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Birmingham City University International College Postgraduate Pathway in Art
Birmingham City University International College

Postgraduate Pathway in Art

Birmingham, United Kingdom

2 Semesters


Full time

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GBP 12,800 / per year *


* per year of study


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Why study this pathway programme?

  • The University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media has been placed 151-200 in the world for Art and Design! (QS World University Rankings 2019 by Subject).
  • 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)

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Stage 1: Pre-Masters

Portfolio requirements

You will need to submit a portfolio for an Art and Design programme if:

  • you want to enrol onto a 2-semester art and design programme*
  • you have no academic background in art and design
  • you have a Level 5 qualification (such as an HND or a Dazhuan).

* Providing your academic grades meet our minimum entry requirements.


  • Creative Practice*
  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Research Methods for Postgraduate Study
  • Final Project

*three semesters only

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

  • 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)

Special entry requirements

Students must submit a portfolio if they are entering the two-semester Art and Design programme. Students must also submit a portfolio if they do not have an academic qualification in Art and Design.


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.

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