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Visual Communication Welcome Guide

Preparing for your course

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 BA (Hons) Visual Communication

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

I hope that you're having an enjoyable and relaxing summer. The course team are very much looking forward to welcoming you onto the course.

The course will commence with a Welcome Week, and during this time you'll meet your fellow students and staff and be shown around the University’s facilities.

The Welcome Week will also introduce you to the aims and objectives of the course and the concepts of Visual Communication.

We look forward to meeting you all!

- Rich Hurst, Course Leader

Before you join us

If you're joining us in the first year, you'll be required to complete a summer project before the course begins. The aim of this project is to explore the creative potential of Visual Communication. It'll provide you with the opportunity to present yourself to the rest of the group. It will also allow you to explore the meanings, messages and information that are communicated using either type or image or both.

MeMeMe (Summer Project):

You're required to design a presentation called MeMeMe. You'll be expected to present for three minutes to explain:

  • What you hope to gain from the course
  • Something interesting about yourself
  • Which designers/illustrators inspire you

This must be a designed presentation either on paper or digital or both.

How to submit your summer project

Bring your Summer Project with you during Welcome Week, either as a physical piece or as a PDF on a memory stick.

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 your Course Handbook and at the start of each unit.

  • Crow, D. (2003). Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics. AVA Publishing.
  • Fletcher, A. (2001). The Art of Looking Sideways. London: Phaidon.
  • Noble, I., & Bestley, R. (2005). Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design. AVA Publishing

  • Creative Review
  • Eye
  • Baseline
  • Vroom
  • Design Week
  • Wallpaper


  • It’s Nice That
  • Creative Review
  • Design Taxi
  • People of Print
  • Creative Boom
  • Dezeen

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

All you'll need on your first day is a notepad, mug, pens or pencils and a smile. Throughout the course you may also need the following listed below:

Course equipment

Essential Course Materials:

  • Notepad and pens
  • Memory stick (for backing up your digital work)
  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing equipment

Useful Materials:

  • Propelling pencil
  • Double-sided tape
  • Masking tape
  • Layout pad A3
  • A3 Presentation portfolio
  • Digital camera
  • A4 Folders to keep course handouts and various other documents

If you're going to buy a computer, we recommend a laptop suitable to run design programs. However, BA (Hons) Visual Communication students have access to a range of iMac computers in our studio and in our Mac Suite. They're also able to hire iPads, laptops and cameras from our Central Media Store when required.

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Next Steps

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