Arts University Bournemouth

Institution Profile

Creative and digital hub

We're set in one the UK’s most beautiful award-winning natural locations; boasting spectacular gardens, beaches, forests and a Jurassic coastline classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

But it isn’t just beauty, peace and tranquillity that students can take advantage of during their studies at AUB; as Bournemouth itself is also home to one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe, with its digital sector supporting more than 7,500 digital jobs and contributing over £340million to the UK economy*. And at AUB, it’s not just a thriving digital and creative environment you’ll graduate into. You’ll be immersed into a richly artistic community right from the start.

Our courses

Our undergraduate degrees offer you the opportunity to study an arts subject you love in a creative community, on a specialist campus. See our website to learn more or head straight to our online prospectus, it's the world's first prospectus entirely built on Instagram!

Schools’ Hub

Our dedicated Schools and Colleges team are here to support teachers and advisors to create more opportunities for young people to engage with creative arts and experience valuable insights into higher education and beyond. Explore our Teachers' Guide or head to our Schools’ Hub to learn more about what we do.

What the team offer

From delivering informative presentations, to attending careers fairs, to arranging visits to our inspiring campus, we have a diverse range of outreach activities both on and off campus. We also host events throughout the year for schools and colleges such as portfolio days, art workshops and theatre and dance performances.

On campus activities

We host a range of on-campus activities so that your students can experience life at a creative arts institution first-hand.

  • Campus tours - bring your students to AUB’s campus for a guided tour. There are no set dates – you’ll just need half a day.
  • Foundation Fast Track Day, Wednesday 22 November - this event is open to all creative students in Year 13 in Sixth Form, Level 2, or Level 3 in college, who are considering applying for the Foundation Diploma. Students will receive personalised portfolio feedback and support from AUB tutors, meet current Foundation students and explore the AUB campus. They will learn all about the course and receive all the guidance they need to apply and take the next step in their creative journey.
  • Portfolio Development Day, Friday 24 November – The event is open to all students in Sixth Form and college, interested in studying a creative undergraduate degree or the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Students will get opportunity to get expert advice on how to put together a successful portfolio application, with plenty of examples from current students who’ve been there and done it, and a chance to ask lots of questions. They will also get to tour AUB’s creative campus and check out the studios and workspaces they could be studying in.

All Access AUB: Our post-16 access programme

Our All Access AUB scheme is the first of its kind. An intensive, engaging programme of activity for students from underrepresented groups, specifically designed to support entry to creative Higher Education.

All Access AUB Participants will:

  • Take part in a fully-funded residential summer school during the summer, exploring and experimenting with different mediums to build a strong portfolio of work.
  • Have their work included as part of an industry-standard art exhibition at AUB’s TheGallery.
  • Be invited, alongside friends and family, to an exclusive private view of their work.
  • Receive one-to-one support from expert artists and designers in the development of their portfolio.
  • Attend a ‘transition to creative HE’ event in their second year of Sixth Form or College
  • Be given extra consideration at the point of admission to AUB, including a reduced offer of up to two grades.
  • Support from a dedicated progression mentor through the AUB application process and beyond.

Applications for All Access AUB open in March each year. For more information, please contact our Access and Participation team at [email protected].

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AUB is a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.