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Innovation Studio


Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.


We host a series of masterclass workshops and lectures for industry professionals to inspire innovation and develop new capabilities within a creative discipline.

Our workshops and lectures are free for Dorset Industry, SMEs, start–ups, sole traders, and social enterprises. If attending a workshop, a short registration form will need to be completed along with a short proposal of your idea.

Explore our events below and the types of classes we offer. To book your place on future workshops or lectures get in touch with our Innovation Team.

Open lecture series

Our Open lectures are a series of events sharing specialist knowledge on topics of design thinking and creative practice.

Each lecture is led by a specialist guest-speaker and we welcome guests on campus for a pre-lecture drink to meet our staff and explore our current exhibition in TheGallery.

These lectures are free to attend and are open to members of the public. The lectures support the university's commitment to its civic agenda.

Partner events

We're proud to partner with external organisations and support regional events that promote business growth, champion entrepreneurship, knowledge share, and offer networking opportunities. Some of our past and present event partners have included, Women in Tech Dorset, BCP Council and Dorset Innovation Hub.

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


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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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
Sunseeker employee working on schematics of a boat

Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.
People putting post its on a window

Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.
Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.

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