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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 both the Media and the Art and Design in Foundation 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 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 would 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 are sure that you will really enjoy it.

– The Foundation Diploma Course Team

Before you join us

For a summer project, we would like you to prepare an online portfolio using Flickr (or similar) / WIX website / WordPress blog etc., of 12 to 20 images to review with your group tutor during early tutorials. This should show a mixture of both finished and developmental work. Your work will be a starting point on which we will help you develop a more refined outcome as part of the diagnostic process of the course.

It is recommended that you record your work for portfolio using a recent camera phone - we have included some useful guidance for you here. 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 will supply you with your first A3 and A5 sketchbooks (for Art and Design students), or A4 and A5 (for Media students). Art and Design students will also be given an A2 plastic portfolio case for transporting large work - essential for life drawing classes.

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.

Mid-way through your studies, you may need 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 (Art and Design)

  • Craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • Metal ruler
  • Notepads
  • Rubber / putty rubber
  • Scissors
  • Set of basic brushes of different widths, flat and round
  • Set of black fineline art pens, different gauges
  • Set of pencils
  • Toolbox / craft box to store materials

Course Equipment (Media)

  • Scissors
  • Rubber 
  • Pen
  • Craft knife 
  • Memory stick or hard drive of 32GB minimum (an SSD portable hard drive of 1TB is ideal) 
  • Photographic equipment that you may have, however we can provide this for all students
  • Leads and chargers you require for phone/laptop/camera etc. (we cannot provide these)
  • Masking tape 
  • Metal ruler 
  • Drawing pencils

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

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

You 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 but students can work effectively with the PC equivalent.

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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!