The Arts Institute at Bournemouth


Established in 1883 the Arts Institute at Bournemouth has developed into one of Britain’s leading specialist University sector institutions offering courses in art, design and media.
The Institute is located on the beautiful south coast of England, in the county of Dorset. It is within easy reach of London, with regular coach and train services taking under 2 hours.


The Institute is committed to quality specialist education and is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in many areas including photography, design technologies and new media. Workshops and studios are fully equipped to the latest in industry standards, and all computer equipment is state-of-the-art. The Institute’s single campus consists of a series of purpose-built studios accommodating approximately 1700 students on full-time courses. Each course has an allocated number of places for UK and international students, which helps to ensure that all overseas students integrate with British students as much as possible. All courses have small year groups (the average of which is thirty-seven), ensuring that students have a greater chance of getting the attention and support that they expect and need from professionally qualified tutors. Students come from many countries around the world and there are currently more than 200 overseas students from around fifty countries studying on the whole range of courses at the Institute.

The undergraduate courses are divided into the areas of art, design and media and include:-

BA (Hons) 3D Design
BA (Hons) Animation Production
BA (Hons) Arts and Event Production
BA (Hons) Costume for the screen and stage
BA (Hons) Fashion Studies
BA (Hons) Film Production
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Model making
BA (Hons) Interactive media
BA (Hons) Photography
BA (Hons) Performing Arts

We also have two year Foundation Degrees in

Professional Photography
Interactive Media
Fashion Design
Performing Arts
Interior Architecture
Computer Aided Art and Design

Many students progress to the undergraduate courses from our one-year foundation in art and design or two year National Diploma programmes.

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth prides itself in being able to provide a friendly and supportive environment for all students and especially for those far away from home. In 2002 new on campus halls of residence with 24hour internet access were be made available to first year students.

Bournemouth is an exciting cosmopolitan town with something for everyone. As one of the Britain’s leading seaside resorts there are many theatres and cinemas as well as an excellent range of pubs, clubs and restaurants. There is also a wide variety of water sports available including surfing, jet skiing and windsurfing. The beautiful coastal environment, in combination with the warmer than average climate provides an all year round holiday atmosphere.

For more information on the courses, fees and language requirements please refer to our website on or email the International Office on


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