Arts University Bournemouth

2015 League Table Ranking 57
2015 Overall Score 652
View the 2015 league tables
Entry Standards 325 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

Click here to read more

Student-Staff Ratio 14.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

Click here to read more

Research Assessment 1.20 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

Click here to read more

Academic Services Spend 482 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

Click here to read more

Student Satisfaction 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

Click here to read more

Facilities Spend 154 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

Click here to read more

Graduate Prospects 68.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

Click here to read more

Degree Completion 90.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

Click here to read more

Good Honours 62.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

Click here to read more

Green Score 36.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

Click here to read more


  • The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) was founded over 125 years ago as a specialist arts institution.
  • It became an HEI in 2001 and was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers in 2009.
  • It became a full university in 2012.
  • It now offers a range of art, design, media and performance degrees at further, higher, postgraduate and research level as well as a range of short courses.

Location and Transport

  • Situated on the south coast of England, with good train links to London and ferry/air routes to Europe.
  • Dorset has outstanding natural beauty with seven miles of wonderful beaches and unspoilt countryside (including the New Forest and the Purbeck Hills).
  • Much historic and artistic interest with large towns such as Bournemouth also offering a vibrant, youthful environment.

Entry Standards

  • The university welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who have the potential to gain a degree.
  • Offers to most courses are made on the basis of interview and portfolio, but all courses have minimum entry requirements – visit the website for more information.
  • Application is online via the UCAS website

Student Mix

The 2940 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Students on all courses undertake a range of self-directed project units which lets them focus on areas of particular interest.
  • There is a large culture of collaboration across all the courses at the AUB.

Teaching Standards

  • The university received 88% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

Academic Strengths

  • Excellent reputation for courses in the creative arts and design.
  • Over 97.7% of students have secured employment or further study within six months of graduation – in the top 5 of all UK universities in the 2011 DLHE Survey.

Student Facilities

  • One of the largest, specialist purpose-built libraries outside London, with unique Museum of Design in Plastics located on campus.
  • The Gallery at the Arts University Bournemouth offers a unique space in the South West for the arts including design, media  and performance.
  • Excellent IT facilities (PCs and Macs); campus is wi-fi; state of the art facilities and workshops; contemporary gallery space.
  • Industry standard equipment across the range of courses.
  • New 3D Printer.
  • Enterprise Pavilion offering facilities and mentoring to new graduates launching creative business.

Disability Services

  • Please telephone +44(0)1202 363291, email or visit the website for information on disability services at AUB.

Students' Union

  • University college is affiliated to NUS.
  • President of University SU sits on various committees including the University's Board of Governors.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Extension of fully equipped studio facilities have recently been completed for Fashion and Costume courses.
  • New halls of residence are currently being built in Bournemouth town centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students are eligible to apply to go onto the Student Workbank to undertake paid work for the university.
  • Wide range of part-time work available in the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation.
  • Careers Service provides details of some part-time opportunities.

Notable Alumni

  • Simon Beaufoy – Simon is an Oscar-winning screenwriter who studied film and television at the AUB. Simon penned the scripts for The Full Monty and the multi award-winning Danny Boyle film Slumdog Millionaire. Most recently, he was the Artistic Director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Nick Love – Nick is a producer, director and writer who studied Film at the AUB. His film credits include The Football FactoryOutlaw and most notably The Business. He has recently released a remake of The Sweeney starring Ray Winstone.
  • Wolfgang Tillmans – Wolfgang studied photography at the AUB. He is a critically acclaimed photographer who has been published in magazines such as i-d and Vogue and he is the first photographer to win the Turner Prize.
  • Edgar Wright – Since Edgar studied at the AUB, he has achieved huge success as a writer, director and producer. He is most famous for his collaborations with Simon Pegg which include the Channel 4 television series Spaced and films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
  • Mel Giedroyc – Mel studied film in at the AUB in the early 1990s. She is a prolific actress, television presenter, comedian and writer who is perhaps best known for her comedy collaborations alongside Sue Perkins and as a writer for French and Saunders.
  • Nick Knight – Nick studied photography at the AUB. He has photographed some of the world's most famous people and is a multi award-winning fashion photographer and owner of SHOWstudio. He recently directed Lady Gaga’s award winning Born This Way video.
  • Sara Sugarman – Sara studied film and television at the AUB in the 1990s. She is an actor and directing auteur whose directing credits include Mad Cows, Very Annie Mary and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen starring Lindsay Lohan.
  • Suri Krishnamma – Suri studied film at the AUB. He has directed several films, including A Man of No ImportanceNew Year's Day, and Wuthering Heights as well as several episodes of the BBC drama Waking.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1202 533011
  • The Arts University at Bournemouth
    BH12 5HH
UCAS Code A66

Content was accurate at the time of compilation.

The most comprehensive, definitive and complete university guide