THE Arts University Bournemouth has been named as one of the best universities in the UK for creative courses, according to the latest research.

AUB has been crowned the second in the UK for its creative offering by Inkifi after analysing universities and higher education institutions around the UK, to rank them in terms of their suitability for creative students based on a number of factors.

With course options in fashion, performing arts, design and more, there are plenty of options for creative students, the University for the Creative Arts is the top institution for creative courses. Notable alumni include the controversial artist Tracey Emin, fashion designer Karen Millen, and jewellery designer Stephen Webster.

In second place, with notable alumni including critically acclaimed photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, The Arts University Bournemouth scores particularly well for graduate outcomes, with an average graduate salary of £21,000 for those on creative courses.

AUB Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Gough said: “We’re immensely pleased to be recognised as a leading creative university in a recent study looking at universities offering creative courses.

“This top-ranking accolade pays testament to the wonderful work of our staff and students, who continue to excel, create, and thrive through immersive projects, exciting collaborations, and strong interaction with the creative industries.”

He added: “We intend to build further still on our work to deliver the outstanding educational experience we’re recognised for, through world-class facilities like our new Innovation Studio and Campus Halls, and our longstanding commitment to AUB’s creative community, students and graduates.”

Taking third place is The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, known all over the world for its performance and theatre courses. The list of notable alumni is extensive with some of the finest names in British TV and film such as Dame Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier.

Inkifi looked at a number of factors including the number of student enrolments in creative arts and design subjects in 2019/20, taken for the HESA and the average graduate salary of each institution, taken from UCAS.