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Postgraduate Pathway in Art

Why study this pathway programme?
    • MA Visual Communication is interdisciplinary and specialist in its approach, allowing you to tailor your degree according to the particular career you’d like to pursue – whether it’s film and animation, graphics, illustration or photography.
    • Birmingham City University has a strong international outlook – with former graduates now working in Shanghai, Spain, Malaysia, London, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Thailand and Taiwan, to name but a few!
    • Birmingham City School of Art is a Grade I listed Venetian Gothic building located next to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and just a five-minute walk from the Library of Birmingham.
Birmingham City University is #24 in the UK for Art (The Guardian, 2018)

Your pathway to Birmingham City University

Stage 1

Stage 2

Pre-Master's Master's Degree

£12,000 (two-semester)
£17,000 (three-semester)

£12,300

Locations

Duration

Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on academic background)

Intakes

Stage 1:September, January and May

Study Location

Stage 1:
BCUIC, University House

Stage 2:
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

OR School of Art

Stage 1: Pre-Masters

Portfolio Requirements

Modules

Click below for more information on each module

  • Creative Practice*

  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

  • Research Methods for Postgraduate Study

  • Final Project

*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

  • MA Arts and Education Practices

  • MA Fine Art

  • MA Visual Communication

  • MA Visual Communication (Film and Animation)

  • MA Visual Communication (Graphic Communication)

  • MA Visual Communication (Illustration)

  • MA Visual Communication (Photography)

Important:

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

  • Students entering the two-semester Pre-Master’s must produce a portfolio.
  • Students without an academic qualification in Art and Design must submit a portfolio.