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Body Art – Tattoo Design

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


On this exciting new course, you’ll rapidly develop your understanding of the creative design process for tattooing and take your design development skills to the next level.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Spring term 2025

Wednesday 5 February – 9 April 2025 (10 Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Please be aware, you’ll be expected to undertake some self-study and additional project work between course sessions to support your development throughout the course. Ensure you'll have time for this.


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses, however you’ll find it beneficial to have previous experience in drawing or illustration in order to benefit most from this course.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some art materials and equipment materials. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to make notes
  • A4 sketchbook
  • Set of drawing pencils
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About this course

Are you looking to pursue a career as a tattooist, or you are a practising tattoo artist seeking to develop your design skills? If so, this course is perfect for you.

This new, exciting part-time course has been developed in collaboration with locally established and acclaimed tattoo artist, Mara Mihalache. Across 10 weeks you’ll be introduced to the essential skills and knowledge that underpin all areas of designing a tattoo for a client.

This course is designed to develop a multitude of skills, from working in collaboration with clients to encapsulate their designs into tattoos, understanding composition, designing for different body areas and much more. As well as learning how to plan and develop your tattoo designs around client requests, you’ll expand on your portfolio and develop your creative visual voice and personal style.

The course approach, facilitated by our industry expert, will provide you with opportunities to take your first steps towards a career in tattoo design – whether you’re seeking to advance your current skills, or wish to retrain and undertake a new career direction. This course is also if you’re looking to start your educational journey prior to taking on an internship and advance to further qualifications.

  • Introduction into art for tattooing
  • Working to a customer brief
  • Colour theory
  • Drawing from reference material and art boards
  • Design and composition
  • Design for different body areas
  • Repairing existing ink and coverup designs
  • Use of computer application to support design processes
  • Looking at design time considerations when costing a tattoo
  • Developing portfolio and flash sheets
  • Sketchbook development (recording the process)

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Have progressed your personal tattooing style
  • Understand basic colour theory, including complimentary colours
  • Be able to collaborate with a client and work to a brief
  • Have experience experimenting with various designs for particular body parts
  • Understand different design processes in relation to tattooing
  • Have a firm idea of the area of tattooing that you wish to pursue
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there's no formal assessment. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance from your practical tasks, assignments and portfolio work, and will offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

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Mara Mihalache

Mara is a tattooist and illustrator based in Bournemouth with over 15 years' worth of experience working in the tattoo and design sector.

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We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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