The AA Intermediate School teaches students in their second and third years of study and is recognised as part of the AA’s ARB/RIBA five-year course in architecture (ARB/ RIBA Part 1). This two-year programme introduces students to the AA’s eminent unit system, where innovative approaches to material, craft and techniques of fabrication sit side-by-side with a combination of both theoretical study and professional practice. Running in parallel to the units, Complementary Studies offers lectures, seminars and workshops covering History and Theory, Media and Technical Studies. These form the basis of the core academic programme linking to themes of our Public Programme. Students are encouraged to further develop their voice and critical identity through this combinatory approach as the unit system together with Complementary Studies support both identification of and reflection on the cultural and social issues of projects, briefs and agendas in global critical and cultural contexts. Students from overseas schools of architecture who wish to participate in the activities part of the AA’s syllabus as a year away from their home institutions can apply to the AA One Year Abroad – Visiting Student Programme (VSP). Interested applicants can apply to either the Second or Third Year for entrance into the Intermediate School.