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Student Assistantships

Student assistantships are designed for registered full-time undergraduate and graduate students to work in different departments of the School as part of the School’s commitment to offering financial support to its students. The number of hours students are permitted to work inside of term time have been limited to a maximum of 10 hours per week in order to allow the School to provide assistance to as many students as possible.


Students must have a National Insurance number before being taken on by any AA department for work.

Should a department wish to employ a student, the Head of Department should ensure that the student has been authorised to work by HR. The Head of Department must ensure that students should not begin working until this process has been completed and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action as this is a serious breach of Immigration Law. The AA will not pay students for work undertaken before their work permissions are confirmed.

Students will need to complete the Student Assistantship Personal Details Form and submit to HR before any work is undertaken.

List of currently available jobs:

AA Admissions Team

The admissions team are seeking keen student assistants to help with tours of the buildings for prospective students.

We require help on an ad-hoc basis throughout Term 2 and Term 3. Tours generally last 30 minutes and there’s a maximum 4 tours per day. Some weeks it will be very busy, with interviews scheduled each day. Other weeks we might only have 1 day of interviews (hence 4 tours max). Therefore you do need to be flexible, or fit in tours around your existing student assistants duties (max 10 hours per week).

The tours are for groups of undergraduate students who have come to the AA for an admissions interview. Therefore, you need to be confident talking to groups of people, and know you’re way around the school & studios.

If you are a registered student assistant, or are eligible to apply for an assistantship role please contact Jess Hoy via email: ASAP.

AA Archives

The AA Archives requires a student assistant to work 10 hours per week. The timing is flexible but must be completed in blocks of a minimum of 3 hours. The work will include cataloging, filing of drawings and general assistance with archival duties.

Experience within an archive or museum environment is preferred - please send a copy of your CV to

AA Audiovisual

The AA Audiovisual Department is seeking student assistants to help with the stage management and documentation of the School’s public lecture series (weekdays, 6pm till end of event) and to offer technical support to future academic events on Saturdays.

Although training is offered, those with experience of audio and video technology in live situations are preferred. We require all assistants to be punctual and pay attention to detail.

Those interested should email and ensure that they are eligible to work at the AA.

AA Bookshop

5 hours a week, Wednesdays or Fridays 1.30-6.30pm and evening book launch events. Love and knowledge of books essential. Good communication skills essential. Retail experience preferred. Please send a copy of your CV fao Andrew Whittaker to

AA Computer Lab

The AA Computer Lab is currently looking for Student Assistants to support the IT Helpdesk Team in delivering robust client facing support. The role holders will provide basic support for software and printing issues; ensure all printer paper trays are restocked at the beginning and end of their shift. They will record any incidents and notify the IT team of any issues that may have occurred during their shift. All necessary training will be provided to successful applicants.

Previous experience working with computers and printers would be advantageous. Please send a copy of your CV and Cover Letter (optional) to with the subject title: Student Assistant Application

AA Digital Photo Studio

The Photo Studio has a vacancy for an assistant to work 10 hours per week. Applicants must have previous experience of working with both analog and digital cameras and post production editing. We require all assistants to be punctual and pay attention to detail.

Please contact suebarr@aaschool for more information.

AA Digital Platforms

Digital Platforms is looking for enthusiastic and organised students for the two currently available positions. Working hours are flexible and can be set in blocks. Full training will be given for all tasks.

1) Web Assistant - We seek someone with passion for the web world to help us with the day-to-day tasks of maintaining websites and web based applications. Previous experience with coding will be advantageous but not required.
2) Social Media Assistant - the perfect candidate should to be knowledgable of Social Media platforms. The work will include organising and scheduling content.

If you are interested in applying, reach us at

AA Digital Prototyping Lab

The Digital Prototyping Lab is currently looking for DPL assistants. We are looking for enthusiastic and hard working students who are willing to learn more about digital fabrication. As a DPL assistant you will work a shift of 4 hours every week in the lab helping DPL staff and fellow students with questions about laser-cutting, 3dprinting, selling material and keeping the place in order.
Please contact Henry or Angel at the lab if you are interested in working in an exciting environment.

AA Director's Office

The AA Director's Office is seeking 1-2 student assistants to work on a series of research initiatives related to new postgraduate programme proposals and other projects.

The role involves library and online research as well as the production of reports, presentations, and data visualisations. The job is for 10 hours per week across Terms 2 and 3 with the opportunity for renewal in the next academic year. This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious students interested in learning more about the formation of new pedagogies, the higher education environment, marketing, and communication. You will be working closely with the Director and her team, contributing to the future of the AA School. Diploma, postgraduate, and PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you are a registered student assistant, or are eligible to apply for an assistantship role please contact Roberta Jenkins via email:

AA Library

We wish to recruit students to work in the AA Library during Library opening hours, including weekday evenings and on Saturdays. The work involves working at the Library issue desk, checking books in and out, re-shelving and helping users with enquiries. Some of the work involves collecting material requested from the Bookstore and Journal store, and reshelving it. Full training will be given beforehand. As with all Student Assistantships, you must be authorised to work at the AA.

If you're interested in applying, please contact Eleanor Gawne, Librarian ( for a role description and initial chat about the work.

AA Photo Library

The AA Photo Library is seeking student assistants to help photograph the school for social media. Including photographing events, lectures, members trips & school life.

Those interested should email

AA Print Centre

A great opportunity has arisen for the position of Student Assistant within the Print Centre

This is a unique position to become part of a highly qualified team, where you will learn all aspects of providing a high quality print service to fellow students and staff.

We can offer you 10 hours work a week.

If you are interested please come and see Photios in the Print Centre or send your CV with covering letter to

AA Reception

The AA Reception requires student assistants for evening and weekend work. Examples of student assistants’ reception duties are: processing all incoming telephone calls, providing visitors to the AA with information regarding events, handling deliveries, signing out keys, booking taxis, handling lost property, and liaising with the duty managers regarding building security matters.

Please contact a member of the reception team in person or by emailing or by calling 02078874000 for further details regarding a reception student assistantship.

AA Visiting School

The role of the Visiting School student assistant is to work on a daily basis with the Visiting School Office on all aspects regarding the coordination of worldwide programmes. This is a varied role including having a financial overview (which includes ensuring accurate and timely management of financial templates, invoices and expenses), marketing, website development, and dealing with enquiries from students and Visiting School Programme Heads.

For a full Job Description and how to apply please visit notices.

AA Workshop

We are looking to recruit Workshop Student Assistants. The role involves assisting Workshop staff with the day to day running of the Wood and Metal Workshop. Assisting fellow students with the fabrication of their model making work and helping to supervise good Health and Safety practice within the workshop at all times.

For a full Job Description and how to apply please see the application document. For any enquires please contact


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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.