Arts University College At Bournemouth

Established in 1885, the Arts University College at Bournemouth has developed into one of the leading specialist education institutions in Europe focusing exclusively upon contemporary arts, design, media and performance. Such providers are widely recognised as offering the best education in arts and design, and the University College believes that in such environments the most creative and ground breaking work is produced.

The University College remains passionate about its subjects and continues to encourage curiosity, risk-taking and adventure in exploring and pushing subject knowledge and its boundaries, providing students with a well resourced environment in which to practise to the highest professional standards.


United Kingdom

The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Wallisdown
BH12 5HH
Phone: 01202 533011
Fax: 01202 537729

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Our Aims

The aim of the Arts University College at Bournemouth is to provide a high quality professional environment for students, to allow them to study, research and practise arts, design, media and performance to the highest standards, so that they can contribute to the cultural and economic development of society.

The University College values are:

* being able to provide a supportive environment in which every student is encouraged to fulfil their own potential, from Junior Art School through to postgraduate study

* a collaborative working with industry and other education providers

* collective working within a creative community

* diversity and individuality
entrepreneurship and engagement with the creative industries

* equal learning opportunities for all

* excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and learning

* freedom of thought and its appropriate expression

* high standards of work expressed in a professional context

* practitioners who are able to be critically reflective and are able to apply such reflection to their work and the work of others

* the provision of an education tha...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

Bournemouth is located on the south coast of England in the county of Dorset. The coastal environment, together with the warmer-than-average climate and vibrant social scene, provides a year-round holiday atmosphere. It is within easy reach of London, with regular train and coach services taking under two hours. The neighbouring town of Poole offers excellent ferry links to continental Europe.

Bournemouth is an exciting cosmopolitan town with something for everyone. As one of Britain's leading seaside resorts it has visitors all year round, but it is particularly busy during the summer months when it takes on a real holiday atmosphere.

Bournemouth has a wide variety of theatres, cinemas, art galleries and museums, as well as a number of venues for staging contemporary and classical music concerts. There is also an excellent range of pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty with miles of sandy beaches, quaint villages, historic buildings and beautiful natural countryside.

* Arriving by Road

The best way to approach the Wallisdown campus from the east or north is v...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

The Arts University College at Bournemouth specialises exclusively in arts, design, media and performance education. We offer a range of courses in further, higher and postgraduate education, in addition to short courses and summer schools.

Awards - We have an excellent reputation for preparing students for employment. Courses are characterised by choice and flexibility, career relevance, and the scope to provide students with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We offer Postgraduate taught degrees, Honours degrees, Foundation degrees and progression from Foundation degrees (leading to a BA Honours award).

The higher education courses are split into four schools - the School of Art, Design, Media and Performance. The following courses BA (Hons) and FdA Courses are offered under these schools:

BA (Hons) Fine Art
FdA Make Up for Media and Performance
BA (Hons) Top Up Make Up for Media and Performance
BA (Hons) Arts & Event Management
BA (Hons) Acting
BA (Hons) Illustration
FdA Textiles
BA (Hons) Top Up Textiles
FdA Visual Communication
BA (Hons) Top Up Visual Communication
BA (Hons) Modelmaking
BA (...  [ Read All ]

Degree Shows
  • Shift - Postgraduate Degree Show (02-09-2011)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    Our tutors are academics, practitioners, specialists, technicians and innovators.

    They exude a passion for what they do and are here because they want to teach. The breadth of experience and expertise they bring to the University College and our students is immense.

    What is special about the community at the University College is that there are only around 3,000 students, making it a relatively compact university college, all based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the discipline of art, design, media and performance. Indeed, staff who are actively engaged in their own work use this to inform their teaching. We expect a similar engagement from students and, whilst we hope we are a relaxed community, this should not be mistaken for any lack of seriousness of purpose - we are professional and passionate about our work and ensure all students realise their capabilities during their period of study with us.

    To support learning and teaching there are individual course groups. Much of the learning and teaching will be based in the studio and students work in teams as w...  [ Read All ]

    News and Events

    For full details on the news and events generated by the Arts University College at Bournemouth, please visit the Latest News section of the University College's website -
    For any press enquiries, please contact the Marketing Department on 01202 363321 or email  

    Information For  Undergraduates

    Honours Degrees - These are the traditional university undergraduate degree programmes and are three years in duration (full-time). A Bachelor of Arts degree receives the designation of
    BA for a pass and BA (Hons) for an Honours degree.

    Foundation Degrees -
    Foundation degrees are a relatively new higher education qualification and are two years full-time or three years part-time study. Foundation degrees receive the designation of FdA.

    Progression from Foundation Degrees - Students who successfully complete a two year Foundation degree can proceed to the final year of
    a BA (Hons) qualification.

    Part-time study - The degree programmes are all taught on a full-time basis. However, a limited number
    of programmes are also available in the part-time mode. The duration of part-time study varies. For more information, please visit our website -  

    Information For  Postgraduates

    The MA Course acknowledges that practice in whatever form is the basis for study on each pathway. At the heart of the course is an exploration of the relationship between specialism, critical theory and discourse, allowing the exploration of a discipline outside its traditional boundaries. This is an opportunity for individuals to make serious decisions about the relationship of practice to theory creating a union between the two. The framework for study supports work across subject boundaries whilst also supporting the development of the discrete disciplines. It thereby provides students with the opportunity to work with, and be a part of, a community of practitioners.

    The course is a taught MA which is practice based yet informed by contemporary research. Successful applicants will produce a body of individual work which will develop and expand their subject interests; work on the course units is agreed by students in consultation with staff.

