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Overview

This two-week summer course is perfect for students aged 15-18 who are looking for an unparalleled insight into the realm of Graphic Design.

To book your place today, simply click 'book now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for summer course updates.

What you need to know

Check out the course dates and fees for this two-week full-time course below, including our popular residential package.

When does the course run?

Monday 5 August – Friday 16 August 2024

How long is the course?

Two weeks

What time will my classes be?

Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00.

There'll be a daily lunch break, plus other breaks within the schedule.

Your first day will start at 08.30 and the summer courses team will contact you before you arrive with your full joining instructions, so you know where to go.

Your classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art creative studios and digital suites, with access to AUB’s library and online resources.

Welcome to Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth is located on the south coast of the UK.

Be inspired by your surroundings and discover what’s beyond the campus during the summer. We’re situated in a safe coastal location with award-winning beaches, a lively social scene and lots of cultural attractions and events throughout the year. Our small size means we’re a tight-knit community that’s friendly as well as accessible.

Bournemouth is one of the top destinations for tourists, and as a town with three universities and large number of language schools, it attracts a diverse mixture of international students.

The best of England is on our doorstep too – we're just a two-hour train ride from London with other popular location such as Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) and the New Forest National Park nearby.

Did you know?

Bournemouth has been once again voted the ‘Best Beach in the UK’ by TripAdvisor!

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring artists aged 15-18 years old.

Perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their skills.

It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience and wish to develop your skills further.

Do I need qualifications for this course?

There are no formal academic entry requirements or qualifications needed to study this course.

We only ask that you come with a passion for the creative arts and plenty of enthusiasm!

Do I need an English language qualification?

This course will be taught in English.

There are no formal English language entry requirements and we don't require you hold an English language qualification.

However, we recommend you have an intermediate level of English in order to benefit fully from your experience, and be able to communicate with your tutors and fellow students.

I'm not sure if this course is suitable for me, can I contact you?

If you're unsure if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us and we'll advise you. Either email us at summercourses@aub.ac.uk or call us on +44 1202 363222.

What's included in my course fee?

There are no hidden fees. All course materials and equipment/resources are included in the course fee.

You can choose to add the following optional extras to your course fee:

  • Residential and full-board catering
  • Private taxi transfer to/from any London airport

See below the prices of our packages. Choose your package during the booking process.

Can I secure my place with a deposit?

You can secure your place on the course today with just a 25% deposit of your total fee.

Choose this option when you book your place. Refer to the table below for prices.

Prices

Package Price 25% deposit

Course fee only

£1,599

£400

Course fee, PLUS residential catering

£2,487

£620

Course fee, PLUS residential catering and airport taxi

£2,790

£700

Each year, we’re proud to offer many of our summer students places on AUB’s incredible full-time creative courses. During your summer course you'll have the opportunity to learn more about studying full-time at AUB.

If any International fee-paying summer student progresses to study full-time at AUB – to either the one-year Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media or a three-year undergraduate degree – they're guaranteed to receive a £3,000 bursary for their first year of study.

When you book this course today, you have the opportunity to experience life as a university student by opting for the residential package, which aims to give our summer students a taste of life as a full-time #AUBMAKER.

If you wish to include accommodation and/or a return airport taxi transfer in your Summer Course booking, simply select the relevant option when you book your place.

Residential and catering package

Residential package includes:

  • Full-board catering (breakfast, lunch and evening dinner)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in Madeira Road Halls of Residence, situated in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth – take a look at our accommodation
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • Live-in AUB summer Student Ambassador Care and Welfare team, giving you support 24/7
  • Cultural city excursion
  • Comprehensive schedule of evening and weekend social activities
  • Optional return airport taxi transfer to/from any London airport

Due to popularity, summer accommodation in Madeira Road Halls of Residence is allocated on a first come, first served basis. We highly recommend you book your accommodation as soon as possible to guarantee it – simply select the residential option when you book your course place.

Return private taxi airport transfer

We can arrange for a return private airport taxi transfer to/from any London-based airport.

To book an airport transfer select the option when you book your course. We'll then contact you to arrange the details of your transfer nearer the time, once you've booked your flights.

If you have any questions or need to provide us with details of your flights please email us at summercourses@aub.ac.uk.

