Postgraduate Pathway in Design
Birmingham City University’s range of Master’s courses in Design cater for those interested in the creative, hands-on aspect of design, and for those wishing to pursue the management side. The courses are delivered across Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and Birmingham City Business School.
Your pathway to Birmingham City University
Stage 1: Two or three semesters (depending on academic background)
Stage 1:September, January and May
BCUIC, University House
The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus
Stage 1: Pre-Masters
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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
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:
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MA Design and Visualisation
- The course is based in the £62 million Parkside Building – part of the University’s City Centre Campus and home to the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.
- You will have the valuable opportunity to engage with live projects for real clients.
- Previous graduates have gone on to use their skills in fields such as interior design, product design, graphic design, TV motion graphics and advertising.
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MA Product and Furniture Design
- This course is based in Birmingham School of Architecture and Design – part of the University’s City Centre Campus and home to print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops.
- The BCUIC campus in Bournville is also fully equipped with industry-standard workshops – having previously been a dedicated arts centre.
- The course will maximise the Arts, Design and Media Faculty’s professional links and access to trade fairs – allowing you to network and develop essential employability skills.
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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.