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Illustration Welcome Guide - Overview
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) Illustration 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

It’s almost time to begin your time on BA (Hons) Illustration. We're really looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you. We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Illustration course, and we hope that you'll enjoy your time here at Arts University Bournemouth.

Please review the reading list recommended for the start of your course and the background information to the course. You'll be given further information upon the commencement of the course.

- Christian Edwardes, Course Leader

Before you join us

We know this summer is a very unusual period; challenging, in so many ways. So, this year, rather than asking you to complete a ‘project’, we're asking you to just keep making work that interests you. This can be in the form of: drawings, sketches, and 2D and/or 3D objects. Keep creative by continuing to explore websites and magazines, read books or play games – anything that feeds your illustrative interests.

To create a starting point for our first conversation with you and your new peers, all we ask of you this year is that you bring in an image or two of a professional illustrator’s work that has influenced your own illustrations or ideas. Also, feel free to bring along any images you have been able to make as we always like to see any new work that you've created since we saw your portfolios.

None of this work will be assessed, so keep it as an opportunity to make work that you enjoy.

How to submit your summer project

Bring an image (or two) of a professional illustrator’s work with you, alongside any work you have made that you wish to share, to Welcome Week (this won’t be required on the first day).

The Library here 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 the Library at AUB. You might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive. You'll receive a comprehensive reading list in the Course Handbook and at the start of each unit.

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Thinking Visually for Illustrators by Mark Wigan
  • Fifty years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen
  • The Fundamentals of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen
  • Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts by David Crow
  • Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design by Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen
  • Drawn in: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers and Cartoonists by Julia Rothman
  • Making Great Illustration by Derek Brazell and Jo Davies
  • Illustration Next: Contemporary Creative Collaboration by Ana Benaroya

  • Varoom
  • Anorak Magazine
  • Computer Arts
  • Fukt: magazine for contemporary drawing.
  • Fantagraphics
  • 3x3 Magazine

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

How to be an Illustrator

Darrel Rees and Nicholas Blechman

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

The first day is a chance for us to tell you about the weeks ahead, so just bring note-taking equipment.

You'll be provided with a basic material kit at the start of the course, with some additional equipment that you can supplement according to your needs.

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.

During the course, we mostly use Mac. However, we also have studio-based PCs for specialist practices such as 3D animation and rendering.

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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 Illustration this year in just a few weeks!