Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), an esteemed institution known for its exceptional contribution to the arts and innovation, is now accepting the Oxford English Language Level Test, Oxford ELLT, for university admission. This exciting development not only provides international students with a unique opportunity but also underscores the renowned AUB’s commitment to excellence.
About Arts University Bournemouth
Arts University Bournemouth, founded in 1880 as the Bournemouth Government School of Art, specialises in art, performance, design, and media within the creative industries. As one of the few institutions in the UK, AUB creates a creative environment where staff and students share a deep passion for the arts and design. Students are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and gain practical experience that prepares them for a successful future.
AUB offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Art and Design and Media and Performance. The university collaborates with industries to enhance student employability and provides opportunities for studying abroad. Notable alumni include Simon Beaufoy, the screenwriter of “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours,” Paul Campion, a visual effects artist; and Edgar Wright, director of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and “Hot Fuzz.”
AUB’s Entrepreneurial Excellence
A recent study by Novuna, a prominent financial services company, revealed that AUB is one of the top 25 universities in the UK for entrepreneurship. The study analysed the LinkedIn profiles of almost 10 million current UK entrepreneurs and found that 4.72% of AUB alumni who graduated between 2003 and 2022 have chosen the entrepreneurial path. This impressive achievement places AUB at the 16th spot in the UK, making it one of the leading specialist arts universities outside of London for encouraging entrepreneurial spirit.
AUB’s Head of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, Daniel Cox, believes entrepreneurial thinking requires recognising strengths, identifying opportunities, and being adaptable and resilient. AUB nurtures these qualities in students and alumni. The Innovation Studio, an inclusive space for anyone interested in starting a business, supports AUB’s goal to inspire future entrepreneurs by exploring their core values and sense of purpose.
The Creative Edge
Many AUB alumni have become successful entrepreneurs in various fields, such as fashion, food, and more. For instance, Jim Cregan, the founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, and Twinks Burnett, a prominent fashion stylist and creative director, are among AUB’s successful alumni. AUB encourages an entrepreneurial mindset not only in its on-campus Innovation Studio but also in its courses. Alison Zorraquin, Employability Manager at AUB, stresses the importance of self-employment skills in the creative industries, where 32% of professionals are self-employed, compared to 14% in the broader UK economy. AUB students develop graduate attributes that allow them to adapt and respond effectively to changes, working collaboratively with various courses and industries to produce shows and exhibitions.
Recognition and Growth
AUB has been recognised for its commitment to supporting the growth and regeneration of graduate and local businesses through the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The framework highlights universities’ areas of expertise and emphasises AUB’s role in developing graduate businesses and promoting local growth. According to the KEF’s report, AUB ranked in the top 15% among other specialist arts institutions, cementing its position as a hub for creative entrepreneurship.
Arts University Bournemouth’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurial talent and its collaboration with Oxford ELLT demonstrate its dedication to providing students with global opportunities and preparing them for success in the creative industries.