The Arts University College at Bournemouth (formerly The Arts Institute at Bournemouth) is a university college specialising in art, design and related courses. It is located between Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset and is very close to the sotuh coast of England.
AUCB is one of only fifteen higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design and media. The University College has been providing specialist education for over a century and enjoys a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.
The University College is a compact institution with nearly 3,000 students based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.
Studying at AUCB presents many opportunities to engage with the creative spirit that characterises life at the University College. Students and staff work in partnership on an innovative programme of professional practice and research, with different disciplines encouraged to work together. Our academics are experienced practitioners in the creative industries sector who focus on preparing you for a career within your chosen field.
The creative industries are among Britain’s most successful industries and employability is a key feature of our courses. The University College (as the Arts Institute at Bournemouth) was rated 4th in the UK for graduate employment by the Times Higher Educational Supplement (July 2008).
AUCB places great importance on student involvement and there are many ways to become involved in University College activities, through our system of student representation, and the Students’ Union. Our European Exchange programme can also offer exciting opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.
Whichever course you decide to study, you’ll be part of a vibrant creative community in one of the country’s leading specialist University Colleges.
AUCB has great facilities at industrial standards for all creative students. For example:
For Filmmaking - professional filmmaking equipment such as 16mm film and professional video cameras, two studios, eleven editing suites(including an Avid ‘Nitrus’ suite), a sound recording booth, two ‘Protools’ audio suites and a screening room.
For Acting: it has five custom built spaces in which to work: a movement studio, music/voice studio, sound recording studio, acting studio and a newly refurbished black box theatre.
For Animation: it include: An animation studio that provides each student with an individual workstation and light box and the course has its own computer suite with specialist software.
and so on... Each course has its own built in professional equipment, and it's always catching up with industrial professional standards.
AUCB library is of more than excellent standards. This purpose built library is a state of the art building, the design of which reflects both attention to detail and the use of high quality materials and landscaping. It reflects the core values of a creative community.
The Library has over 45,000 books covering a huge range of art, design and media subjects which you can search on the Library catalogue. Books are organised using Dewey classification which is supplemented by a unique colour and symbol system called Universal Access By Design.
The Library also has over 300 journal and magazine titles. The current copy is displayed according to its subject on the shelves on the ground floor. Each title has a number and backcopies are shelved at this number.
The Library keeps paper copies of the following newspapers for three months: Daily Echo; Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday; Guardian; Independent; Sun; Times and Sunday Times; Telegraph; Times Higher Education
Likewise, the Library has a large collection of audivisual material including: a large collection of feature films, animation, documentaries, practical as well as programmes recorded from the television; and traditional and contemporary music CDs and sound effects CDs are kept behind the Counter
IT and computing
Over the past few years the Students' Union has always sought to make sports, clubs and societies as accessible as possible for students. Enrollment for all AUCB clubs take place during Freshers Fayre where you will also be able to see what sporting opportunities are available over the road at Bournemouth University and in the local area.
Below is a list of weekly activities organised by AUCB that normally commence a week after Freshers week.
Football The AUCB football team has been developing for many years and has proved that art students can play football.
Whether you like 11 a-side training or indoor and outdoor 5 a-side football AUCB have weekly training and league matches for you to get involved with.
Rugby AUCB Students started up a Rugby club about 2 years ago. Since then they have established weekly training sessions at Meyrick Park with Oakmedians Rugby Club and organise matches throughout the year. Participants will also have the opportunity to compete with the Oakmedian teams.
Basketball This is a causal session for all abilities that takes place over at Bournemouth University sports hall. Expect friendly games every week and some more competitive matches through the year.
Badminton The weekly badminton class takes place over at Bournemouth Sports hall every week
Yoga Yoga proves to be one of the most popular type of relaxation and toning exercise. Whether it is to relax, exercise, or meet new people, yoga is great for the mind, body and soul. Anybody with joint or back problems could really benefit from this 1 hour weekly session and boys don't feel left out! This is a mixed class which guys attend.
Life Drawing During the last academic year our class received an accreditation. This basically means that students who attend the life drawing classes can submit a portfolio of work at the end of the 30 sessions and receive a recognised ABC qualification in life drawing.
