The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course were invited to Buckingham Palace on 22nd February 2018 to celebrate their win at The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017.

This exciting news follows on from last year’s success when the course was recognised as a centre of excellence and awarded the title ‘distinguished degree level education in costume design for the UK’s leading creative industries’.


The Royal Anniversary Trust awarded individual prize certificates which had been signed by HM The Queen herself, and were presented by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Guests invited to the ceremony included AUB’s Chancellor Sir Christopher Frayling, Vice Chancellor, former Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, staff members from the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Team, students Nicole Cuddihy and Jack Walker, and alumna Milly Barter who had designed and made bespoke gowns and tailoring especially for the ceremony.

The award was organised by The Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity promoting world class excellence and achievement through The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. At the same event in 1998, AUB (formerly known as the Arts Institute at Bournemouth) were awarded for outstanding work in education for the film industry.

Also in attendance were the Chair of the Costume Society and Senior Curator of the State Apartments at Kensington Palace, Deirdre Murphy, Academy Award Winner for Costume Design, Jenny Beavan, BBC Costume Designer, Claire Collins, and Opera Director, Scenographer, Author and Visiting Tutor at AUB, Pamela Howard OBE.

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Gallery:  Former Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE and Principal Lecturer & Course Leader, Rebecca Pride collect the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the Costume and Performance Design team outside Buckingham Palace and Alexandra Cooper’s designs for Nicole Cuddihy.