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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.

Arrival and your first week

Welcome to BA Interior Architecture and Design at Arts University Bournemouth where we look forward to spending time working with and supporting you as you make great leaps forward in your learning and understanding of the creative sphere!

Starting at AUB

What's new...

Your course team have been working hard to find a workable way of ensuring you all get a great IAD experience, so, I wanted to share with you where we are up to and what our intentions are at the moment.

It's also important to note that we are not suggesting these intended arrangements will be easy for any of you or the staff – we are in an unique situation and the proposals included here are a result of finding a balance between a lot of competing factors and expectations; more than ever we will need to work together to make this happen but I am confident that, if we do so, your experience will be enjoyable and successful.

These are the main points you need to know

When you join us, your generic timetable will show “studio” and “remote”. These indicate how you will engage with taught sessions: “studio” means that you are physically present in the studio, with your tutors, and “remote” indicates that you will engage with a taught session online, with your tutors, but not on campus. The studio is being rearranged to ensure that appropriate spacing is maintained for those sessions when you are present; we feel that being present in the studio with your classmates and your tutors is fundamental to a design course and is something that is not easily replaced – and we have no desire to do so. Therefore, we have designed Studio Weeks for each level, more detail on which is shown will be sent shortly. I would like to emphasise that studio time is not optional; I am sure you will understand that it would be almost impossible to deliver the high-quality course you expect if some students chose not to participate in their study groups and/or in their studio sessions.

Contact hours

Regardless of the method in which you are asked to engage with course sessions, contact hours and time allowed for your projects have been maintained.

At all times, and in developing these proposals, our aim is not to disadvantage any of you.

So, as far as the course is concerned, we are working on the basis of adopting the “bubble” concept that has been used by schools. This will mean, practically, that each year group/level will be divided into named and fixed study groups and the timetable and studio organisation (tables, chairs, etc) will be organised to accommodate that bubble.

To minimise mixing of year groups as well as contact between “bubbles” – let’s refer to them as study groups – we have devised a teaching method that maintains the current level of contact between a study group and a tutor as well as maintaining the current level of study hours on a unit. The organisation of the timetable will also allow for any unforeseen quarantine period needed (14 days) as well as cleaning between studio sessions.

1 week in 3

What this means on the ground is that we have developed a 1 week in 3 model: the only students to be present in the studio for any week will be the same Level (Year Group) – all other students will have contact with their tutors that week, but it will be remote learning. So, in the example below, Week 01 of the Autumn term is a L6 (Year 3) “Studio” week which will mean that L6 will have two physical points of contact during the week in your studio with your tutors; all other normal contact that week (lectures, seminars, software, etc) will be remote. Week 02 will be the L5 (Year 2) studio week, where there are the only L5 students in the studio, and Levels 6 & 4 studies would all be remote BUT fully supported. Week 03 will be a L4 (Year 1) studio week, with Levels 6 & 5 all remote but fully supported. All Levels have an equal number of studio/remote sessions in each term. This sequence will then be repeated through the term and academic year with minor alterations at assessment times, etc:

Example of timetable sequence:

Week Studio Remote



L5, L4



L6, L4



L6, L5

…and on, repeated, etc.

No student is getting fewer hours of staff/student contact than they would expect, it’s just that the manner of that contact will be different.

We have already organised the studio to maintain appropriate social distancing and we have already looked at the Autumn term units (projects) to make any reasonable adjustments for the new style of delivery. In short, as things stand at the moment, we are very confident that our proposals take every reasonable precaution to balance the needs of COVID with the expectations of full-time students and study.

Your tutors are currently looking at your units to ensure that both the intended learning as well as the work we intend you to produce are feasible in the changed circumstances; the overriding aim is that none of you are disadvantaged – the fundamentals of your units will remain the same but there might be some minor, subtle, alterations made to reflect greater remote learning, for example.

What would happen in the event of a further period of lockdown? The best advice I can give at the moment is to reiterate that we learned a lot from the recent period and, with a few minor teething problems, we are confident that the changes and structures we anticipated, and instigated, in March were successful and that all of your fellow students (who you will meet soon) demonstrated both the adaptability and resilience for which your course is well-known. If the university were required to close for a limited period in the next academic session, we feel that many of the necessary adaptations have already been put in place and that to move to fully online would run as smoothly as it did before. If everyone makes a sustained effort to follow health and safety guidelines for the return to campus, hopefully no further closures will occur.

In the meantime, I do hope that this makes sense and goes some way to reassuring you of the actions we are taking.

You'll be emailed soon to enrol onto the course. It's important that you enrol by Monday 28 September so that we can set up your timetable.

Once you have enrolled you'll be able to set up your student login to access your email account and more information via the myAUB portal.

If you enrol before the 28 September then your timetable will be available through myAUB by Wednesday 7 October. This will let you know when and where to arrive on campus in the first week and the timings and how to access any remote learning sessions.

This is a challenging time for all of you, so do stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all to IAD very soon.

Russell Gagg, and on behalf of Ed, Jamie, Michael and Monica, your IAD staff team.

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