Likewise, we collaborate with Bournemouth University's own sport societies.
London is less than two hours away and is easily reached by regular train and coach services or via good motorway links. Bournemouth and Southampton both have international airports. There are regular sea crossings to the Continent from Poole and Southampton.
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Bars, pubs and clubs
There are a total of 36 nightclubs in Bournemouth. They offer a selection of 27 different kind of music styles:
Boscombe - The Opera House
East Cliff - Bar Bluu; Empire Club; Fantasy Palace; Old Firestation; Sound Circus; iBar; The Inferno; Bar Vin; O'Neal's
Town Centre - 176; Bar Fruit; Bar Me; The Mary Shelley; Bliss; Camel Bar; DNA; Dusk Till Dawn; Lava Ignite and Disco; For Your Eyes Only; Litten Tree; Spearmint Rhino; The Consortium Bar; The Moon in the Square; The Slug and Lettuce; Toko; Walkabout; Wiggle; Yates's
West Cliff - V; 1812; Bar So; Bumbles; Priva; Coyote Ugly Bar; Aruba; Klute; Mr. Smiths; Sixty Million Postcards; Lounge Bar; The Moon in the Square; Be Bar and Club; Hot Rocks
Triangle (LGBT) - Xchange; Rubyz; The Branksome; Baker's Arms; 2930; Bar Ventana
Bars and Clubs 60 Million Postcards Postcards is one of the most popular bars in Bournemouth for students. Over the years many art students have worked there and played a large part in creating its unique look. With fresh illustration covering most of the walls and graffiti art in the toilettes the interior creates a great platform for new, fresh, contemporary music which there is no shortage of. Expect carefully chosen local DJs and bands as well as big name/breakthrough artists. To keep up to date with whats going on at 60 Mill. or to find out a little more about the place visit www.sixtymillionpostcards.com/
Dusk Till Dawn Located on the Old Christchurch Road in the hub of Bournemouth's night culture, Dusk is very popular club amongst AUCB students. The club offers two floors of alternative Dance Music, powered by FUNKTION 1 Sound System. Dusk till Dawn's underground music policy, quality sound system and opening hours make it an exclusive club for serious music heads on the South Coast. Dusk Till Dawn also offers very competitive prices with drinks prices normally around £2.50 and £1.50 drinks all night on a Thursday. To find out whats on or to enquire about promoting an event visit http://www.dusktilldawnclub.com/
Club 176 Appropriately located at 176 Old Christchurch Road this little club has a lot to offer. 176 has a diversity of nights ranging from Indi, electro, house and techno. With 2 bars and a large smoking terrace out back this club is a popular choice amongst students.
Camel Bar Situated next to 176 on the Old Christchurch Road Camel Bar is a traditional Turkish bar. One of the best features in Camel is the indoor gravel garden with low cushioned seating, which provides a great space for socialising. The middle eastern interior in camel bar along with the sweet fragrance of fruity tobacco creates a fantastic platform for a chilled ambient night. Camel is also well known in Bournemouth for its flavored tobacco or shisha. In Camel there is nothing better than kicking back to the chilled music with some shisha and soaking up the multi-cultural vibe. If you would like more info on Camel Bar check out their website http://www.camelbar.co.uk.
The Gander The Gander is a 120 capacity Bournemouth Town Centre live music venue. The Gander puts on a wide variety of quality gigs to suit all tastes. The venue focuses on quality, original music, aiming to attract bands from all over the UK and rest of the world. Bar prices always offer good value, and students can gain discount to the bar and many events with valid ID. Any bands interested in playing at the venue should contact one of the promoters on their myspace page top friends. http://www.myspace.com/ganderonthegreen
Sound Circus Located just outside of Town Centre, near the Travel Interchange, Sound Circus is a place not to miss for those who enjoy alternative music. Sound Circus hosts a different event each Friday of the month. Usually, an admission fee applies for events. Saturday is primarily an Indie night, with the occasional ska, punk and rock tune thrown in. http://www.myspace.com/soundcircusclub
Bournemouth International Centre www.bic.co.uk/
The BIC hosts most of the biggest tour events in Bournemouth. With performances from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Lee Evans, Kings of Leon, Tom Jones and Jimmy Carr the BIC have tons of exciting music and comedy events every year.
