In a bid to match the ‘creative disruption’ of its students, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has exclusively built, engineered and launched its new 2022 prospectus on Instagram.
The new world first, which was developed in collaboration with leading design agency Bond & Coyne, has seen the specialist arts university build and host their 2022 prospectus entirely over Instagram; an environment where it says its audience is already crafting, creating and curating the artistic heritage of the future.
Internationally recognised for its state-of-the-art specialist digital and creative facilities and graduate programmes, AUB is home to the UK’s first purpose-built arts school Drawing Studio for more than a century, and Bournemouth Film School, which fuses a raft of big screen and cinematic specialisms into an industry-renowned filmmaking institution.
AUB’s concept has been underpinned by research demonstrating an increase in school-leavers using social media, particularly Instagram, to identify university choice. Reports by education research group EAB in 2017 and 2019 highlighted Instagram’s growth in popularity, as well as a decline in the use of competitor platforms Facebook and Twitter.
AUB’s new prospectus creates a real-time conversation with an audience, offering an opportunity, for the first time ever, to discover and understand what content inspires one of Europe’s most thriving digital and creative environments.
The entirely-digital platform presents the university a unique opportunity to host multimedia and live content. No longer limited by the restrictions of print media, course detail is dynamic and easily navigable, immediately immersing prospective students among the university’s creative narrative, or out to their website.
Head of Student Recruitment and Marketing, Simon Pride, said: “In the highly competitive and increasingly global HE environment, innovation and disruption are key to standing out. Particularly if you are a small creative specialist university like AUB, vying for the attention of one of the most marketing literate/marketing cynical audiences there is to communicate with – young creatives.
“For us, an important part of standing out was to avoid the “broadcast” nature of many university marketing campaigns. We wanted to take a step towards our audience and open a conversation with them through their own media – their own world. Our students use Instagram to stage their most creative and disruptive work, so why shouldn’t we?”
“Working across a network of inter-connected accounts we’ve created an AUB brand experience that is richer in content than any printed prospectus could ever be. A ‘hero’ social media account gives an overview of AUB and signposts 28 individual social media accounts for every course or level of study.”
He added: “AUB’s Instagram prospectus can host live events. It can start a conversation. It can be updated throughout the year, as and when information changes or exciting events happen that we wish to share. Content can be shared immediately with friends and family, not to mention a monthly live Instagram community of more than 1billion users.
“Ultimately, our aim was to create a communication project that lived up to the values we strive to instil in our students – to be bold and innovative in their practice. And with the help of some super-talented AUB alumni, we think we’ve done that.”
AUB’s digital prospectus is among a range of new online and digital content the university is using to showcase its collaborative approach to creative arts education; using student and staff work to demonstrate the quality of its arts practice. The digital-first approach also helps them reduce their impact on the environment.
With a new website launched in June 2020, the university is also launching AUB:360, a new virtual campus experience and interactive glimpse of AUB’s specialist facilities, designed by the university’s In-House Digital Designer and Photographer.
Founded as a specialist art and design institution more than 100 years ago, AUB’s notable alumni include Harry Potter and Star Wars Creature Designer Nick Dudman, Film Director Edgar Wright, Fashion Photographer Nick Knight and Architect Professor Sir Peter Cook.
The TEF Gold university has won two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and is the UK’s top specialist art and design university, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
To view AUB’s digital prospectus, visit: @aub_prospectus
Arts University Bournemouth was first established in 1885 as a specialist art institution, and is now a leading University, offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. Arts University Bournemouth is a top 50 UK university according to The Complete University Guide 2021 and is the UK’s top specialist art & design university in the UK, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, which ranks AUB in the top 5 UK universities for Teaching Quality and Student Experience. Arts University Bournemouth is currently the UK’s number one specialist university for employability, according to The Times Higher Education’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Metrics ranking.* 93.5% of Arts University Bournemouth graduates are in work or further study after completion of their studies at undergraduate level.** AUB is a top 20 UK university for overall student satisfaction, with Dance, Visual Effects, Creative Writing and Dance courses all 100% for student satisfaction.*** Bournemouth is an established visual effects and animation hub and one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe, whose digital sector supports more than 7,500 digital tech jobs and contributes over £340million to the UK economy.****
* The 2017 TEF Metrics ranking compiled by Times Higher Education. ** Graduate Outcomes Survey, conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ***According to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. **** 2018 Tech Nation Report