It has been a roller coaster. I have overall enjoyed the experience though the money can sometimes be a big stress factor as using equipment and publishing costs the students lots of money
The uni does offer a chance to do placement work however the maximum time you get to do this is for a term (9 weeks). Most courses develop lots of transferable skills. Arts uni is very digitally based which is useful for what upcoming jobs will be for in the future.
I like the most that our courses are very practical. It is different to the main uni as it is more like a sixth form or college than a uni as it is pretty much 4/5 days a week and the whole day. this is an aspect I do not like so much
The student union is fantastic. The people in charge are very professional and great listeners, always putting students first.
The university spends lots of money to have great equipment and great lecturers. They are pretty good for having the right facilities for artistic students. However, it does not have a big campus and there is only one regular shop which has a limited selection of foods. As a lower income student I have been awarded £5 per day to buy food however there is no option at the shop to buy a dinner for example due to the limited variety of things available.
It is somewhat close to town however it is quite a walk if you have no mode of transport. There are no large supermarkets too close by however the next town over does have a town. It is around a 10 minute bus ride from the accommodations which is not too bad.
As the arts uni is smaller than the main Bournemouth university, it does have much less to offer in terms of sports and societies. You do have the option to join a select few from the main uni however, these opportunities are not advertised and it takes a lot of effort to get in.
The personal support is ok however, it is something that you have to dig deep to find. I had confided issues in a course leader before who was very dismissive of my problems so I would say the uni could do better with personal support. The tutors however are helpful for work and there is plenty of contact hours to catch up with them.
When speaking to students in the university quite a few have issues with their respective course in one form or another, with specific tutors or units that they didn't enjoy that being said a lot of students also enjoy university as a whole. I would recommend talking to current students about your interests, strengths and weaknesses before applying so you know what to expect from university life here. Get involved with nights out, explore the common rooms and embrace group work I found this really helped me make friends.
There are some workshops for employ ability however they will likely clash with your timetable. Your time table can be anything from 9am till 7pm, which can clash with societies and workshops outside your course.
I like the use of new technology I wouldn't be able to access normally, I disliked how late in the day my lectures were.
As mentioned previously the student union are very active and lovely people.
The university facilities are amazing however trying to use them is difficult in some periods especially during exam season.
The location of the university is lovely. Bournemouth and Poole are full of trees and not far from the sea.
There are lots of societies run through the student union and the reps themselves are lovely friendly people.
When you arrive you are informed there is the well being team, study skills, librarians and one off counselling sessions if needed or referral to outside counselling if needed.
I have really enjoyed my experience here so far. It is a very friendly campus and which offers a lot of opportunities both in the course and outside of it. The tutors make asking them for help very easy which is useful as I normally find it difficult.
There are lots of talks on different forms of employment we could get after uni and they make sure everyone is informed on what they are interested it. They also help you get experience if needed.
most- how I can always ask for help or get advice as soon as I need it, whether face to face or via email least- honestly can't think of anything- maybe more workshops?
The students union is very good and I feel like it represents everyone
very good, don't need anything else!
The university is close to some shops but no where to socialize, lots of accommodation is close by though.
Not many, but the ones they have are very good
There are lots of different forms of support, which I know I could get if needed. I know there is a lot of academic support through student services and tutors And the counselling sounds very helpful to the people who need it
First year has been amazing, second year feels a lot more stressful and less fun but I think there are a lot of factors playing a role for this. However the campus is lovely and there is a lot going on which makes it a nice place to be.
Sadly there are no complementary work placements as a fixed part of my course (which is a shame) but there are a number of workshops held at uni regarding CV writing, freelancing, employability and so on. Every now and then there are also job fairs on campus.
I like that we are free to study at uni or any other place when we don't have group sessions. I wish there was a bit more theoretical stuff taught like in school but considering we are a creative course I also like the freedom we are given in terms of making ourselves learn new skills. I don't like that there is no trimester/semester/etc abroad or a work placement included in the schedule (we are encouraged to do work placements over summer but they are not an integral part to our course).
Our student union is very active on social media so they keep you up to date about upcoming events which they do every now and then. I don't know any details about the facilities though.
I'd say they are quite good, we have computers, updated software, a nice library where we can also request to buy new books related to our studies...
Yes, the university is located between Bournemouth and Poole so both town centres are just about half an hour bus drive away from uni. There are a lot of shops closer as well, in smaller areas like Winton. My accommodation is only 15 minutes walking distance away from uni which is really good.
I am not a member of any society but from what I have heard there are a number of different clubs/societies and we have the unique opportunity to also join clubs/societies from Bournemouth University which is located right next to AUB.
The support I have received from Student Support has been very helpful and most of the times the feedback from my tutors is helpful as well.
