Arts University Bournemouth

Bournemouth  United Kingdom

We're Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). We're creative specialists, and have been since 1883. Our degrees are built around live briefs and industry-led models of learning. You'll gain skills, knowledge and an understanding of how to 'do it for real' enabling you to apply your creative energy in the workplace. While each course is as specific or discipline-focused as can be, the interdisciplinary approach to learning encourages you to tailor your own creative journey. As part of our creative community, you'll have the support of the course team and access to our industry-leading facilities as you develop on your existing skillset. By studying a postgraduate degree at AUB, we’ll enable you to understand and observe your specialism in the context of culture. We recognise the importance of sustainability and societal issues, and embrace emerging technologies to support students in being at the forefront of innovation and change.

Why study at Arts University Bournemouth?

Innovation and research: we're home to the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), Innovation Studio (a lab for creative technologies, start-ups and prototyping) and world-class research.

Industry: you'll be working with industry-standard equipment, taught by our specialist course teams (many of whom are leading professionals) and have access to a course-specific Industry Patron.

Interdisciplinary collaboration: learn and exchange ideas with like-minded people across the Graduate School.

300

postgraduate students

19

programmes

Bournemouth  United Kingdom

main campus

Creative Arts & Design (9) Business & Management (5) Communication & Media Studies (7) Computer Science (8) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Engineering (12) History & Archaeology (19)

About Arts University Bournemouth

Creative teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do. Our Graduate School sits at the junction of cutting-edge industry practice and leading contemporary research.

Our facilities support this approach – our built environment is outstanding, demonstrating our belief that creative education is better delivered in a purpose-built, design-led campus. We also recognise that with building comes environmental responsibility, and our campus has been awarded EcoCampus Platinum – the highest level of university accreditation for sustainability.

We're proud of our alumni like Oscar-winning director Simon Beaufoy, architect Sir Peter Cook, Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, humanitarian photographer Giles Duley, and award-winning costume designer, Sophie Canale for her work on the cult hit, Saltburn.

Above all, AUB is a creative community of artists, makers and thinkers.


Departments at Arts University Bournemouth



We're set in one the UK’s most beautiful natural locations; boasting spectacular gardens, beaches, forests and a Jurassic coastline classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Bournemouth and our neighbouring areas have plenty to offer, too. From a famous nightlife scene to a thriving community of local, independent makers and small businesses – there's something for everyone.

On campus, you’ll find lots of great resources and facilities. We have an unrivalled library that’s dedicated to the creative arts, a gallery where we exhibit inspiring works from renowned artists, plus the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) with current research focussed on the environmental future of plastics.

Explore our Guide to Bournemouth to find out more.



We aim to have a diverse student environment with the best creative talent in the UK and have several scholarships and bursaries available.

Our BA (Hons) alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate fees, and 33% discount for those that achieve a 2:1 or 1st, if they choose to study a postgraduate award at AUB.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20-33% off postgraduate fees

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 20% alumni progression discount, you must be a Home student who completed a BA (Hons) degree at Arts University Bournemouth. To be eligible for the 33% alumni discount (academic scholarship), you must be a Home student who graduated their AUB BA (Hons) degree with a 1st or a 2:1 grade.

Please be advised that this discount doesn't apply for applicants to the Master of Architecture (Part 2 ARB/RIBA) course.

Application Procedure

The discounts will be automatically applied.

Our EU Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the EU student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be a Permanent Resident in a member state of the European Union. In addition, you must be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.

Our international scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the global international student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000-£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.


Three things led me to study MA Graphic Design at AUB. I hoped to choose an arts university with a complete range of resources compared to others; one that specialised in the full range of art disciplines. Secondly, in the year before enrolment, I personally visited AUB and found the staff, including the person responsible for international students, and the department head Phil Jones, very friendly and helpful. And then, finally, the university isn't too far from London, and the cost of living is relatively cheap. This allowed me to visit the city frequently for exhibitions. I’m grateful that I had a very open and accessible learning environment and that I was able to participate regularly in art events in London. This has also influenced my design style. With the accumulation of my experiences and Western influences, my works have acquired a unique style that differentiates itself from the Taiwanese market.
After studying abroad in the UK, I discovered significant differences in education compared to Asia, which requires self-learning ability. Many times, I worked independently without colleagues or anyone to ask for help. During graduate school, I became accustomed to finding answers and constantly conducting experiments to achieve better results. Another difference is English proficiency. Since I've applied for international awards, reading and writing creative concept descriptions have been crucial.

A split-second decision can sometimes change the trajectory of a project. This was how my journey into the MRes Arts course began – a split-second decision to switch from MA Illustration vastly changed the trajectory of my creative practice and how I view my role as an illustrator.

I’ve always been intrigued about how illustration works. By this, I mean what's its purpose in the world? How does it evoke a response from the audience? And why do we – or why should we – illustrate in the first place?

During this course, one answer I found was that illustration is “the people’s art – accessible and available to all”. From here, I shifted towards participatory research; if illustration was the people’s art, then the people should be at the forefront of the research project. Learning how to design and undertake participatory research became the biggest challenge.

