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





Wednesdays, 2pm – 5pm, Room TBC in Term 2

“The blurred swish during the movement of the eye is somehow snipped from our conscious awareness, and we are left with just the significant images before and after the movement. Not only do we not see the blurred movement, we are unaware that anything has been removed. And this is happening all the time: with every movement of our eyes, an invisible editor is at work, cutting out the bad bits before we can ever see them”.

Walter Murch
The Conversations
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film.

“There's no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.”
Martin Scorsese

Over an eight-week period the group will look to make an original video with soundtrack of no less than 3 minutes in length. We will discover methods, techniques and principles rooted in narrative and non-narrative film making. Expect to see examples and discuss works formed from an avant-garde tradition as well as mainstream cinema. We emphasize experimentation in order to challenge hegemony. All components to the final piece must be created/ authored by the student. You will be asked to view material outside of class and produce material outside of the classroom enviroment.

Software: We generally use Apple and Adobe products.

Course Outline

Session 1: A
Wednesday 10th Jan
- Screenings
- There was film and now its all video.

Session 2: B
Wednesday 17th Jan
- Screenings with emphasis on shot type
- Cameras, tripods, Editing Tools

Session 3: C
Wednesday 24th Jan
- Screenings with emphasis on editing
- Editing tools and how to construct meaning

Session 4: D
Wednesday 31st Feb
- Chroma-keying and compositing
- Shooting/ Making / Editing


Session 5: E
Wednesday 14th Feb
- Shooting/ Making / Editing / Soundtracks

Session 6: F
Wednesday 21st Feb
- Making /Editing/ Soundtracks

Session 7: G
Wednesday 28th Feb
- Making /Editing/ Soundtracks

Session 8: H
Wednesday 7th March
- Finishing, authoring, discussion.

Submission Requirements:
One HD video file not less than 3mins in length, excluding titles. All elements, including soundtrack, must be created by the student. An accompanying PDF outlining storyboard/ development/ production notes should also be submitted.