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I found our Photography course "leader" CT to be arrogant and dismissive with little to offer in terms of motivation or progression. I looked forward to lectures and guest speakers where he was not a part of our working day. You will soon come to understand why particular students are given preference over others. Rather than giving some degree of equal tutoring to all students, they very quickly select a few students to divert their time to, and then claim later down the road that those wonderful alumni achieved after their years at the Arts University Bournemouth. By our 3rd year all mature students had given up on the course, I wish I had too. they only wanted our fees in exchange for very little in return. You're lucky to get half an hour per week of one to one time, whilst spending the majority sitting in a room with a projector waiting for your turn at some point through the day to have your 10 minutes showing your work and getting some group feedback. So very uninspiring.
The university campus is beautiful and the university overall is a very creative collaborative place. The students are the best thing about the university because everyone is so passionate about what they do. The downfall to the university lies in the organisation of the courses. The university is supposedly one of the best places for film however the course is all over the place. There is a lack of communication between student and lecturer. At the beginning of term the timetable was so bad that I would turn up for lectures to find out there was no lecture at all. The equipment for the course is brilliant, however you are not fully trained to use the equipment. Instead you get a quick lesson on how to use things and are expected to know how to work everything that's thrown at you. Some lecturers sometimes patronise and undermine you if you don't know something instead of offering support. I learnt by myself and other students mostly as I couldn't rely on lecturers. AUB looks good onCV
The commercial photography leader is a nasty piece of work, and so boring and robotic it doesn’t give a good impression of the industry in general to the uninformed. I find myself wondering why we are paying so much money to explore the most basic of good practice which anyone would pick up on within a matter of days in an actual commercial environment. I already work part time in private studios and the industry bears no resemblance to what was being taught. The course goes at the pace of the slowest students and much of it is lengthy modules of the most rudimental of theory that you have to wonder why any of my fellow students would not have reached this stage in their education if they did not already know these things. I cant understate how inappropriate this course is for those already having gained real-world experience in the photography industry. Some of the course content is so obscure that it should be moved to the more artistic BA photography course.
Overall a good university with a creative campus and a feeling of community. The counselling and well-being services are incredibly valuable and supportive, would benefit from more funding to prevent long waiting periods. However, I have been left feeling bitterly towards my own experience and course due the nature of the course leader. It frequently felt like there were privileges and favouritism towards students resulting in a completive atmosphere, creating work to please the leader, rather than being encouraged to create the best work for ourselves as individuals. The communication with the course leader was weak and there was a lack of effort support myself despite the fact I had a registered disability. There is a less than personal approach to the projects and during the time of my Final Major Project I received no individual tutorials to discuss my work even though I attended everyday. My final feedback for the year was three unconsidered sentences. Visual Communication.
It's a great environment with good facilities, however it's hit and miss if you get a decent course leader. In our case the photography leader/lecturer was terrible. It's like reverting back to high school as he treats everyone like children. By the time we got to the 3rd year all of the older students had enough of it and were gone. It leaves a bitter taste as we could have applied to anywhere in the country and wound up with a patronising guy who seems more concerned with the perception of the Uni and reminding everyone on a daily basis just how good AUB is. It's a real shame as no other course leaders are like it, we just drew the short straw. I can't recommend the Commercial Photography BA on that basis as it's been an unpleasant experience which several of us have tried our best to deal with the ego, but ultimately we wish we had chosen a London uni instead.
I did the 2D Animation Production course quite a few years back and to be perfectly honest, you'd be better off saving your money and looking else where - They don't teach properly or even provide you with the bare minimum knowledge of programs you'd need for entering the industry and even when they do teach it, they normally show it to you ONCE AND ONLY ONCE and expect you to know there off then. There's really a lot I could say but as I said, better to keep your options open and look outside of the UK even
I couldn't have picked a better place to go to university. The equipment available is exactly what I need to develop my skill and practice. The facilities available is fantastic with a large library, spaces to work, opportunities to meet with teaching staff and support staff always there when in need of extra help.
My experience so far has been negative. Too many students have been let into the foundation studies course, we have been given a new tutor each day meaning that our progress can not be tracked and receiving guidance is difficult, some tutors are sarcastic and vague when giving briefs which in turn produces 'unsatisfactory and disappointing' work. Also needs a student car park, it is easier and cheaper to drive to uni rather than get a bus when it rains, and I cannot be expected to carry around large pieces of work and heavy bags everyday to a university with no lockers or secure student storage space. This university/course needs to start caring about education and their students.
This whole university excels in creativity, diversity, organisation, and quality education. The staff and students alike share a passion for beauty, and express it through events and works of art that are shared with Bournemouth's community and abroad.
teachers of film production have limited expertise in their 'specialist field and what we do learn could have been read in a book or online. Their marking and feedback on work is limited, often with a single sentence of constructive criticism.
Visited once and then refused to go anywhere else. I can't express enough the quality of the course, the teaching and the contact hours. I had absolutely no experience in my course prior to going there, but they really worked with me and invested a lot of time and patience helping me. I would still refuse to go anywhere else.
Location wise it's perfect, the staff are well trained, not one of my friends has said anything bad about this university, and the campus is still growing with new facilities that have been designed by top architects
Such an amazing environment for all creative courses, all students work together and in such a welcoming campus. Staff go above and beyond with a lot of contact time and advice whenever you need it. Due to it being small there's a big creative social scene.
Having been a student in the first year to pay close to 9000 a year, I am a little disappointed with the lack of resources available on my course and the lack of one to one tutoring. My course didn't even provide paper or pencils, and I had a total of 2 tutorials over 2 terms for my final project which is supposed to be the most important project of my academic life. The campus itself is a fantastic place with a very creative buzz and the library is an excellent resource for specialist information regarding your subject. However there are very few clubs and societies run by AUB itself, most of which are related to art. I don't know about anyone else by it would be nice to meet up with students and not talk about art when you are doing art 24/7. AUB students can join the numerous societies provided at the neighbouring university BU so this makes up for it somewhat. The students union isn't particularly prominent on campus, I didn't even know where their office was until the last term.
Tutors are only interested in the progress of their favourite students. There is a lot of unfairness going around and this is never addressed as everyone is constantly trying to impress. You are made to focus on areas of the subject that you don't want and feel forced in to making decisions.
After finishing my first of three years studying at the AUB, I have progressed and improved at an incredible speed. Without the help and support given to me throughout the year, I doubt I would have been as successful anywhere else. I have had incredible opportunities and I have barely begun. I can't wait for my next year, and the outlook for my future seems bright as the AUB has links in the industry and such a fine calibre of students. It sometimes feels like I'm dreaming to be working and learning from such fantastic tutors in such a campus. The workload is huge, but the more you put in, the more you get out. The AUB is definitely the place to be for creative individuals.
Having just finished my first year at AUB I love it and have really felt at home and welcomed in by the staff and friendly students. Our university is specialist in the field of arts and media meaning that we get specific learning for our needs to achieve in the creative industries. Everyone is likeminded and the lecturers are specialists in the arts therefore this is a great university for anyone creative to join.