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We're celebrating all that makes us brilliant, highlighting the very best of our diverse and creative community!

No Matter What

No Matter What celebrates all that makes us brilliant, highlighting the very best of our diverse and creative community, from our outstanding award wins to our student successes, and everything in between.

Our creative community has come together throughout the pandemic and beyond. Join us as we share exciting and imaginative projects, and delve deeper into entrepreneurial and innovative ways of teaching, learning and creating from across our subjects.

It’s about what we can do, not what we can’t, no matter what.

2020 Summer Shows

In 2020, we launched our first-ever virtual Summer Shows, with students from across AUB showcasing a range of awe-inspiring and creative works, including several award-winning pieces. Our Summer show has been made all the more spectacular by the incredible dedication of both staff and students determined to show the world their work, spirit and resilience, no matter what.

View our Summer Shows

A Thriving Community

Nobody said it would be easy; but in such difficult times, we’ve been more than okay. We’ve flourished. We roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. We're a community that values creation, collaboration and innovation.

Throughout lockdown, our staff and students pushed their work in new directions, exploring unusual ways to keep entertained, energised and positive. Despite the times, we never stopped, and we never gave up.

International awards from the likes of our Fashion, Modelmaking and Textiles courses showcased some of that familiar AUB brilliance, and university successes in the Graduate Outcomes Survey, National Student Survey (NSS) and the Sunday Times Complete University Guide demonstrated just how much our students love being here, and why we’re known as the UK’s top specialist arts and design university.

We’re proud to be AUB.

"I’m freelance with my makeup work so although I do miss painting people’s faces, it’s been quite nice to adapt to working from home on my own. Creating different pieces on myself, I’ve learnt what styles and pieces of work I love the most from glam to gore to face painting."

India Plumtree | BA (Hons) Makeup for Media and Performance

"It’s been extremely challenging to stay motivated through lockdown and having to adapt to a different way of working has been interesting. I’ve been focusing on designing for a graduation film over the past few months which is an exciting project, and, despite the pandemic, I can’t wait to see it come together!”

Mimi Bush | BA (Hons) Costume

"To begin with, I found Lockdown quite a challenge. The paintings that I produce are large, so I found it a challenge to adapt my practice to the home when I rely on the creative spaces like those at AUB to produce my work. But I’ve adapted well at home and I’ve even managed to use the garden and living room to paint in. I've risen to the difficulties that were put before me, and I’m pleased with the pieces I’ve created – all while working from home.”

Harry Parker | BA (Hons) Fine Art

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Our Community Champions

Introducing our new Community Champions, drawn from across a range of year groups, courses, faculties and nationalities. They're working to keep our community safer, greener and cleaner.

Assisting students both on and off campus with their university experience, from clubs and societies to welfare and academic support, the team will also head out into the local area to meet local residents, and regularly visit our University Halls residents.

Community Champion: Keitija

Keitija

Keitija is a second-year BA (Hons) Creative Events Management student

Community Champion: Kieran

Kieran

Kieran is a postgraduate student studying MA Historical Costume

Community Champion: Iva

Iva

Iva is a third-year BA (Hons) Animation Production student.

Community Champion Phoebe

Phoebe

Phoebe is a second-year BA (Hons) Illustration student

Community Champion Udo

Udo

Udo is a third-year BA (Hons) Commercial Photography student.

The Joy of Making

At the heart of our community is a collection of specialist studios – each dedicated to its own subject area and supported by Academics and Technician Demonstrators.

Before our campus went into lockdown, we invited a few of our Technician Demonstrators to share a creative process from their studio space on camera.

We hope you enjoy these snippets of creative life in our studios and we look forward to welcoming students back campus.

Lily Voicu is currently a Technician Demonstrator within Architecture, assisting both students and staff in their practice. Along with software demonstrations, Lily is actively involved in inducting students in printmaking techniques, as well as bookbinding.

Since graduating from AUB in BA (Hons) Modelmaking, Sam Edwards has been honing his skills as a creative maker across a variety disciplines for 15 years, including Architectural Modelmaking, Prototyping, Theatrical stage design, and bespoke builds and installations. Sam currently continues his passion for 3D making, working with Level 6 students on the Costume and Performance Design course to realise their stage designs.

Eugenia is a practising fine artist who specialises in Printmaking. Eugenia often seeks to push the boundaries of Print as a medium, extending Print’s materiality into unconventional forms, often involving multidisciplinary installations as well as also observing Print in its traditional sense. Eugenia’s printmaking has also been commissioned by the TATE, for poster designs sold in TATE Modern shops 2015-2019.

Gideon has been working as a professional modelmaker for almost twenty years. Though he has had a varied career, his main specialism has been in stop motion animation, working with Aardman Animations for over a decade. Since completing his MA in Illustration, Gideon has continued to work with research and art-based practitioners, exploring the cohesive relationship between art and science.

Jonathan has worked in a range of areas within areas within model making including prop design, production design for film and advertising, animation and architectural visualisation. He’s currently working on BA (Hons) Modelmaking delivering a variety of CAD programs, 3D printing and other techniques.