Pavilion Theatre www.bic.co.uk/
The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom is Bournemouth's traditional venue for year round entertainment . Built in the 1920s, it retains its splendour and elegant styling and is Bournemouth's regular home for West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime and Comedy. It also hosts corporate presentations and dinner dances, product launches and small conferences. In particular the Ballroom enables you to hold gala dinners, fashion shows or other activities to compliment a conference or exhibition in the BIC.
The Lighthouse www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/
The Lighthouse, based in Poole town centre, is one of the largest Arts complexes outside of London. It is famous for its wide variety of shows, concerts, films and exhibitions. It also offers a lot of alternative films and plays so check out their website to see what they have on offer.
With two cinemas in Bournemouth town centre, a multiplex cinema at Tower Park and an arts cinema in nearby Poole, you have a great choice of films from big blockbusters to independent and art films.
Clubs and societies
In collaboration with Bournemouth University, who hosts a range of clubs to cater to all students.
Home sweet home. We understand that deciding where to live – and who to live with – is an important part of deciding where to study, and there is lots of help available to make those decisions easier.
If you’re thinking of coming to study at AUCB there are two main types of accommodation to consider – halls of residence, and private rented accommodation. Student Services deals with all accommodation matters, and our Student Advisers are here all year round to answer any queries you may have. For more information please contact Student Services: Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01202 363242 or 363031
UCB has two halls of residence on campus – East and West House, offering a total of 100 en-suite study bedrooms. Each study bedroom (4.12m x 2.80m) is en suite and has:
Shower, toilet and wash hand basin Bed (with storage under), desk, wardrobe, drawers, shelving, chairs A bedding pack comprising 1 duvet, 1 pillow, 1 sheet and 1 pillowcase (if required) IT/TV/FM connection
There is a laundry in each house for the use of all students residing in the halls. The washing machines and tumble dryers are coin-operated and currently cost £1.00 - £2.00 per load.
Each Halls of Residence has a payphone, and each room is allocated a lockable postbox. West House contains three adapted rooms for students with disabilities. The standard voltage in Halls of Residence is 230V.
Kitchens are located on each floor of the buildings. These are equipped with hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer, sink, lockable cupboards and preparation area. Kitchens and communal areas are cleaned, and bins emptied, on a daily basis.
Each Halls of Residence study bedroom provides a broadband connection enabling connection to the Internet and access additional computing services, resources and facilities through the University College’s network.
We have a further 24 en-suite rooms and 4 self-contained flatlets (with their own kitchen facilities) in our Bourne Chambers halls of residence in Bournemouth town centre.
Each en suite room has: Bed, desk, wardrobe, drawers, shelving, chairs Shower, toilet and wash hand basin A bedding pack comprising 1 duvet, 1 pillow, 1 sheet and 1 pillowcase (if required) IT/TV/FM connection
Each flatlet comprises: Bedsitting room, with bed, desk area, wardrobe, drawers, chairs, lamp, bin A bedding pack comprising 1 duvet, 1 pillow, 1 sheet and 1 pillowcase (if required) Small kitchenette area, equipped with hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, sink, cupboard and preparation area. Ensuite shower room with shower, toilet and wash hand basin. IT/TV/FM connection.
There is a communal lounge area on the first, second and third floors, with seating and a breakfast bar.
Kitchens are located on the first, second and third floor of the buildings. These are equipped with hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer, sink, lockable cupboards and preparation area. Kitchens and communal areas are cleaned, and bins emptied, on a daily basis.
Each flatlet / room provides a broadband connection enabling connection to the Internet and additional computing services, resources and facilities through the University College’s network.
All halls of residence are strictly no smoking and parking is available only to those students with mobility difficulties.
Bournemouth has a wealth of accommodation available to rent, and there are always more houses than students, so you will have plenty of choice. AUCB is located between the towns of Bournemouth and Poole, and the most popular areas for student accommodation – Winton and Charminster are well established residential areas within easy cycling distance of the campus. The Uni Linx bus service, together with Yellow Buses and Wilts and Dorset, provide good transport links with local areas.
