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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 BA (Hons) Fine Art

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.

A message from your Course Leader

Welcome to BA (Hons) Fine Art. You'll soon be joining a dynamic and exciting degree course with an excellent reputation for student achievement and professionalism. When you arrive, there will be a number of essentials which have to be covered during the first week, such as enrolment and various introductions. But we intend to make that first week an interesting and enjoyable introduction to the course and Arts University Bournemouth.

During Welcome Week, the staff team will show you around the campus and introduce you to the course, showing images of their work and talking about their own practice.

We hope you have a very enjoyable summer. Please try to visit any exhibitions you can (in person or virtually), especially contemporary or modern art. Make notes and reflect upon what you have seen.

- Richard Waring, Course Leader

Before you join us

It's important for you to understand your work within the context of contemporary fine art. Spend some time using the internet to browse through these current, recent and forthcoming big exhibitions.

  • The Turner Prize
  • Venice Biennale
  • Documenta 14
  • Berlin Biennial
  • Manifesta 13
  • Glasgow International

From this research, make a list of at least three artists from these exhibitions, at least two who look interesting to you and at least one that does not. Bring an image of a work by each artist when you arrive. The quality or size of this image does not matter. Find out as much information on these artists and artworks as you can.

Also use the internet to research some local art spaces, which you can visit in the future:

Bournemouth Emerging Artist Fringe; Lighthouse, Poole; The John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, Solent Showcase, Ha Ha Gallery and Aspace (all in Southampton); Hauser and Wirth Bruton, and The Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.

Bring your images of the artists from the exhibitions with you during Welcome Week.

The Library at AUB is extremely well-resourced and includes all key texts that you'll need. Reading lists will be supplied in your course handbook and at the start of each unit on the course.

Here's some further reading/viewing which will give you a good background to the course:

  • Chapter 13 ‘What is Contemporary Art?’ in Terry Smith (2012) What is Contemporary Art. Univ. of Chicago Press.
  • Please have a look at Grayson Perry’s book Playing to the Gallery (2014). Choose some of the book that seems interesting and note down any questions that you think it raises.

We'll use these as the basis for some introductory discussions.

Over the summer, please try to read:

  • A-N
  • Frieze
  • Modern Painters
  • Art Monthly
  • Art Forum

  • Tate Shots, short videos on Turner Prize Nominees (Search on YouTube)
  • Bishop, C. (2005). ‘But is it Installation Art?’, TATE,
  • (General info on resources and life as an artist)
  • (An artist run magazine)

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
  • Summer Project
  • A smile

Students are asked to provide the following items for use on the course:

  • Notepad and pens
  • Memory stick or CDs for backing up your computer work
  • Paints and other consumable materials appropriate to your individual practice, such as brushes, palettes, palette knives, pots, containers etc.
  • A selection of small hand tools for personal use – scissors, cutting knife, pliers, staple gun etc.
  • Files for research, photographic and other material
  • Notebooks and sketchbooks
  • Camera, video camera if you have one
  • Electrical equipment will be PAT tested before use in the studios

You're advised to build up a personal collection of materials and equipment. Do mark your equipment for additional security.

We offer an AUB toolbox containing basic tools for a special rate, and it's recommended you purchase this. The tool kit is available to purchase through the AUB store.

If you have all of the following equipment please collate it in a strong bag with your name on, you won’t need it on the first day. This includes:

  • 5 x screwdrivers (3 x slotted (3 x 100, 5 x 100, 6 x 150mm), PZ#1 x 100mm, PZ#2 x 150m m)
  • 1 x Bit driver
  • 24 x 25mm Chrome vanadium screwdriver bits
  • 2 x Pliers (200mm long nose and 160mm diagonal)
  • 1 x 8” Adjustable wrench, 8 x Folding hex keys
  • 1 x 5m Tape measure
  • 1 x Junior hacksaw
  • 1 x Utility knife
  • 5 x Blades
  • 1 x Semi-round file
  • 1 x 811 Scissors
  • 2 x 3” Spring clamps
  • 1 x 16oz Hammer
  • 1 x 9” (228mm) Torpedo level
  • 1 x 1 611 Tool bag

The AUB toolbox is an extensive kit, worth £40, but will be available to you for the discounted rate of £35, and can be collected when you arrive.

Some materials are provided for the first year students and are offered at greatly subsidised prices for second and third years. Materials are provided for all taught workshops.

  • Canvas
  • Emulsion, size and acrylic primer
  • Some paints
  • Paper for drawing and studio use
  • Some drawing materials
  • PVA
  • Printmaking materials
  • Some photographic materials
  • Hand and power tools for general use
  • Some specialist materials like wire, latex, wax
  • Clay and plaster
  • Wood for stretcher making
  • Nails, screws, pins and glues
  • Boards and white emulsion paint for screens in the studios
  • Other materials such as rubbers for casting and resin are expensive and will be ordered after consultation with the staff

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 course computers are Apple based.

The course also includes use of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite software. We recommend a computer capable of running this.

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