The Arts Institute at Bournemouth

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The Arts Institute at Bournemouth

The Arts University College at Bournemouth (formerly known as The Arts Institute at Bournemouth) has been offering specialist education for over a century and has a strong reputation both nationally and internationally for providing the creative industries with practitioners of the future. Bournemouth’s reputation reaches across the world with former students working internationally and winning the very highest accolades in film and media including BAFTAs, Oscars, Emmys and RTS Awards. The university has gained a particular reputation in lens-based media and is now recognised as one of the best film schools in Europe, as well as being a Skillset Centre of Excellence.

All 3000 students are based within one campus which is a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance. The University College is located in Poole, next to Bournemouth University and Wallisdown.

The University College has courses in the areas of Graphic Design and Film Production, as well as Modelmaking, Illustration, Photography, Costume with Performance Design, Fashion, Textiles, Arts and Event Management, Animation Production, Acting, Digital Media Production, Visual Communication, Fine Art, Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design.


In 1964, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art was formed through the merger of Bournemouth Municipal College of Art and Poole College of Art. The name was changed to Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in 1980, and the first new building on the present campus was opened in 1984, built at a cost of £2.3 million.

In 1998, the name was changed to The Arts Institute at Bournemouth (AIB) and, in 2001, AIB became a higher education institution. The name change to The Arts University College at Bournemouth in 2009 followed the acquisition of taught degree awarding powers in 2008.

Preparation for Higher Education Courses
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design / Media
  • Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Diploma in Photography
Honours Degree Courses (BA(Hons))
  • Acting
  • Animation Production
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Event Management
  • Commercial Photography
  • Costume with Performance Design
  • Digital Media Production
  • Fashion Design and Technology
  • Fashion Studies
  • Film Production
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Make-Up for Media and Performance
  • Modelmaking
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Visual Communication
Postgraduate Courses (MA)
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Costume
  • Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Interactive Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Illustration
  • M.Arch
  • MPhil/PhD
Other Courses
  • Short Courses
  • Specialist Summer Courses
  • Study Abroad (non UK students)
  • Saturday Art School
Notable Alumni
  • Simon Beaufoy, screenwriter of Slumdog Millionnaire, 127 Hours and The Full Monty
  • Wolfgang Tillmans, critically acclaimed photographer, Turner Prize Winner
  • Nick Knight, renowned fashion photographer
  • Nick Love, writer/director/producer of The Football Factory, Outlaw and The Business
  • Edgar Wright, writer/director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead
  • Sara Sugarman, director of Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Oliver Irving, writer/director of How to Be
  • Suri Krishnamma, director of A Man of No Importance
  • Mark Blaney, producer of Africa United

Building Activity

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