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.


Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000



MS1 requirement

Students are required to attend and complete the submission requirements for FOUR Courses (two in the Autumn Term and two in the Winter Term). A bound submission [a single portfolio or set of booklets] containing the work of the four courses plus an uploaded digital submission will serve as a final evaluation.


At the end of each of the 4 courses you must submit your work directly to your tutors for interim assessment. You will receive feedback and guidance on work to complete for the final submission below.


TERM 2 Submission Deadline: Thursday 22nd March, 1pm
Portfolio submission should include all four of the first year media studies courses.

You must submit the following:
1. Hard copy to the 2nd floor Coordinators Office [Opposite Belinda]
2. Digital submission online here: https://submissions.aaschool.ac.uk/login/index.php

Your assessment is based on an average of 5 marks: one for each of the 4 courses, plus one overall mark for the portfolio. Your physical submission will be used for assessment, but you are also required to upload a complete digital copy or record of your submission. See below for further details about digital submissions.


Physical Submissions // Your submission should showcase your work in its best light. We ask that you present all four together in this way to give you the opportunity to rework them, to add that extra piece and to make a coherent, elegant set of documents out of all 4 courses that clearly demonstrate your Media Studies work in its full glory. This process of compiling your work is a critically important part of Media Studies; it is an act of communication and you should aim to convey the ideas you explored in your work, the observations you made and the things you discovered over the two terms, with creativity and visual clarity.

FORMAT // The submission should be no larger than A3 [smaller is often better], otherwise there is no restriction on size and format, we encourage you to be professional but inventive in your presentation - you should not feel restricted to standard ‘A’ sizes, and each course may suit a different format. Submissions may include fold out sections or accompanying tubes/folders to incorporate larger original works together with smaller bound booklets where necessary.

VIDEO + ANIMATION WORK // Any film, web or animation work must be represented 'on paper', using selected frames, screen captures and links to any relevant online content. It should also be included on a memory stick with your submission. [No CD's Please]

Digital Submissions // Because of the diverse nature of Media Studies work, compiling your digital submission may mean photographing or scanning parts of your physical submission - especially if it contains hand-drawn work, or involves folded parts or interesting paper, etc.

FORMAT // ALL submissions are required in DIGITAL (PDF) format. You should endeavour to present your work in ONE PDF file but there is provision to upload more than one file should this be required.

VIDEO, WEB + ANIMATION WORK // Please upload your video files following advice on the submission page. Include links to any other relevant web pages or online content in your pdf submission.

GROUP WORK // Any submissions that take the form of GROUP WORK must be uploaded by EACH group member; if one group member uploads on behalf of everyone else then only that student will have undertaken the required hand-in.

NB: You have one opportunity to upload your FINAL and COMPLETED work.
The submissions website does not facilitate multiple attempts to upload your work.

REDUCING FILE SIZES // You can find clear instructions on how to reduce the size of your digital submission here: submissions.aaschool.ac.uk/Reduce_PDF_file_size.pdf