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
Inigo Minns
Acting Head (maternity cover)

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000




Meeting at various collections near AA
Wednesdays, 10am - 1pm

Drawing well begins with seeing well, and each session of this course will use direct observation of world famous objects to stretch our seeing and drawing to new strengths. This is the perfect escape from Bedford Square, and each week we will draw in nearby national collections, amongst objects gathered from across history.

Each session will have a theme, an exploration of a distinct aspect of drawing. We will use the differing tectonics, materials and forms made available to us as a provocation to draw confidently, with similar richness. The sessions will begin with a short talk or demonstration, but the bulk of our time will be spent actively practising a series of strategies developed to reliably deliver powerful drawings in-the-moment.

The submission required for the end of the course will be a compilation booklet of the drawings made through the term with commentary. In addition, a more considered drawn work will be required, one made independently of our class sessions and which may be an opportunity to relate our drawing strategies to emerging Unit research.

Session 1:Introductory meeting and exercise in Bedford Square classroom. Followed by drawing session in Hall of Enlightenment, British Museum:Wednesday 3rd October 2018
- Seminar: “a vocabulary of form”: language as a tool for seeing
- Drawing more than just objects
- The narrative potential of multiple drawings; intro to storyboards

Session 2: Drawing session behind the scenes in Clocks Study Rooms of British Museum. Meet at Information Desk in Great Court: Wednesday 10th October 2018
- Drawing space, as well as the objects in it
- Representing objects and their interiors; space that occupies objects
- A rhythm for looking
- Going beyond line: the power of tone to show space

Session 3: Parthenon Marbles, British Museum, Room 18, meet there:Wednesday 17th October 2018
- Tone-alone; consider tone before line
- Drawing life-forms
- Seeing steps of tone

Session 4: AA Archives:Wednesday 24th October 2018
- Looking at the vision and drawing strategies represented in the portfolios of distinguished AA graduates
- Making construction drawings of drawings
- Studying the drawn vocabulary of others
- Considering one’s own drawn voice


Session 5: Drawing en plein air in Covent Garden Market, meet there:Wednesday 7th November 2018
- Differentiating materials used in construction
- Imagined sections
- Showing how buildings meet the ground
- Deciding points of view

Session 6: RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B-1NR, meet 1st Floor foyer at top of stairs:
Wednesday 14th November 2018 
- Conveying architectural space, and spatial journey
- Hierarchy in architecture, and drawing
- Drawing architectural materials
- Drawing to reveal construction

Session 7: Cast Courts, Victoria & Albert Museum. Meet there:Wednesday 21st November 2018
- Focusing on drawing deep space; de-emphasizing single objects
- Using depth clues
- Capturing complex and dramatic architectural space

Session 8: Joint MS2 Review Session:Wednesday 28th November 2018
- Pin-up and discussion review of the term’s work, including Independent Drawing piece.
- Hand-in of Booklet summarizing work for term and draft of Independent Drawing