aA school of architecture entry requirements

Last Updated on September 6, 2022 by Ngefechukwu Maduka

AA school of architecture requirements are based on how new students perform on pre-diploma courses and in their portfolios. You get a lot of chances to make your portfolio better, so here is what you need to do:

Applicants should be in the top 10% of their class (with GPA of 3.2 or higher, especially if they are interested in pursuing an M.Arch degree). Those with a GPA lower than 3.2 may also apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Entry Requirements

Prospective students must achieve at least the minimum academic and English language requirements to apply for any of the taught postgraduate programmes on offer at the AA. These requirements vary according to the programme being undertaken.

Academic Qualifications

(AAIS) SPATIAL PERFORMANCE & DESIGN MA – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

(AAIS) SPATIAL PERFORMANCE & DESIGN MFA – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

DESIGN & MAKE MSC – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture, engineering or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

DESIGN & MAKE MARCH – Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

(DRL) ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM MARCH – Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES & DESIGN MSC – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture, engineering, industrial/product design or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES & DESIGN MARCH – Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) in architecture, engineering, industrial/product design or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

HISTORY & CRITICAL THINKING MA – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

HOUSING & URBANISM MA – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

HOUSING & URBANISM MARCH –Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent professional standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

LANDSCAPE URBANISM MSC – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, geography, engineering or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

LANDSCAPE URBANISM MARCH – Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) in architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, urban planning, geography, engineering or other relevant discipline from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent professional standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK.

(SED) SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN MSC – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class honours) in architecture, engineering or a related discipline from a United Kingdom university or a degree of equivalent standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK. Evidence of initiative and motivation, design and visual communication skills and an understanding of how the AA and its programmes are required in addition to the formal qualifications.

(SED) SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN MARCH – Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) from a United Kingdom university or a BArch degree plus diploma of equivalent professional standard from a recognised university or higher education institution from outside the UK. Evidence of initiative and motivation, design and visual communication skills and an understanding of how the AA and its programmes are required in addition to the formal qualifications.

(PROJECTIVE CITIES) TAUGHT MPHIL ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN – For candidates with a four or five-year degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent) in architecture or other relevant disciplines, such as urban design, planning, urbanism, and landscape design.

PHD PROGRAMME – Candidates must already hold an appropriate post-professional Master’s degree in their proposed area of MPhil/PhD research. Candidates for PhD in Architectural Design must also hold a five-year professional degree in architecture and will be expected to submit a design portfolio.

English Language

The AA reserves the right to make conditional offers on the basis of candidates gaining a further English language qualification. English language qualification requirements are subject to frequent change, in line with Home Office/UKVI regulations. Candidates are responsible for keeping up to date with such changes, however the AA website will ensure that up-to-date English language requirements are published at the beginning of each application cycle.

The AA fully understands that applicants have been experiencing difficulty meeting the English language conditions of their offer due to the number of approved English language test centres that have been closed around the world as a result of COVID-19. In response, the AA has expanded its list of accepted tests significantly, in order to give applicants as many accessible options as possible.

To meet both the AA and the Home Office/UKVI English language requirements, candidates must obtain one of the following language qualifications:

·IELTS (UKVI): A score of 6.5 overall is required, with at least 6.0 in each category. IELTS reports have a two-year validity period. Certificates must therefore have been obtained within two years of the candidate’s visa application date.

·Trinity College SELT Test (ISE II (B2) or ISE III (C1)): A pass is required in each category at minimum. Please check Appendix O and the list of approved test centres issued by the UKVI to ensure that you book a test with an approved SELT provider.

·LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B2 Communicator): A score of High Pass is required for Written Exam (includes Reading, Writing and Listening) and Speaking Exam with no individual score below 33/50.

·Pearson PTE (Academic UKVI): A score of 62 overall is required, with at least 59 in each category

·PSI Skills for English (UKVI) (Upper Intermediate / PSI Test code 4SB2). A pass is required in each category.

English language exams vary in terms of how long they remain valid. If you passed one of these exams more than two years ago, please notify your Admissions Coordinator so they can check whether it can be accepted. Candidates should provide the Admissions Team with a scanned copy of their official test certificate and/or the TRF number from that certificate. The required scores must be achieved during a single sitting of the examination.

In addition to the above, applicants joining courses at Experimental, Diploma and Postgraduate Programme level may also choose from one of the following English language test and qualification options:

· IELTS (Academic) and IELTS (Indicator): A score of 6.5 overall is required, with at least 6.0 in each category. Online exam can be taken if test centres are closed in your region.

· Pearson PTE (Academic): A score of 62 overall is required, with at least 59 in each category.

· LanguageCert International ESOL (B2 Communicator): A score of High Pass is required for Written Exam (includes Reading, Writing and Listening) and Speaking Exam with no individual score below 33/50. Online exam can be taken if test centres are closed in your region.

· TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: A score of 92 overall is required, with at least 24 in Reading and Writing, 20 in Speaking and Listening. Online exam can be taken if test centres are closed in your region.

· Cambridge C1 Advanced: A score of 176 overall is required, with at least 169 in each category

· GCSE/IGCSE English, IGCSE English (First Language) or English Language: Pass at 5 (or grade C) is required.

· A Level English Language or English Language and Literature or English Literature: Grade C or above is required.

· IB English A (SL) and IB English A (HL): Language and Literature or Literature: Grade 5 or above is required.

· IB English B (for non-native speakers) (SL): Grade 7 or above is required.

· IB English B (for non-native speakers) (HL): Grade 5 or above is required.

Exemption from the submission of English language qualifications or test is granted for candidates who meet one of the exemptions listed in the Immigration Rules Appendix: English Language.

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Required Documents

All applicants (with the exception of those applying to the History and Critical Thinking in Architecture programme and the PhD programme) must submit a digital sample portfolio of original art and design work in addition to the online application form, scanned transcripts and certificates (as required) and references, which can be sent to the school directly by referees. If you are applying to the Design and Make Programme please ensure you make reference to the location of the Programme within your personal statement.

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