Please note, the deadline to book airport transfers through AUB is Sunday 23 June 2024.

About this course

This course will allow you to develop your skills in typography, poster, editorial and digital design and to study the effective use of visual design within communication.

Through a combination of theory, workshops and practical projects, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of graphic design including tone, colour theory, layout design, composition, type, and image across digital and paper-based formats.

With an emphasis on ideas-based problem solving, you'll develop your critical awareness of visual communication and tackle typographic and design projects.

You'll be introduced to the fundamental aspects of graphic design through tutor-led discussions, group work, project design briefs and practical workshops including poster and journey book design, research, and inspiration sessions, as well as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop tutorials.

At the end of the course, there'll be a final presentation, with all work produced collated into a journey book for students to add to their portfolio.

A key part of the course will be recording the process of design. You'll set up a blog to record your design journey in words, images, and video.

Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and practical projects, you'll explore the fundamental principles of graphic design and participate in a broad range of exciting workshops where you'll be encouraged to experiment and develop a critical understanding of your work.

You'll cover the fundamentals of graphic design such as the use of tone and light, theory, layout design, composition, type, and image across digital and paper-based formats.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials and techniques whilst developing your critical awareness of graphic design and explore a variety of methods and techniques to enhance your understanding of the design process and effectively communicate your ideas.

  • Introduction to design process
  • Design process, including composition and hierarchy
  • Poster design, including presentations and reviews
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Book structure and format
  • Book design
  • Ideation and iteration, including text, layout and typographic spreads
  • Designing spreads
  • Portfolio reviews
  • You'll undertake a series of experiments that'll be reviewed throughout the course:

    • Experiment 1: letterforms
    • Experiment 2: emotions
    • Experiment 3: hybrid forms and introduction to InDesign
    • Experiment 4: graphic recording
    • Experiment 5: empathy games, including logos, identity systems, brand experience

    You'll undertake projects throughout the course to practice and consolidate your learning:

    • Project 1: social impact poster design, including tone, character, and personality
    • Project 2: novel media studies, including book design, and design thinking

  • Enable students to develop a critical understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in the field of media, cultural and communications studies
  • Explore the social, historical and economic context of the transformations in media and communications practices and industries and their impact on contemporary cultures and societies
  • Develop understanding of a range of contemporary media, cultural and communications practices
  • Give you the tools to present research and ideas confidently

  • Be the proud owner of a robust portfolio of work that can be used to support your future applications for further creative study
  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of graphic design techniques utilising appropriate industry equipment
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Be knowledgeable in a range of different artistic processes
  • Not be afraid to experiment and adapt your ideas as you go
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • Plus, all students that complete the course with 100% attendance will be issued with an official AUB summer course certificate.

Guidance and support

Throughout the course your tutors will offer guidance and support you with your creative academic applications, as well as provide feedback on your work and offer advice for your future creative studies.

Continue your studies at AUB

Each year, we’re proud to offer many of our summer students places on AUB’s incredible full-time creative courses.

We offer you the chance to attend a series of progression and portfolio talks to give you the chance to find out more about studying at AUB in the future.

During your time with us you can attend a session to talk more about our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or BA (Hons) undergraduate degree courses, and discuss your personal portfolio with an expert academic.

You may even be eligible for a pre-application interview, to secure your future place at AUB!

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All you need to know about studying your summer course

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Why choose AUB for your summer course?

We're a first-choice provider of residential and online courses for students wishing to engage in a creative course experience

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Residential packages for 2-week summer courses (15-18yrs)

Experience life as an AUB student by booking a residential package as part of your Summer Course. Stay in AUB's halls of residence.

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Entry requirements for summer courses

Entry requirements for Summer Courses, including English Language requirements

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Continuing your studies with AUB after a summer course

Continue studying at AUB after you've completed a Summer Course. Progress onto a full-time Foundation or BA (Hons) Degree course.

Booking your summer course place

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How to book your summer course and payment options

Guidance on how to book your Summer Course and the payment options available.

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Summer courses FAQs

These FAQs have been carefully curated to answer any questions you may have about studying a creative summer course with us here at AUB.

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Summer Courses terms and conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking a summer course.