Architectural Association
Communication and Media Studies

AA Communication & 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. Communication 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



Image: Huang Yi Studio

AA COMMUNICATION & MEDIA // As techniques and tools of communication, fabrication, and computation are regularly revised in the field, AA Media deploys a range of skills aimed at both reinforcing and reinventing the methods in which students approach design and architecture. AA Media operates over the Autumn and Winter terms and is composed of two primary groups; Studio and 'Saturday School'.


STUDIO (CMS-CORE) // Media Studies Core courses are studio based and address a particular aspect of architectural production, within the scope of a single course topic, providing students with the knowledge and skills associated with a wide range of contemporary design, communication and fabrication media. They are a requirement for Foundation, First Year and Second Year students, but courses are open to any student enrolled in the 3rd year or Diploma School.

AA unit tutors, as well as staff from workshops, computing and the AV department, teach these weekly courses alongside specialists from outside of the school. This year’s courses address diverse media including; drawing, video, photography, animation, narrative, physical assemblage, analogue and digital fabrication, 3D scanning, web-based media, and mixed reality


SOFTWARE LAB // Software Lab courses are composed of a series of skills-based one-day workshops open to students from across the school, that introduce students to fundamental techniques in major digital applications for architecture. Working with the AA Computer Lab, CMS Lab courses cover many of the most common computer applications, from 3D modelling and computer-aided drafting to imaging, publication, digital computation and scripting, various physics-based analyses and other relevant software. Enrolment for CMS-Lab courses is voluntary, as the inclusion of this group within CMS is provided as a means to help students that have a particular interest in learning a specific application within a short period of time.

OPEN WORKSHOPS // Open Workshops are one-off events, short introductions, tasters or demonstrations open to curious minds from across the school. We welcome suggestions by students and staff for potential workshops or events. Details of workshops will be posted on the website and CMS Calendar throughout the year.