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Be part of a creative community

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To work successfully within the creative industries, the ability to think differently and develop innovative solutions is vital. Nestled on the south coast of England is the coastal resort town of Bournemouth, where you’ll find a specialist arts university, Arts University Bournemouth, (AUB) that has an enviable reputation for developing career-ready graduates and creative trailblazers.

At  AUB, you’ll develop your creative practice, explore new insights and study your specialism in the context of wider culture – giving you a deeper understanding of your subject and a critical approach to your work. When you study at AUB, you’ll have access to the latest digital technologies, workshop and studio facilities to develop your work including the Innovation Studio.

With 4,000 students enrolled from over 60 countries, the creative community of students and staff are well connected at the award-winning and modern 11-acre campus.

Experience the best of both worlds at this unique institution – a beautiful and peaceful campus environment perfect for getting in the zone when deadlines approach, with the bright lights of bustling London a short train journey away. In this home away from home, students can stroll a golden beach, visit a UNESCO world heritage site or delight in some of the world’s most delicious cuisines. 

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Level up with a

Master’s degree from Arts University Bournemouth

AUB has an exciting portfolio of postgraduate courses, including a range of Performance and Film disciplines, all created to develop students’ expertise and boost post-graduation employability. While each course is as specific or discipline-focused as can be, the interdisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to tailor their own creative journey.

Central to AUB’s ethos is developing students’ systematic and critical understanding, but also the application of that knowledge. This is why every postgraduate course at AUB integrates theory and practice into its teaching methods. MA students will be able to work with each other, form a postgraduate network, and tap into the institution’s collaborative opportunities. In the process, they facilitate a wider dialogue revolving around creative industries and professions. 

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MA Historical Costume

Providing a route into careers in performance design and garment construction, this programme supports and develops students and practitioners interested in investigating individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework, whilst developing a critical theoretical context for their work.

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MA Film Practice

Students who choose this programme will be able to shadow experts like artist, curator, writer and lecturer Dr Andrew Vallance, filmmaker, author, and lecturer Jonathan Lewis, and film producer and lecturer Clare Cahill. Course contents are combined to help them develop independent practice, specialist prowess and creative potential within a unique filmmaking culture.

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MA Animation Production

MA Animation Production enables you to develop yourself and your work by focusing on practice, theory and professionalism and the ‘critical dialogue’ between them. The alumni of AUB Animation have gone on to work at Aardman, ILM, Lupus Films, Framestore, Pixar, the Moving Picture Company and many other companies.

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Where tomorrow’s

Art and Design professionals are made

Like the master’s degrees covering Performance and Film disciplines, AUB’s postgraduate qualifications in Art and Design subjects combine unparalleled traditional learning with ground-breaking research to produce stellar arts graduates. Teaching is delivered using the Postgraduate Network Model which means courses have shared lectures — a prime opportunity to share knowledge with students from other courses.

Students have access to a suite of workshops, studios and digital resources, AUB’s campus also has designated spaces to encourage and facilitate discussions and collaborative work. For example, the Innovation Studio — designed by renowned architect Sir Peter Cook — houses a wealth of resources, including AUB's Lab 4 Creative Technologies. In this building, industry-standard equipment for digital fabrication, 3D printing hub, virtual reality, digital textiles and fashion, and a central workshop for activities such as welding are available for student use.

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MA Illustration

After graduating from the MA Illustration programme, Yuna Kim flourished in the picture book industry as a self-proclaimed “fun-loving illustrator and author”. The course that made her welcome a diverse range of design practitioners and celebrates a contemporary expansive notion of Illustration. By choosing it, students join an active and dynamic community of practice, critical discourse and debate.

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MA Design and Innovation

This postgraduate programme heavily relies on AUB’s iconic Innovation Studio for practical learning. It was created to not only help undergraduates progress in their careers but to also cater to those already in practice who are ready to “return to education”. Students address design problems by applying a process of systematically interrogating design practices like using design methods to analyse and comprehend situations or generate alternative solutions.

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MA Graphic Design

Through the MA Graphic Design, students approach all forms of graphic design as “triggers for thinking and feeling”. From a cognitive lens, those who take up this course will realise how metaphors or the framing and blending of ideas can drive communication, all through research and experimentation.

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Hear from the students

“AUB really focuses on cross-course collaboration, either formally during your studies or through side projects. The campus is amazing and course staff are great.”

Caitlyn Keaney, USA
current student in MA Historical Costume

“Being a creative, it’s really important where you live because so much of what your work is about is inspired by your surroundings. Being around colours, light and beauty of the natural areas around here has definitely fed into my work.

Julie Stone, Austin, USA
current student in MA Illustration

“The creative environment here in the UK is great; it fosters a lot of incredible interactions with people and really pushes you to be a better creative.”

“The UK is very welcoming, it embraces lots of people, and AUB’s creative community is really inspiring. There’s lots going on, and lots of people to learn from.”

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An intellectually stimulating arts education awaits at Arts University Bournemouth

An intellectually stimulating arts education awaits at
Arts University Bournemouth

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