Kingston or Arts Uni Bournemouth for Foundation Art Diploma

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I'm struggling to decide between Kingston and AUB for my art foundation diploma, and I was wondering if anyone had any opinions?
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What do you want to specialise in/experiment with?
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What do you want to specialise in/experiment with?
I think I'd like to go for fine art after uni, but I'm not 100% set on that and also want to explore more illustrative graphic design (and maybe animation)
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I'm struggling to decide between Kingston and AUB for my art foundation diploma, and I was wondering if anyone had any opinions?
This isn't the response you wanr but I'm in exactly the same boat!
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I think I'd like to go for fine art after uni, but I'm not 100% set on that and also want to explore more illustrative graphic design (and maybe animation)
Will they both pay for a photoshop licence?
What are the printing press facilities like?
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This isn't the response you wanr but I'm in exactly the same boat!
Haha! Are you struggling to decide as much as me? Which one are you leaning towards?
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Will they both pay for a photoshop licence?
What are the printing press facilities like?
From what I've seen Kingston offer a license and a haven't seen Bournemouth reference photoshop licenses.
They both seem to have pretty good printing facilities, they seem fairly even in general to be honest, do you know if either one is more respected/well thought of?
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I went to AUB a few years ago to do foundation (media) and I liked it, no idea about Kingston
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From what I've seen Kingston offer a license and a haven't seen Bournemouth reference photoshop licenses.
They both seem to have pretty good printing facilities, they seem fairly even in general to be honest, do you know if either one is more respected/well thought of?
Have you had a look at either of their BA courses to see if you have a preference there? The joy of foundation is that even if you find you don't like it so much you can chose to go elsewhere for a BA - so if you have the funds to study anywhere you can take a bit of a risk to try somewhere new and different to what you're used to
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Hi guys, I just accepted Kingston's offer, thank you for all your help!!
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Hi guys, I just accepted Kingston's offer, thank you for all your help!!
Hope you have fun! Studying in Kingston will be very expensive but will be more exciting than studying at AUB (speaking from a current student). AUB is kind of in the middle of nowhere and is a little bit outside of Bournemouth.

All of the clubs/nightlife/social events happens in Bournemouth so you have to get a bus everywhere which can get very expensive, not to mention Bournemouth or AUB itself aren’t really the most interesting of places. The SU is fairly lacklustre even though AUB is next to BU, and clubs/societies are non existent, although this is very much due to AUB having a tiny amount of students.

One thing that I will mention is that if you plan to do foundation I would advice that you complete a level 3 course (A -Level) as opposed to a level 4 course (first year of a degree - I know that AUB’s foundation is level 4). This is because if you decide that university isn’t for you (this happens often to many people on foundation) you will then, presumably apply for apprenticeships. The vast majority of apprenticeship programmes are level 3, therefore they will reject you if you have a Level 4 qualification.
So yeah, I wouldn’t recommend you do a level 4 art foundation if you have the option.

Good luck!
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