Our facilities and campus

We're based at the state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, a new development on our City Centre Campus within Eastside.

It's also home to the School of Fashion and Textiles, and the School of Visual Communication. 

The new building has added an extra dimension to the School. Our campus has extensive studio and workshop provision and cutting-edge equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer. The building has been designed to actively promote shared space opportunities, for students to engage with others across the University as part of the learning experience.

We have our very own digi.lab, which is used for prototyping and as a learning resource. Here, you can experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting, preparing you to work on our range of larger machines. You will work in a home studio base five days a week, and also enjoy the opportunity to share others’ facilities and space when necessary. 

At the School, we have placed a large emphasis on digital presentation. We currently have nine plasma screens for such uses, and try to keep our facilities as paper-free as possible. 

In many cases, our main studio and workspace is the city of Birmingham. We give our students the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects involving the transformation of the city. These include working on-site at the £600 million re-development of New Street Station, and also work on our neighbouring Curzon Building, which forms Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development. 

We also have the use of several off-campus workshop spaces. This includes Nest Gallery based within Glenn Howells Architects, and located a short walk away on Bradford Street in Digbeth. As a third year or MArch student, you will have dedicated and more informal breakout working space. MArch students also have the option of using designated architects’ practices for themselves.