London - Spring Semester Programme Drawing by Alex Sassine, Spring Semester Programme 2018

London - Spring Semester Programme

Valencia. River&Sea

Monday 7 January – Friday 10 May 2019

The Spring Semester 2019 will look at Valencia as a port city, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Despite being famous as a city for its floods, the River Turia became a vital project in re-shaping the developments of the city, transforming an old course into a central green space and becoming a cultural attraction known as the garden of the Turia. The green corridor connects historical districts with the future of city living – such as Cities of Arts and Science – placing itself as the strong back bone of the city. Our study will focus on the sudden disconnection from the linear park to the port, and its benefits and consequences in the navigation and understanding of the city.

Through collaboration and group work, students will look at the existing conditions of the garden of Turia, the port and the in-between areas. The city will be understood as layers of information. Combined with drawing qualities students will conceptualise and create their own design narratives of the project. By analysing the cities complex infrastructure – both social and geographical – each student will develop their brief to target and reveal their specific design agendas.

Design proposals will be multi-scalar in scope, enabling architectural propositions to respond to a larger narrative relating to the aesthetic, programmatic and socio-economic capacities of the city and its infrastructure. Students are expected to explore their own aesthetic style as an outcome of the process, and engage with the ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional representation, revealing unpredictable qualities that inspire their design narratives.

The AA’s proposed Easter closure dates are 4 April to 22 April 2019, giving students an added opportunity to develop their projects further in research and self-directed study.

Applications

1) Please see the entrance requirements and English language requirements below. 

2) If you meet the requirements you can apply to the programme by submitting the following:

  • Completed PDF application form found under 'Links and Downloads'.
  • A4 Portfolio consisting of 20 sheets that demonstrates your range of skills
  • Academic transcripts in English
  • Letter of reference
  • Certificate showing proficiency of English Language. Refer to English language requirements below. If you do not have the certificate and are planning to take an English Language test, you can still make an application with the above documents and submit your results when you receive them.

You can submit all the documents digitally to visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk via email, Dropbox or other file transfer methods – however, original documents or authorised true copies of certificates are required prior to enrolment in January.

Deadline for application is 28 November 2018.

Applications received after the official deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the school.

Please do not use the online payment form until you have had an offer of a place based on the completed application form and portfolio.

Fees

The tuition fee is £9,920 which includes AA Visiting Membership fee is to be made payable by 5 December 2018.

Alternitavley, applicants may wish to pay the deposit of £3,920 to be made payable by 5 November 2018 and then the remaining course fees of £6000 to be made payable by 5 December 2018.

Study Trip - Valencia

TBC

Eligibility

The AA Semester Programme is open to qualified students of undergraduate and graduate standing currently enrolled in architecture school. A minimum of two years of study in architecture or urban design is required. Students should submit a portfolio consisting of 20 sheets (A4) that demonstrates their range of abilities. The portfolio can be submitted as a digital copy. After submitting the application form, please send original academic transcripts in English, certificates and a letter of reference. All candidates are required to show proficiency in the English language.

English Language requirements

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 (all countries listed below).

- You have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration, equivalent to a UK’s bachelor’s degree or above, which was taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country (listed below); In order to assess the equivalency of an overseas qualification the student should provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the translation.  Please go to the English language assessment section for individuals of the UK NARIC website  apply online and send us your NARIC certificate. 

Majority English speaking countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.

We also accept if you successfully completed a course of study in the UK when you were under 18 (and a Tier 4 Child visa holder). This course must have lasted for at least six months and must have ended no more than two years prior to your visa application.

If your place is conditional on providing English language qualification the following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the Home Office/UKVI and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • International applicants: IELTS for UKVI (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. 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.
  • 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 application to the AA. The AA requires a scan of the original certificate.
  • 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. Therefore, the certificate must bear a date no longer than two years ago at the time of visa application. The AA requires a copy of the original certificate.

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.

Programme Head

Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Metrópoli Cities Lab London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London. Naiara also teaches at the AA Master of Housing and Urbanism course, and has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia for 5 years. She has been a visiting critic at many architecture schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture at workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Taylors in Kuala Lumpur.

Course Master 

Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect RIBA Part III. She is currently Director of MdeM architects and Course Tutor of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme. Previously she taught at the UAL Chelsea College of Art and Design. Marie-Isabel is a regular visiting critic at many architectural schools including SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts), UAL Central Saint Martin and the University of Westminster in London. She has worked in the fields of urban masterplanning, architecture and interior design for various offices: in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for De- Kar Design and in London for Acme Ltd.



Contacts

Programme Head
Naiara Vegara

Course Master 
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat Lavrov

Course Tutors
Katya Larina
Dimitris Gyftopoulos

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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Semester Programme Booklet


Prospectus

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