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Birmingham City University International College Undergraduate Pathway in Art and Design
Birmingham City University International College

Undergraduate Pathway in Art and Design

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 features nine dedicated schools, including the historic Birmingham School of Art.
  • Birmingham School of Art boasts links with a range of prestigious institutions including Tate Liverpool, Ikon Gallery, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • The International Project Space offers the opportunity to exhibit your work to external audiences, giving you valuable professional exposure.
Birmingham City University is #24 in the UK for Art (The Guardian, 2018)

Workshops for art students at Birmingham City University's Margaret Street from Navitas on Vimeo.

Stage 1: University Foundation

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 Workshop*
  • Critical Thinking*
  • Extended Media Experimentation
  • Information Research, Recording and Responding In Art & Design
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication & Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
  • Knowledge & Understanding Of Creative Practice In Art & Design
  • Mass Communication*
  • Media Experimentation in Art and Design
  • Personal Combined Experimental Studies In Art & Design

* Additional four modules in the three-semester programme.

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways

  • BA (Hons) Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Communication
  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) 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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