General informationWidening participation and access

Taster Sessions

Interactive sessions for those in school years 7-9, help pupils decide if they might like to study a particular creative subject at university. Staff and students from the University work with learners to engage creatively with a wide range of media and resources.

AUB regularly welcomes young people and schools to come and explore what university life is all about and what it has to offer. Over the past year the university has delivered taster sessions in a wide range of creative practices such as design, branding, visual communication, textiles, photography and special effects makeup. These sessions are supported by current HE students who are able to share their story in why they have chosen our creative university.

Case Study

From 01-03 August 2016 the University welcomed 25 young learners from London who came and explored their creative potential in our studios as they spent time investigating the sites of Bournemouth. In collaboration with the charity IntoUniversity the aim was to raise the awareness and profile of careers within the creative industries, whilst giving them an experience outside of London and away from familiar surroundings. This taster session explored the process of designing a feature or character in 2D and then creating a 3D model in specialist clay. Participants stated;

“I enjoyed most using materials to make sculptures. … it was a really fun day”.

“I have learnt about different types of art and how to create art using different types of materials. Thank you for having me!”

Such taster sessions are so important in sharing the opportunities that are available for further study, whilst giving participants a positive experience and removing barriers. 40% of the pupils had concerns about university debt and 49% stated that the influence of friends would be a major factor in choosing career options. After the activity, 74% of the pupils agreed that they were planning to go to college/university once they left school.  In addition, 65% agreed that they felt confident about their ability to study beyond school.

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support for the residential trip. The workshop was incredibly engaging for the young people and it has been a really impactful experience for them. We are so lucky to have the support from AUB and the opportunity to stay in Halls really enhanced the university experience.”

Rosie Shand
Team Leader & Extending Horizons Manager