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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 International Foundation Diploma

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 Team

Congratulations and welcome to the International 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.

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 International Foundation Diploma Course Team

Before you join us

For a pre-course project, we would like you to prepare an online portfolio using Flickr / WIX website / WordPress blog etc., of 12 to 15 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 you can build during the course.

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.

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.

Watch our videos

Here you can find pre-recorded videos, to help you navigate your way around campus and to help you with your studies and time here at AUB.

The AUB Student Union (AUBSU) is run by students, for students. All students at AUB automatically become members of the Union when they enrol on their course. Your Executive Committee includes a group of part-time, voluntary Executive Officers and two full-time Sabbatical Officers Louise Hall (President) and Kamila Dowgiert (Vice President). You can get involved and become an executive officer yourself or join one of our amazing Sports Clubs and Societies! From football to surfing and anime to life drawing there is something for everyone. The AUBSU is here to represent and support AUB students, within the University, locally and nationally. Everything we do is to improve your University experience!

The AUBSU has a calendar of events via the What’s On guide which student can and are encouraged to join. There will be activities delivered by AUBSU and our student services team that you will be able to participate in. The What’s On guide will be regularly updated with all our activities and we would advise you check out what is going on.

What to bring on your first day

We are currently looking into the process of posting materials out to students.

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


The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of International students and those who work with them.

The UKICSA website gives information on lots of topics including visas and immigration, work during and after studies, home or overseas fee status regulations and sources of funding. Look here first for answers to your questions.

If you cannot find the information, you need after looking at their website, phone there Student Advice Line on +4420 7788 9214, which is open at the following times: Monday to Friday (except for public holidays): 13.00 to 16.00 (UK time)

UKCISA have produced come great information on facing culture shock, which we would advise you have a look at, please see the link below.

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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!