Welcome to Short Courses 2018/19

Arts University Bournemouth is a dynamic and creative community which has been providing specialist short courses in art, design and media for over 27 years.

With over 50 courses in 19 subjects we offer a wide variety of short courses designed to enhance your life and career.

Enrol on a short course and join over 1,200 students taking part in short courses each year.

Whether it’s about enhancing your creativity, mastering a new skill or indulging in a subject you have passion for, discover what we have to offer. Develop your ability to express yourself creatively through drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, film and much more.

In studying a short course you will benefit from the facilities and the teaching support of one of the UK’s top Arts Universities. You will be taught by tutors who are practitioners in their fields, bringing creative subjects alive. You simply need enthusiasm and passion rather than formal qualifications to take part.

Don’t wait around! Learn something new and have fun. Our courses run Monday-Thursday evenings and on Saturdays so you can fit them around school, work or family.  

Our short courses are suitable for anyone aged 16+ whether it be a student, a professional or a retiree.

If you are an aspiring young artist in school years 5-13 you can join our Saturday Art School.

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When to enrol

Due to the popularity of the short evening and Saturday courses we advise that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Classes are small and places are strictly limited. Enrolment is on a first come first served basis, however, we do hold a ‘waiting list’ for popular courses in case of cancellations.

How to enrol

Online – using our new online booking system

In person (Please note, we do not accept cash/cheques. Card payment only) – visit us at the above office, we are based in University House and our opening hours are:

Term time: 08:30-18:30 Monday to Thursday and 08:30-16:30 on Fridays.

Non-term time: 08:30-17:00 Monday to Thursday and 08:30-16:30 on Fridays.

When making your booking you must:

  • Read the booking terms and conditions carefully.
  • On receipt of your booking and payment, we will send you written confirmation which details your start date and time.


All the course descriptions (found via the website) list the materials which you will need to complete the course. Please refer to our Suggested Suppliers for more information resourcing specialist materials/consumables, you will need to bring these with you to your first class.

AUB Library

As an AUB student you are entitled to join our library during the time of your course. The library offers an excellent range of specialist art and design resources. To join, please take your enrolment form and two passport size photos to the library reception.

After enrolling

Please look out for your confirmation email and letter, which will be sent you after your booking has been processed. This includes instructions on where to report to on your first class and the further benefits available to you as a Short Course student.

Terms and conditions

You can take a look at our terms and conditions of booking here.


You can find lots of information about our courses through the links below, but if you are still stuck or have any questions please get in touch with us.

You can email us at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk or call us on +44 1202 363222.


If you have any questions about our Evening & Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers below.

If your question isn’t covered however, contact us using the information listed above.