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Commercial Photography Welcome Guide - Overview
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) Commercial Photography 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 will enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your team

It is with great pleasure that the staff and students of the course look forward to welcoming you in October, as you start this exciting part of your journey in photographic education.

I know it’s been a strange summer for us all, due to the pandemic, but I hope you and your friends and family have been able to stay safe and well, and that you're now looking forward to joining us at AUB on the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course, and the exciting challenges this will bring.

During your first week, you'll have the opportunity to learn about your course and the environment at AUB and get to know your new colleagues and the Course Team. You will also get the opportunity to discover Bournemouth and the surrounding area.

During your first term, you'll have the opportunity to use our fantastic facilities, spending time in our studios, darkrooms and digital facilities, and getting used to our professional standard of equipment.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

- Conrad Tracy, Course Leader

Before you join us

‘Isolation’ is the title of your Summer project, and you will be expected to present 6 images that communicate your view of this period of self-isolation, during the pandemic. The images themselves must be ready to be viewed on a tablet or laptop, or on a memory stick, as jpegs, or a pdf.

Additionally, if you're joining AUB in the first year, we'll be conducting portfolio ‘show and tell’ sessions so please make sure that you come prepared with your portfolio (the one that you brought to interview, including any additional work you may have made since that point).

How to submit your summer project

You'll need to bring your portfolio with you on the Wednesday of the first week.

The Library here at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you will need. The list below indicates the key texts that will be useful throughout your studies. Aall 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. When you arrive at AUB you will receive your Course Handbook, which will include a comprehensive reading list.

The texts below offer a good foundation of knowledge to support our curriculum, so you may wish to consider buying copies prior to commencing your studies (or making sure you get to the front of the queue in the library!):

  • Bate, D. (2009). Photography: The Key Concepts. Oxford: Berg.
  • London, B., Upton, J., and Stone, J. (2016). Photography. Pearson
  • Bull, B. (2009). Photography. Routledge: Introductions to Media and Communication.
  • Wells, L. (ed.) (2015). Photography: A Critical Introduction (5th edn). London: Routledge.

  • British Journal Of Photography bjp-online.com
  • Aperture aperture.org
  • Hotshoe hotshoeinternational.com
  • Photoworks photoworks.org.uk/ articles
  • Foam Magazine issuu.com/foammagazine
  • Source source.ie/feature/index.html
  • Photo District News pdnonline.com/ index.shtml
  • That’s Nice itsnicethat.com
  • ASX americansuburbx.com/
  • Seesaw Magazine seesawmagazine.com
  • Ojode Pez Magazine photomeeting.ojodepez.org/en/home

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


Photography

Stephen Bull

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

  • Notepad and pens/pencils
  • Academic diary (electronic or hardcopy)
  • A smile

Although you may already have the photographic equipment necessary to start your course, you may find it useful to read through the list of essential and useful equipment to help support your studies during the following 3 years.

Essential

  • DSLR camera (24 megapixels or above, preferably Nikon or Canon) capable of manual aperture and shutter speed control
  • Sketchbooks – A4 and A5
  • Three memory sticks for submitting work – 8GB+
  • A4 ring binder for course handouts etc.
  • Portable hard drive (preferably 1TB SSD)
  • Card reader

Useful

  • Flash
  • 35mm film SLR camera capable of manual aperture and shutter speed control (borrow rather than buy if you don’t have one)
  • Scissors
  • Cable release
  • Standard blower brush
  • Tripod (portable, but heavy enough for medium format cameras and DSLRs with telephoto/zoom lenses)

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

AUB provides 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 course computers are Apple based.

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Overview

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Next Steps

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