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Arts University Bournemouth
Former names
Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB), Arts Institute at Bournemouth (AIB), Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
Type Public
Established 1880[1]
Budget £4,159,000 (2013-2014)[2]
Chairman Roger Laughton CBE[3]
Vice-Chancellor Stuart Bartholomew CBE[4]
Academic staff
330 (2013-2014)[5]
Administrative staff
135 (2013-2014)[6]
Students 3,240 (2015/16)[7]
Undergraduates 3,150 (2015/16)[7]
Postgraduates 90 (2015/16)[7]
Location Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
50°44′29.2″N 1°53′52.1″W / 50.741444°N 1.897806°W / 50.741444; -1.897806
Campus Wallisdown Campus
Website aub.ac.uk
Arts University Bournemouth logo.png

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%.[8]

History[edit]

Logos of the institution from 1998 to present

The first art school in Bournemouth was the Bournemouth Government School of Art, established in 1880.[1] 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.[9] In 1885 the Bournemouth School of Science and Art moved to 1 Regent's Terrace, in Old Christchurch Road, where it remained until 1890.[10] 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,[11] the majority of its students were transferred to the Bournemouth West School of Science and Art.[12]

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.[13]

In 1964, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art was formed through the merger of Bournemouth Municipal College of Art and Poole College of Art.[citation needed] The name was changed to Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1979.[14] The first new building on the present campus was opened in 1984 and built at a cost of £2.3 million.[15]

In 1998, the name was changed to The Arts Institute at Bournemouth (AIB) and won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for "Education in the film industry".[16] In 2001 the AIB became a higher education institution.[17] The AIB was one of only a few higher education institutions at the time that focused exclusively on creative work in contemporary art, design, media, and performance.[citation needed]

In 2009 the Arts Institute Bournemouth changed its name to the Arts University College at Bournemouth following the acquisition of taught degree awarding powers in 2008.[18]

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.[19]

Bournemouth Film School[edit]

Bournemouth Film School was established in 1963 as part of a Cine pathway within the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design by Reginald Johnson.[20] In 2016 Bournemouth Film School (BFS) celebrated over 50 years of excellence. Arts University Bournemouth is a full member of CILECT.[21] BFS is made up of: BA (Hons) Film Production, MA Film Production, BA (Hons) Animation Production, MA Animation Production and BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production.

Campus[edit]

Centre of campus, the library & MoDiP

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 workspaces, many of which are shared across similar courses.[22] The BA (Hons) Dance course is partly based at Pavilion dance South West.

Notable facilities include:

  • The Library – Over 50,000 books available covering a range of art, design, media, and performance subjects.[23]
  • The Refectory –
  • TheGallery – A gallery open to the public displaying both international touring exhibitions, and work from alumni, staff, and students.[24]
  • MoDiP (Museum of Design and Plastics) – The only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. MoDiP is located inside the AUB library.[25]
  • North Building Extension – A building mainly for photography courses offering flexible teaching spaces, IT suites, and a lecture theatre, which was shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA South West Awards.[26] It was designed by Design Engine Architects Ltd.[27]
  • The CRAB Drawing Studio, an innovative building designed by the Cook-Robotham Architectural Bureau[28] led by Professor Sir Peter Cook, which was shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA South West Awards.[26] It is the first purpose-built drawing studio to open in the UK for 100 years, emphasising natural light and featuring a large circular north-light and a rear clerestory, which provides softer light.[29]
  • The Student Services Building, which also houses the Students’ Union, and facilities management.[30] This building was also shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA South West Awards.[26]

Sustainability and environment[edit]

The university ranked 120 out of 151 in the 2015 The People & Planet Green League table with a total score of 31.1%.[31] The Students’ Union at Arts University Bournemouth and AUB have formed a partnership with the Woodland Trust which will see a tree planted for each new student at AUB. In 2016 Arts University Bournemouth announced its commitment to never invest in fossil fuels.

Organisation and governance[edit]

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.[32]

Arts University Bournemouth is currently divided into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Media & Performance
  • Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

The university also validates courses in various art-related subjects for Bournemouth and Poole College and Cleveland College of Art & Design.[33]

Arts University Bournemouth is a member of GuildHE, one of the two recognised representative bodies for Higher Education in the UK.[34]

Academics[edit]

The university offers Short courses, Summer courses, Foundation, and BA (Hons) degrees. Also MA and Research (MPhil/PhD) postgraduate degrees. The main focus of all courses lies within the areas of art, design, media, and performance.

The institution runs 20 undergraduate and 9 postgraduate programmes organised in two faculties: the Faculty of Art and Design and the Faculty of Media and Performance. These courses are validated for a maximum period of five years and, during the final year, a periodic review is undertaken by a process similar to that for validation with the addition to the panel of up to two student representatives.[35]

Rankings[edit]

Rankings
Complete[36]
(2018, national)
57
Times/Sunday Times[37]
(2018, national)
51
Teaching Excellence Framework[38] Gold

AUB was awarded Gold ("provision is consistently outstanding and of the highest quality found in the UK Higher Education sector") in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, a government assessment of the quality of undergraduate teaching in universities and other higher education providers in England.[39][40]

AUB was named No.1 Creative University in the Which? University 2012 survey.[41] The university was not ranked in 2014 due to the lack of students taking part in the survey.[42]

97.7% of UK domiciled AUB graduates said they are working or studying (or both) in 2010-2011,[43] 96.7% in 2011-2012[43] and 97.5% in 2012-2013.[43] AUB ranked 10th out of 33 in the Guardian's 2015 specialist institutions league table.[44]

In 2016 Arts University Bournemouth was the first university or college of art to receive The Sir Misha Black Award,[45] created in 1999 to honour the exceptional work of a teacher, team, department, or course within or between educational establishments in the UK.

Student life[edit]

Students’ Union[edit]

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.[46] AUBSU runs over 30 clubs and societies,[47] organises Freshers’ Weeks, volunteering and fundraising events, trains course representatives, and hosts annual general meetings for all students.[48] 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.[49]

AUBSU also publishes a free, completely student led magazine called BUMF. It is published termly and includes content from university course programmes, music, poetry, and writing.[50]

The Students’ Union was awarded Gold in the Green Impact Students’ Unions environmental accreditation programme in 2013/2014.[51]

Student housing[edit]

The University maintains three off campus student halls throughout the town, providing for over 450 students overall. Places are allocated with a priority to students living overseas and to students with disabilities/medical conditions.[52] The University hosts two "accommodation days" before the beginning of each academic year, so prospective students can independently form house-sharing groups and view private rented accommodation.[53]

The five main halls of residence are:

  • Bath Road - this town centre accommodation consists of 84 self-contained studios with modern kitchenettes and en-suite shower rooms.
  • Hurn House - town centre hall acquired by AUB with 153 beds for 2017[54]
  • Madeira Road – built in 2014 with 378 beds, located in the town centre of Bournemouth[55]
  • Winton Halls – situated in Winton
  • George Close – situated in a residential area of Ensbury Park

In their second and third years, many students live in nearby suburbs of Bournemouth: typically Winton, Charminster or Boscombe, where they can live in independently owned residences.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

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