AA wins power to award degrees for the first time - architecture and design

AA wins power to award degrees for the first time

The Architectural Association school in London has been granted the right to award bachelor's and master's degrees for the first time in its history, which "marks a new era" for the institution says its director Eva Franch i Gilabert.
The Architectural Association (AA) has been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), which means that from 1 October 2019 it will be able to award both bachelor's and master's degrees.
Until now the AA, which is the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, had its courses validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects Registration Board, but could not award degrees.
This inability to award an academic title recognised by the UK government has caused issues with potential students applying for funding, as well as graduating international students when they return to their home countries. "Significant milestone for the AA"
The process of gaining TDAP started six years ago and was a key aim of Franch i Gilabert, who was appointed AA director in March.
"This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence," Franch i Gilabert said.

"Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this maj...
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