AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1
MS-CORE


TERM 1 COURSES
All MS-First Year courses commence Tuesday 4th October*


PROJECTION AND SPECULATION / Miraj Ahmed
Architectural drawings are tools that enable a series of exploratory steps that lead to the physical
building of propositions. The course will build your knowledge of 2D and 3D orthographic projection
and the importance of precision as a tool for the imagination, moving from the measured redrawing
of an existing architectural precedent towards transformations and invented possibilities
expressed through architectural drawing and other media.

PERIPHERAL LANDSCAPES / Sue Barr
This course uses digital photography to examine landscapes at the edge of the city, where the
urban and suburban are both complex and mysterious, and the photograph is discovered only
through committed observation. Taking inspiration from Italian photography of the 1970s and 80s,
we will reject the iconic to instead privilege the regional landscapes of the everyday.

TRANSLATION OF OBJECTS THROUGH DRAWING / Shin Egashira
The course explores the unfamiliarity of familiar objects by splicing, hacking and reassembling
through drawing, physical modelling and collage. Alternating between cutting, drawing and
describing, the course introduces the ambiguity between forms of representation and that of
designing.

SEEING YOUR WAY TO DRAW / Anderson Inge
This course is defined by looking and drawing, and in turn, exercising a language for both. Each
session follows a distinct theme, covering powerful approaches and techniques in drawing, and
takes place in exquisite national collections nearby. Classes begin with a short talk or
demonstration, while the majority of time is spent actively working through drawing exercises.

MATERIALITY OF COLOUR / Antoni Malinowski
This course focuses on how colour creates and manipulates space. Students will be introduced to
the materiality of pure pigments with the focus on colour as micro-structure. They will create their
own notational system sensitive to space, time, light and the characteristics of materials, building a
3D colour construct devised through the analysis of colour and light.

ORDINARY DOMESTICITY / Flavien Menu
99% of the spaces we are living in are by-products of the architectural realm. They are mostly banal but
it does not mean that ordinary spaces are away from qualities, not convenient or even comfortable. So,
what does make a space a place? The studio aims to create a link between spaces and imaginaries to
understand what constitutes the value of places.

ONE-MINUTE ANIMATION / Joel Newman
In four sessions students will make an animated gif and a 1500 frame (one minute) animation with
original soundtrack. The gif will focus on the individual as the subject. For the animation, all
methods of production will be considered but stop-motion will be emphasised.


OPTIONAL MEDIA STUDIES COURSES


THE KNOWHOW SERIES: CAST AND MOULD HOOKE PARK EDITION / Emmanuel Vercruysse
The Knowhow Series is a hands-on experimental course held in the forest out at the AA’s satellite campus in Dorset. The ambition of these workshops is to provide an in depth exploration of the exciting facilities of Hooke Park, which act as a laboratory for architectural research through 1:1 fabrication. We will investigate aluminium casting and robotic fabrication methods.