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Mister Sixties

Seminal photographer Philip Townsend graduated from the University, (then the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art) in 1959. He then went on to document the 1960s, the decade which transformed Britain from the 1950s post-war austerity to a consumer economy in which London was the coolest capital city in the world. His images capture the people, the style and the musical revolution.

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Graduates tour with Swedish House Mafia

Visual DJs and 2009 BA (Hons) Digital Media Production graduates Harry Bird and Sam Hodgkiss have had an exciting year which has seen them touring all over the world with some of the biggest names in dance music.

Harry and Sam, (left) working together under the name of Comix, are a visual and motion graphics duo who bring cutting edge visuals to live shows and gigs. They provided the visuals for Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac?s New Year?s Eve Party and were spotted by producer and BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out whilst playing in Bournemouth and asked to join the Kissy & Ko tour as VJs.

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Graphic Design Graduate Goes Galactic

Toby Tinsley, one of the very first graduates of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course in 1997, is celebrating the news that his design, 'Galactic Girl' will adorn the nose cone of two of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic shuttles due to fly to the moon as early as 2009.

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Acting Alumnus to star in West End musical

A graduate from the BA (Hons) Acting course at Arts University Bournemouth is celebrating after landing her first professional stage role in the West End, playing the schoolgirl Thea in the British production of the award winning American Musical 'Spring Awakening'.

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Graduate’s design on 6.5 million bottles of beer

Simon, who studied BA (Hons) Photography at the AUB, was announced as one of four winners of the Beck’s Canvas Competition 2008.  His winning design, ‘Duckrabbit’, was printed on to the bottles completing a unique set of limited edition labels.  His label explores ideas of perception – do you see a duck or a rabbit?  Here Simon tells us a little about his time at the AUB, what it was that inspired him to create the ‘Duckrabbit’ and how it felt to have his work mass-produced on a beer bottle…

“The BA (Hons) Photography course at the Arts University provided a solid foundation to my developing practice; introducing me to the necessary interplay between theory and practice; thinking photography and its role in contemporary practice. I graduated from the AUB in 2004, my undergraduate photographs were published in Source magazine and my moving image work shown at the Open Eye gallery in Liverpool.  I also applied to the Royal College of Art and subsequently began my MA in 2005.

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Illustration Alumnus designs product range for Waitrose

Heather Gatley graduated from the BA (Hons) Illustration course in 2006. After being spotted at the annual D&AD New Blood Exhibition, Heather joined illustration agency Artworks and has been with them ever since.

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International Alumnus wins Project Runway

“For me it was important to look for a college where I wouldn’t drown among hundreds of students and could establish a relationship with my lecturers. I did some research on Bournemouth and the AUB and decided to give it a try as I fell for its nice location by the sea! I’m glad I did!

The course gave us an introduction to many important aspects of the fashion industry e.g. marketing, business, research etc, which is of great benefit to me now I’m establishing my own brand. The best part was developing patterns with my design teacher at the time, Bashir Aswat. He was real mentor and I am deeply grateful for what he taught me over the years.”

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Graduate’s fashion collection chosen for Selfridges

Following a successful showing at Graduate Fashion Week in June 2007, BA (Hons) Fashion Studies graduate Gemma Leakey from The Arts University Bournemouth has had three items from her collection selected by Selfridges in London to sell in their store.

Gemma’s collection, entitled ‘Discarded Beauty’, was shortlisted for the River Island Gold Award at GFW. Her contemporary collection incorporates an eco-friendly approach to fashion. The outfits that have been selected by Selfridges include a silk frilled blouse and shorts, a kimono coat and a little black dress. They will be available to buy in a special Graduate Fashion Week ‘Pop Up Shop’ which will open in store the first week in October.

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