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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 the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course

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. We hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October.

A message from your Course Leader

Welcome to BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Please take the time to read this information. It gives you insight into what to expect during the first few weeks of your course, and some pre-course preparation. The team and I are excited by the prospect of working with you later this year.

During the first week, you'll be introduced to academic staff, Students’ Union, Student Services and various departments of the University who support you and your learning.

- Marion Morrison, Course Leader

Before you join us

Ask: what else can I do with this? Take a simple everyday item and challenge the assumption that it can only function in a certain way. Discover and imagine what else it could be used for. Record your ideas (lots) as line drawings or photographs.

How to submit your summer project

Share your ideas with one week before term starts and we'll make a display of amazing ideas in your studio.

Visit exhibitions, listen to TEDTalks and podcasts, cook a nice meal, make some music, read a good book, spend some time daydreaming.

The Library at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you'll need. The list below indicates the key texts that will be useful throughout your studies. All of these are available from our Library. You might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive. Reading lists will be supplied in your course handbook and at the start of each unit on the course.

The following key texts are worth purchasing and will be used throughout the course:

  • Dunne, Anthony & Raby, Fiona (2013) Speculate Everything. London: The MIT Press.
  • GBH. (2016) Charm Belligerence and Perversity: The Incomplete Work of GBH. London: Black Dog Publishing.
  • Data Flow 2 (2010) Visualising information in Graphic Design. Berlin: Gestalten
  • Malpass, Matt (2017) Critical Design in Context. London: Bloomsbury
  • Klein, Naomi. (2018) No is not enough: London: Penguin.
  • Noble, Ian & Bestley, Russell. (2011). Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design. AVA Academia S.
  • Hara, Kenya. (2010) Formations: Lars Muller Publishing
  • Shaunhnessy, Adrian & Beruit, Michael. (2009). Graphic Design: A User’s Manual. London: Laurence King.

Over the summer, please try to read some of these:

  • Communication Arts
  • Wallpaper
  • Disegno
  • Form
  • Eye Magazine
  • Creative Review

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...

Type & Typography: Portfolio Series

Baines, P. and Haslam, A. (2005)

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

We suggest that you bring the following items with you:

  • Sketchbook and pens/pencils
  • Memory stick for handing in work – you will have 1TB of cloud storage available
  • External hard drive for backing up work

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 the use of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite software. We recommend a computer capable of running this.

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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 BA Graphic Design this year in just a few weeks!