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 2017/18 Academic Year

The AA School's annual tuition fees are the same for all students. In addition to the tuition fees listed below, 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) £20,352
  • Undergraduate Years 1 to 5 : (New and Continuing students) £20,352
  • MA/MSc (New students, full Programme) £ 24,927
  • MArch - 16 months (New students, full Programme) £ 34,608
  • MFA (New students, full Programme) £ 33,866
  • Taught MPhil - 20 Months (New students, full programme) £ 41,545
  • PhD/MPhil (New students) £ 24,927

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

AA Council has approved the Tuition fee levels for the 2018-19 academic year (Ordinary General Meeting [OGM] held on Monday 11th December 2017).

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) £20,881
  • Undergraduate Years 1 to 5 : (New and Continuing students) £20,881
  • MA/MSc (New students, full Programme) £25,575
  • MArch - 16 months (New students, full Programme) £35,507
  • MFA (New students, full Programme) £34,100
  • Taught MPhil - 20 Months (New students, full programme) £42,625
  • PhD/MPhil (New candidates) £25,575*

* For PhD candidates: This fee level is fixed for three consecutive years of study (18–19, 19–20, 20–21). 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 21/22 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 First, Second and Fourth Year of the Undergraduate School, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need.

AA Scholarships cover up to two terms (66%) of the fees and are awarded for three academic years for First Year students, and two academic years for Second and Fourth Year students. Applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must complete the online application form and submit a portfolio by the early application deadline. Applications received after this date, but before the late application deadline, will be considered for financial assistance at the discretion of the school.

Applicants whose work is considered to be of scholarship standard will be asked, after an entry interview, to complete a scholarship application form, provide financial information and submit a portfolio for the scholarship committee. Full details regarding this process will be sent with the official offer letter.

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. Application Information coming soon!

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

Set-up in 2017 by the AA Foundation, this new scholarship offers a two-year full-fee scholarship for a British student entering the Fourth Year in the Diploma School.

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 form and submit a portfolio by the early application deadline. Applications received after this date, but before the late application deadline, will be considered for financial assistance at the discretion of the school.

Applicants whose work is considered to be of bursary standard will be asked, after an entry interview, to complete a bursary application form, provide financial information and submit a portfolio for the bursary committee. Full details regarding this process will be sent with the official offer letter.

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 bursaries for new graduate applicants, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. Awards range from half a term to one-and-a-half terms, covering a proportion of student fees for the year.

Applicants are eligible to apply for a bursary regardless of age, nationality or background. The AA Graduate Bursary Committee, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the AA Graduate School Programme Director/s.

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 26 January 2018.

Applicants who receive an offer will be asked to complete a bursary application form and provide financial information for the bursary committee. Full details regarding the application process will be sent after you receive your official offer letter.

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 undergraduate students joining the five-year ARB/RIBA recognised course 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 Graduate School 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 Media Practices
  14. (Taught) MPhil Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities)
  15. MSc Sustainable Environmental Design
  16. 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 undergraduatebursaries@aaschool.ac.uk in mid March for an AA Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate 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 between half a term to one-and-a-half terms of tuition fees for the academic year. Please note: any Bursary is awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of an additional award that is more than the value of one term's fees.

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 undergraduate 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.

Stephen Lawrence Bursary

Awarded to students entering the AA, this scholarship enables an eligible student who cannot afford the cost to study at the Architectural Association.

Mike Davies Bursary

The bursary supports Undergraduate 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. Application Information coming soon!

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 Graduate 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 CurrentPhDbursaries@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 Graduate 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 undergraduate students joining the five-year ARB/RIBA recognised course 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.

Contact

Architectural Association
(AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
Registrar's Office
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4051
F: +44 (0)20 7414 0779

Links & Downloads

Graduate

ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION FORM 2018/19



Prospectus 2018-19
AA Prospectus


Graduate Prospectus
Graduate Prospectus



Undergraduate

ONLINE FOUNDATION AND UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FORM 2018/19



Prospectus 2018-19
AA Prospectus


Special Programmes Course Booklet
Special Programmes Course Booklet


Undergraduate Course Booklet
Undergraduate Course Booklet


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