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



In addition to formal learning, self learning is critical to your studies. Many of the basics are best learned through online tutorials. We are compiling a list of online resources for students to use, which will be added to and updated regularly.

[Much of this list is courtesy of Patrick Kunkel at Archdaily]


Mode Lab: You tube channel with a great set of tutorials on Maya, Grasshopper, Processing, Python, Bim etc. As well as downloadable Grasshopper and Dynamo Primers for a comprehensive guide:

Shoegnome: Jared Banks’ website is a great place to learn about uses of BIM software. Featuring a variety of YouTube tutorials and articles, Shoegnome can educate novices and seasoned veterans alike through Banks’ blend of reader-friendly content and technical subject matter.

ThinkParametric: [requires a subscription fee but has a fourteen day trial period to experience its teaching methods and topics] This website organizes instructional videos into courses on a range of topics, including Grasshopper, Rhino, and Revit. It also includes project-based courses in which students learn to use software by recreating built projects.

The Revit Kid:Offering a combination of video and text based instruction, Jeffrey Pinhiero’s blog addresses topics primarily in BIM systems and Revit. The Revit Kid.Com’s library of sources is extensive, with numerous pages of relevant content, and also includes supplemental material such as a newsletter, and (paid) ebooks and videos.

The Grasshopper Website:The official website for Grasshopper includes several video tutorials for beginning users, as well as links to outside sources which cover additional related topics. Within the website is also a link to a free download of the 157 page Grasshopper Primer, which covers topics relevant to all levels of users.

Digital Toolbox: Focusing on Rhino and Grasshopper, Digital Toolbox, developed by Scott Leinweber and Tam Tran, has hours of tutorials on topics ranging from the most basic uses to more involved processes. Digital Toolbox has a somewhat small collection of videos, but the content is nonetheless valuable.

Autodesk's Youtube Channel: It almost goes without saying that Autodesk offers a wide range of resources for their own software. Their Youtube channel contains a number of instructional videos alongside showcases of new features and promotional videos - the list can be overwhelming at first, so unless there's something specific you're searching for keep an eye out for anything labeled "Getting Started."

Bond-Bryan BIM Blog:Bond Bryan's Rob Jackson has been publishing on the company's "BIM Blog" since 2013, focusing on BIM-related news, case studies and guidance for using ArchiCad, the BIM tool used by his company.

Nick Senske on Youtube:Created for the course he runs at UNC Charlotte, Senske's video tutorials largely focus on modeling in Rhino

Plethora Project: Jose Sanchez's series of tutorials focus on a number of tools that are perhaps less "standard" in architecture, including the Unity3d game engine, Autodesk's Maya software for animations, and C#, Python and Javascript. However, the site also includes the more usual Rhino and Grasshopper tutorials, meaning there is something for almost everyone here.

NYCCTfab on Vimeo: New York City College of Technology's Department of Architectural Technology Fabrication Lab has created an astonishing number of videos on modeling software, including Revit, Rhino and Grasshopper - they even have a series of videos on GIS.


DesignAlyze - Maya Tutorials:

Maya Tutorial for Beginners:

Maya Workflow Tips:

Autodesk Education - Maya Tutorials for Beginners (Curated YouTube Playlist, 15 Videos):

Autodesk Education - Meet the Experts: 45 Maya Tips and Tricks in 45 Minutes:

Diving into 3D: 6 Must-See Maya Tutorials:

Curated YouTube Playlist of Maya tutorials, form basic to expert techniques:

TU Delft Sofwate Tutorials - Maya:

Creating More Complex Shapes in Maya:

Drawing BasicShapes:

Many Maya Modeling walk through Videos (Youtube Curated Playlist):


Evermotion:Evermotion has a huge range of tutorials, including guides for exotic visualization programs such as Unreal Engine 4 and Cinema 4D,in addition to more common programs like V-Ray and 3ds Max. It also includes an image gallery, which is an excellent way to discover new techniques.

SketchUp Artists:Although it only focuses on rendering within SketchUp, this website has an impressive volume of tutorials and instructions for ways to use several different rendering engines, as well.

Maxwell on Youtube: Maxwell Render’s YouTube channel has hours of instruction about various features in their programs. The large number of videos Maxwell has produced can make it a challenge to find meaningful content, but viewers can navigate to helpful guides by using the “playlists” tab.