The research project concerned the role of illustration in the paediatric ward, as a method of positive distraction. Although a tasking endeavour, I sought out the help of my local university hospital for potential participants to take part in three workshops. Collaborating directly with NHS staff was a fantastic experience. It’s clear that professionals outside the creative field can see the benefits of the arts on our psychological wellbeing, and they want to collaborate on innovative projects.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first time I met my professors and classmates was on a screen. The teachers created a safe place where we felt free to work, taking our limitations as creative challenges. What I thought would be a limitation turned out to be an incredible opportunity, as we bonded very personally with each other. I felt supported and motivated. Changes happen, and you have to adapt to them, and AUB was able to handle this difficult task.
After a BA in Anthropology, I decided to come to AUB to do my MA in Film Practice because I knew that it was a university that promoted excellence and gave its students the freedom to express themselves artistically. During our year, we worked on different exercises and workshops that pushed us to develop our own creative identity.
Throughout my MA Film Practice degree, I learned that all creative processes start from the same point. Shaping ideas, not being afraid to share them with someone, and working to create a more cohesive and beautiful object. This year, I brought a project to life that I would never have had the space to develop elsewhere.
With the confidence I gained at AUB, I’m still working on my live film project alongside some of the creative allies I made during my Master’s course. People who’ve become more than just classmates. Not only have I developed my skills; I learned something that I’ll carry with me for life and will continue to grow. I’ve learned to develop my own way of filmmaking, based on trust and collaboration. From that, I’ve learned to see the importance of never taking anything for granted, and that you have to accept failure and not be afraid to try in order to succeed.

My class were all so great. Really nice people, we all helped each other out. This feeling of a group working together on films and ideas – that's something I miss.

Two weeks in, they told me that they would like to train me as a cinematographer. And then after a month and a half, I got to use an ALEXA Classic. Before I came here, I had seen one in pictures. I never thought I would touch one.

You could comfortably say that I’ve found my home here at AUB. I started on the undergraduate Costume course in 2018, and coming from just outside London, I was at first drawn to the slightly slower pace of Bournemouth. I didn’t expect it, but when I came to view the university, it was almost like something out of a film. I turned the corner onto the main campus, and the sun started shining, there was music playing across the courtyard, and everyone just seemed excited to be there. When I got home, I retracted all my other offers. I knew that I didn’t want to do my degree anywhere else.
I spent my final project exploring female tailoring, and in the summer of 2021, I graduated with a first-class degree. By this point, I felt like I had just scratched the surface of my understanding of tailoring and knew that it was something that I needed to explore more. I made the decision to start my Master’s in Historical Costume over the summer, with the goal to provide me the space and guidance to research further into tailoring practices. I wanted to focus on making for the non-standard body, to provide a different perspective on traditional tailoring techniques.
I finished my Master’s in February, achieving a Distinction and being over the moon. Two weeks after, I started my new job working at AUB. I’m now a Technician Demonstrator, working with the staff and students to help manage the studios and share my knowledge. It’s of course a bit of a shock to the system to now be a colleague among my tutors, but I’ve embraced the change and they’ve all helped me to realise what I can offer to others.

I find that UK creative culture is really positive, great and engaging. It fosters some incredible interactions with people and really pushes you to be a better creative.

I personally chose Bournemouth because I'm from California and I absolutely love the sun. But also because the campus is amazing and the core staff here is great. AUB really focuses on cross-course collaboration, either formally during your studies or as side projects.

My ambition to build up my further painting skills and career made me decide to study MA Painting. I originally hoped to study art at MA level, but also hoped to develop practical and conceptual aspects of my painting. AUB’s MA Painting course was established with excellent timing, just after I graduated from the BA. The course focuses on practical aspects, which was what I needed.

MA Painting required more independence than BA (Hons) Fine Art. Students had two days a week to see tutors and talk in the studio, had wider options on where to conduct research inside and outside university, and attended lectures and workshops led by other courses and institutions. Relationships between students and tutors seemed more equal at MA level; students weren't taught passively anymore, but could talk to them based on progress to reflect on artwork.

I focused on how my pointillism could evolve from emotional representations to perceptional representations. Then I was able to improve my attitudes to not only discover new brushstrokes, different colour usages and original observational skills, but also cultivate my understandings of pictorial expression through practices, self-reflections, tutorials, critiques, research and exhibitions throughout the course.

MA Painting is predominantly practical-based and self-led, which really appealed to me, as I could experiment new techniques. It’s led by excellent tutors and visiting tutors, all of whom give you the encouragement and the insightful knowledge you need to develop your practice, with regular tutorials, critiques, workshops and lectures.

My work is process-led. It’s about being in the moment of the making, influenced by the capabilities of the materials. The paint takes me on a journey across the canvas. My abstract style explores colour, spontaneity, and gesture, where forms slowly evolve, often leading to surprising results.

Being given our own studio space in Bournemouth town centre, away from campus, was a bonus. It made me feel much more independent, enabled me to focus on what I wanted, and gave me the opportunity to make larger pieces. The studios are a great environment to be in – to be with like-minded students and to give each other feedback, but also to push yourself, to come out of your comfort zone sometimes.

The most rewarding part was working together towards curating our own exhibitions. This was not only a great experience, but it helps to prepare you on your next artistic journey on a more professional level once you leave.


Our postgraduate courses are between one and two years in length. This will depend on the subject and mode of study.

Yes, we offer most of our full-time courses as part-time with a few exceptions – Master of Architecture and MA Film Practice.

Yes, we offer a range of courses specifically designed to be taught online through AUB Online.

For a Postgraduate degree, you apply directly to us. If you want to study with us on one of our online courses, you'll need to apply through AUB Online.


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Arts University Bournemouth

Bournemouth

South West

United Kingdom