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Bespoke courses

Overview

We’re a first-choice summer course destination for government offices, universities, colleges, schools and port-prep centres from around the world, seeking high-quality and immersive creative learning experiences that are tailored specifically to their needs.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements – email bespoke@aub.ac.uk or call +44 1202 363222. Alternatively, complete our 'Register Your Interest' form with details of your requirements and we'll get back to you with more information.

Why choose AUB for your bespoke course?

Choosing a bespoke summer programme at AUB will provide a unique, inspirational and memorable learning experience.

Our multi-disciplinary curriculums are designed to encourage learning at the highest standard and our specialist university tutors encourage curiosity and risk-taking. This allows students to explore, expand and push their creativity. You'll receive an experience like no other.

Plus, we'll assign you a dedicated coordinator to personally support you before coming to the UK, as well as during the programme to make your time with us as smooth as possible.

AUB has a strong reputation, both nationally and globally, and our size and location caters perfectly for exclusive groups; providing students and teachers with the highest confidence when selecting a university for tailored summer programmes.

Our academic teams are made up of people who have successful careers in the creative sectors and industries, and in many cases continue to practise alongside their teaching. We also have working industries on campus, for example, Framestore, Lush, and Sunseeker.

We’re a creative international community with a unique, collaborative atmosphere and enviable specialist resources to match.

It’s not just our students who win awards – we invest heavily in technology and spaces to best equip our students during their time with us. We want students to get used to the facilities they’ll find in the creative industries and have the confidence to express themselves with industry-standard resources.

All our facilities are on one campus, which makes it a very friendly and welcoming creative community. We have 4,500 students from over 60 different countries, creating a vibrant and stimulating community.

In order to fully benefit and gain confidence when developing a second language, we recognise the importance of integrating technical language in the structure of class workshops and seminars. Our approach to multi-disciplinary pro-active learning provides the perfect platform, which is both different and rewarding.

Who are bespoke courses suitable for?

We have a strong reputation globally for delivering exceptional bespoke courses, and are proud to have welcomed thousands of people to our campus over the years for tailored courses. We welcome students from all sectors and walks of life. We can cater to the educational needs of schools, colleges and universities, as well as businesses and industry professionals looking to upskill. Plus, we can offer English language classes as part of your package. Whatever your needs, we've got you covered.

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Cultural programmes for schools, colleges and universities

We provide immersive cultural experiences for students across the globe, to prepare them for their future studies.

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Upskilling and specialist programmes for businesses and industry

Our specialist programmes for businesses and industry enable you to upskill, enhance your existing professional skills and develop new ones.

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'English Plus' programmes

Our bespoke 'Plus English' courses are for students who want to improve their English language skills as well as explore their creativity.

What services can be included in your bespoke course?

Your bespoke course will be designed to your exact specifications, and can be as varied as you choose. See below the services that can be included in the cost of your bespoke programme.

  • All course materials
  • Specialist workshops in a wide range of art, design and media disciplines
  • Cultural excursions to UK landmarks and cities, such as London, Oxford and Bath
  • Evening social activities, such as bowling, beach sports and games, and BBQs
  • English language classes
  • Study excursions
  • Return airport transfers to London Heathrow or London Gatwick
  • Accommodation in AUB halls of residence
  • Catering package
  • Return transportation for any/all activities off AUB campus
  • Student welcome packs and timetables
  • Supporting letter for short-term study for visa application purposes
  • Operational staffing and administration, including dedicated point-of-contact at AUB
  • Specialist teaching staff and technical assistants
  • AUB resource area hire, including rooms and studios
  • IT support services
  • Access to specialist AUB resources, including TheGallery, Library and Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP)
  • Certificate ceremony

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We design courses to your exact specifications. Get in touch to create yours.

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Explore our campus and resources

Our campus is a living, breathing, academic environment for creativity. It’s where you’ll make amazing things happen. With a backdrop of head-turning architecture, you’ll be in a community of like-minded makers and thinkers.

AUB is a microcosm of the creative industries, right down to having the best tools for the job. We invest heavily in the technology and spaces that equip you for life in your chosen field, and we want you to get used to the equipment and facilities you’ll find in the real world. You'll find everything you need to thrive in the arts right here on campus.

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Our Campus

Our campus is a living, breathing, academic environment for creativity – it's where you'll make amazing things happen

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Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Drawing Studio

Our iconic, blue Drawing Studio is used by student from all courses and was designed by Alumnus, Sir Peter Cook​

Open space at TheGallery at AUB during the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition 2024.

TheGallery

Our in-house gallery, TheGallery, is a major resource for contemporary art and design in the South of England

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MoDiP

MoDiP is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics and specialist research resource

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The Library

The Library at AUB holds an excellent range of print and online collections

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Printroom

The Printroom and Passiv Haus are two great facilities available to all AUB student

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Theatre and Dance Studios

Our purpose-built Theatre and Dance studios allow creativity to flourish, student collaborations

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AUB:360 tour

Explore AUB's creative campus with our new 360° virtual tour

Discover Bournemouth

We’re situated in a safe coastal location with award-winning beaches, a lively social scene and lots of cultural attractions and events throughout the year. Our small size means we’re a tight-knit community that’s friendly as well as accessible.

Bournemouth is one of the top destinations for tourists and as a town with three universities and many language schools, it attracts a diverse mixture of international students. The best of England is on our doorstep too – we’re just a two-hour train ride from London with other popular locations such as Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) and the New Forest National Park nearby.

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Guide to Bournemouth

AUB is set in one of the most beautiful town on the south coast, find out about our award-winning beaches, nightlife and thriving arts scene

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Discover Dorset

While studying with us, you’ll have easy access to some of the most well-known landscapes in the UK

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On-campus activities

We run a range of on-campus activities so that your students can experience life at an arts university first-hand.

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