There are houses of every shape and size available, to suit all tastes and price ranges. Student house shares of 6 or more students are popular, but sometimes it can be easier to form small groups – whatever you prefer, there are flats, houses and bedsits that fit the bill.
Most properties will be let fully furnished, although you will usually need to provide your own bedding, towels and (sometimes) crockery and kitchen utensils. The level of provision will vary from property to property – many now will include broadband access, for example, so do take the time to check out exactly what’s included in the rent. If you intend to bring a car to university with you, you may also want to check on any arrangements for parking – and to check that it is sufficient for you and your housemates.
In addition to properties to rent, there are also a small number of lodgings available each year. This allows you to rent one room in a family home, sharing with the landlord. You may have access to the kitchen to prepare your own meals, or some lodgings may provide meals for a higher weekly rent. If you are under 18 and are interested in lodgings, the University College can arrange for Criminal Records Bureau checks to be undertaken for any adults residing in the property.
Some landlords run private halls of accommodation and will rent one room in a shared building. This option enables you to share with a wide range of students from local universities, colleges and language schools, although as with any halls of residence, you won’t know your housemates until you have moved in.
The AUCB is very proud of all its alumni who have gone on to work in the creative industries. Below is a list of some of our notable Alumni who have achieved great success in their chosen field.
SIMON BEAUFOY Simon is an Oscar-winning screenwriter who studied Film and Television at the AUCB in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Simon penned the scripts for 'The Full Monty', 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' and the multi award-winning Danny Boyle film 'Slumdog Millionnaire'.
NICK LOVE Nick is a producer, director and writer who studied Film at the AUCB in the early 1990s. His film credits include 'The Football Factory', 'Outlaw' and most notably 'The Business'. He has recently released 'The Firm' and is in pre-production with a remake of 'The Sweeney' starring Ray Winstone.
WOLFGANG TILLMANS Wolfgang studied Photography at the AUCB in early 1990s. He is a critically acclaimed photographer who has been published in magazines such as i-d and Vogue and he is the first photographer to win the Turner Prize.
EDGAR WRIGHT Edgar studied at the AUCB in the early 1990s and has achieved huge success as a writer, director and producer. He is most famous for his collaborations with Simon Pegg which include the Channel 4 television series 'Spaced' and films 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz'.
MEL GIEDROYC Mel studied Film in at the AUCB in the early 1990s. She is a prolific actress, television presenter, comedian and writer who is perhaps best known for her comedy collaborations alongside Sue Perkins and as a writer for 'French and Saunders'.
NICK KNIGHT Nick studied Photography at the AUCB in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He has photographed some of the world's most famous people and is a multi award-winning fashion photographer and owner of SHOWstudio.
SARA SUGARMAN Sara studied Film and Television at the AUCB in the 1990s. She is an actor and directing auteur whose directing credits include 'Mad Cows', 'Very Annie Mary' and 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen' starring Lindsay Lohan.
SURI KRISHNAMMA Suri studied Film at the AUCB in the mid 1980s. He has directed several films, including 'A Man of No Importance', 'New Year's Day', and 'Wuthering Heights' as well as several episodes of the BBC drama 'Waking the Dead'. He has won four Film Festival awards and has been nominated for three BAFTAs.
The Bournemouth Screen Academy was launched as a joint venture between the Arts University College at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University Media School in 2006 as a recognised 'Centre of Excellence' in film education and training, one of only seven such institutions in the UK.
Funded by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries, the Academy network is endorsed by the UK film and media industry as providing the best education and skills development for the future workforce at further, higher and postgraduate levels.
Its aim is to ensure that the UK has the most talented and skilled workforce in the world, both now and in the future: it operates summer schools, work placements and master classes among other initiatives in which University College students can participate.
European Exchange Programme
Erasmus is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. The program has exchange agreements with 40 partnered European Universities and specialist institutions. You can study abroad for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one full academic year.
Students, staff and alumni have received many honours and awards. These include the BAFTA Award, BP Portrait Prize, British Fashion Designer of the Year, D&AD Student Award, Fujifilm Award, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Prince Philip Designers Prize, Saatchi Scholarship, Sunday Times Award and the Turner Prize.
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