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.

The Architectural Association is committed to providing as many talented students as possible the opportunity to study at its School in London. Around one in four AA students receive financial assistance from the School's Scholarship, Bursary and Assistantship programme.


1. FEES


Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

AA Council has approved the Tuition fee levels for the 2019-20 academic year (Ordinary General Meeting [OGM] held on Monday 1st October 2018).

The Head of Finance has verified the amounts and the Tuition fee levels are confirmed as outlined below. In addition to the tuition fees, all Undergraduate and Graduate students are required to pay an additional £95 AA Membership and Student Forum fee per year. This amount will be added to the Term 1 tuition fees.

  • Foundation: (New students) £21,424
  • Experimental (BA Hons) and Diploma (MArch) Programmes £21,424
  • MA/MSc (New students, full Programme) £26,240
  • MArch - 16 months (New students, full Programme) £36,430
  • MFA (New students, full Programme) £35,649
  • Taught MPhil - 20 Months (New students, full programme) £43,733
  • PhD/MPhil (New candidates) £26,240*

* For PhD candidates: This fee level is fixed for three consecutive years of study (19–20, 20–21, 21–22). Candidates who do not undertake the first three years consecutively will revert to the tuition fee rate for that academic year. In the fourth consecutive year of study, candidates will pay a nominal fee equal to 1 term, at the tuition fee rate for the 22/23 academic year. Candidates who do not complete their PhD within four years will revert to the full tuition fee rate for that academic year.


2. FEES PAYMENT SCHEDULE


Once the deposit has been received the remainder of the fees are payable in advance or on an annual or termly basis. Applicants who have been offered a place before July will be given the opportunity to pay the full fees for the academic year and take advantage of a discount of 3%* over the total fee for one academic year. Applicants will receive more information, in writing, from the accounts department regarding this matter nearer the time.

The Term 1 fee payment is due before Introduction Week in September. Prior to registration you will receive a fee statement which will show the amount to be paid, and the payment deadlines. Please make sure you inform us of any change of address so the fee account can be sent to the correct address.

The Term 2 fee payment will be due in early January. You will be sent a reminder fee statement in December regarding the amount due and the payment deadline.

The Term 3 fee payment will be due in April. You will receive a reminder fee statement. Please note students studying on a 12 month course should have a £0 balance, as the deposit will count towards this final payment. If you made the payment of your fees by bank transfer, you should expect some bank charges and that these bank charges might be reflected in a Term 3 account. (These charges are made by the bank once the money gets to London. The AA does not take any commission from it).

*Fees and discounts are subject to review annually.


3. FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS


The AA offers Scholarships to new students entering Experimental (BA (Hons)) First and Second Years and Diploma (MArch), who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need.

AA Scholarships can cover up to one term (33%), two terms (66%) or three terms (100%) of the tuition fees and are awarded for three academic years for Experimental (BA Hons) First Year applicants, and two academic years for Experimental (BA Hons) Second Year and Diploma (MArchapplicants. Applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background. 

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must complete the online application by the early application deadline. Applicant must tick the relevant box on the application form in order to be considered for financial assistance. Applicants will receive an official scholarship application to complete (including financial information) after providing all required documentation for admissions (within a specific deadline, which will be informed by the Admissions Team).

Continuation of all scholarships is subject to continued progress in the school during the defined scholarship period. Please be aware that the scholarship is not awarded in cash, the amount will be credited directly to your fee account. Students in receipt of a scholarship are not eligible to apply for a bursary.

Set up in memory of Mark Fisher, an AA graduate and inspiring teacher, who designed huge music performance events for some of the world’s best-known rock bands. This scholarship supports a student interested in the intersection of architecture and performance. Please note: The Mark Fisher Scholarship is not awarded each academic year. It will not be awarded for the 2020/21 Diploma (MArch) first year entry

For information on criteria and how to apply, visit the Mark Fisher website.

The AA offers bursaries to new Foundation students who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. A bursary for foundation will cover up to one term (33%) of the fees. Applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background.

