Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are longer taking bookings at this time.

Do you have an interest in art and design? Come and explore a range of creative subject areas:

  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Textiles

Arts University Bournemouth is hosting free and unique three-day art activity sessions for those in years 9 & 10 (ages 14-15). The event aims to encourage those students who can benefit most from what we have to offer, whatever their background, to apply to further and higher arts education.


This three-day activity is designed to give you a taster of studying your chosen subject at further or higher education level. These sessions will allow you to develop specialist learning, team building, problem-solving and communication skills.


This activity will take place on the 30 March 2020 to 1 April 2020 from 9.30-15.00. Please note that you will need to commit for the whole three-day duration enabling sufficient time to complete your project. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch on campus at noon.


Arts University Bournemouth
7 Fern Barrow
BH12 5HH

Spring Art School takes place at the Arts University Bournemouth campus located at Wallisdown on the border between Bournemouth and Poole. The campus offers a series of modern, purpose built studios, workrooms and teaching areas. The workshops and studios are well equipped to the latest in industry standards and the university offers an enviable provision of specialist computer equipment.

We were recently awarded the Gold Standard rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)


Please ask your parent/guardian/carer to read the student guide and then complete the online application form on this page.


Once all applications have been received, we will let you know whether you have a place or not via your school.


Places are limited so please be aware that applying for Spring Art School does not guarantee anyone a place. Where possible, we try to allocate places for those who have a creative passion. You will also be told if you are on the reserve list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.


AUB is one of the most successful higher education specialists, with an excellent national and international reputation, committed to providing the highest quality, industry relevant creative degrees.

We offer 24 degrees in art, design, media, performance and architecture, as well as a range of short courses, a unique postgraduate programme and bespoke services to business.

The University is committed to encouraging applications from those who have the potential to succeed in higher education, but who may face personal or institutional barriers.


Applications must be returned by Tuesday 17 March, and places will be confirmed by 24 March 2020.

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Your Feedback

Avonbourne & Harewood Colleges: “Thank you so much AUB for your hard work and enthusiasm over the past three days; the students have had an amazing experience and really enjoyed the time they spent at AUB. This experience makes such a difference to them and us raising the profile of the subject and encouraging students to consider art and HE as a possibility in their future. We are really noticing the impact of this course on students in Year 10 and 11 students, who are now determined to be the first in their families to go to university.”

Parent of participant from Upper Shirley High: “I just wanted to comment on how positive an experience my daughter found the Commercial Photography course she took as part of your Spring Art School.  She was enthused about every aspect of the course and enjoyed the informal and friendly atmosphere at the university.  As a parent, it’s a delight to see and the experience has encouraged her to really engage with the idea of going to university in 3 years’ time. Thank you for giving her this opportunity and opening her eyes to some of the possibilities offered by a university education.” 

Wey Valley School:“Thank you again for the excellent sessions that included our students. They had a great time. It has encouraged them to consider art careers more seriously. Some told me that it was the best 3 school days they had ever had! Our students really enjoyed the animation and we have discussed setting up an after-school club.”

Cantell School: “Thank you for organising the Spring Art School, what an amazing experience for Cantell students. It has opened their eyes to creative careers and the courses which can be explored.” 

Poole High School: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the really brilliant time that my students (and teachers) had at Spring Art School. My 10 students are still buzzing and were knocked out by the people, work, environment and atmosphere at the university.  In terms of inspiring students from backgrounds where there might be a lower aspiration to participate in higher education, the course certainly hit it’s objective.”