One campus. Multiple disciplines. Unlimited possibilities. AUB is a leading university offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.   

AUB is a creative community where students and staff come together to innovate, collaborate and connect. It is a creative community of 4,000 creatives on one campus from 60+ countries, 83% of students from UK, 17% overseas. We focus on creative disciplines, teaching at all levels from Foundation, BA undergraduate to MPhil/PhD courses 

AUB is a specialist institution recognised internationally for collaboration with creative institutions and creative industries around the world. As a specialist institute of learning, AUB has close links to industry with a strong reputation in delivering skills-based capabilities across art, design, media and performance.  

AUB celebrates social, ethical and sustainable creative practice. Both students and staff use their skills to engage and address some of the most pressing issues that are facing the human race today.  

AUB encourage the use of reflective teaching and learning practices as part of an interactive relationship with research. 


Established over 130 years ago, AUB is a specialist leading arts university for the creative industries, offering studies in Art, Design, Media and Performance. 

Study in Bournemouth 

AUB is in an enviable location situated on the UK’s south coast, with 10 miles of award-winning beaches, great nightlife and arts scene, plus outstanding natural beauty found in the New Forest and Jurassic coastline, and all just 2 hours from London.  

Bournemouth is on the south coast of England, in the county of Dorset. It is a lively, modern and cosmopolitan town, partly due to the large student community as well as being a popular tourist destination. Bournemouth and Poole are popular with national and international tourists throughout the year, and can get very busy in the summer months. 

Bournemouth has its own airport and Southampton airport is 30 miles away. (Both offer national and European flights), Bournemouth is only 1h45 on the train to London, so perfect for day trips to galleries and events and large London airports. With a local and regional airports serving national and international destinations, plus being close to the London airports it is a cosmopolitan town, welcoming students and tourists from around the globe. It is safe and welcoming, and less expensive than London. 

Bournemouth is host to two universities plus many language schools making it a vibrant and cosmopolitan place for students with plenty of events, sport activities, bars and restaurants. 

Specialist areas

AUB encourage collaboration between different courses. Team work involving different skillsets is vital in industry and at AUB support this ethos wholeheartedly. 

Life on campus

The AUB campus is a living, breathing, academic environment for creativity. With a backdrop of head-turning architecture, the latest technology and facilities, students flourish in a community of like-minded makers and thinkers.  

The in-house gallery, TheGallery, is a major resource for contemporary Art & Design in the south of England, welcoming international and national touring exhibitions, plus regular student shows. 

AUB is the home of the Museum of Design in Plastics, a leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics and a specialist research resource 

Student life in Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a university town and geared up for student life. There are plenty of things to do: cinemas, theatres, galleries, bowling, gyms, watersports, parks, restaurants and bars. Not forgetting 10 miles of golden beach and the sea.  

The AUB Student Union has many societies and arranges many events on campus, in town and the area.  

Student Support at AUB

A dedicated team in Student Services provides advice and counselling- no matter the situation. Students are fully supported and cared for by specialist staff in order to make their time studying at AUB easier. 

Scholarships are available to all international students for each year of their study. 


With a campus full of head-turning buildings it is no surprise that the facilities are just as good. AUB is a microcosm of the creative industries, right down to having the best tools for the job. AUB invest heavily in the technology and spaces that equip students in their chosen field which is vital so as to get used to the equipment and facilities found in the real world.  

Sports and societies 

Many clubs and societies are available for AUB students, and can join in Bournemouth University (BU) clubs and societies 

Accommodation  at AUB

Just as you’re not all studying the same course, students like different styles of places to live. AUB have a range of halls of residence, each offering something unique – with everything from modern self-contained studio flats to more traditional en-suite rooms in cluster flats, there is something for everyone. 

There is accommodation available for first-year students in a great range of halls of residence located on the AUB campus and in Bournemouth town centre (just 10 minute bus journey from campus) 

Private rented accommodation is also available.  

Student population and internationalisation 

As a specialist university AUB are proud to have a close community of just 4,000 students. Approximately 20% of students are international form over 60 countries, the remainder being British. A dedicated International office team ensure all international students are cared for. 

Why international students love AUB

  • Recognised for its high standard of graduates by creative industries globally 
  • Safe and welcoming environment with on-campus accommodation 
  • One compact, campus with smaller classes with high tutor:student teaching contact ratio 
  • High course and industry collaboration 
  • Specialist equipment and highly qualified staff 

Industry connections 

With the aim of turning creativity into careers, AUB work closely with industry professional to ensure students are ready for the workplace, and that industry knows AUB  is the best place to find the best graduates for their business. A constant flow of industry professionals visit all courses, setting live briefs, advising and networking with students. Students are encouraged to take up work placements to gain valuable working experiences. The Careers team is in constant contact with industries, offering career advice to all students while at AUB and up to 3 years after they have graduated. 

International focus  

A dedicated and caring team of staff are on hand to help international students settle into their life at AUB, no matter the concern, whether it concerns an admission and visa query, how to open a bank account, accommodation or their social life. 

Study abroad opportunities and internships 

Study abroad opportunities and internships are available dependent on the course. All students are encouraged to find work in their chosen field in their holidays. 

Employability and career opportunities 

AUB are proud of their 93% employability rate (students who are either employed or in further studies 6 months after graduating). 

It is AUBs job to prepare students for their future and provide a wealth of support, advice and guidance. A dedicated Careers and Employability team help all students in preparing for work offering workshops, events, career fairs and advice. This is available up to 3 years after students have graduated. Graduated students are encouraged to join the Alumni society. 

AUB have an enviable reputation across the creative industries with many industry leaders regularly visiting the university to give workshops, live briefs or to scout for employees.



The information on this page has been submitted by the higher education institution itself. If you want to know more, get in touch and one of our student advisors will answer all your questions!

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Facts about Arts University Bournemouth

Number of students at the university: about 4,000

Number of international students: around 800 (approx 20%)

Location of university: Bournemouth, on the south coast of England

Number of inhabitants in town/city: about 506,000

Nearest Airport:

  • Bournemouth Airport: (European and national flights)
  • Southampton Airport: (30 mins drive) (European and national flights)
  • London Heathrow Airport: 1h 20 (international flights)
  • Gatwick Airport: 2.5 hours (international flights)

Fun facts

  • Bournemouth experiences 7.7 hours of summer sunshine a day
  • Every year on average 750,000 ice creams are bought on the Bournemouth seafront
  • Bournemouth Pier has the worlds’ only pier-to-shore zipline
  • The author Mary Shelley lived in and wrote ‘Frankenstein’ in Bournemouth
  • Every August, Bournemouth hosts the worlds’ biggest Air Show

Famous alumni

  • Edgar Wright - Film Director (Last Night in Soho, Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead)
  • Wolfgang Tillmans – Visual artist, Turner Prize winner
  • Nick Knight- Influential Fashion Photographer (Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Tom Ford)

Why study at Arts University Bournemouth?

  • Turn creativity into careers
  • Close collaboration between courses and with industry
  • Specialist and compact campus

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