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Arts University Bournemouth (abbreviated AUB) is a further and higher education university based in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, specialising in art, performance, design, and media. It was formerly known as The Arts University College at Bournemouth and The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

According to figures revealed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2013/14, Arts University Bournemouth has the highest percentage of graduates entering employment and/or further study within six months of graduation out of all universities in the United Kingdom, at 97.4%.
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The first art school in Bournemouth was the Bournemouth Government School of Art, established in 1880. There was a considerable demand in Bournemouth at that time for instruction in Art and the numbers in the art school soon rose to 180. In 1884, the school became a Science and Art school. In 1885 the Bournemouth School of Science and Art moved to 1 Regent’s Terrace, in Old Christchurch Road, where it remained until 1890. When the Bournemouth School of Science and Art was forced to close due to a decrease in numbers and loss of grant in 1890–91, the majority of its students were transferred to the Bournemouth West School of Science and Art.
In 1913, the two Science and Art Schools at Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West were incorporated into the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design along with the Technical and Commercial Schools. All art subjects then came under the umbrella of the School of Art within the Bournemouth Municipal College.
In June 2012 the Government announced that the qualifying threshold required by an institution in order to gain full university status was to be lowered from 4,000 to 1,000 full-time higher education students. The Arts University College at Bournemouth satisfied this criterion for full university title and officially became Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) following approval from the Privy Council on 13 December 2012.
Student Services and Facilities:
Most courses are based within one campus which is located in Poole, next to Bournemouth University and Wallisdown. The Campus covers around 3.7 hectares and houses 19 buildings with specialist workshops and work spaces, many of which are shared across similar courses. The BA (Hons) Dance course is partly based at Pavilion dance South West.
Organisation and Governance:
AUB is governed by its Board of Governors. The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, through the University Management Team, is responsible for the executive management of the University, supported by a number of executive committees. The Academic Board is the University’s principal academic authority. Subject to the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the Academic Board has oversight of academic activities.
Arts University Bournemouth is currently divided into the following faculties:
  • Faculty of Media & Performance
  • Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture


Student life:
Students’ Union
All students of the Arts University Bournemouth are automatically a member of the Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union (AUBSU), a registered charity affiliated with the National Union of Students. AUBSU runs over 30 clubs and societies, organises Freshers’ Weeks, volunteering and fundraising events, trains course representatives, and hosts annual general meetings for all students. Each year, elections are held for both sabbatical (President, Vice-President) and all volunteer (e.g. Events Officer, Communications Officer and Equality and Diversity Officer) posts.

Content accurate at the time of compilation. However, details may be subject to change. You should always confirm details with the provider. Student statistics are sourced from HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2016–17 data.


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