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Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) was founded in 1880 and is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost specialist institutions for higher education. The university has a particular focus on the arts and creative industry and excels in combining a student’s creative talent with the drive and skills they need to succeed professionally.

The university prides itself on cultivating a vibrant and welcoming community of creatives and innovative collaborators. Host to more than 3,000 students on its campus every year, including 150 postgraduate students, this shared commitment to the arts allows the university to foster an environment where boundaries can be pushed, beliefs and practices can be challenged, and conventions can be tested.

AUB offers a range of postgraduate and short professional courses, as well as creative Master’s courses, including Animation Production, Design, Illustration, Architecture, Photography, Painting, Film, Historical Costume and Digital Fashion Innovation.

AUB also offers supervision for students who wish to undertake a research degree (MPhil/PhD). All research degrees at AUB 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 and learning outcomes for its students. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 40% of AUB’s university research was deemed to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.


“It's great. I'm definitely in the right place, studying what I want to do as a career. I've found like-minded people too that I feel I can relate to compared to people from home.”

“I've really enjoyed and will be sad to leave. It has helped me meet many people and improved my skills a lot since being here.”

“Overall, it has been good and i am glad that I decided to come to this University. I have met new people and made lifetime friends. The course has taught me a lot and I will be taking that into my life and learning from it as life goes on.”

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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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