General information

We are the creative specialists

Arts University Bournemouth, established in 1885 as a specialist institution, is now a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.

We remain passionate about our subjects and continue to encourage curiosity, risk-taking and adventure in exploring and pushing subject knowledge and its boundaries. AUB provides staff and students with a well resourced environment in which to practise to the highest professional standards.

We’re special because we’re specialist.

AUB is one of a small number of higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design, media and performance. The University has been providing specialist education for over a century and enjoys a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.

AUB is a compact institution with over 3,000 students based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.

Studying at AUB presents many opportunities to engage with the creative spirit that characterises life at the University. Students and staff work in partnership on an innovative programme of professional practice and research, with different disciplines encouraged to work together.

The industry experience and engagement of our academics, and the advice and guidance of our impartial careers service, mean that our students are provided with a wide range of subject-specific and generic advice on employability.

AUB places great importance on student involvement and there are many ways to become involved in University activities, through our system of student representation, and the Students’ Union. Our European Exchange programme can also offer exciting opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Whichever course you decide to study, you’ll be part of a vibrant creative community in one of the country’s leading specialist Universities.