The First Year at the AA School provides students with an intellectual environment that fosters their interests and explorations in architecture and prepares them for entry to the AAâ€™s unit system in the Intermediate and Diploma Schools.
The dynamic and experimental studio encourages young architects to focus on the challenges of the twenty-first century. Throughout the year, architecture is taught as a way of thinking and designing that not only absorbs external inputs and influences but also engages with and generates particular consequences, audiences and cultures. In this way, First Year prepares students for the complexities and possibilities of the profession. The year is organised around the combination of a design studio and complementary courses in History & Theory, Media and Technical Studies; the crossover between seminars, workshops and debates helps students to develop an individual portfolio as a comprehensive body of work that includes text, projects and speculations. When completed, each portfolio becomes the basis for moving up into the Intermediate School, which covers the second and third years of study at the AA.