It is with great pleasure that the staff
and students of the course look forward
to welcoming you in September, as you
start this exciting part of your journey in
During your first week you will have the
opportunity to learn about your course, the
environment at AUB and get to know your
new colleagues and the Course Team. You
will also get the opportunity to discover
Bournemouth and the surrounding area.
During your first term, you will have the
opportunity to get to know our fantastic
facilities, spending much time in our
studios, darkrooms, digital facilities and
getting used to our professional standard
We hope that you enjoy the summer
and we look forward to seeing you on
Monday 16 September.
BA (Hons) Commercial Photography
If you are joining AUB in the first year, we
will be conducting portfolio ‘show and
tell’ sessions so please make sure that
you come prepared with your portfolio.
On the Friday of the first week you will
need to bring the portfolio you
presented at interview.
The Library here at AUB is extremely
well resourced and includes all key
texts that you will 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. When
you arrive at AUB you will receive your
Course Handbook which will include
a comprehensive reading list.
The texts below offer a good
foundation of knowledge to support
our curriculum, so you may wish
to consider buying copies prior to
commencing your studies (or making
sure you get to the front of the queue
in the library!):
— Bate, D. (2009). Photography: The
Key Concepts. Oxford: Berg.
— London, B., Upton, J., and Stone, J.
(2016). Photography. Pearson
— Bull, B. (2009). Photography.
Routledge: Introductions to Media
— Wells, L. (ed.) (2015). Photography:
A Critical Introduction (5th edn).
— British Journal Of Photography
— Aperture aperture.org
— Hotshoe hotshoeinternational.com
— Photoworks photoworks.org.uk/
— Foam Magazine
— Source source.ie/feature/index.html
— Photo District News
— That’s Nice itsnicethat.com
— ASX americansuburbx.com/
— Seesaw Magazine
— Ojode Pez Magazine
— BA (Hons) Commercial
Photography London Show 2019
To give you a taste of the course
ethos, we suggest that you buy
‘Photography’ by Stephen Bull,
published by Routledge.
We suggest that you bring the
following items with you:
— Notepad and pens
Although you may already have the
photographic equipment necessary to
start your course, you may find it useful
to read through the list of essential and
useful equipment to help support your
studies during the following three years.
— DSLR camera (24 megapixels or
above, preferably Nikon or Canon)
capable of manual aperture and
shutter speed control
— Sketchbooks -A4 and A5
— 3 memory sticks for submitting
work - 8GB
— A4 ring binder for course handouts etc.
— Portable hard drive
(preferably 1TB SSD)
— Card reader
— Apple Mac or PC computer
— 35mm film SLR camera capable
of manual aperture and shutter
speed control (borrow rather than
buy if you don’t have one)
— Cable release
— Standard blower brush
— Tripod (portable, but heavy
enough for medium format
cameras and DSLRs with
NORTH BUILDING LIBRARY
If you are joining us from overseas,
International Orientation week takes
place from 9 – 13 September; details
of this week will be sent to relevant
students separately by email from the
The academic year for undergraduate
students starts on Monday 16
September 2019. Please see your
course specific Induction Week
timetable below and ensure you’re on
campus prompt and ready for your
first activity where the Course Leader
will meet you.
If for any reason you are delayed
on your way to AUB on your first
day, please make your way to
Main Reception, located on the
ground floor of South House. If
you are unable to attend Induction
Week please contact Admissions
(email@example.com) where the
team will advise you.
You must arrive and check in on
Monday 16 September. Your first few
days at the University will include
enrolment and induction events
to introduce you to the facilities
and services you will be using as
a student, as well as the activities
and resources on your course. You
will receive copies of important
documents, including your course
handbook and the Undergraduate
Course Framework and HE
Regulations. Many courses will also
hold the first classes of the term.
You will be required to be on campus
every day of Induction Week. Below
you will find the centrally arranged
activities (locations in brackets) which
have been scheduled for you.
Induction Week timetable:
Monday 16 September
11.45 Course Welcome
Tuesday 17 September
11.30 Welcome from Principal and
16.00 IT Induction (SH001)
Wednesday 18 September
10.30 Introduction to Student
Services and AUBSU
12.30 Enrolment (Conference
15.30 Library Induction (SH001)
As well as these activities there will be
course specific activities and we will
confirm these when you arrive.
We will be looking to schedule an
educational visit to New York in
2020. Last year we went during the
third week of February. On previous
visits we have organised a varied and
interesting itinerary for the trip. This
has included talks from prestigious
photographers, agents and agencies.
We have worked collaboratively with
Fashion Institute of Technology,
sharing projects and lessons.
During previous years, the students
have worked on a ‘live’ fashion brief
collaborating with Criminal Clothing,
a ‘live’ brief with New York based
magazine Re:Source and a ‘live’ brief
with British Airways Magazine ‘High Life’.
The course also visits all the major
galleries and museums during the
visit. Previous students have found
the experience to be a rewarding one
that has not only broadened their
awareness of photographic practice,
but has also led to further opportunities
in New York, including internships,
work experience and employment.
The full cost of the trip will be
approximately £900 (not including food
and spending money). This includes
transfers, flights, shared rooms for 4/5
nights and basic insurance.
You will be expected to pay a deposit
for the trip during the first two weeks
PREPARING FOR YOUR COURSE
Please note that a computer of your
own is NOT a course requirement.
However, if you are purchasing any
computer equipment for your course,
remember that many computer
retailers offer student discounts,
so if you are considering buying a
computer you may wish to wait until
you have enrolled on your course. You
may also wish to discuss appropriate
hardware and software specifications
with the course team before
purchasing. AUB has a range of Mac
and PCs available for students to use.
The Photography area and much of
the University tends to reflect industry
usage and standards. Therefore, Macs
tend to be preferred in most studios
and in the Library. However, this is not
exclusively so and PCs are also available.
Software Provided by AUB
Once you enrol on the course you will
be able to download Microsoft Office
365 to your personal computer, so don’t
pay extra when buying a computer to
purchase MS Office. You get it free as
an AUB student! You will also have 1TB
of cloud storage, which we recommend
you use to back-up all work. AUB also
provides access to Autodesk software.
Before purchasing additional software
we advise you check with the course
team, and remember many retailers
offer student discount.
WHAT TO BRING ON THE FIRST DAY
On the first day you will need to bring a
pen, notepad and an academic diary for
2019/20 - either electronic or hardcopy.
Online enrolment opens on 6
September 2019 and all students
must enrol online as soon as
possible on or after this date.
Online enrolment is accessed via
MyApplication. Your username is your
7 digit student number.
If you have taken a loan out with Student
Finance England, you will need to
complete the online enrolment before
we can confirm your registration.
Once completed, SFE will release your
maintenance loan to you. Typically,
maintenance loans are received by
students on the first day of term.
If you have any problems with online
enrolment, please contact Student
Records on studentre