Possessing Vision

Date: Friday 9 June 2000
Time: 00:00
Running time: 102 mins

'Sometimes the film is more real than reality'. A discussion between legendary French filmmaker and ethnographer Jean Rouch and legendary AA Unit Master Pascal Schning. Early in his career Jean Rouch broke new ground in ethnographic film practice, developing a collaborative style he termed 'shared anthropology'. Extending his range beyond the frame of the ethnographic film he radically redefined the documentary genre and exerted a seminal influence on the French New Wave in the 1960s. Cocteau, Genet, Truffaut, and Peter Brook were all enthusiastic admirers of Rouch's work. Godard called Rouch's 1959 'ethno-fiction' Moi, Un Noir, 'the best French film since the Liberation'. Jacques Rivette once claimed that Rouch was 'more important than Godard in the evolution of French cinema'. NB: Occasional image problems (sometimes during clips from Rouch's films). Some loss of volume during the middle of discussion.

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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 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.