Arts University Bournemouth

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.07 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.30 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.13 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    61.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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.

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  • Good Honours 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.

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    62.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    91.6 / 100.0


  • The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) was founded over 125 years ago as a specialist arts institution.
  • It became a full university in December 2012.
  • It 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 on a single campus in Wallisdown, Poole.
  • Bournemouth has good train links to London and ferry/air routes to Europe.
  • Subsidised bus routes operate to and from the campus. Good cycle paths are in place.
  • Dorset has outstanding natural beauty with seven miles of wonderful beaches and unspoilt countryside (including the New Forest and the Purbeck Hills).

Entry Requirements

  • The key focus of the application process is on your portfolio and interview, but all BA (Hons) courses have an entry requirement of BBB at A level or equivalent, except for Architecture which is equivalent to ABB at A level).
  • Applicants should hold at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include English and mathematics. For entry requirements for postgraduate degrees, please visit our website.
  • The completion of a Foundation Diploma, Art & Design is not mandatory for application to a BA course at AUB.
  • Candidates for all BA courses must apply online through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • Applications to all postgraduate courses are made directly to the University using our online application process.

Student Mix

The 2,955 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 97%
  • Postgraduate 3%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%


  • UK 85%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 28%
  • Female 72%

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

  • Successful QAA Audit in 2011.
  • Consistent strong scores in the National Student Survey for Teaching on my course, and Assessment and feedback.
  • BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch courses are accredited by ARB and RIBA.
  • Eleven undergraduate degrees are accredited by Creative Skillset, the sector body for the creative industries.

Research Standards

  • The university undertakes both theoretical and practice-based research in art, design, architecture, media, and performance.
  • The 2014 audit of university research (Research Excellence Framework or REF) recognised 51% of outputs as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. In terms of impact on society, 80% of AUB’s research was judged to be very considerable or considerable.
  • The university supports a number of research groups including Animation, Fashion/Textiles, Design in Plastics and Creative Pedagogies.

Academic Strengths

  • Excellent reputation for courses in the creative arts and design.
  • 97.4% of students have secured employment or further study within six months of graduation (one of the top 5 universities in the country) in 2015 DLHE survey.

Undergraduate Courses

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Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • AUB has committed to a £17-million investment project which will take place from 2014–16, and includes a Drawing Studio designed by Sir Peter Cook.
  • One of the largest, specialist purpose-built libraries outside London, with a 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.

Disability Services

  • The university positively welcomes disabled students and has a Disability Officer who can offer advice and guidance on all aspects of student life, including personal support and reasonable adjustments.
  • The university’s Wellbeing Officer offers specialist support to students with mental health difficulties.
  • If you’d like to talk about anything or find out what support is available to you, please contact the Disability and Wellbeing team, details on our website.

Students' Union

  • The AUB Students’ Union works closely with students and the university to provide necessary support in all areas of university life, including education, welfare, employment, sports, clubs, events and societies as well as a whole host of other platforms.
  • The SU supports a student and art publication, called BUMF, which is published termly as a printed zine and updates constantly online. The SU also assists a completely student led gallery called BUMF:Gallery.
  • Every year, the SU plants a tree for each new student to contribute towards carbon offsetting their time here.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is a wide range of part-time work available in the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation, and many seasonal job opportunities during the summer months.
  • The AUB Careers Service provides details of some part-time opportunities.

Careers Guidance

  • The university has a Careers Service, offering advice and guidance on all aspects of careers and employability, via 1-to-1 consultations, regular workshops, and sessions integrated into academic courses. 

Recent/Prospective New Builds

AUB has committed to a £17-million investment project which will take place from 2014–16 and includes:

  • New photography building offering flexible teaching space.
  • IT suites and a lecture theatre.
  • The Crab Drawing Studio – the first of its kind to be built in the UK since the 1900s and has been designed by Professor Sir Peter Cook (AUB Visiting Professor).
  • A new Student Services building with a dedicated space to meet with student advisors.
  • New in September 2014, our BH1 halls of residence provide accommodation for 378 students in the centre of Bournemouth.

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.

Further Details

Address The Arts University at Bournemouth
BH12 5HH
UCAS Code A66