To apply for a bursary, applicants must complete the online application by the early application deadline. Applicant must tick the relevant box on the application form in order to be considered for financial assistance. Applicants will receive an official bursary application to complete (including financial information) after providing all required documentation for admissions (within a specific deadline, which will be informed by the Admissions Team). 

Please be aware that the bursary will be awarded for one academic year only. The bursary is not awarded in cash, the amount will be credited directly to your fee account.

The AA offers means-tested bursaries for new postgraduate applicants, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. Awards can cover up to one term (33%), two terms (66%) or three terms (100%) of the tuition fees.

Applicants are eligible to apply for a bursary regardless of age, nationality or background. The AA Postgraduate Bursary is decided on a combination of financial need and outstanding merit.

To apply for a bursary, applicants must complete the online application form and submit a portfolio (if applicable) by the early application deadline. Please be aware that in order to be eligible to apply for a bursary, applicants who require an English language examination must have booked and passed one of the approved examinations listed by the early application deadline.

Applicant must tick the relevant box on the application form in order to be considered for financial assistance. Applicants will then receive an official bursary application (including financial information) to complete and submit within two weeks after date of receipt.

Bursaries are awarded for one academic year only and are not awarded in cash; the amount will be credited directly to your fee account. In addition, the bursary award cannot be used towards payment of the deposit.

Please note: The following information applies to Experimental and Diploma students joining the ARB/RIBA recognised courses in Architecture only and is subject to current government legislation. Unfortunately, students joining the Foundation Course or the One Year Abroad (VSP) are not eligible to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loans

At present, new and continuing AA students from the UK and EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan (non-income assessed). For further information please visit the Student Loans Company (SLC) website, bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution so not all this information applies.

New students who have been offered a place should apply directly to the Student Loan Company (SLC). When completing the online form for Student Finance please ensure you use the following course title: 5 year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture. Those transferring from other British schools must inform the SLC.

Student Loans for Living Expenses

At present, student loans to cover living expenses are available to home students, or to those who have lived in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. EU students are not eligible for student loans for living expenses unless they have been resident in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. For full details please visit the SLC website.

Important: The loan information above is subject to current government legislation. For further up-to-date information students should go to the student finance section of the Gov.UK website bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution and so not all this information applies.

Architectural Association: Specific Course Designation granted for Postgraduate Courses (from July 2017)

Who is eligible to apply for funding:

  • Home (UK), EU or EEA applicants to the AA Postgraduate Programme intending to commencing full-time postgraduate studies from the 2017-18 academic year onwards
  • The full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/eligibility

The following courses are now designated for funding:

  1. MA Spatial Performance and Design (AAIS)
  2. MFA Spatial Performance and Design (AAIS)
  3. MSc Design and Make
  4. MArch Design and Make
  5. MArch Architecture and Urbanism (DRL)
  6. MSc Emergent Technologies and Design
  7. MArch Emergent Technologies and Design
  8. MA History and Critical Thinking
  9. MA Housing and Urbanism
  10. MArch Housing and Urbanism
  11. MSc Landscape Urbanism
  12. MArch Landscape Urbanism
  13. (Taught) MPhil Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities)
  14. MSc Sustainable Environmental Design
  15. MArch Sustainable Environmental Design

Conditions and amount of loan:

  • This loan is paid directly to the recipient and can be used for course fees and/or living costs
  • The total loan amount for the whole course is £10,280
  • The first payment is made after the course start date (in September, once registration has been undertaken and confirmed by the AA School) and delivered in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34%
  • The earliest repayment date is April 2019 subject to an annual income in excess of £21,000
  • Please note, the conditions above relate to students joining the 2017/18 academic year. Details for students joining the 2018/19 academic year will be announced in mid-2018.

How to apply for funding:

  • Application is made direct to Student Finance England, on-line or by post. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan and follow the links.
  • If you have already received loan support (Undergraduate provision for example), your Student Finance England account is still valid for use.
  • If this is a first application, you will need to set up a new account.

