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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 45th out of 100 universities by Student Crowd.

  • Employability

    According to the Times Higher Education, the Arts University Bournemouth is the number one specialist university for employability in the UK.

  • Fees

    For UK students the fees will remain at £9,250. For international students the fees are £16,950 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 £155 per week to £215 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
The Arts University Bournemouth Students' Union

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.


At the creative conscience awards 2020, 11 students from the Arts University Bournemouth won top awards, and 16 additional students were recognised for their outstanding work. These students are from a range of disciplines such as Graphic Design, Architecture, Visual Communication and Fashion Branding and Communication. The university is very impressed by its students’ achievements.

AFS says

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

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