Arts University College At
Arts University College at Bournemouth (formerly The Arts Institute at Bournemouth)
History: Established in 1883 in Bournemouth and 1913 in Poole, and became a higher education institution in 2001. Achieved taught degree awarding powers in 2008, and changed its name to the Arts University College at Bournemouth in July 2009. One of only a few HEIs that focus exclusively on creative work in contemporary art, design, media and performance.
Address: The campus is at Wallisdown, half way between Bournemouth and Poole.
Ambience: AUCB is situated between Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, on the south coast of England. Dorset is a county of outstanding natural beauty, providing a unique location for creative work. It boasts miles of sandy beaches, the rolling Purbeck Hills, Poole Harbour and opportunity for a wealth of water sports. Bournemouth has a large cosmopolitan student population, and one of the most vibrant club scenes outside London.
Vital statistics: There are around 4,000 full and part-time students, aiming for careers in art, design, media and performance. Full-time students regularly take part in - and win - national and international competitions.
Added value: Courses have an excellent record of employment within their creative profession. Excellent work placement opportunities, live projects, visiting specialists and a graduate show in June which attracts many potential employers. It has achieved centre of excellence status for its work in lens-based media. The Enterprise Pavilion is on site, offering business support and mentoring for start-up ventures within the creative industries.
Easy to get into? Five GCSE passes at grade C or above, as well as two A-level passes and a Foundation Diploma or equivalent are required for most courses. A strong portfolio is vital.
Glittering alumni: Simon Beaufoy, writer of The Full Monty and winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire; Wolfgang Tillmans, Turner Prize Winner 2000; Nick Knight, fashion photographer.
Transport links: London is less than two hours away and is easily reached by regular train and coach services or the motorway. Both Bournemouth and Southampton have international airports.
Who's the boss? Professor Stuart Bartholomew
Teaching: Given 4.2 out of 5 in the 2008 National Student Survey.
Nightlife: Bournemouth is a clubbers favourite, so expect a lively social scene.
Any accommodation? Yes, in halls of residence on campus or in Bournemouth town centre.
Cheap to live there? Self-catering accommodation is priced at around £89 per week (including utility bills), or £85 per week for lodgings
Prospectus: 01202 363 228; www.aucb.ac.uk
UCAS code: B53 (for 2010 entry) A66 (for 2011 entry)
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