Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a creative specialist, offering courses in art, design, media and performance, with an emphasis on collaboration within and between courses and with industry. Its close creative community is based on a single, award-winning campus (RIBA South West Award 2017), surrounded by the New Forest and the beaches of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with London just two hours away.


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: A66

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 96%
  • Postgraduate 4%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 98%
  • Part Time 2%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 29%
  • Female 71%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • A purpose built library houses a range of over 95,000 books, e-books and journals including 5,000 DVDs. These are organised by subject using a system called Universal Access by Design, created by one of AUB'S Graphic Design graduates.
  • With 144 group study spaces, 100 individual study spaces, 50 Macs and a TV/DVD viewing room there's plenty of room for study.

Student jobs

  • 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 part-time opportunities.
  • AUB Students' Union advertises creative opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The university Careers Service offers advice and guidance on all aspects of careers and employability, through one-to-one 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.

Health services

  • GP appointments are available on campus Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.
  • Regular visits from a mobile NHS dentist.

Counselling services

  • AUB Counselling Service has a team of professionally qualified and experienced male and female counsellors, offering student-focused therapeutic sessions.

Disability support

  • The university has a Disability Officer who can advise on all aspects of student life, including personal support and reasonable adjustments, and a Well-being Officer offering specialist support to students with mental health difficulties.
  • The campus is wheelchair accessible, with automatic doors, lifts and toilets all suitable for wheelchair users. While access to certain studios and departments may be limited, AUB will endeavour to arrange for classes and tutorials to be undertaken within accessible spaces wherever possible.
  • Free priority parking is available for students with mobility difficulties.

Other services and facilities

  • The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) is the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. Housed in the library, it features more than 12,500 artifacts.
  • TheGallery showcases work by contemporary artists and designers from around the world, including collections on loan from major galleries and museums – as well as taking centre stage for the Summer Shows, displaying the work of final year students.
  • The Drawing Studio is designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook, the first purpose-built drawing studio constructed in an art school for more than a century. Winning multiple architectural awards, it was officially opened by Dame Zaha Hadid in March 2016.
  • Industry standard equipment is available across the range of courses, with a dedicated Print Room, Workshops, Studio Theatre, Passiv Haus and Maker spaces.

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.
  • It supports a student and art publication called BUMF, published termly as a printed zine with updates constantly online; and assists the student-led BUMF:Gallery.
  • Every year, the SU plants a tree for each new student to contribute towards carbon offsetting their time at university.


  • AUB was founded in 1880 as a specialist art college.
  • Bournemouth Film School (BFS) was established in 1963 as part of AUB (then Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design).
  • AUB became a university in 2012.

Fascinating Fact

  • Arts University Bournemouth illustration alumni Tom Hovey has produced over 20,000 illustrations for the Great British Bake Off.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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.


Arts University Bournemouth , Wallisdown , Poole , Dorset , BH12 5HH