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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 Foundation

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. This information applies to all aspects of the Foundation course so please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation.

A message from your Course Team

Congratulations and welcome to the L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at Arts University Bournemouth – probably the most intense, yet exciting, experience in your education.

There is hard work ahead, but the work is enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding. You'll be pursuing your love of art, design and media practice every day and will be able to develop your work to a very high standard. The course will require a very responsible and individual approach to working practice; high levels of attendance and commitment are crucial. The recommended working hours for the course, including independent study, are 37 hours per week and your timetabled sessions will run throughout the week. We strongly recommend that you do not undertake more than 16 hours of part-time work per week, which you'd need to fit around your studies.

Most artists, designers and media practitioners regard their Foundation year as one of their most important, and former students often come back to see us with very fond memories of their time here. Having such a beautiful campus, enthusiastic staff, great facilities, and of course living in Bournemouth, all have enormous advantages; we're sure that you'll really enjoy it.

– The Foundation Diploma Course Team

Before you join us

For a summer project, we would like you to prepare a collection of 20 images that say something about you. These can be put into an online portfolio using Flickr (or similar)/WIX website/WordPress blog etc.

This can show a mixture of both finished and developmental work. Your work will be a starting point for the Stage 1 Projects and can be used to feed into the work you will be doing in the first few weeks.

It's recommended that you record your work using a recent camera phone. If you struggle to take good photographs, we can assist you in updating these skills and will review the work through tutorials and UCAS discussions if required.

We also encourage you to consider conducting early research into degree courses that are available, particularly those here at AUB. Our internal progression route provides an excellent opportunity to continue on to our undergraduate degree courses.

  • Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. Penguin
  • Bull, Stephen. Photography. Routledge
  • Editors of Phaidon Press. 20th Century Art Book. Phaidon Press
  • Fiell C. & P. Design of the 20th Century. Taschen
  • Gombrich, E.H. The Story of Art. Phaidon Press
  • Micklewright, Keith. Drawing. Laurence King
  • Millard, Rosie. The Taste Makers. Thames and Hudson
  • Perry, Grayson. Playing to the Gallery. Penguin
  • Pipes, Alan. Foundations of Art & Design. Laurence King
  • Stallabrass, Julian. Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford
  • Sutherland, Rory. Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas that Don’t Make Sense. WH Allen

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 doing on our course.

What to bring on your first day

On your first day bring along something to write with and a smile.

Below is a recommended list of what you will need for a normal studio session.

Other more specialist sessions may need you to bring other materials or equipment. You will be advised of these requirements on your project briefs.

We'll supply you with a starter pack which will include your first A3 A4 and/or A5 sketchbooks, thin swill be in a large plastic case which will be essential for transporting work later on.

To get you started, you'll be given a number of printer credits. Once these are used, you will need to replenish these throughout the year to cover the cost of your printing and photocopying.

Midway through your studies, you may wish to purchase a portfolio. These portfolios usually cost around £40, depending on the size and type that you order – your tutor will guide you on this.

Course Equipment we'll provide you with…

  • Craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting Mat
  • Set of coloured pencils
  • Safety Ruler
  • White Acrylic
  • Black Acrylic
  • Scissors
  • Set of black fine-liner art pens, different gauges
  • Masking tape
  • Sellotape
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 32GB Memory stick
  • Set of basic brushes of different widths, flat and round

You'll need to provide:

  • Photographic equipment that you may have, however we can provide this (on loan) for all students.
  • Leads and chargers you require for phone/laptop/camera etc... (we can't provide these).

Please see the Foundation fees webpage for information on these fees and how to pay them after enrolling:

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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here
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We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Foundation Diploma this year in just a few weeks!