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Nurturing creativity. Engaging communities. Collaborating with industry. Making a difference.

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Acting students

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Discover what goes on within and beyond our creative campus.

Making the best possible difference in the world starts with making your best possible self. We enable this through creative learning, supported by state-of-the-art studios and equipment and engaged, passionate staff.

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Magazines in the library

Our Research

More than 12% of AUB’s research has now been classed as ‘world-leading’ with a further 42% being classed ‘internationally excellent’, according to REF 2021.

Creative people see the world differently. We learn differently. Which is why we've remained creative specialists since 1883.

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AUB Campus


We recognise our responsibilities and are committed to continuous environmental, sustainable and social justice improvement in both our curriculum and day-to-day operations. Our campus has also been awarded EcoCampus Platinum – the highest level of university accreditation.

"I felt like I could be myself because everyone else was themselves."
Nebras Jamali
BA (Hons) Acting, featured in BBC's Our Girl
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AUB Human eco dome
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Gaia Moors Valley
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Green Space Dark Skies at Maiden Castle in Dorchester

AUB Human

AUB Human is a space where we celebrate social, ethical and sustainable creative practice. We're using our skills to engage and address some of the most pressing issues that are facing the human race today.

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We believe your university subject shouldn't confine you. Whatever level of study you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines in industry-level projects and productions.

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Film Production
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Graphic Design and Visual Communication

Find your course

From those first steps at Saturday Art School right through to gaining your PhD, we've got a level of study to suit you. All our courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in today's changing economy.

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
Fanny Cerdan-Roy
MA Film Practice
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Our student ambassadors are here to answer any questions you might have on university life, our courses and all things AUB.

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Drawing Studio
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CNC router
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Dance Studio

Facilities fit for anything

We mirror the creative industries, right down to having the proper tools for the job. We're always investing in the tech and spaces to help you thrive on your course.

Above all, AUB is a community of artists.

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Welcome Fest
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Arts Bar
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AUB's Campus Halls


Just as you’re all studying different courses, we know our students like different styles of places to live. We have a range of halls of residence, each offering something unique – there's a home away from home for everyone. We've also got a team of Community Champions to help you settle into university life.

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Collaboration with business, research, high skills development, prototyping, entrepreneurship, Knowledge Exchange and an Innovation Studio designed by Sir Peter Cook, sit at the heart of AUB.

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Innovation Studio
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Innovation Studio
Five people stand outside a large orange building and under a balloon arch, holding a ribbon. Architect Odile Decq (Centre) opens AUB's new Innovation Studio with Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Gough, Pompidou Centre Architect Mike Davies CBE, AUB Honorary Fellow Brian Clarke, and Innovation Studio Architect Professor Sir Peter Cook
Architect Odile Decq (centre) opening AUB's new Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies and a hub for start-ups, regional enterprises and industry engagement.

The Talus Project’s continued development wouldn’t have happened without the support of the AUB Residency Programme – through business mentoring and the provided access to the necessary resources to continue its prototyping. Throughout my time on the Residency Programme my confidence both socially and with my skillset has improved dramatically and the collaboration has been invaluable to the projects ongoing success.
Ryan Elder
Innovation Studio Resident, SeaTalus
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RNLI International
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Access Lifts
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Syrup Room
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Future Forest at Moors Valley

Our case studies

Check out some of our collaborative projects with external partners to get an idea of how the Innovation Studio and AUB support various industries.

Together we seek innovative solutions to the problems of tomorrow.

The Innovation Studio has given me a space to work on my designs where I can be inventive and creative. I have also had direct access to using machines to cut out my designs. I count myself very lucky to be around professional tutors and designers who are able to offer hands on advice and guidance as to the best methods and techniques to achieve my desired outcome.
Salwa Alsaka
Innovation Studio Resident
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CNC router
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A mixture of fabrics within the studio
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Design in VR using Gravity Sketch

Industry-standard equipment

The Innovation Studio is part of AUB's Lab 4 Creative Technologies. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, plus the latest in digital and physical manufacturing technology.

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AUB creates and enriches communities in our region and beyond.

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Artwork at TheGallery
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Designated Design at AUB's TheGallery
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The Thorp Archive
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Palace Court Theatre

Our door is open

We're home to some incredible resources. We boast the biggest creative specialist library outside of London; the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), with its unique Designated Outstanding Collection; two theatres, one on campus, the other in the heart of Bournemouth; TheGallery and multiple collections, like The Thorp Archive. In the summer months we turn into the largest gallery in the southwest, with our graduate shows.

When the Palace Court Theatre opened in 1931, it was surrounded by theatres, concert halls, cinemas, ballrooms and nightclubs. Although some of those buildings may have closed, the staff and students of Arts University Bournemouth make a significant contribution to ensure the cultural calendar of the conurbation stays vibrant.
Dr Anna Farthing
Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement, AUB
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A student poses for WAKE UP TO AUB at Bobby & Co in Bournemouth

Our community

Our staff and students are passionate about supporting the community. From creating opportunities to widen access to creative education, broadening horizons with cutting-edge research or working together to make a difference with civic engagement, we've got some incredible stories to tell.

We're proud of the communities we're a part of, and rightly so. Our students, alumni, staff and the companies we partner with are all dedicated to making a difference, whether that's large or small, local or global.

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Bournemouth Beach
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Welcome Fest
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Durdle Door

Guide to Bournemouth

We love our location, so we've curated a guide to some of the best hotspots in the area. Whether you enjoy nature or nightlife, food festivals or air festivals, there's always something to draw creative inspiration from, right on our doorstep.