2016 was an incredible year for our creative community. These 12 stories are some of our favourites. Enjoy!
This Christmas you'll see some beautiful animations on TV. Explore our Alumni and Gallery connections...
The Snowman, Ethel and Ernest, We're Going on a Bear Hunt...
Over the festive period, you’ll likely catch one of these beautiful animations on TV. We’re extremely proud of of our creative community and their involvement in bringing them together…
The Snowman: Channel 4 at 11:50am on Christmas Day
TheGallery, AUB, is proud to host Re-animating the Snowman, curated by Steve Henderson and co-curated by Daniel Cox
14 November 2016 – 14 January 2017, Northwest Gallery, AUB.
Re-animating the Snowman uncovers unique material from the never-before-seen archives to tell the story of animation through this beloved children’s classic.
Featuring original cels alongside pre-production work this exhibition provides a behind the scenes insight into the creation of The Snowman. It also features material from The Snowman and the Snowdog, the sequel created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original landmark broadcast.
Ethel and Ernest: BBC One, 7:30pm on the 28th December
A dozen Graduates from BA (Hons) Animation Production and MA Animation have also been involved with Lupus Films, having worked on the full-length animated feature Ethel and Ernest. The film is based on Raymond Briggs’s graphic novel memoir about his parents and will be shown on BBC One on the 28th December 2016.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Channel 4 at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve
Nine BA (Hons) Animation and MA Animation graduates worked as line producers, assistant animators and colourists with Lupus Films to produce a half-hour animated holiday special based on the hugely successful illustrated children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
The UK’s creative industries are worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy. Be part of it.
The future needs someone like...
In October we filmed a giant neon sign at Hengistbury Head beach for our latest campaign – The future needs someone like you.
The message to young people? The UK’s creative industries are worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy. Be part of it.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE said: “It is fair to say that the pipeline to the creative industries is under threat. It is more important than ever to encourage the pursuit of a creative life in order to protect the growth of industries that have become a vital contributor to the UK economy and cultural identity. A 20th century student of art and design, when asked ‘What do you make?’ would identify an artefact or product. We will be a creative nation in this new millennium of the 21st century when we add, ‘and we make a difference’, to this answer.”
Costume, Acting and Visual Communication and Film collaborate to commemorate 400 years of the bard...
What if Superheroes were around in Shakespearean times?
The BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course transformed DC Comic superheroes such as Batman, The Joker and Catwoman and reimagined them as Shakespearean characters in full Jacobean costume complete with ruffs, patterned silks and ornate cuffs and collars. The project was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April 2016 and to celebrate the release of two DC movies this year – Batman v Superman in March and Suicide Squad in August.
The images were photographed by AUB alumnus, Andy Bate who created a dark, rain-drenched world for the characters, who were played by students from the BA (Hons) Acting course. Then, students from the BA (Hons) Visual Communication course took famous Shakespeare quotes and integrated them with the characters. At the bottom of each image, the character and play the quotation is from is revealed in the style of a collaboration for example ‘Batman X Hamlet’ along with the hashtag #ShakespeareSuperhero.
Explore the courses:
Dame Zaha Hadid opened our drawing studio with the words “I simply love this building.”
CRAB Drawing Studio opens
On 3rd March 2016, we were delighted to announce the opening of our new drawing studio. Designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook of CRAB studio, is the first of its kind to be built in the UK for 100 years.
The Drawing Studio was officially opened by the late Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with “I simply love this building.”
The building is accessible to students from all courses across the University enabling all creative artists, working in any genre, to be in the same space together, from costume designers to architects, animators to etchers.
Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB commented: “We are delighted that the Drawing Studio will provide students with a new space in which drawing can be taught and practiced. We are also keen to reassert the centrality of drawing to the subjects we offer.”
So far the studio has won:
RIBA South West Award 2016
RA Top 10 Maverick Building 2016
Constructing Excellence South West Building Project of the Year 2016
Constructing Excellence South West Innovation Award 2016
Schueco Excellence Award – Judges’ Special Award 2016
In November The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee awarded the 2016 Award for Innovation in Design Education to AUB for its innovative approach to design teaching, mentioning special recognition for the creation of TheGallery and Drawing Studio.
Bournemouth Film School (BFS) began in the 1960’s and has gone on to become the UK’s largest film school outside of London...
Celebrating over 50 years of Bournemouth Film School
With a history spanning over 50 years, Bournemouth Film School (BFS) sits at the heart of Arts University Bournemouth, setting the standard for turning creativity into careers.
To mark this special occasion, students and alumni from BA (Hons) Visual Communication and BA (Hons) Graphic Design created giant film quotes in the sand, all of which are from films that BFS Alumni have worked on. The quotes were filmed in locations around Bournemouth Pier, using a drone – you can watch the BFS video here.
Bournemouth Film School (BFS) began in the 1960’s and has gone on to become the UK’s largest film school outside of London, with an international reputation in the film industry. BFS Alumni have worked on some big blockbuster films over past few years, with Spectre, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Avengers and Gravity, to name just a few.
BFS student films are regular winners at both the Kodak and Royal Television Society Student Awards. Student films Killing Time and Mohammed’s Daughter have even been nominated for BAFTA awards.
Alumni of BFS have also gone on to become prominent in the industry and award winning. Some notable BFS Alumni include Simon Beaufoy, Chris Dickens, Nick Love, Suri Krishnamma, Sara Sugarman, and Mel Giedroyc. AUB has an industry employment rate of 97.4% within 6 months of graduating*; the dominance of AUB Alumni in the industry has led to them even being known collectively as ‘the Bournemouth Mafia’.
BA (Hons) Modelmaking students were tasked by Lord Foster to recreate the original model of one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks.
