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Master of Research 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 Master of Research 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 will enjoy a happy and productive time with us, and we look forward to meeting you in October. If you are unable to join us in October we have a second start date available in February 2021, please contact admissions@aub.ac.uk if you wish to be moved to the February start.

A message from your Course Leader

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate you on gaining your place on the Master of Research (MRes). We look forward to welcoming you to Arts University Bournemouth when you arrive.

Be prepared for an exciting, challenging and stimulating year ahead, where you will be developing your own research area by engaging with the varied expertise across the University.

We will do our best to support you and your studies while you are with us. We encourage you to be creative in your research and take part in discussions and debates at the forefront of disciplinary boundaries. You will, therefore, be instrumental in shaping your experience of the course and we are very much looking forward to your contribution.

- Dr. Willem de Bruijn and Dr. Emma Shercliff

Before you join us

There is no Summer Project, but we encourage you to read and explore texts as well as visit (online) exhibitions and events relevant to your research proposal. This will prepare you with an awareness of current themes in contemporary culture. Writing will form an important part of your studies, so it would be good practice to develop a writing habit, for example by keeping a blog or a reflective journal.

The Library here at AUB is well-resourced and its staff will support you in assembling a list of key texts relevant to your research. The list below contains some general references indicative of research in and across the creative arts and design. All of these are available from the Library at AUB.

  • Bruno, G. (2007). Atlas of emotion: journeys in art, architecture and film. London: Verso.
  • Carter, P. (2004). Material thinking: the theory and practice of creative research. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Gray, C. and Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing research: a guide to the research process in art and design. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Hannula, M. (2005). Artistic research: theories, methods and practices. Helsinki; Gothenburg: Academy of Fine Arts, University of Gothenburg / ArtMonitor.
  • Macleod, K. (2006). Thinking through art: reflections on art as research. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mäkelä, M. and Routarinne, S. (eds) (2006). The art of research: research practices in art and design. Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki.
  • Smith, H. (2009). Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Taussig, M. (2011). I swear I saw this: drawing in fieldwork notebooks, namely my own. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

  • Cabinet Magazine
  • Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

  • patthomson.net - Pat Thomson provides excellent support in research methods and writing for post-graduate students and tutors.

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

Reading Nana. An experimental novel

Kivland, S. (2017)

Or...

In Praise of Shadows

Tanizaki, J. (1933; 2001)

What to bring on your first day

  • Your research proposal
  • Notebook and pen

We suggest that you bring the following items with you:

  • Memory stick
  • External hard drive

You will be responsible for sourcing materials relevant to your practice and research as appropriate.

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

AUB provides 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.

The course uses both Apple and Windows computers.

As your course includes a lot of typed written work we recommend that you have access to a keyboard.

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