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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 an 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, the Arts University Bournemouth and the surrounding area.

During Welcome Week, the staff team will show you around the campus and introduce you to the course, some staff will also speak about their art practice.

We hope you have a very enjoyable summer. Please try to visit any contemporary or modern art exhibitions you can (in person or virtually) and any other places of interest to you, make notes and reflect upon significant things you have seen and done.

Often your ‘hobbies’ can become your ‘interests’ and be a source of inspiration for your art practice.

- 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 big exhibitions:

  • The Turner Prize 2021
  • Liverpool Biennial 2021 (The Stomach and the Port)
  • Berlin Biennial 2021
  • Manifesta 2021 (Marseille)
  • Glasgow International 2021

From this research, choose two artists from these exhibitions, one you like and one you don’t like. Collect digital images of the works and you will be told when to bring these to your first seminar (after induction week). Find out as much information on these artists and artworks as you can, this will be useful for your seminar discussions.

Please read pages 8-16 and any more if you can of: An, K. & Cerasi, J. (2020) Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art: An A-Z Guide to the Art World. London: Thames & Hudson.

The book is a good introduction to the context of Fine Art. It's available to buy for around £10, or you can borrow it from the library when you arrive.

Make a note of any questions you have, anything you agree with or don’t for discussion when we start.

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. The AUB library has a dedicated fine art librarian, Andy Calvert, who can help you find specific things.

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

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 day is a smile, a USB stick, a notebook and a pen/pencil.

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

    • Notepad and pens.
    • Memory stick for backing up your computer work (but you'll get your own cloud storage).
    • 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 your personal use and interests – scissors, cutting knife, pliers, staple gun etc.
    • A4 plastic file for research, photographic and other hard copy material.
    • Notebooks and sketchbooks.
    • Camera/video camera if you have one (you can also loan these from AUB).

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

All materials are provided for the staff-led workshops. Further materials are offered at cost price.

  • 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 walls in the studios
  • Other materials such as rubbers for casting and resin are expensive and will be ordered after consultation with the staff

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