Lord Norman Foster commissions students to recreate lost model
Earlier this year, students at AUB worked hard to recreate the original model of one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, following a commission from Lord Norman Foster.
Seven Second Year BA (Hons) Modelmaking students were tasked by Lord Foster to build a replica of the original model of the Reichstag dome for The Norman Foster Foundation. The dome was designed by Lord Foster in 1993 to symbolise the reunification of Germany and the original ￼model was lost.
Lord Foster then visited the AUB campus to take a look at the models and to give a lecture to BA (Hons) Modelmaking, Architecture, and Interior Architecture and Design students.
The students have also been recreating models of Lord Foster’s early designs from the 1960s, using original tools and techniques.
Modelmaking student, Tom Oliver, said: “Recreating the Reichstag model has been fantastic. It’s our first experience of working to such a prestigious deadline and managing a big team project. We haven’t built anything on this scale before.”
Paul Johnson, Course Leader for Modelmaking said: “AUB has been collaborating with Foster + Partners for 20 years now. They are strong advocates of the use of models in their work and have the biggest model shops in London. They have a great demand for architectural models and our relationship has really grown out of that. We are one of the few courses in the UK able to deliver a commission like this.
“Foster + Partners offer work experience opportunities to our students and most of them spend time there learning from the team. They also sponsor our graduate show, New Blades, each year.”
Foster + Partners was founded in London in 1967 and over the past four decades has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and furniture design.
Notable buildings by Lord Foster include the Hong Kong International Airport, American Air Museum, Hearst Tower in New York City and Torre de Collserola in Barcelona. He also designed many of London’s most famous buildings, including the Imperial War Museum, Wembley Stadium, the Millenium Bridge and the Gherkin building.
Lord Foster was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1983, the Gold Medal for the French Academy of Architecture in 1991 and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1994.
In June 2016, the AUB campus transformed into a huge gallery...
In June 2016, the AUB campus transformed into a huge gallery as graduating students displayed their work.
The Summer Shows is one of the most exciting times on the AUB campus – you can explore the people behind the projects here as we interviewed students about their work.
Our courses then went on to win big over the summer season, attending London industry showcases:
Explore the Summer Shows.
Visual Communications and Creative Events Management top NSS survey...
Creative Events & Visual Communication score 100 % Satisfaction
The NSS is a series of 23 online questions relating to six areas of the learning experience as well as student unions and overall student satisfaction. It is aimed at final year undergraduates, and assesses universities and other higher education providers on a number of satisfaction-based criteria every year.
Earlier this year Visual Communication students collaborated with Costume, Film & Acting on #ShakespeareSuperhero to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Explore their 2016 Summer Show: finalfinalfinal.show
For Tourism, Transport and Travel (which covers Creative Events Management) AUB are ranked first. 100% of final year students agree or strongly agree with Q22: Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course. Final year Creative Events Management students enjoyed a summer of events, putting on banquets, festivals and retreats.
Explore our courses:
AUB announces its commitment to never invest in fossil fuels.
AUB commits to never invest in fossil fuels
Arts University Bournemouth is delighted to announce its commitment to never invest in fossil fuels.
This commitment is part of a global effort, led by the NUS Divest-Invest campaign, to encourage all UK universities and colleges to move investment into renewable energy providers.
AUB already sources its electricity from renewable sources and has now committed to never invest in fossil fuels.
University Secretary and Director for Student Experience, Jon Renyard, said: “We are delighted to make this announcement, as part of our commitment to the environment. Sourcing our electricity from renewable sources helps us limit the impact we are having on the world around us, and we are underpinning this by promising never to invest in fossil fuels.”
In 2014, AUB Students’ Union pledged to plant 3,000 trees over 3 years with the Woodland Trust, to carbon-offset each new student joining AUB.
In November 2016, over 70 student and staff volunteers planted the final 1,000 trees at Throop Mill, marking the end of the successful three-year campaign.
Find out more about AUBSU.
Alumni magazine and podcasts features brightest and best of AUB community...
One Piece of Advice
At the very start of this year, we launched our first edition of ‘One Piece of Advice‘ Alumni magazine.
Featuring interviews with Sir Peter Cook, Bob and Roberta Smith, Giles Duley, One Piece of Advice also focuses on recent graduates such as Abby Austin, who showed us a typical day at Aardman Animation. The magazine is a true reflection of our rich creative community, with all illustrations and design undertaken by AUB Alumni.
‘Creative advice is not black and white – there is no absolute right or wrong. Advice isn’t owned by the experienced and knowledgeable, any more than it is owed to the young and inexperienced/ Advice isn’t bound by discipline or exchanged for advice of equal worth.’
We also launched our ‘OPOA Podcast‘. Listen to exclusive inspirational talks, lectures and interviews from our creative community.
- 001 – War Photographer Giles Duley | iTunes / Soundcloud
- 002 – Special makeup effects artist Nick Dudman | iTunes / Soundcloud
- 003 – Rio Olympic Photographer Andy J Ryan | iTunes / Soundcloud
In September 2016 ‘OPOA’ magazine won ‘Highly Commended’ at the Brand Impact Awards.
Three brand new courses launch: Fashion Communications and Marketing, Creative Writing and Drawing
Our creative community grows...
2016 saw the launch of two brand new courses
In 2018/19 we look forward to starting an exciting addition to our BA courses, BA (Hons) Drawing.
Our Commercial Photography students went to New York on an photo assignment for British Airways...
Commercial Photography in New York
High Life asked a group of first year students: “If you’re a photography student trying to make your name, how do you ensure your New York pictures stand out?” They were then asked to describe how they got their shots.
Their work and stories behind the photos are now featured on the British Airways High Life website.