Seven creative degree courses at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

BA (Hons) Digital Media Production, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Commercial Photography, BA (Hons) Make Up for Media and Performance, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Modelmaking have all received the ‘Tick’ kitemark by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries. These courses join AUB’s existing accredited provision in BA (Hons) Animation Production, Drama UK’s recognition of the BA (Hons) Acting course and the RIBA Part 1 accreditation of the BA (Hons) Architecture course.

AUB was one of only 27 higher education institutions to receive the Creative Skillset Tick – and with a total of ten industry accredited courses so far, over 60% of AUB’s students are studying on courses with professional accreditation. This, in addition to being in the top five of all universities in the country for employability with 97.7% of AUB’s graduates in employment or further study six months after Graduation, highlights the very close links that AUB fosters with industry.

Stewart Till CBE, Sonar Entertainment CEO and Chair, Creative Skillset, said: “The UK Creative Industries are growing. To support that growth and ensure continued competitiveness we need people from all backgrounds to work in creative, technical and entrepreneurial roles. With the Creative Skillset Tick young people have a clear signpost to courses able to give them the skills and knowledge needed by industry. Equally, employers, through their involvement in the accreditation scheme, are able to help shape those courses on offer and ensure their relevance”.

David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and Creative Skillset Board member, said: “The Creative Skillset Tick is an essential signpost that helps potential students choose courses that are approved by industry. It tells them the course has gone through thorough assessment, including a review of graduate employment, work experience and links with industry, which contribute to improved employment prospects on completion of the course”.

Professor Stuart Bartholomew, Principal of AUB commented “This is an outstanding result by any measure and an achievement in which the whole institution can take pride. Accreditation plays an important part in identifying our offer as distinctive, setting them apart as high quality, industry approved courses.”

AUB is currently seeking accreditation of its BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Textiles and BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design degree provision.