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Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Animation Production course

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. We hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your team

Congratulations on joining the BA (Hons) Animation Production course at Arts University Bournemouth. You have an exciting time ahead of you.

The staff and students look forward to welcoming you onto the course. You'll find all the information in this pack that will allow you to prepare for the course.

We hope you enjoy the summer holiday period and that you'll be feeling refreshed and ready to start.

- AUB Animation Production Team

Before you join us

The Library here at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you'll need. The list below indicates the key texts that will be useful throughout your studies, all of these are available from the Library at AUB. You might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive. A comprehensive reading list will be provided in your Course Handbook and at the start of each unit. Further reading will be recommended according to the specific requirements on units throughout the course.

  • Blair, P. (1994) Cartoon Animation. Laguna Hills, C.A. Walter Foster Publishing
  • Johnson, O. and Thomas, F. (1981) Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life. New York: Hyperion
  • Whitaker, H. and Halas, J, (2002) Timing for Animation. London: Focal Press
  • Williams, R. (2001) The Animator’s Survival Kit. London: Faber and Faber
  • Levy, David B. (2006) Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive. New York: Allworth Press & School of Visual Arts
  • Furniss, M. (2007) Art in Motion. Eastleigh, UK: John Libbey.

There is no summer project for this course.

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...


The Illusion of Life

Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

Or...


The Animator’s Survival Kit

Richard Williams

Current student work

Have a look through some of the work our current students are producing to get an idea of the type of work you may be making on our course.

What to bring on your first day

All you need to bring on your first is a smile and a pen and paper. Throughout the course, you may require the items listed below.

We suggest that you bring the following items with you:

  • Notepad and pens/pencils
  • External hard drive for backing up work
  • An A3-size LED Portable Light Box - these are available to buy online for around £40.

We'll provide you with the basic drawing materials needed for the first weeks of the course. However, if you have your own materials please bring them along too. Further lists will be provided according to the demands of each unit and you'll be advised at the start of each unit.

You are encouraged to bring your own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

We provide access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you have set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you are planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud we would recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

Please note, the courses uses Windows computers.

You will also require a high-quality graphics card, at least 8GB RAM and dual-core processor for 2D / 3D applications.

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Overview

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth
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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here
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Arrival

We are looking forward to welcoming you to BA Acting this year in just a few weeks!