experimental Programme First Year enquiries

Sultana Begum +44 (0)20 7887 4007 – Experimental Programme (Second and Third Years entry level) enquiries

Paula Spindler +44 (0)20 7887 4060 – Foundation and Diploma Programme enquires


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Admissions Team

AA School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: 020 7887 4051 / 4094
admissions
@aaschool.ac.uk

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ONLINE FOUNDATION, EXPERIMENTAL AND DIPLOMA APPLICATION FORM 2020/21



Academic Programmes
AA Prospectus


Experimental Programme (BA (Hons)) Prospectus
Experimental Programme Prospectu


Diploma Programme (MArch) Prospectus
Diploma Programme Prospectus


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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