Birmingham City University International College

Undergraduate Pathway in Art and Design

Why study this pathway programme?
  • Industry-standard facilities at the historic School of Art include print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops, a specialist arts library and public exhibition space.
  • Benefit from industry links with a range of prestigious institutions including Tate Liverpool, Ikon Gallery, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Birmingham has one of the UK's biggest media and creative arts communities outside of London, with many based in the same district as the campus, so you'll have access to a network of local creative agencies and studios.


Your pathway to Birmingham City University

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Final Year Degree

£15,500 (two-semester)
£19,500 (three-semester)






Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on qualifications upon entry)


Stage 1: September, January and May

Study Location

Stage 1:
BCUIC, University House

Stage 2, 3 and 4:
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

OR School of Art

Student success – Sasqia, from Indonesia

  • Completed three-semester Foundation in Art and Design
  • Graduated from BA (Hons) Graphic Design

“I had fun times at BCUIC. The tutors were very helpful, and I enjoyed getting creative and receiving essential preparation for University. I had no art knowledge at all before coming to BCUIC, and I learnt so much – such a broad spectrum of skills and techniques. My degree was with the School of Visual Communication, but I could use facilities from the other schools too – such as sewing machines from the School of Fashion and Textiles, and laser cutters from the School of Design.”

Stage 1: University Foundation

Portfolio Requirements


Click below for more information on each module

  • Creative Workshop*

  • Critical Thinking*

  • Extended Media Experimentation

  • Information Research, Recording and Responding In Art & Design

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication & Preparation and Progression in Art and Design

  • Knowledge & Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art & Design

  • Mass Communication*

  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design

  • Personal Combined Experimental Studies In Art & Design

* Additional four modules in the three semester programme.

Stage 2: First Year Degree

Stage 3: Second Year Degree

Stage 4: Final Year Degree

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

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  • BA (Hons) Art and Design

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design

  • BA (Hons) Illustration

  • BA (Hons) Photography


All students accessing the 3D workshops, plaster room, glass room, water-jet cutting room and the kiln room will need to wear safety footwear that has toe caps. Such footwear can be purchased from any safety footwear provider – including Sports Direct – and can be as cheap as £12. The shoes should be S1P and comply with EN 20345.

There is no long-term storage facility for personal items in the workshops, so students are advised to bring the safety footwear with them each day they are accessing the workshops.

Special entry requirements

  • Applicants must submit a good portfolio if: they are entering the two-semester programme without a related academic subject; they are entering a three-semester programme. Applicants are also required to have GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at grade C/4 or above.