Why are tuition fees being raised?

The Government has introduced higher tuition fees to replace government funding for higher education.

The Arts University is committed to providing high quality, studio – based teaching and learning with strong rates of professional progression by our students. In order to continue to provide all our students with the highest quality experience, support students in financial hardship, and continue to develop wider access to the University, we will need to charge £9,250 (2019/20), which in effect replaces the loss in state funding.

Is it still worth going to University?

Yes. having a degree does improve your chance of getting a job and research shows that over the long term graduates earn more than non-graduates. Research also shows that graduates are considerably more likely to be in a job than people with lower qualifications. There is far more to higher education than financial benefit. It can transform people’s lives for the better as their intellectual horizons are broadened. A higher education qualification means that you have more choice; a chance to find a job you really love now and in the future; and you can gain skills you need to progress in your career.

How do you spend tuition fees?

Your fees go towards your university experience. Most importantly, we spend the money on teaching, as well as other areas such as administration, maintenance, catering and residencies. We also try and keep a surplus to invest in things like curriculum development, facilities and equipment. To find out more, take a look at our infographic on how we spend your fees. You can find a detailed breakdown of what money we spend and where it goes in our annual accounts.

What sets the Arts University Bournemouth apart from other Universities?

AUB is one of only fifteen higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design and media. The Arts University has been providing specialist education for over a century and enjoys a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.

The Arts University is a compact institution with over 3,000 students based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.

Studying at AUB presents many opportunities to engage with the creative spirit that characterises life at the University. Students and staff work in partnership on an innovative programme of professional practice and research, with different disciplines encouraged to work together.

The industry experience and engagement of our academics, and the advice and guidance of our impartial careers service, mean that our students are provided with a wide range of subject-specific and generic advice on employability.

What will be the undergraduate tuition fee for students planning to go to the Arts University Bournemouth in autumn 2019?

We will charge £9,250 a year for all undergraduate degree courses starting in 2019. The Arts University is committed to providing high quality, studio – based teaching and learning with strong rates of professional progression by our students.

Will the same fee be charged for every undergraduate course?

Yes. As a specialist University, dedicated solely to the study of art, design, media and performance, we offer a unique environment which reflects the way in which individuals and communities work together in the creative industries and where we offer students the professional skills, knowledge and confidence to realise their ambitions and to succeed in their chosen career. Study is divided across taught hours, studio and/ or work environment time, and independent study. Excellent professional and technical support is available and students are encouraged to experiment and work collaboratively.

Will there be any additional costs for my course?

Yes. There are likely to be some additional costs, for example you will need to pay for photocoping and printing; or materials that you may wish to purchase for your creative activity; or educational visits, which are designed to enhance the student experience and support much of the project work undertaken during the academic year. (The cost of the trip may vary from year to year and is relative to the chosen destination.) For some courses a resource kit is essential. Further information on possible additional costs is available from your course.

Will I have to pay the tuition fee at the start of my undergraduate course?

If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student you will not have to pay your tuition fees upfront. The Government will provide students with a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fee and you will only start to repay after you have left your course and once you are earning over £21,000 a year (may be reviewed annually).

What will I have to pay when I enrol on my undergraduate course?

There are no upfront costs for your undergraduate course. You can get a loan to cover the costs of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year. However, some course kits are essential, the costs of which vary. These can be sourced through the University, must be paid for during induction week and information is available from your course.

I’ve already got an honours degree and want to do another one starting after 2019. How will the change in tuition fees affect me?

Any previous study is taken into consideration when making an assessment for student financial support. If you already hold an honours degree you do not usually qualify for any further support. There are some exceptions to this. Those students who choose to study certain qualifications as a second undergraduate degree for example, a Foundation Degree, may qualify for some financial support. You will need to talk us about this. *Students who are studying for an award which is equivalent to (or lower than) a qualification they already hold will not be entitled to any government support and will be required to pay the full fee.

I have a disability – can I get any extra financial support?

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available to help if you are at university and will incur extra costs because of a disability (including a long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia). DSAs can provide you with equipment such as a computer, and personal support, but does not provide any cash. DSAs can be received in addition to the standard student finance package and are available if you are studying on a full-time or part-time course. They are not dependent on income and do not have to be repaid.

What will be the funding arrangements for part-time students from 2019?

Eligible part-time students in England who start their course in 2019/20 can apply for a tuition fee loan. The tuition fee loan replaces the previous means-tested fee grant and study grant. It will not be means-tested. Part-time students will not generally be entitled to a loan or grant to cover living costs. Extra financial help is available to part-time students who have a disability via the Disabled Students Allowance.

What should I do next?

We strongly encourage a visit to the Arts University and coming to one of our Open Days which are published on the website. Please contact our Admissions office for further advice on specific course information:


For more information about the financial support available and the benefits of going to university visit:


or contact our team of Student Advisors at: