Arts University Bournemouth - The Graduate School


We Are the Creative Specialists

Established in 1883 as a specialist institution, Arts University Bournemouth is a leading university offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.

We’re passionate about the creative subjects we teach and continue to encourage curiosity, risk-taking and adventure in exploring and pushing subject knowledge and its boundaries.

Why AUB?

This is AUB. An environment to shape and build your work; to learn, share, provoke and collaborate.

A creative community for original thinkers and inventive innovative makers where boundaries are pushed and creative alliances formed.

A place from which convention is tested, the landscape altered and creative careers launched. A living, breathing, connected academic environment for creativity.

We are a leading arts university for the creative industries. We relentlessly innovate, collaborate and connect in ways that turn creative talent into careers.


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Here are five reasons to study at AUB.

Excellent Teaching

Our staff are exceptional. They are practitioners, teachers and researchers, all here to support you with your studies and help you to achieve outstanding outcomes.

We’ve been awarded Gold by the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework). We received this for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Also, our Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies Programme is delighted to have achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating in its 2018 Ofsted inspection – in all four areas. You can read more here and see the full report here.

A Campus Like No Other

All of our courses are based on our stunning award-winning campus. It’s a state-of-art creative hub designed for specialists. With a backdrop of head-turning architecture, you’ll be in a community of like-minded makers and thinkers.

Our campus is a catalyst to shape and build your work; to experiment, innovate, be curious and push boundaries. It’s where you will make amazing things happen.

Our spaces are divided into villages, boulevards, green space and infrastructure. Our campus also has a real buzz about it. On route to the café, you might pass a film crew, a woman in Elizabethan dress and a DJ. It’s a microcosm of the creative industries.

AUB was voted the highest-ranked modern university in the South West by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We’ve also been awarded the top environmental award, EcoCampus Platinum, for our eco-friendly campus.

We invest heavily in industry-standard technology and spaces that equip you for life in the creative industries. We want you to get used to the equipment and facilities you’ll find in the real world.

Plus, you’re also surrounded by the New Forest, great beaches, and World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Bournemouth boasts great nightlife and culture too and London is just two hours away.

Turning Creativity into Careers

We’re a practical university with strong ambitions for our graduates to enjoy rewarding careers.

We’re the UK’s leading arts university for graduate prospects and completion, and the number one specialist university for employability*. We’re a gateway to the creative industries – a sector which is growing at a faster rate than the whole of the UK economy!

Our average graduate employment rate over the last five years has been 97%**

We consistently achieve outstanding employability results because of the quality of our teaching and our campus and facilities which prepare our students for employment.

We are a gateway to the £92 billion creative industries, which is growing at a faster rate than the whole of the UK economy, accounting for 1 in 11 jobs.

It’s a sector which can be rewarding, exciting and needs new ways of thinking. The creative industries need someone like you.

Our alumni constantly return with incredible stories of things they’ve done, the business they’ve created and the awards they’ve won.

* According to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Times Higher Education magazine.

** The percentage of students in employment or undertaking further study according to DLHE 2012/13-2016/17.

Collaboration on Every Corner

The best work happens when different disciplines come together. Everyone here is a creator, and you’ll get the chance to collaborate with them. As no subject stands alone, you’ll be able to experience how the industry works and makes links with them too.

Every year we also turn the university into the largest creative agency on the south coast for 24 hours. Sign up and you’ll have the opportunity to work on briefs from some of the most innovative brands today. Past briefs have come from Virgin, Bestival and the RNLI.

AUB Human

Our AUB community works to make the world a better place, using creativity to offer solutions to the inequalities that we see in the world. With an aim to connect creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change the global good; we’ve done some great things, and have plans to do more.

Life at AUB

We believe people learn best in a vibrant, caring environment. we want to help you thrive while you’re here.

On campus, you’ll find lots of great resources, facilities and, most importantly, a friendly environment. Lots of the courses overlap or collaborate, so you’ll meet plenty of new friends studying other subjects.

Our Campus

Our stunning, state-of-the-art campus is a creative hub with head-turning architecture and industry-standard equipment. You’ll be in a community of like-minded makers and thinkers that will help you thrive. We invest heavily in the technology and spaces that equip our students for life in the creative industries. We want you to get used to the equipment and facilities that you’ll find in the real world.

Alumni and Friends

We’re proud of our Alumni. Many of them have gone on to do incredible things. In this section, you’ll find just a small selection of the big names that have graduated from our creative campus.

Honorary Fellows

Our Honorary Fellows include Edgar Wright and Dame Darcey Bussell DBE. AUB makes the award of Honorary Fellowship to persons who have made a significant contribution to the field of arts, design, media or performance.

Widening Participation and Access

Widening participation and access supports the principle that people from any background with the potential to benefit from higher education (HE) should have the opportunity to do so.



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