Arts University Bournemouth

International Art, Design and Media Intensive Course

Arts University Bournemouth
In Poole

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Typology Course
Level Beginner
Location Poole
Class hours 18h
Duration 23 Weeks
  • Course
  • Beginner
  • Poole
  • 18h
  • Duration:
    23 Weeks

The International Art, Design and Media Intensive Course (IADM) is a Preparatory Course in Art Design and Media, with an option to study an integrated programme of English language tuition, alongside the creative aspects of the course.

Students can develop their creative skills and produce a professional portfolio of work ready to progress to one of our degree courses within just 23 weeks.

With a January start this course is ideal for those students who could not commence a one year Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media in September or who require additional English Language development. Students engage through an exciting and varied learning programme that introduces them to the different subject areas of art, design and media. Particular emphasis is placed on learning through experimentation with a broad range of materials and concepts. This enables students to identify their own strengths and areas of interest, which can then be focused in a final project of their own choice of subject area.

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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

The ability to learn independently is progressively developed, as this is an essential skill for Higher Education study. Students will be introduced to a wide range of Higher Education options through introductory sessions with Arts University Bournemouth’s own specialist BA (Hons) courses. Successful completion of the IADM or IADM+E course guarantees progression to an AUB degree course.* Students are taught in small groups, which ensure an exceptionally high level of academic, and student support. Other benefits include two free educational trips within the course one of which will be to London and use of fantastic purpose built art studios and workshops on one single campus, plus the use of the largest art, design and media library in the South of England.

· Who is it intended for?

Successful completion of the IADM or IADM+E course guarantees progression onto a BA course at the AUB in September 2017

· Requirements

Completion of 12 years of school education, motivation statement, reference and portfolio of artwork

· Qualification

Students will receive an AUB course certificate

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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
Digital Photography
Video Production
Art design
Life Drawing
Sketchbook processes

Course programme

You will be studying full-time for three days of the week focused on Art, Design and Media and will have access to the library and other areas for “independent” study on other days of the week. Students who have enrolled on the English plus course will also have one day per week of English language tuition and one day a week on “independent” study.

The course is divided into two clear stages. The first stage is “exploratory” to help you find your areas of interest, strengths and weaknesses. The second stage consists of a final project in a specialist subject area leading to the end of course exhibition.


After your induction week there will be five projects that are two weeks in length covering the subject areas of Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration, Fashion and Textiles, 3D and Lens Based Media. This ‘exploratory’ stage of the course provides you with an introduction to the techniques, processes, skills and knowledge that you will use throughout your course. It will include observational skills and techniques, which are addressed through various approaches to drawing. There are specialist technical workshops to support your projects where you will gain experience with techniques and processes which are relevant to the area of specialism. During this stage you will gain valuable knowledge and experience of the work of other artists and designers first hand through lectures and educational trips.

Staff with specialist knowledge and experience of the related subject areas will be delivering the project briefs. Throughout this period connections will be made with AUB degree courses in order to enhance your understanding of Higher Education study and your progression opportunities at AUB.

This stage in the course is concluded with a detailed review of your work to date to help you decide which is the subject area for you to focus on in Stage 2, and for the development of your portfolio for future applications. The process of portfolio selection and development begins at this stage and includes a programme of workshop and tutorial sessions to enable the production of a Higher Education appropriate portfolio.

Subjects covered:

  • Life Drawing
  • Experimental Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Workshops
  • Digital Photography
  • Video Production
  • Fashion/Textiles Workshops
  • Sketchbook processes
  • Understanding the Creative Process

After experiencing the different projects in Stage 1 and your review, you will focus on a project within the subject area of your choice. This will provide an opportunity for you to develop your individual interests and develop portfolio material relevant to your future move onto a Higher Education course at AUB. This second stage will require you to work in a more self-motivated and independent way. Your Stage 2 project will culminate in your final assessment.

Subjects covered:

  • Research practices
  • Project development methods
  • Specialist workshops
  • Ideas development
  • Evaluation/Reflection strategies
  • Presentation strategies
  • Portfolio building

The English Language course will allow you to learn and practise different academic skills relevant to your studies at AUB, while improving your language ability.

You will learn how to write reflective accounts of your project work, how to compose academic essays, how to prepare and deliver presentations and how to improve your reading and listening skills.

The two stages of the course contain regular assessments that test the skills and language studied during the course. Successful completion of both the English and the IADM part of the course will ensure progression onto your chosen BA pathway.

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