Course Overview

Welcome to Short Courses 2017/18

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 downloadable PDF, found in the Downloads area of this page, 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 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.

Who can take part in an Evening and Saturday short course?

Our 10-week courses are open to all creative enthusiasts aged 16+ and there is no upper age limit. We attract students, creative professionals and freelancers of all ages, with a variety of interests and experience. Our courses benefit from including a wide diversity of people who can learn and collaborate together.

How do I book a short course?

All short courses can be booked easily through our online store with a debit or credit card.

You can find out more about how to book here.

Are there any specific entry requirements for the short courses?

There are no formal entry requirements to our Evening & Saturday courses as we want students and creatives to share and learn no matter what their background or previous experience.

The courses are highly practical and written for those with a keen interest in creativity; we simply expect students to be enthusiastic and willing to learn as individuals and as part of a team.

You do not require any previous qualifications to join our courses.

Do I need a certificate of English or IELTS test to take part?

There are no formal English entry requirements however we recommend you have an intermediate level of English in order to benefit fully from your experience and be able to communicate with your course leader and fellow students.

If you are in doubt whether your English is good enough, please email us at for advice.

How many people will be on my course?

Class numbers will vary depending on the course subject, however, Evening & Saturday courses typically have 16 students per course.

Can I pay in instalments?

Unfortunately we are unable to take payments in instalments. Full payment is required when making the booking.

How do I book and pay for a course by company invoice?

To pay for a course by company invoice, please follow this link for instructions.


What else will I need to pay for?

Some courses require students to make specific purchases prior to or during the course. Please check the ‘What you need to bring’ section at the bottom of each course description, prior to booking.

What do I get at the end of the course?

If you have attended 100% of your course you will be issued with an AUB Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion. You may use this to evidence the work which can be added to your portfolio or CV.

Do I get an AUB student number or email?

No, to obtain an AUB student card or email address you have to be registered as an academic student at Arts University.

Is there free on-site parking?

Yes, parking for Evening & Saturday courses is free on Campus.

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