Postgraduate Pathway in Fashion
Birmingham City University’s School of Fashion and Textiles is based in the multi-million pound Parkside Building – part of the City Centre Campus. Among the University’s range of fashion-related Master’s degrees, you have the choice between more hands-on design programmes and those focused on promotion.
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 Cosmetics Branding and Promotion*
This course will help you develop a range of practical business, creative and entrepreneurial skills – supported by visits to cosmetics/beauty events and organisations, and valuable insight from interviews with industry professionals.
You will be able to get involved in blogging, social media, website and brand development. You will also be encouraged to take part in debates about the professional, educational, political and cultural implications of beauty and cosmetics in modern societies around the world.Find out more
MA Fashion Design*
This course is based in the £62 million Parkside Building – part of the University’s City Centre Campus – where students have access to a wide range of facilities, including a Gerber fashion CAD suite.
You will gain valuable insight from talks by leading industry practitioners, exploring major issues linked to the world of fashion design. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your work in exhibitions and on catwalks such as London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.Find out more
MA Fashion Promotion*
You will use different research methods to investigate the branding and promotion of fashion through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity and public relations. Ideas and projects can be developed relating to your home country, comparing the European fashion sector with the rest of the world.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in roles such as Creative Director, Sourcing and Production Manager, Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, Senior Product Development Manager, Merchandiser, Operations Manager, and Fashion Editor and Stylist.Find out more
MA Fashion Styling*
This course is based in the University’s dedicated School of Fashion and Textiles – part of the City Centre Campus. You will be given live industry briefs, providing you with professional exposure of the challenges and opportunities within the fashion styling sector.
Upon graduating, you could work in areas such as visual merchandising, image consultancy, brand development, events management, trend analysis and forecasting, or research.Find out more
MA Garment Technology*
This course is based in the University’s dedicated School of Fashion and Textiles – part of the City Centre Campus – home to industry-standard fashion workshops featuring high-power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems. From CAD to couture, you will be able to develop a range of skills to add to your portfolio – as well as the opportunity to collaborate with industry.
The Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles has published internationally, with specific research interests in South Asian fashion.Find out more
MA Textile and Surface Design*
*This course is subject to final approval of the curriculum by BCU via the transforming the curriculum process. See below for more details.
This course allows you to develop your portfolio to a professional standard and potentially develop a range of products on which to found your own business. You will be learning in the University’s dedicated School of Fashion and Textiles – part of the City Centre Campus – home to industry-standard fashion workshops featuring high-power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems.
You will have the opportunity to visit Paris for the world’s premier fabric show, Premier Vision, which offers up the season’s fashion directions 18 months in advance!Find out more
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.