Studios and resources


Each studio space has enough industry standard cutting and designing tables for each student to work on. Students also have access to the following equipment within the studio:

  • Industrial sewing machines and overlockers
  • Industrial steam presses
  • CAD driven embroidery machine
  • Large selection of Mannequins

Specialist facilities

Our specialist facilities are tailored to the studies of the course and reflect industry practice.

Our high spec computer suite features Eizo monitors, Wacam tablets, large bed scanners, and printing facilities.

We teach and support the following software programs on the course, in conjunction with laser cutting, set and costume design, and theatre plan drafting:

  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Auto CAD
  • Sketch Up
  • The course has its very own dye and textiles room, where you can use dyeing and screen printing equipment, and experiment with fabric and textile manipulation.

The department also houses a haberdashery and set materials store to provide essential materials and tools at cost-price. The course has a fabric archive which holds samples from a wide range of suppliers so that students can research suitable fabrics for their projects whilst on campus.

Within the department, we house a small library of reference material relating to the various disciplines of the degree. These are key texts and range from costume history, to pattern drafting, set building and design journals.

Shared Resources

As part of our creative community, you’ll also have access to areas that are shared with other departments on campus. These are spaces which house further specialist facilities.

The AUB Workshop is situated directly next door to the BA (Hons) Costume department and can be accessed by any student. On-site technicians are on hand to help students make use state-of-the-art facilities such as:

  • Laser cutting and 3D printing
  • Fabric and textile printing
  • Spray room
  • Plastics room
  • Resin and casting room
  • Plaster and sculpting room
  • Large metal shop
  • Large wood working and traditional machinery

AUB also has its very own black box theatre space that is regularly transformed by our students. The majority of AUB’s productions take place in this space, with the remaining productions taking place in Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre and Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre.

Wherever the show may be, you’ll collaborate with students from our BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance and BA (Hons) Acting courses, who are housed within the same building.

This collaborative approach reflects the creative industries and is an important factor that distinguishes AUB from many other universities.