THE BEST 3 YEARS OF MY LIFE. MY COURSE AND THE LEADERS, THE STAFF AT AUB ARE ABSOLUTELY SENSATIONAL The course is full of informative, practical and stimulating content. The tutors are very good at networking and promoting work experience so you're pretty much guarantied work when you leave (well unless you're really bad, or lazy)
Tutors are very supportive at building up your network throughout the course. The university has a fantastic carriers page which they update very promptly, they advertise across social media too so it is very easy to access and get updated on the latest information
I like the tutor support the most, they are dedicated and are so supportive. The thing I liked the least was mark scheme as it was difficult sometimes to interpret
Pretty great, for an Arts University they had everything that I needed to enable me to work on the course
not many sports as it was an arts university, societies were pretty well organised and run
i have loved the whole experience and am going to miss it when i leave especially the friendships and teamwork with those in my class. the facilities are great, the collaborations are available for everyone you just have to be willing to go out there and do it, it may seem daunting the first time but once you have done it you will want to do more and more. as the course goes on the relationships between teacher and student grows as does the mutual respect which helps to enjoy your time at the university. The uni will give you just as much as you put in,
my course is very good and implementing real life work ideas into the work that we do
it is very personal, they gove you the freedom to move on with a project but are always around for input
its good they work hard each yer to get there ideas across its a shame they change year to year
yes it is in a good location to my accommodation and to amenities however is quite far from the town centre
not very good at all, they are all student led so can be lack of them and or lack of advertisement etc
very good, the uni is a very friendly place and makes you feel like you could talk to anyone on campus
I have enjoyed my time here. Due to the type of courses offered here at AUB, I meet people who are genuinely interested in their craft and are passionate. There are so many different opportunities to collaborate and develop my skills outside of just my course. I will miss being here.
My entire course is geared towards preparing us for the industry. Our lecturers are all (mostly) industry professionals (current & retired). We have industry level resources and are offered opportunities to meet and network with alumni and professionals in the industry.
I like the way that my course is structured like a real film production house - preparing us for the industry. Due to the size and complexity of the course, often things can feel hectic and unorganised. This can be frustrating.
Excellent - they are very diverse and push for the entire university to be more inclusive. They brought in an initiative that introduced gender-neutral toilets. That's great.
Yes, it is only a 10 minute walk to the main student town & a 15 minute walk to the high street.
The university is lacking, but we have close links to the much larger neighbouring university (BU) and we are encouraged and allowed to join their societies.
Academically - I find myself constantly in touch with lecturors so I feel very much supported. Personally - I felt very supported by the university when I broke my ankle a week before starting 3rd Year. They offered me help and support in a variety of ways (including providing taxi transport to university every day of my recovery).
A small university with not that much going on socially , however, the course is very good and the tutors are very helpful. I feel like my education is worth what I am paying for
There are emails and workshops and fairs. Also are given opportunities for competitions that could lead to employability
very personal but the timetable is restricting
very good library and art facilities however it's not got any sports
its a 15 min bus from halls which is ideal but is a long walk, the uni is out of the way from the town centre and there only a few shops that are very close
they are ok, not that many but you can join the Bournemouth uni ones too
very good, always people to help or email and there is counselling if needed
I have loved my time at uni and have learnt loads and developed not only as a make-up artist but also as a person. I have learnt skills I didn't even know I would be taught
there are emails from the uni with lectures we can sign up to that look at skills like for interviews, and on our our course, they give us a unit to come up with business cards and websites but there isn't lessons on how to do it, its just the time to go out and do those things
we find that a lot of the tutors contradict each other as on an arts uni things can be subjective, and different tutors have different specialisms and sometimes we cant see the tutor that we need to see for the specific thing we are working on. Which can mean we feel sometimes the tutor marking our work may not be able to mark it fairly
they interact well with everyone and are always wanting ideas about how the university could be a better place
pretty good especially on our course we have good work space
there are a large variety of societies and sports
we can book 'surgeries' where we discuss how we are doing at uni in terms of how we feel about everything and how we are doing. As well as tutorial time to discuss the projects and get feedback. There are also counsellors to talk to as well
overall i have found university a lot more enjoyable than i expected, i really enjoy my course and i like my tutors and think they're good at teaching, understanding the students and making lessons interesting. i have made close friends with my flatmates and my peers in my lessons
there are jobs fairs and evening courses for helping with employment
what i like the most about it is the contact hours, there are lots of teachers so you can almost always find someone to help you if you are stuck/ need advice. the thing i don't like about the way the course is taught goes hand in hand with the thing i like the most, because there are quite a lot of teachers we sometimes are told different things by different teachers which leads to confusion
the students union is really good in my opinion for student representation and facilities, there are societies for lots of different groups so i find it to be very inclusive.
for an arts uni i think that the facilities are good
i don't think that the uni campus has a particularly good location, its a 15 minute bus ride away from most of the main halls. it has a shop and and art shop so it is quiet well equipped but i don't think it good for local amenities
for a uni the size of AUB, (small) i think there are quite a lot of options and also because AUB and BU share quite a lot of societies there is more variety
i find the support to be really good for feedback, when i'm stuck talking to my tutors is a big help. i don't have any personal knowledge of counselling but from what i've been told and been informed by uni is that it is good