United Kingdom

Architectural Association School of Architecture

Key Information

Rank 29 Location United Kingdom Established 1847 International Students 60%
Famous Courses Foundation, Experimental, Diploma, Taught Postgraduate, Visiting School, Part-Time Studies International Fees £14,500-13,400

Architectural Association School of Architecture 

London is known as the most visited city according to the tourism index and best destination of study in UK. The city is known for its cleanliness, greenery, and diverse culture and also for possessing a population that belongs to different countries all over the world. It is also the largest state in Great Britain and also of the United Kingdom. The architectural association school of architecture (or AA School of Architecture) is known as one of the best schools providing architecture courses in UK.

The school is situated in the heart of the London city which is connected by the road. It was established in the year 1847 and was formally known in the year 1890. It is considered one of the oldest schools of architecture and the best architecture college in London. It was built when there were many complexities in the world regarding architectural design. Architectural association school of Architecture paved its way and entered the world to resolve these complexities.

Why choose this School?

The AA school of architecture is known as the oldest and the most prestigious institution in London as well as the United Kingdom.  The school is famous for producing top-class architects in UK and also focuses on enhancing the skills which an architect must possess. It only accepts limited students in a year approximately 600 to 700. Due to its small class size and eminent facilities, students get the exposure and practice more for their dream projects and also for their bright future.

The motto of the school is designing with beauty and building with trust. The AA School of Architecture has 2 campuses located in two places, one in London (Urban campus) and the other in Hooke Park (Rural campus). This institute enrolls a larger number of international students in comparison to others.

Key features

  • Independent and oldest school of architecture
  • High international students enrolment
  • ARB/RIBA accredited institution
  • Distinctive UG and PG courses in architecture
  • Moderate fee structure
  • Only single intake available (September)


The Architectural Association does not participate in university rankings because it is an independent institution. AA School of Architecture was named one of the top 50 in Europe by the Italian architectural magazine Domus and one of the top ten in the globe by the design journal Jebiga.  Some of the ranks of the university are given below:

  • World ranking – 1384
  • National Ranking – 74
  • Quality of education Ranking - 29

Entry requirements

For the students applying for the bachelors in architecture,

  • Should have an aggregate of 60% in their higher secondary or 12th 
  • Should have an overall score of 6.5 not less than 6.0 in any band in the IELTS

 For the students applying for the master’s courses in architecture,

  • Should have an aggregate of 60% in their bachelor’s 
  • Should have 6.5 not less than 6.0 in their IELTS.


The Architectural Association School of Architecture courses present a uniqueness as the school only provides courses related to architecture. You can pursue a bachelor’s degree, diploma, master’s degree, M.Phil. Or Ph.D. degree in architecture. A few lists of courses are given below:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Name of the Course                                                                 Duration                              Credits
 AA foundation award in architecture  1 year    120
 BA (Hons) in architecture (ARB/RIBA part-1)  3 years  360
 Master of Architecture / AA Diploma  (ARB/RIBA part-2)  2 years  240

 Master of Arts (Spatial Performance & Design/ History & Critical Thinking/ Housing & Urbanism)

 45 weeks  120

 Master of Science (Design + Make/ Emergent Technologies & Design/ Landscape Urbanism/ Sustainable Environmental Design)

 45 weeks  180

 Master of Architecture (Architecture & Urbanism/ Design + Make/ Emergent Technologies & Design/ Landscape Urbanism/ Sustainable Environmental Design/ Housing & Urbanism)

 45 weeks, 2 phases  180
 Master of fine arts ((AAIS) Spatial Performance & Design)  60 weeks, 2   phases  240
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Under graduate

  • Experimental
  • Part-Time Studies
  • Diploma
  • Visiting School
  • Foundation

Post graduate

  • Taught Postgraduate

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The Architectural Association is dedicated to providing opportunities for the most brilliant students from across the world to learn at the school. Presently, one in every four students receives monetary support in the form of a scholarship, bursary, or assistantship.


1 September 27, 2021 December 17, 2021 December 18, 2021, to January 9, 2022
2 January 10, 2022 March 25, 2022 Good Friday: April 15, 2022
Easter Monday: April 18, 2022
March 26, 2022, to April 24, 2022
3 April 25, 2022 June 24, 2022 Bank Holiday: May 2, 2022
Bank Holiday: June 2, 2022, and June 3, 2022

(MA & MSc Students only)

June 27, 2022 September 23, 2022 August 20 to 29, 2022
Bank Holiday: August 29, 2022

The introduction week is scheduled from September 20 to 24, 2021. On the other hand, the staff induction day is mandatory for all academic staff personnel and is scheduled for September 23, 2021.
These dates have been reported here, as mentioned in the official academic calendar released by the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

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