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



CMS requirement

FOUNDATION, FIRST and SECOND YEAR Students are required to attend and complete the submission requirements for TWO Courses (one in the Autumn Term and one in the Winter Term). Students must submit online for each course at the end of each term, thereby completing their CMSrequirements for entry into the following year of study at the AA.

While it is not a requirement, 3rd YEAR and DIPLOMA students can also submit and upload their work in order to complete the course and receive feedback.


TERM 1 Submission Deadline: Fri 11 Dec 1pm
TERM 2 Submission Deadline: Thu 25 Mar, 1pm

You must submit the following:
1. Digital submission (PDF) online here with your AA login: https://submissions.aaschool.ac.uk

Depending on the nature of your course, your tutor will advise on what you need to submit for assessment. Irrespective of the individual course submission requirements ALL STUDENTS must upload a digital booklet (pdf) submission which documents ALL their work. See below for further details about digital submissions.


Because of the diverse nature of Media Studies work, compiling your digital submission may mean photographing or scanning your physical work - especially if it contains hand-drawn work, or involves physical models. You must incorporate and document any time-based or immersive media e.g.: film, animation, installation, VR/AR work in the documentation through photographs/ screenshots/ storyboards/ diagrams etc.

Your submission should showcase your work in its best light, to make a coherent, elegant document that clearly demonstrates your Media Studies work for each course. 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 term, with creativity and visual clarity. The visual presentation of the document itself forms a part of your assessment.


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 the instructions 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.

If you have any issues with the digital submission site - please contact Rachel Sim