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Arts University Bournemouth

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Quick facts:

  • Confirmed as the UK’s Leading Specialist Arts University (National Student Survey NSS 2019)
  • Modern state-of-the-art campus
  • 97% employment rate following graduation for past 5 years (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2012/13 - 2016/17)

Arts University Bournemouth is a leading university offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. Students are taught and work alongside highly committed and knowledgeable teachers, researchers, industry practitioners and technicians. The university puts great emphasis on their high-quality teaching having been awarded Gold by the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework).

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Focus on graduate employment

Students study and work on the modern and vibrant state-of-the-art university campus in specific subject related studios with access to industry-standard technology and green environmentally friendly spaces. AUB focuses on ensuring graduates enjoy rewarding careers, which is why it is the UK’s number one specialist university for employability according to results released by Times Higher Education. AUB is also strongly committed to collaborative work whether it’s within the university, among course programmes, or external links with the industry. This allows students to experience practical, real-world situations and work to best prepare them for their careers following graduation.

Student life at AUB

The AUB Students’ Union works hard to ensure that students are provided with necessary support in all areas of university life. They ensure that there is a wide variety of activities for students to get involved in on campus – sports classes, discounted gym facilities and a host of clubs and societies. The university also provides a variety of modern and practical accommodation options for first year students, some are located in the town center of Bournemouth within close travelling distance of the AUB campus, whilst new accommodation on campus, will be available from August 2020 for those students seeking an all-inclusive campus experience. Students can also benefit from career guidance provided by the Careers and Employability Service at AUB. The team is dedicated to helping students build their CV, practice their interviews skills and explore which career options are right for them. This service continues for AUB Alumni.

Located in the coastal town of Bournemouth, AUB students are within close distance to award winning beaches and one of Britain’s most outstanding coastlines. Bournemouth also offers an exciting arts and culture scene, thanks to its community of artists. The town is home to numerous museums and art exhibitions including the Russel-Cotes museum, one of the last Victorian houses

to be built in England. It hosts various festivals, concerts and theatre performances throughout the year and provides a buzzing nightlife scene, which caters to all music tastes.

Courses at AUB

AUB offers a multitude of programmes in design, art, media and performance. A description of 4 of these courses can be found below:


The 3-year Bachelors programme in Design introduces students to a broad design curriculum, which will gradually help them develop an individual specialist design focus. They will study design history and learn how to bring theory and practice into projects. Students will be introduced to design tools and methods, design research and exploration as well as communication and presentation of projects. Final year students will have the opportunity to work on live industry briefs, enter competitions and work in collaboration with other students across the university.

Fine Arts

The 3-year Bachelors programme in fine arts offers students a wide range of workshops from painting, drawing and printmaking to sculpture, video and digital media, providing them with a foundation in experimenting with the physical and conceptual potential of materials. Alongside personal study, students will attend regular lectures and can participate in group critiques, artist talks and study visits to Athens, Copenhagen, Milan or Venice. The course teaches students to consider the broader cultural environment, in turn fostering flexibility and an entrepreneurial attitude.


Architecture students will obtain skills in making, collaborating, designing and communicating throughout their course. They will learn how to integrate practice with theory and will be introduced to the conceptual and practical skills and processes necessary for making an architectural proposition. Some topics that students will explore include the issues surrounding building in an urban context and in sustainable cities, alongside contemporary issues of architecture. They will also explore the role of an architect in line with motivations of clients, regulations and wider social, economic and cultural values. Skills will be demonstrated in models, drawings and digital media. Students will produce a portfolio of their work for employment and postgraduate study.

Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme gives students the opportunity to explore different creative areas before choosing a specialist subject. Students can explore a variety of disciplines with either the Art & Design Foundation programme or the Art & Design foundation course with a focus on media. Both courses expose students to broad concepts and assignments, offering numerous specialist pathways for the final two stages of the programme: fine art, 3D design, photography, fashion, costume and textiles, film and animation. Assessment is then based on presentation of project work.

The Art & Design foundation programme has been rewarded the Outstanding rating in its 2018 Ofsted inspection.

How to Apply

 French students must obtain grade 10 or above in the Baccalaureate.

International students must also obtain the following scores in the IELTS test:

  1. Foundation Programme: minimum overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each component
  2. Bachelors Programme: minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component


In all cases, overseas applications will be assessed digitally; applicants will not be required to attend an interview. AUB admissions will provide guidance on portfolio requirements and applicants will submit their portfolio through an online AUB portal.

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