Art University Bournemouth


Arts University Bournemouth (abbreviated AUB) is a further and higher education university based in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, specialising in art, performance, design, and media. It was formerly known as The Arts University College at Bournemouth and The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

The first art school in Bournemouth was the Bournemouth Government School of Art, established in 1880. There was a considerable demand in Bournemouth at that time for instruction in Art and the numbers in the art school soon rose to 180. In 1884, the school became a Science and Art school.  When the Bournemouth School of Science and Art was forced to close due to a decrease in numbers and loss of grant in 1890-91, the majority of its students were transferred to the Bournemouth West School of Science and Art.

In 1964, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art was formed through the merger of Bournemouth Municipal College of Art and Poole College of Art. The name was changed to Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1979.

In 1998, the name was changed to The Arts Institute at Bournemouth (AIB) and in 2001 the AIB became a higher education institution. The AIB was one of only a few higher education institutions at the time that focused exclusively on creative work in contemporary art, design, media, and performance.

In 2009 the Arts Institute Bournemouth changed its name to the Arts University College at Bournemouth following the acquisition of taught degree awarding powers in 2008.

Bournemouth Film School was established in 1963 as part of a Cine pathway within the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. In 2016 Bournemouth Film School (BFS) celebrated over 50 years of excellence. BFS is made up of: BA (Hons) Film Production, MA Film Production, BA (Hons) Animation Production, MA Animation Production and BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production.


Arts University Bournemouth is currently divided into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Media & Performance
  • Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

The university also validates courses in various art-related subjects for Bournemouth and Poole College and Cleveland College of Art & Design.

Arts University Bournemouth is a member of GuildHE, one of the two recognised representative bodies for Higher Education in the UK.


The key focus of the application process is on the students` 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 their 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 their online application process.


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.


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.


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.

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