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AA Open Day

AA School Open Days

Open Day events are the perfect opportunity to talk with current students, meet our tutors and programme directors, tour our studios and facilities, get advice about applications and experience the unique character of the AA school.

We currently have two Open Day events scheduled for prospective students interested in joining the AA for the 2020–21 academic year:

Open Day – Friday 10 January 2020, all day
All AA programmes
A Public Programme event will follow at 6:30pm

For prospective students interested in joining either the Foundation Course, the Experimental Programme (Years 1–3, BA(Hons), ARB/RIBA Part 1), the Diploma Programme (Years 4–5, MArch, ARB/RIBA Part 2) or any of the Taught Postgraduate programmes throughout the school. Events will be held throughout the day, full details of which will be announced in due course.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the school.

Registration is now closed


Yes, places are limited and you must book your place in advance using our online form.

Yes, you can bring a maximum of two guests with you to the event. Please ensure that you add their names to the registration form.

Yes, we will email all registered attendees an Open Day Schedule which will give you all the information you need for the day, including timings and details of all the talks and other activities.

Please email or accordingly to let us know. 

Yes, when you arrive you will be directed to sign in and we will provide you with key event information.

Yes, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet current students and tutors throughout the day.

Yes, our students will be leading regular tours during the events. Please be aware that due to the size of our rooms, some tours have a limited number of spaces.

Yes, the AA Bar serves refreshments from 9:30am every day and lunch is available from the AA Restaurant from 12:15–15:30pm.

If you are unable to attend one of our Open Day events, you are welcome to visit us at another time. Please contact us using the details below to make arrangements. / Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 4011/4051/4060 / Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 4007/4067/4094


Foundation, Experimental (BA (Hons)) and Diploma (MArch) Programmes Admissions
T: 020 7887 4051

Postgraduate Admissions
T: 020 7887 4007

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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.