Our course is designed to help you question what your future role may be within a professional environment. This could be as an artist, an educator or general all round creative entrepreneur.
Some students also choose to study fine art as a flexible route into a non-art related area, as it is well known that a good fine art graduate is hard working, critically reflective, and is able to think creatively and laterally to find solutions to tasks.
The course team develop strong relationships with the students over the duration of their studies and there is a lasting sense of community beyond graduation. While many students remain in contact after leaving AUB, it is the Fine Art Alumni group that strengthens this contact. The links with past students not only enrich the course community, but also enable the team to monitor the successes of individual students, which feeds back into course development.
Our students have gone on to a broad range of destinations which have included: Casting Assistant, Internship at the V&A, Assistant at a Digital Arts Organization, Art Technician, Studio Assistant to Damien Hirst and Ian McKeever, Research Assistant at ArtSway as part of a Knowledge Transfer Catalyst Scheme, awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, PGCE study at Goldsmiths College, Intern at White Cube Gallery, Graphic Designer, Fine Art PhD, Founding of Artworks artists studios in Poole, Dorset, exhibiting at Frieze Art Fair.
They have also chosen to postgraduate MA level study in Fine Art, Scenography and Gallery Studies at some of the most prestigious centres in the UK and abroad. These include The Slade School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, City of Westminster University, Edinburgh School of Art, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Arts University Bournemouth.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Alumni Feature / Case Study – Published 28th Apr 14
Claire Prosser (Fine Art, 2011) writes about her art, the challenges after graduating and breaking down the boundaries of job titles:
“In 2011, I received a First Class Honours from the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at the Arts University at Bournemouth. This made me a pretty good fine artist- apparently. But I have always had trouble with the title ‘Artist’. I mean having a title is a difficult thing anyway. We are more than one thing. We are generally lots of things, but we don’t put a decathlon of activities as our job title on a CV. Ok, I may not have done a decathlon but I have done some triathlons since completing my degree, and coached running clubs and walked up the UK’s three tallest peaks in just short of 24 hours. Not many people put together an advocate for health and well being alongside being a fine artist. But I believe a sound body and mind, fit, focused and at ease with oneself makes for creative flow.
Joella now lives and works in London. Since graduating in 2012 she has been busy building a profile for herself and developing all the skills she gained on the course to step out into the exciting world of contemporary art. From her show in London’s Free Range graduate showcases Joella was selected for the Platform Award held by Aspex, Portsmouth, which she won. This year she is continuing her success there with the Metamorphose Residency and exhibitions such as Metamorphose, Islington Arts Factory, London, The Independent Artist Fair, Mile End Arts Pavilion, London and Assllop Gallery residency, Bridport, Dorset .
Last month she was again selected this time by the design thinker Morag Myerscough to show along side recent French graduates in an international exchange exhibition.
Tim Graduated in 2010 with a 1st Class Degree. He has exhibited widely since then, successfully receiving grants and commissions to support his work. For example over the last two years Tim has been commissioned to create performance pieces and contribute to symposia for the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, and this summer he has presented his Arts Council funded piece Venice Oracle at the world renowned Venice Biennale exhibition. Tim’s work is primarily based in performance, but also moves into film, photography and writing. He’s interested in the triadic relationship between artist, audience and the work, and the permeable boundaries between them.
Amanda graduated very successfully in 2010 from the BA Fine Art course and has made the move into the commercial environment very well. Since graduating Amanda has completed an MA, been successful at a number of commissions including Arts By The Sea 2012. She has now supported her family through her work as an artist for a number of years and earlier this year she was shortlisted and won a major international commission for Salisbury cathedral with an over all budget of £120,000. A project supported by the AUB with technical skills and infrastructure.