Architectural Association
Media Studies

AA 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. 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





Joel Newman
Tues, 2-5pm, Room TBC

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world...”
Jean-Luc Godard.

“The imaginary is what tends to become real.”
“The man who cannot visualise a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”

André Breton

In the four sessions you will make an animated gif and a 1500 frame (1 minute) animation with original soundtrack. The gif will focus on you, or elements of you, as the subject. For the 1500 frame, 1 minute video all methods of production will be considered, but Stop Motion will be emphasised. All topics and concepts are valid, including outside interests or concerns you may have. Cameras, crayons, clay, Premiere, paint, Final Cut, chromakeying, Motion, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Garageband, Logic/no logic are some of our tools. Many examples of student work can be found at the URL’s below. No techniques are excluded but students must create their own soundtracks.

Course Outline

Session 1: A
Tuesday 3 Oct / 7 Nov
- Introduction to course with screenings of animated work.
- We will see examples of animated work, have a look at softwares and discuss stop-motion techniques.
- We make animated GIF’s as homework.

Session 2: B
Tuesday 10 Oct / 14 Nov
- Software and GIF look-see.
- Discussion of storyboards and further screenings.

Session 3: C
Tuesday 17 Oct / 21 Nov

Session 4: D
Tuesday 24 Oct / 28 Nov
- Final session; finishing off animation, Discussion.

Submission Requirement:
The submission is a 1-minute video plus animated GIF and accompanying booklet explaining the animations concept with storyboard (H.264 + GIF+ PDF). The piece may be narrative or non-narrative. One of the course aims is create new, unexplored spaces within the video plane. Experimentation is the important factor in this project, not creating polished video artifacts.