For more information or specific questions regarding your circumstance, please contact the Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan team directly on:
Telephone: 0300 100 0031
Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Service is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Many students also find financial assistance from non-AA sources of funding. Please see this PDF for further information and opportunities.


4. FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS


Application procedure

  • The bursary application details for the following academic year are announced in March across the School via AA Weekly, website and posters on the notice boards.
  • Please contact the Registrar's Office bursaries@aaschool.ac.uk in mid March for an AA Experimental and Diploma Bursary application form for the following academic year. It is the students' responsibility to contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Please note that AA Bursaries must be applied for on a yearly basis.
  • The deadline for completing and returning the AA Bursary application form is mid May (exact date stated on form)
  • The AA Experimental and Diploma Bursary Committee, which meets in July to distribute the awards, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the student's AA Unit Master/s.
  • Please note that any student in receipt of an AA Scholarship is not eligible to apply for an AA Bursary.

Amount of financial assistance

An AA Bursary award covers a proportion of student fees from generally between half a term to one-and-a-half terms of tuition fees for the academic year.

List of bursaries:

AA Foundation Bursaries

The AA Foundation awards a number of bursaries to support AA students who have the ability, but not the full means, to achieve their goals in architectural study.

Eileen Gray Bursary

The Eileen Gray Fund for AA students was established in 1980 by Eileen Gray’s niece, Prunella Clough-Taylor, to recognise the distinguished architect and furniture designer’s concern for architectural training. A bequest from Ms Clough-Taylor, received in 2000, has expanded the scope of this fund, which now awards bursaries annually to talented students in need of financial assistance.

Elizabeth Chesterton Bursary

AA alumna and former Councillor, Dame Elizabeth Chesterton OBE, who died in 2002, left a generous bequest in support of bursaries for British students at the AA.

Andrew Szmidla Bursary

This bequest funds bursaries for Experimental (BA (Hons)) and Diploma (MArch) or postgraduate students from Eastern Europe.

Charlotte Coudrille Bursary

Charlotte Coudrille, who died in 2001, ran the AA Accounts Office for a number of years. The bursary was established by her former colleague Marian Keyes and is awarded annually to a student in need of financial assistance.

Mike Davies Bursary

The bursary supports Experimental (BA (Hons)) and Diploma (MArch) students of demonstrable limited means from the UK or international students who have lived in the UK for three or more years. Recipients must show innovative thinking and application in design work.

Enid Caldicott Bursary

A bursary was established in 1978 in memory of Enid Caldicott, who was first a student at the AA before serving as AA Librarian for 35 years. It is awarded annually to British students.

Eyre Family Foundation Bursary

Awarded to a British student entering 4th year.

Set up in memory of Mark Fisher, an AA graduate and inspiring teacher, who designed huge music performance events for some of the world’s best-known rock bands. This scholarship supports a student interested in the intersection of architecture and performance. Please note: The Mark Fisher Scholarship is not awarded each academic year. It will not be awarded for the 2020/21 Fourth Year entry.

For information on criteria and how to apply, visit the Mark Fisher website.

MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students

  • AA MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 students are eligible to apply for an AA Bursary. The Bursary details for the following academic year will be announced via AA Weekly, website and posters on the notice boards, in March
  • Please contact the Registrar's Office at bursaries@aaschool.ac.uk in mid March for an AA Bursary application form for the following academic year. It is the students' responsibility to contact the Registrar's Office
  • AA MPhil Projective Cities Year 2 bursaries are awarded annually
  • The deadline for completing and returning the AA Bursary application form is mid May (exact date stated on form)
  • The AA Postgraduate Bursary Committee, which meets in July to distribute the awards, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need, academic performance and recommendation from the student's Projective Cities Programme Director

