Postgraduate Pathway in Art
This pathway leads onto many Master’s degrees at Birmingham City University, including a range of Visual Communication courses (covering the creative disciplines of graphic communication, photography, illustration, and film and animation) which are accredited by Creative Skillset.
Your pathway to Birmingham City University
Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on academic background)
Stage 1:September, January and May
BCUIC Bournville Campus
BCU City Centre Campus
Stage 1: Pre-Masters
Click below for more information on each module
You will develop advanced approaches to art and design techniques through the creative exploration of your ideas within a studio environment.
This module is assessed entirely through the production of a portfolio.
Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study
You will learn how to critically assess arguments and evidence from a range of academic sources, as well as gaining an understanding of effective critical reading at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed via three methods:
- Evaluation of arguments exercise
- Critical evaluation of three texts (700 – 1,000 words each)
- A 3-hour closed book exam
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
During this module you will learn advanced skills in:
- Public speaking
- Writing techniques and language styles
- Creating effective document layouts
- Professional communication and presentation
- Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences
- Working effectively as a team member and as an individual
- Applying research and referencing techniques to formulate reasoned academic opinion so as to avoid plagiarism
You will be assessed via a variety of methods, including:
- A research project – referencing a topic and using a variety of techniques and resources
- An individual presentation and a group presentation
- A 2-hour closed book exam
ICT Skills for Postgraduate Study
You will develop a range of ICT skills for research purposes and postgraduate study – including the presentation of data and using essential tools in Microsoft Word.
You will be assessed in a number of ways:
- A PowerPoint skills assignment
- A practical assignment around Microsoft Word and Excel
- A 30-minute multiple choice quiz on computer software and hardware and the internet
- A 2-hour closed book exam
Research Methods for Postgraduate Study
You will gain an understanding of research methods and methodologies for postgraduate study, as well as learning how to plan and undertake effective research at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed entirely through coursework, which will include a mini-dissertation (2,000 – 3,000 words) and a presentation of its synopsis.
This module will equip you with the advanced skills you need to develop and shape your own creative practice through the production of a final project.
This module is assessed entirely through your portfolio.
*three semesters only
Stage 2: Master's Degree
Birmingham City University Degree Pathways:
Click below for more information on each pathway
MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices*
This course is based in Birmingham School of Art – a Grade I listed Venetian Gothic building with original stained glass windows and mosaic floors. You will be encouraged to work across a broad range of mediums: photography, installation, print, digital media, sculpture, illustration, curatorial practice, textiles, drawing, sound, graphic design, site-specific art, participatory arts or 3D design.
Previous graduates have progressed into many different careers – including graphic design, typography, gallery education, arts administration, event management, photography, and community arts and education.Find out more
MA Arts and Education Practices*
This course is based in Birmingham School of Art – a Grade I listed Venetian Gothic building with original stained glass windows and mosaic floors.
The course has a strong international reputation, with alumni from over 20 countries worldwide. You will also benefit from annual trips run by Birmingham School of Art; recent visits have included Berlin, Florence, Liverpool, London, New York and Venice.Find out more
MA Arts and Project Management*
Specific modules on this course have been designed to address employability, such as: Managing Arts Events and Projects, Small Arts Business Set-Up, and Creative Publishing. Professional exposure has led to former students securing employment with companies including Burberry, Cadbury, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
You will also benefit from the University’s close links with Ikon Gallery, Eastside Projects, The New Art Gallery Walsall, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.Find out more
MA Contemporary Arts China*
This course has been developed with industry partners in China, the UK and the EU – including Guangdong Museum of Art, Tate Liverpool and Birmingham’s own Ikon Gallery. The course is based in Birmingham School of Art – a Grade I listed Venetian Gothic building with original stained glass windows and mosaic floors.
Students have the opportunity to work on live projects run by the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA), which in 2016 included a new collection of crystals for Swarovski.Find out more
MA Fine Art*
This course is based in Birmingham School of Art – a Grade I listed Venetian Gothic building with original stained glass windows and mosaic floors. You will have the opportunity to explore art practice in whatever form it takes – drawing, painting, sculpture, print, photography, installation, lens-based media, performance, participatory or interdisciplinary practice.
Previous graduates have shown work in renowned galleries (such as Tate Modern) and at prestigious events (such as the Venice Biennale).Find out more
MA Innovation and Leadership in Museum Practice*
You will undertake an embedded year-long placement, with the opportunity to learn at England’s largest museum trust – across nine award-winning museums and heritage sites, including six unique listed buildings.
You will also become a member of the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), which is rated 5th in the UK and in the top 20 internationally.Find out more
MA Visual Communication*
This course, accredited by Creative Skillset, will give you the option of specialising in a particular discipline (Photography, Graphic Communication, Illustration, or Film & Animation). Previous graduates having gained employment in roles such as Photography Producer, Graphic Designer and Director of Animation.
The University’s involvement with the visual arts extends to opportunities for students to exhibit in major venues such as Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Ikon Gallery, the Venice Biennale, Hong Kong Design Institute and the Shanghai Biennale.Find out more
MA Visual Communication (Graphic Communication)*
MA Visual Communication (Photography)*
MA Visual Communication (Illustration)*
MA Visual Communication (Film & Animation)*
Birmingham City University is currently going through a period of curriculum transformation which will finish in time for September 2017.This may affect programmes from September 2017 onwards.The aim of this review is to modernise BCU’s programmes and ensure the University reaches its targets of delivering practice-based learning that will deliver high-quality employability skills to our students. This may result in a change in the name or progression options for your chosen degree course. BCU and BCUIC will keep all students updated about these changes, and if you have any further questions, do please contact us.