Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)

 

Overall ranking: 75th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014

History: Established in 1883 in Bournemouth and 1913 in Poole, and became a higher education institution in 2001. Achieved taught degree awarding powers in 2008, and changed its name to the Arts University College at Bournemouth in July 2009. One of only a few HEIs that focus exclusively on creative work in contemporary art, design, media and performance.

Address: The campus is at Wallisdown, half way between Bournemouth and Poole.

Ambience: AUCB is situated between Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, on the south coast of England. Dorset is a county of outstanding natural beauty, providing a unique location for creative work. It boasts miles of sandy beaches, the rolling Purbeck Hills, Poole Harbour and opportunity for a wealth of water sports. Bournemouth has a large cosmopolitan student population, and one of the most vibrant club scenes outside London.

Who's the boss? Professor Stuart Bartholomew is principal and chief executive. He has extensive experience and is a fellow of the RSA.

Prospectus: 01202 363 228 or download/order one online here.

UCAS code: A66 (for 2011 entry)

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Five GCSE passes at grade C or above (including English and maths), 260 to 280 UCAS tariff points and a foundation diploma or equivalent are required for most courses. A strong portfolio is vital.

Vital statistics: Approaching 4,000 full and part-time creative students aiming for careers in art, design, media and performance. Full-time students regularly take part in and win national and international competitions.

Added value: Courses have an excellent record of employment within their creative profession. Excellent work placement opportunities, live projects, visiting specialists and a graduate show in June which attracts many potential employers. It has achieved centre of excellence status for its work in lens-based media. The Enterprise Pavilion is on site, offering business support and mentoring for start-up ventures within the creative industries.

Teaching: An impressive 2nd out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 120th out of 124 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 60th out of 124 with 63.5 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Major tourist towns with a wide range of living choices. Halls of residence on campus or in Bournemouth town centre, ranging between £98 and £120 per week, including bills.

Cheap to live there? Privately rented accommodation generally ranges from £70 to £90, excluding utilities. Staying with host families is also an option with breakfast and evening meals provided from £90 to £105 per week.

Transport links: London is less than two hours away and is easily reached by regular train and coach services or the motorway. Both Bournemouth and Southampton have international airports.

Fees: £8,600 per year for most full-time home and EU undergraduate courses, such as fine art, textiles and architecture .

Bursaries: The university offers a means-tested additional grant as part of its widening participation commitments. See the funding page here for further information.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Bournemouth is a clubbers favourite, so expect a lively social scene.

Price of a pint: Plenty of chain bars such as Wetherspoons offer good deals on a wide variety of drinks.

Sporting reputation: Focuses on art rather than sport, with no entry in the BUCS league.

Notable societies: Arty societies galore, as you might expect. Try life drawing, or join the National Trust Society for day trips to various stunning locations of protected natural beauty. 'Bumf' magazine is an art publication that AUB students can contribute to in various ways.

Glittering alumni: Simon Beaufoy, writer of The Full Monty, winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire and artistic director for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012; Wolfgang Tillmans, Turner Prize Winner 2000; Nick Knight, fashion photographer who directed Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' video; Edgar Wright, writer, director and producer on the likes of Hot Fuzz.

Alternative prospectus: Check into The Student Room to put any questions to former, current and prospective AUB students and find out what life as an art student in Bournemouth is really like.

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