    The Learning Experience -
    Candidates for the course should be prepared to engage in independent study and learning. Each of the three units is approached through the medium of a perso...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  International Students

    Each course has an allocated number of places for UK and international students, which helps to ensure that all overseas students integrate with British students as much as possible. The majority of programmes have comparatively small year groups, ensuring that students have a greater chance of getting the attention and support that they expect and need. There are currently approximately 250 overseas students from over 50 different countries studying at the University College.

    For more information please contact the International Office:

    Tel: + 44 (0) 1202 363233
    Fax: + 44 (0) 1202 363378


    The development of professional skills is at the top of our agenda. The University College has an excellent record of students progressing in the creative industries and is able to draw upon influential alumni in helping graduates with their first steps to the professional world.

    Relationships made at the University College are often enduring and inform career development. Such relationships are important in any business but particularly the creative professions. The
    environment here - the physical and academic structure - is arranged to encourage working relationships between tutors and students, between industry and the University College, and between courses.

    The nature of the creative industries encourages some students who leave us to become freelance artists or designers. Others find permanent employment within a diverse range of companies, some of which are represented in this impressive list: Sega Europe, Walt Disney Feature Animations, Aardman Animations, Warner Bros, Foster and Partners, Artem Visual Effects, Robert Alsopps, Hot Animation, Hallmark Cards, The Independent, British Steel, Pentagram, British Broadcasti...  [ Read All ]

    Student Facilities

    The Arts University College at Bournemouth has excellent state of the art facilities throughout, with many of the industry standard facilities being adopted to enable swift succession into employment.

    In addition to course specific facilities, we also have the folowing resources available to student at the University College:

    Enterprise Pavilion - Built in 2005, this £3.3 million development offers business incubation units on site for graduates, providing start-up facilities and managerial support to increase graduate retention and support the growth of creative and ICT industries within the region - Visit

    The Library - The University College's purpose built library houses more than 44,000 books, 200 journals, 1,600 videos, 110,000 slides, 1,000 CDs and DVDs.

    Design Collection Museum - This provides a dynamic study and research resource to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of popular design and culture. It holds more than 8,000 predominantly 20th Century international, historical and contemporary design examples - Vsit

    The Gallery - An oasis of reflection, the Ga...  [ Read All ]

    Student Support

    Students coming to the Arts University College at Bournemouth can receive a wide variety of student advice and learning support. The type of advice / support depends on the individual, but we offer the following: Acommodation support; Financial Support; individual learning support to suit the individual's needs; Counselling; Chaplaincy; Equality & Inclusivity; Medical Care; Childcare; Careers; Travel; Student Charter; Complaints Procedure

    The mission statement of the Student Advice is:

    ‘We are a friendly approachable team who value students as individuals, placing their needs at the heart of our service. Through remaining impartial, we are able to offer personal support, advice and guidance to enable students to focus on their course and enjoy life at the Arts University College.’

    There are a variety of problems that you could face during your period of study; emotional and practical difficulties that may have nothing to do with the University College or University College life, but can, nevertheless affect your ability to function. A happy student is (usually) a productive student so it’s the University College’...  [ Read All ]

    Student Life

    Arts University College at Bournemouth students always talk fondly of life here in Bournemouth. With a large cosmopolitan student population, the town has one of the most vibrant club scenes outside London. The 7 miles of sandy beaches are amongst the most popular in the UK and you will be able to sample the wide variety of water sports available, including surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and windsurfing. The Students’ Union regularly organises various social activities, and has negotiated student discounts at some of the nightclubs in Bournemouth and Poole. University College students also have access to a common Students’ Union venue, The Old Fire Station, for comedy nights, gigs for local bands and dance nights.

    The University College prides itself on being able to provide a friendly and supportive environment for all students. All students can enrol with the Student Union - Their primary function is to represent and support students at the University College. Other responsibilities include housing, clubs and societies, welfare support, imporving communications, and supporting student campaigns. Activities vary each year...  [ Read All ]


    Home Sweet Home. We understand that where you are going to live, especially in your first year, has a major influence on your choice about where to study.

    That’s why within our Student Advice we have Student Advisors who can be contacted at any point in the academic year either by phone on 01202 363242 or by email They are here to shed some light on any accommodation queries you may have.

    With the help of our Student Advice, it’s easy to make yourself at home in Bournemouth or Poole.

    Details of accommodation currently registered with the Arts University College and rooms advertised by students can be found at

    What’s on offer at the Arts University College at Bournemouth?:

    If you are seriously considering a course with the University College, you will need to find out more about what accommodation is available. We can offer; halls of residence, either on campus or in Bournemouth town centre or details of student house and flat shares, bedsits or lodgings (either catered or self-catered).

    We always receive many more applications for Halls than there are places...  [ Read All ]

    How To Apply

    Students applying to university or college for higher education will need to do so electronically via the usasapply, as the entire UCAS application procedure is now online. This service is available to applicants who are at a school/college registered on the UCAS Schools/Customer database, no longer in education or international students. To apply online log on to and click on the apply button.

    If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. During registration, a username is generated, and you will need to choose a password and a security question/answer. When you have entered your application information, you will need to send your application to your referee. Your referee will then need to add the reference, check and approve your application and send the completed application to UCAS on your behalf.

    Individual applicants, i.e. not through a school or college, can make an application by selecting the entry Student Login link. You will be required to answer a set of eligibility questions before you can start your application. To co...  [ Read All ]

    Visit us (open days)

    If you are considering any of our courses, we would encourage you to visit us at one of our regular Open Days which are organised to show you what we have to offer and to answer questions about your education plans.

    You will be able to find out more about the course you are interested in, meet staff and students, discuss any concerns you might have, tour the campus, view our specialist facilities and discover why the University College is so special.

    We hold a number of course-specific Open Days during the year. The next Open Day runs from 5-8th December 2012. please visit our website -  

    Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

    To request a prospectus, please contact Admissions or call 01202 363225.