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Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is the leading professional arts university dedicated to turning creativity into careers. AUB is based on a single campus where students and staff come together to innovate, collaborate and connect across art, design, media and performance.

On our specialist campus you learn from experts, have access to industry standard equipment and share your passion with like-minded people

Discover more from our Evening & Saturday Short Courses

Whether you’re looking for an evening course or a way to spend a Saturday, nothing beats the satisfaction of mastering a new creative skill or learning more about a subject you love.

Our Short Courses give you the confidence to express your creativity. From practical skills to life or career changing possibilities, our courses in art, design, media and performance will help you explore your potential.

We have over 80 courses in art, design, media and performance subjects that run in the evenings or on Saturdays, so you can fit them round work or family. 

Using all the facilities and support of a leading University, our tutors are leading industry experts and bring a wealth of experience to the classroom.

With so many options, we are certain you will find something to inspire you! 

For more details on our Evening &Saturday course offer please visit our website 

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Popular Courses

This introductory course explains how your camera works and teaches you all the fundamentals you need to know in order to achieve full creative control of your photography. Part of a series of Photography specialist programmes 

This structured series of sessions takes you on a journey as you hone your observation drawing skills of the human form. A popular course that fills fast, book your place early to avoid disappointment.

It’s an exciting time to learn about model making, and our course has built its own enviable reputation in the field. Taught by professional model-makers you will learn mould-making, armature building, working with plastics, sculpting compounds, resin and silicones.

Gain a greater understanding of make-up effects, materials processes and techniques, prosthetic adhesives and more on this often gory course! Latex burns, scars, small prosthetic appendages and real- life casting techniques are taught in the sessions. Check out this fascinating course and book your place soon.

Working with both copper and silver this course will enable you to design and create your own piece of jewellery. You will also investigate the ‘lost wax casting’ process. A popular course that takes you through the basics of jewellery making in our top-notch workshops.



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REVIEWS from the Autumn 2015 term:

“Thank you so much for such a fantastic course. I really appreciate all the help, knowledge and the opportunity to experiment and try things out." Jerry, Introduction to Modelmaking

" I did not know what I wanted to do for my future career, I thought I'd do this course to see if marketing was for me and it turns out it is! I now work for a huge marketing agency, so a big thank you for helping me figure that out." Rebekah, Creative Branding and Marketing - Introduction

“A great course with a fantastic range of leather goods produced by the students. Also a helpful tutor with plenty of expertise” Judy Miles Leathercraft

“I found the course of a very high standard in its delivery of content covered, excellent teaching and support provided by the tutor.” G.Gibbons, Silver Clay Jewellery Workshop

Read more reviews here.

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Bespoke Courses

The Arts University Bournemouth specialises in providing businesses, individuals and groups with a range of professional tailored training options designed, developed and delivered to your specific requirements.

We have many years of experience delivering bespoke training courses to local businesses that require up-skilling with professional development courses.

Get in touch!

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In the day time the Arts University is a compact institution with over 3,000 students based on one campus. It's a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance right into the late evenings and weekends.

The campus is situated on the Bournemouth and Poole border, a hop skip and short bus ride to the beach and both town centres. With easy access to local transport, train and coach stations, the A35, M27 and M3, many of our students travel from near and far to attend our courses.

 Get your skates on and join us!


How to Book

How to Book

 Booking for our next set of evening and Saturday courses:

Full payment must be received to confirm your booking.
Please read our full booking terms and conditions before you enrol.


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All our courses are centrally based on our modern campus. Students have use of top-notch facilities and the latest software and equipment.

The Crab
New for 2016 is the new state-of-the-art dedicated drawing studio designed by the acclaimed architect Sir Peter Cook makes full use of natural lighting.

The Library
The Library has over 50,000 books, covering a huge range of art, design, media and performance subjects.  There are also e-journals,120,000 e-books, over 300 specialist journals and an impressive collection of audio-visual material.

The Gallery
Showcasing work from contemporary national and international artists and designers the gallery is an important cultural hub in the South.

The Printmaking Room
This purpose-built space is home to a fine array of traditional printing presses.

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Student stories

Jerry Whitton attended the ‘Digital Film Making – A Technical Introduction’ short course at AUB and it has opened up some fantastic opportunities for him.

He tells us more.

“I left the BBC 22 years ago after six years working in post-production although my ambition was always to work as a camera operator. Whilst at the BBC I attended many interviews and attachments with cameras but was never successful in getting the job. There were only four TV channels at this time and competition was very fierce. In my final year I reached the last seven from 7,000 applicants and although classed as ‘also suitable’ there were no vacancies. I left the BBC in 1993 to take up a teaching position in Dorset. I have now been teaching for 22 years.

The desire to become a camera operator has never left me, so last year I decided to give it another go, I think it may be called having a mid life crisis!.

I enrolled on the ‘Digital Film Making – A Technical Introduction’ Short Course at AUB and this has provided an excellent ‘springboard’ for me. The course was very comprehensive and very well delivered by Lindsay Moore and gave me the confidence to give my ambitions another go.

Since completing the course, and adding it on my CV, I have been regularly ‘shadowing’ for many Outside Broadcasts including BBC, BT Sport and ITV as a camera assistant. I was also contracted to work as a camera assistant during the recent Rugby World Cup.

The course gave me the confidence and step in the right direction and showed the TV companies that I was serious in my endeavours to get back into the world of television. I now have media accreditation with the Premier League.

I am now taking the short course ‘An Introduction to Model Making’, which again is excellent and is providing a great benefit to me in my role as ‘Design and Technology’ teacher. I cannot rate the course highly enough, superbly delivered by tutor Sarah Fisher, it really is an excellent introduction and allows you to develop your own interests and skills.

The courses have and still are, proving invaluable in my current career and possible future one. I would like to thank the AUB Short Course team for these excellent courses.

Certainly, for a mid-life crisis it’s a much cheaper option than buying a sports car!”

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Contact details

Short Courses

Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH

Telephone: Short Courses +44 1202 363222                                 

For further information please visit our website pages.