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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.

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On 2nd November 15

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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.

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By member1217710
On 2nd November 15

Applying to Arts University Bournemouth

Entry Requirements:

160-175 UCAS Points

Average range for Arts University Bournemouth entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.

TEF Rating

More details of our TEF outcome can be found on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website.


Offer and Acceptance Rates:
Offers:
3,110
÷  
Applications:
5,545
=
Offer rate:
56.09%
Acceptances:
1,095
÷  
Applicants:
5,330
=
Acceptance rate:
20.54%

This is the latest available data, published by UCAS - 25th January 2018. All data is based on UCAS standard definitions.

Arts University Bournemouth Reputation

Arts University Bournemouth is located in South England, Dorset. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 3,315 students are enrolled at Arts University Bournemouth:

- 2,785 of these students come from the UK
- 210 come from other EU countries
- And 320 are students from non-EU countries.

(Source: HESA 2016/17)

The graduate outcomes for Arts University Bournemouth show that six months after leaving university, 98% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving Arts University Bournemouth, is £18,000 a year.

(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)


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How is the university programme of film production, I want to be a movie/tv director is this a good course to take in the uni ?
By member1134010 On 4th October 18
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Is the teaching staff the same on commercial photography?
By member730357 On 14th February 18
Take negative reviews with a pinch of salt - a handful of people who didn't get on with a member of staff doesn't mean that you would have the same experience. You would be best visiting for yourself and speaking to the staff and a wider range of students.
By member926968 On 19th April 18
I would disagree, the handful are those who get along with the course leader, everyone else is either tolerant or drops out. There is favouritism from the get go toward those who already have a good portfolio, those who stand the best chance of giving the uni a good alumni reputation. I know this is not the case on other courses and is the number 1 issue spoken about between students. The course l...
By TeamBlue On 28th July 18
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Hi, I would like feedback in the acting course at ABU any information would be gratefully received, Thank you
By member930315 On 11th February 18
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Hi, my daughter has applied to do Commercial Photography at AUB this year but I've just read a few really bad reviews about the teaching of this course. Has anyone had a positive experience? thank you
By member429537 On 4th January 18
I was a post grad student at Bournemouth not long after it opened in the late 1980's. Unfortunately it does not seem to have changed in that there is a serious problem with the Tutors and total lack of technical and aesthetic skill base. I came to Bournemouth from studying photography at Glasgow which was a totally different universe (high level of technical training, excellent facilities, no BS a...
By member930857 On 13th March 18
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th July 18

The location is great and the facilities are pretty modern, but we lucked out with a bad course leader. The library is one of the best I have ever seen, has a small museum inside, could do with more computer workstations but most people have a laptop anyway, so expect to need one of your own. There is a good stock of equipment and in high demand, so its advisable to think ahead and book out what you need well in advance, you will obviously need your own camera, but you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on extra stuff as you can book out lighting kits, mounts, film cameras etc. By the end of the first term the course leader had pretty much decided who his “gems” were going to be, and those people then get more opportunities like having their work passed on to well known companies to push their projects forward without the rest of the course knowing until it’s already been done. There is a real “them and us” attitude with our course leader, he is pretty patronising.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th February 18

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd September 17

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 14th June 17

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th May 17

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

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 10th April 17

Ok facilities but academic quality is horrible

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th August 16

Great University, excellent teaching guidance and support, fantastic facilities. Lovely welcome and creative environment always lots going on around campus. Definitely a University for the creative and quirky!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd November 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd November 15

Great facilities with a really friendly vibe throughout campus, full on courses giving us outstanding job prospects for the future.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd November 15

Amazing modern facilities, helpful teachers.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd November 15

Amazing campus with friendly staff. The career opportunities are endless and tutors push you to achieve your best

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd November 15

A beautiful looking university filled with excellent facilities and teachers. Whatever course you're on there is always a high level of expertise get a relaxed atmosphere that allows you to feel right at home.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd November 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd November 15

A great university with a sense of community and a modern campus, the grounds are inspiring and great to be surrounded by creativity and artistic students

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 26th October 15

Good Uni, needs to make adjustments for this years higher student population

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th October 15

Lovely chilled vibe. Loving Film Production!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th October 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th October 15

An amazing uni with a brilliant creative atmosphere

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th July 15

I am having a really great time in AUB as a second year graphic design student. I have to say the tutors are being really helpful to improve my design level.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th July 15

Best learning experience! Great opportunity to meet people and collaborate on projects with like-minded people.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

The best specialist university in the country. Period.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Incredibly diverse and collaborative atmosphere due to the university being exclusive to creative subjects. A greatly inspiring place to study.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Can't fault my experience so far!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

An amazing university with many opportunities available.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

A great place with lots of character! All the courses work together to create a happy atmosphere. Such a good place to let your creative side out!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

Arts University Bournemouth provides great opportunity to turn creativity into a successful career.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

An outstanding creative university that offers valuable experience in knowledge. With growth over the next few years it certainly be making an even bigger impact.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

The Arts University Bournemouth is a great place to learn a lot of creative skills and knowledge through the industry, which will guide you in the right direction to your dream career.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

Books in the library are limited , lacks of macs desktop, small building with lots of students. No space to spread out ( fashion student)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th July 15

Fantastic artistic vibe with plenty of tools, rooms, learning facilities and everything else to nuture creativity. Neighbouring Bournemouth University offers more clubs/ pub events.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th July 15

A place that cares more about profit than student.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

The most amazing university. I learn so much everyday. And i dont get tired of it, because im having fun at the same time

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

Incredible place to study animation! Staff and student services are also incredibly kind and supportive!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

I'm a second year architecture student and so far the university is best. And I'm very happy and satisfied with the facilites and the quality of education that we get.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

AUB is amazing. It has nurtured my skills and turned my creativity into a career. Going here was the best decision.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 26th March 15

Acting department is right next to a construction site that's very loud during lessons. And there's hardly any WiFi in acting blocks.

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