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Founded in 1880, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is one of the UK’s leading specialist higher education institutions, focusing on the arts and creative industries. Their mission is simple but powerful: to turn creativity into careers.

With just over 3,000 students based on campus (approximately 150 of which are postgraduate), AUB is a close-knit community of creative and collaborative innovators, who all share a common commitment to the arts. The university fosters an environment where boundaries can be pushed, beliefs and practices can be challenged, and conventions can be tested.

AUB offers a range of foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and short professional courses, and for postgraduate students, they offer creative Master’s courses, including:

  • MA Animation Production
  • MA Design and Innovation
  • MA Film Practice
  • MA Graphic Design
  • MA Illustration
  • Master of Architecture
  • MA Commercial Photography
  • MA Digital Fashion Innovation
  • MA Historical Costume
  • MA Painting
  • Master of Research

AUB also offers supervision for students who wish to undertake a Research degree (MPhil/PhD). Research degrees are validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL).

The university has been awarded Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students. And in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 40% of AUB’s university research was deemed to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

AUB is a top 50 UK university, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide, and in The Complete University Guide 2021, AUB was ranked 3rd for Graduate Prospects in Drama and Dance, 4th for Graduate Prospects in Art and Design, and 9th for overall Student Satisfaction.

Notable alumni include architect Sir Peter Cook, Oscar-winning director Simon Beaufoy, Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, and actor/presenter Mel Giedroyc.

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About the Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth is a close-knit community of creative and collaborative innovators, who all share a common commitment to the arts.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

50% Part Time
50% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

3,365 Undergraduate
125 Postgraduate

New students
Source: HESA, 2019


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