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The Arts University Bournemouth

The Arts University Bournemouth, is a higher education establishment based in Dorset. It was founded in 1880 as the Bournemouth Government School of Art, and was granted university status in 2012. The university specialises in art, design, media and performance. The university delivers approximately 20 undergraduate courses and approximately 10 postgraduate courses across its faculties of Arts&Design and Media&Performance.

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The Arts University Bournemouth

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the The Arts University Bournemouth.

  • Rankings

    The Arts University Bournemouth is ranked 72nd out of 140 universities by Student Crowd.

  • Employability

    According to the most recent DLHE Survey, 98% of our graduates were employed or in further study within six months of graduating.

  • Fees

    For UK students the fees will remain at £9,250. For international students the fees are £18,950 per year.

  • Bursaries

    Find out more about the scholarships and bursaries available here:


The university offers a range of halls of residence in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth town centre. This accommodation has easy access to bus and other transport link for students to access the university. The accommodation portfolio includes 5 properties, Madeira Road, Bath Road, Skyline, Oxford Point and Campus Halls. Rooms are released in waves across March, May and June. Although there is a lot of accommodation on offer for students, room are not guaranteed. Prices range from £169 per week to £191 depending on contract length and accommodation type. Find out more information here.

Students' Union

The Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union (AUBSU) runs over 30 societies and holds regular events for students. Located in Wallisdown, Poole this is the student hub for the university. AUB Students’ Union regularly publishes a free student led magazine called BUMF, which includes student written content and articles about music and poetry.

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The Arts University Bournemouth Students' Union
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Famous for

The Arts University Bournemouth has many notable alumni, including: Simon Beaufoy, screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire and the Full Monty; Paul Campion, who worked on visual effects on the Clash of the Titan and the X-Men: The Last Stand and Chris Dickens, editor of Slumdog Millionaire.


The Events Management course now holds a prestigious third place ranking in the 2024 subject area tables, in the Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism category. This follows positive rankings for the course earlier this year, when Events Management returned to the Top Five for graduate employability prospects in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2024 league tables. The good news continued into the CUG subject league tables, in which BA (Hons) Events Management hit the Top 10 in the Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies category.

AFS says

"A wonderful town by the coast, there is plenty of scenic accommodation for all students who study here".

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