Amount of financial assistance

  • An AA Bursary award covers a proportion of a student’s tuition fees of normally a half term or one term of the course annually.
  • The AA Bursary would be awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of any other substantial additional award, which is equivalent to more than the value of one term’s fees. An AA Bursary is not deferrable.
  • Current AA PhD students who will be registered in the Second or Third Year of their fulltime studies at full fee rate are eligible to apply on an annual basis for an AA Bursary
  • The bursary details for the following academic year will be announced via AA Weekly, website and posters on the notice boards, in March.
  • Please contact the Registrar's Office at bursaries@aaschool.ac.uk in mid March for an AA Bursary application form for the following academic year. It is the students' responsibility to contact the Registrar's Office
  • AA PhD Bursaries are awarded annually
  • The deadline for completing and returning the AA Bursary application form is mid May (exact date stated on form)
  • The AA Postgraduate Bursary Committee, which meets in July to distribute the awards, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need, academic performance and recommendation from the student's PhD Programme Supervisor/s

Amount of financial assistance

  • An AA PhD Bursary award covers a proportion of student tuition fees of normally a half term or one term of the course annually.
  • The AA Bursary would be awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of any other substantial additional award, which is equivalent to more than the value of one term’s fees. An AA Bursary is not deferrable.

Please note: The following information applies to Experimental (BA (Hons)) and Diploma (MArch) students joining the ARB/RIBA recognised courses in Architecture only and is subject to current government legislation. Unfortunately, students joining the Foundation Course or the One Year Abroad (VSP) are not eligible to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loans

At present, new and continuing AA students from the UK and EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan (non-income assessed). For further information please visit the Student Loans Company (SLC) website, bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution so not all this information applies. New students who have been offered a place should apply directly to the Student Loan Company (SLC). When completing the online form for Student Finance please ensure you use the following course title: 5 year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture. Those transferring from other British schools must inform the SLC.

Student Loans for Living Expenses

At present, student loans to cover living expenses are available to home students, or to those who have lived in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. EU students are not eligible for student loans for living expenses unless they have been resident in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education. For full details please visit the SLC website.

Important: The loan information above is subject to current government legislation. For further up-to-date information students should go to the student finance section of the Gov.UK website bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution and so not all this information applies.

Many students also find financial assistance from non-AA sources of funding. Please see this PDF for further information and opportunities.


5. AA ASSISTANTSHIPS


A number of assistantships are offered to eligible full-time registered students who are experiencing financial hardship. Students are able to work up to ten hours per week, providing assistance with certain administrative, exhibitions, or maintenance functions.

Eligible students wishing to apply will be told the procedure when they register at the beginning of the academic year. For further information please see the Jobs section of the website.


6. THE COST OF LIVING IN LONDON


An estimate of £325 living expenses per week includes: accommodation at £150 (low estimate), food £55, travel £30, utilities (gas, electricity, telephone) £20, books and materials £20, entertainment £25, and other expenses (such as snacks, haircuts, postage, subscriptions etc) £25 per week. This equates to a yearly expenditure (52 academic weeks) of £16,900 for a 12-month course.

Please note: the list above does not include clothes and incidental expenditure such as contents insurance to cover lap-tops, TV license, laundry, etc. Spending can vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation you choose, the location and how much you socialise. We recommend you visit the NUS website (national union of students) or the Study London website for further information regarding costs of study and living in London.

  • Minimum of £800 - £1,500 to cover study trip/s.
  • As you may know the AA has the following facilities:
    1. Digital Prototyping Lab /AALIFE/BEDFORDSQUARE/dpl.php
    2. Wood & Metal Workshop /AALIFE/BEDFORDSQUARE/materials.php
    3. Model Workshop /AALIFE/BEDFORDSQUARE/model.php
    4. Print Center (located in 16 Morwell Street)
  • While the use of these facilities is included in your fees all material expenditure is at your own expense. The cost of materials for each student will vary greatly dependent on their budget.
  • At times of the year (usually once or twice a term) students will have juries and table presentations which may require additional printing expenses.

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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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