• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.06 / 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 high-quality 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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    73.9 / 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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    65.5 / 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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    88.2 / 100.0

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a creative specialist, offering courses in art, design, media and performance. The university has a close creative community on a single campus, placing emphasis on cross-course collaboration. Bournemouth is surrounded by the New Forest and the beaches of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast; it offers great nightlife and culture, and London is just 2 hours away.

Entry Requirements

  • The key focus of the application process for most courses is on the student's portfolio and interview.
  • All BA (Hons) courses have an entry requirement of BBB at A level or equivalent, except for Architecture with ABB at A level, and BA (Hons) Film Production Extended Study Option with BBC at A level.
  • Foundation Diploma (Art & Design) has an entry requirement of CC at A level or equivalent.
  • Applications to the Foundation Diploma (Art & Design) and all postgraduate courses are made directly to the university using the university's online application process.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Students on all courses undertake a range of self-directed project units, allowing them to focus on areas of particular interest. Study is studio based and teaching has high levels of contact time.
  • All assessment is based on coursework.
  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university encourages students to take the opportunity of study abroad for a semester or an entire year.
  • Students work on a number of projects directly for industry, using industry standard equipment and studio spaces.

Student Services and Facilities

  • AUB has completed a £17-million investment project which includes its student services building, brand new photography, make-up, modelmaking and dance spaces, and a drawing studio designed by Sir Peter Cook.
  • It features one of the largest specialist libraries outside London, a Museum of Design in Plastics located on campus, and the Gallery at the Arts University Bournemouth showcasing design, media and performance.
  • Industry standard equipment for courses includes a dedicated print room, workshop, studio theatre, Passivhaus and MakerSpaces, along with excellent IT facilities.

Disability Services

  • The university has a Disability Officer who can advise on all aspects of student life, including personal support and reasonable adjustments, and a Wellbeing Officer offering specialist support to students with mental health difficulties.
  • Please contact the Disability and Wellbeing team for further information on the support available.

Students' Union

  • The AUB Students’ Union works closely with students and the university to provide support in all areas of university life, including education, welfare, employment, sports, clubs, events and societies and more.
  • 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 area, and many seasonal job opportunities are available during the summer months.
  • The AUB Careers Service provides details of some part-time opportunities.

Careers Guidance

  • The university Careers Service offers advice and guidance on all aspects of careers and employability, through 1-to-1 consultations, regular workshops, and sessions integrated into academic courses.
  • Courses are industry focused and prepare students for employment in the creative industries, as demonstrated by the university's employability record.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 97%
  • Postgraduate 3%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 99%
  • Part Time 1%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 29%
  • Female 71%


  • The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) was founded over 125 years ago as a specialist arts institution, and became a full university in December 2012.

Notable Alumni

  • Simon Beaufoy – Oscar-winning screenwriter for The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire, and Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
  • Wolfgang Tillmans – first photographer to win the Turner Prize, with works published in i-D and Vogue magazines.
  • Mel Giedroyc – comedian best known for her collaborations with Sue Perkins, also a television presenter and writer for French and Saunders.
  • Nick Knight – award-winning photographer and owner of SHOWstudio.
  • Sir Peter Cook –  founder member of the Archigram group in the 1960s, awarded a Knighthood for services to architecture in 2007.
  • Edgar Wright – writer, director and producer, collaborating with Simon Pegg on the Channel 4 series Spaced and films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
  • Paul Norris –  animation visual effects supervisor on films from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), winning Oscar for Best Visual Effects for his work on the film Ex Machina (2015).
  • Lucy Anderson, Kim Pickering, Naomi Bonner, Grace Cheetham and Michaela Kimber –  graduates of Costume and Performance Design, who with Jane Law Ltd produced the dresses for Disney's Cinderella (2015).
  • Jim Cregan – co-founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.
  • Harry Reid – best known as Ben Mitchell in Eastenders.

Further Details

Address Arts University Bournemouth
BH12 5HH
UCAS Code A66