Do you have an interest in art, design or media? Come and explore DANCE, DRAWING, FINE ART, INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Arts University Bournemouth is hosting a free and unique three-day art activity session for those in years 8, 9 & 10. 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 02, 03, 04 April 2019 from 9:30am – 3:00pm. 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.


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.


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Spring Art School 2018

From 22-24 May 2018, AUB welcomed 136 from 13 local schools/academies as they completed creative briefs in Acting, Fashion,  Fine Art,  Interior Architecture, Photography and VFX.

This three-day activity session was for those in years 8, 9 & 10 who have an interest in art, design, media and architecture. The activity concluded with a presentation to teachers and senior school staff from the participants sharing what they have learned over the 3-days. All the students were commended highly on their creative outcomes and muture solutions to the challenges faced before them.

“This week has been brilliant! After doing the Acting course I feel more confident and prepared to undertake my GCSE work. I now know that university is something I want to do when I’m older …” Spring Art School participant

“The Poole High School students and staff who attended the Spring Arts School had an amazing time (as always) and came back enriched, motivated and inspired to continue their art studies into higher education.” – Poole High School

“Our students have explored opportunities that only a specialist provider can provide. This has opened our boys eyes to breath of creativity and what the creative industries can offer, thank you!” – Harewood College

“Our Year 10’s had a great time at Spring Art School! A fantastic chance for those who are artistically gifted to shine and explore new avenues. The presentation was amazing with so many outstanding outcomes.” – St Edwards School


Spring Art School 2017

From 5th to 7th April 2017, AUB welcomed 125 participants from 12 local schools/academies as they completed creative briefs in Acting, Commercial Photography, Fine Art, Interior Architecture, Modelmaking and VFX.

This three-day activity was designed for those in School Years 8, 9 & 10 (aged 12-14 years) who had an interest in exploring the creative industries. The presentation on 7th April was a demonstration of the hard work achieved in this limited amount of time – the work was fantastic to see.

All the students who participated were outstanding ambassadors for their school/college. They engaged proactively with the activity, worked tirelessly in teams and demonstrated confidence in risk taking as they explored creative solutions. We wish all participating students every success with their learning and career development.

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.”