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Series: Film Screening
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Cinema
Running time: 100 mins

AA Cinema Screening, Wednesday 16 October 


The AA Cinema will be hosting film screenings chosen each week by different AA Tutors. This week’s film, Close-Up (1990), Directed by Abbas Kiarostami, is hosted by Yoni Bentovim (Media Studies Tutor). 


Synopsis: While reading a novel by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf on the bus, Ali Sabzian strikes up a conversation with a pretty girl, Mahrokh Ahankhah. When she tells him her family admires Makhmalbaf's work, Ali pretends to be the filmmaker to impress her. Becoming friendly with the Ahankhahs, Ali tells them he is preparing a new movie, but when they uncover his true identity, he is arrested for fraud. This film reenacts the true story of the incident, with Ali and the family playing themselves.


The AA Cinema is located in the Research Collections Room (basement, No. 32 Bedford Square) and is open for bookings by AA staff and students. A programme of screenings for AA members is held termly - see the What’s On listings and a Film Club for students also operates, showing films on a weekly basis. AA students and staff also have access to a library of 1,782 feature films and documentaries.


All film loans, viewings and screenings for students are held as part of an educational programme.


This screening is for AA Students and Staff only and is for the purpose of instruction, criticism and review.



All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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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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