Arch Viz Camp:Arch Viz Camp has a small but useful set of video tutorials dealing primarily with 3ds Max and Vray; the website's easy to understand instruction makes it accessible to novices and experienced users alike.

Simply Rhino Webinars:Although not the most comprehensive of tutorial platforms, this Youtube channel has a series of videos about V-Ray for Rhino totaling over five hours.

Visual Dynamics Website:This V-Ray reseller is gradually adding sets of tutorials for the software in 3ds Max, Rhino and Sketchup, among others. So far, only the 3ds Max tutorials are particularly developed, but watch this space for more.

Official V-Ray Website:In a similar vein, the official V-Ray website has a range of tutorials, mostly focusing on 3ds Max and Maya.


Pixelflakes:This visualization studio has produced renderings for some of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the world. Their Vimeo channel breaks down some of their images into thorough lessons in the firm’s workflow.

CG Architect:Under CG Architect’s “features” tab is their tutorials section, which shows the visualization artist’s production process from a digital model to a completed image. Most of the projects on this website are architectural, but others show the design and visualization process for different fields, which could provide insight into different methods of working.

Photoshop.Architect's YouTube Channel: In spite of having a rather small collection of videos, this source includes tutorials for slightly unconventional rendering practices. In Photoshop.Architect's videos, viewers can find examples of rendered plans, sections, and night scenes.

Adam Kormendi on YouTube:Adam Kormendi’s YouTube channel features tutorials in Photoshop which cover advanced techniques for adding realistic details and atmospheric elements to images. Kormendi also includes a few videos on 3ds Max and V-Ray and several breakdowns of completed images which supplement the finished work in his tutorials.

Vyonyx Tutorials:London-based visualization studio Vyonyx offers a small set of tutorials, largely focusing on how to achieve certain effects in Photoshop. They also include a small number of tutorials focusing on modeling software such as Rhino and 3ds Max.

ARQUI9 Visualisation on Youtube:Another visualization studio who are sharing their knowledge online, ARQUi9 have only five videos to date, but their tutorials are clearly presented and cover useful techniques on Photoshop from adding people to images to creating convincing reflections in water.


Video Copilot: High quality After Effects Video Tutorials for motion graphics and visual effects presented by Andrew Kramer. See here for basic After effects tutorials: www.videocopilot.net/basic/

Greyscale Gorrilla:: Nick Campbell aka “The Gorilla” runs GreyScaleGorilla.com, a blog focusing on Nick’s life as a Motion Designer at Digital Kitchen in Chicago. Nick tries to get a GSGcast (what he calls his video blogs) out every day… and this guy couldn’t be more full of useful information. Expelling knowledge of After Effects and Cinema 4D.

AE Tuts: With over 40 tutorials already published, they are becoming a very popular site with lots of great information. Part of the Envato Network and a sister site to the ever popular PSDtuts+, Nettuts+, Vectortuts+ and Audiotuts+. cgi.tutsplus.com

Motionworks::For more advanced AE and Motion graphics. Motionworks offers a range of step-by-step and walkthrough After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials.

MAYA with AFTER EFFECTS [thanks to Andrew Haas]

Importing Maya Objects In to AfterEffects:

Maya Animation Compositing in After Effects - Still Image:

Maya and After Effects Compositing:

3D model into video with STEADY CAMERA(with Maya + After Effects):

Overview of the potentials of integrating 3D renders with AE filters and other tricks:


learnarchviz.com:With tutorials on Photoshop, V-Ray, and 3ds Max, learnarchviz.com offers a fairly large collection of free videos in addition to paid courses that go into greater detail on visualization topics. Users can access the paid courses for relatively low price by signing up with learnarchviz.com on the homepage.

Visualizing Architecture: Alex Hogrefe has created a comprehensive list of tutorials for creating compelling images, split conveniently into four sub-categories. Most of the tutorials focus on techniques that can be simply achieved using just SketchUp and Photoshop.

Ronen Bekerman:Ronen Bekerman's blog is, above all, a fantastic place to see case studies. Bekerman regularly features contributors who showcase their own work, explaining how they created a single render from the modeling stage to post-production.