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Your online study experience

Study anywhere, anytime while you work

Are you looking to advance your career, maximise your creative potential, or turn your passion into a job? Whatever your goals and ambitions are, online learning is a great way to achieve this without putting your life on hold.

Find out what online study involves, how it’ll benefit you, and what it looks like in day-to-day life.

What is online learning?

Online learning, or distance learning, is learning that involves accessing, submitting and receiving what you need via online learning platforms. These are called virtual learning environments (VLEs), which you can access via web browsers.

Online learning has grown increasingly popular since Covid-19 – and for good reason. Wherever you’re based, you can get a degree without pausing your career, relocating, or having to apply for visas and residency. You can study from anywhere, access your resources 24/7, and fit your degree around your commitments.

What are the benefits of online learning?

Study whilst working

Traditional degree courses demand that students fit their lives around their studies. But freeing up entire weekdays and attending in-person lectures doesn’t work for everyone. This is where online study comes in.

Online learning is designed for those who need flexibility. Whether you’re working full-time, looking after family or an international student, you can choose when and how to study your degree.

No visa or relocation costs

With online study, you won’t need to worry about relocation, residency arrangements or visa application processes – they can save you a lot of time, money, and energy, which you can put towards focusing on your studies instead.

Online-first design

By studying online, you save commuting and the costs of in-person learning. But you won’t be glued to a screen and scrolling endlessly through dry reading materials, either. Online degree courses are designed to be flexible, engaging, and suitable for every learning style.

Can’t make it to a live online seminar? Watch the full replay of it at a time that suits you. Looking to fit some study time into your mornings or lunch breaks? You can easily divided up your learning to suit your needs.

Network with international students

Online study is a great way to form solid international networks too. Through online discussion forums and live seminars, you’ll be encouraged to engage with your peers across the globe.

By discussing contemporary topics with other professionals, you’ll develop unique insights and a broader understanding of the industry. Connections can develop into lasting friendships, employment opportunities, and even collaborations.

Unlock new, exciting career options

There’s no doubt that postgraduate study not only broadens your expertise in your chosen field; it also boosts your employment prospects. The latest data published by the UK government shows that 78.3% of postgraduates are in high-skilled employment as of 2022, an increase of 1.1% since 2021.

An MA degree doesn’t just help you unleash your full potential as a creative practitioner. It equips you with in-depth industry and business knowledge, plus the transferable skills required to thrive as a professional. Whether you’re looking to work in an organisation or establish yourself as a freelancer, a degree is your first step to success.

Why learn online with AUB?

140+ years of educational excellence

Since 1883, we’ve upheld our reputation for nurturing creativity with learning that’s supported by engaged, passionate staff and working professionals across the globe.

You’ll be inspired by new perspectives and connections with peers and academics that could lead to exciting collaborations. Throughout your studies, you’ll also get access to presentations from industry professionals with in-depth insights into current industry practice.

As an online student, you’ll never be alone on your creative journey. Our friendly Student Adviser team are available to help you with non-academic enquiries throughout your studies. Whether you need support services, funding advice or wellbeing support, they’re here to help.

A nurturing online community

We take great pride in the community between our online students and tutors. They’ll be your most valuable source of support, so you’ll always be part of a community that propels you forward.

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