The course is primarily vocational and practical, and caters for those with career interests in contemporary fashion styling, visualisation and communications.
- Helps you develop the skills and knowledge required to establish a professonal career in fashion styling.
- Provides a forum to discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of fashion and fashion media in contemporary society.
Why Choose Us?
- We are one of the largest and most experienced providers of fashion education in the world.
- You can undertake studies directly related to your career ambitions.
- The course offers extensive opportunity to network and collaborate with other fashion students, the wider postgraduate community and beyond.
Either a degree in a relevant subject such as fashion design, fashion communication, photography or media practice or equivalent qualifications and experience.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.
|Online application for UK or EU students|
|Sep 2015||MA||Full Time (1 year)|
|Sep 2015||MA||Part Time (2 years)|
|Online application for non-EU students|
|Sep 2015||MA||Full Time (1 year)|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
For more information please contact the School Admissions Office. Tel: 0121 331 5150 / Email FT3DD.email@example.com
On receipt of your application form, your application will be considered and you may be called for interview. After interview, if you are considered suitable for the course you will receive an offer of a place.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2015||FT||1 year||MA||£6,195|
|Sep 2015||PT||2 years||MA||£3,100 per year|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2015||FT||1 year||MA||£11,500|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
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Birmingham City University Loyalty Bursary 2014/15
Birmingham City University is offering a loyalty bursary of up to a maximum of 10 per cent off the published postgraduate and research degree 2014/15 full-time fees. Students entering a part-time option of a course may be offered up to 50 per cent of the equivalent full-time bursary.
- You must have studied and been awarded an undergraduate degree from Birmingham City University. (For example: BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), BEng (Hons), BMus (Hons), BEd (Hons) or an LLB (Hons).)
- You must be progressing without interruption directly from your undergraduate degree to an art and design postgraduate course (Graduate Diplomas are not eligible for this award).
- You must have a Home or EU fee status.
- You must have met all of the course requirements and hold an unconditional offer for the art and design postgraduate course for which you are applying to enter in September 2014.
- The Postgraduate Loyalty Bursary is not available to students entering the MArch and PgDip/MA Landscape Architecture programmes in 2014/15 but is available for the MA Zero Carbon Architecture and Retrofit Design programme.
- If you subsequently withdraw from or interrupt your course you may have to pay back the bursary awarded.
This loyalty bursary will be reviewed each year and can be withdrawn by the faculty at any time.
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design - Dean’s Discretionary Scholarship for Taught Postgraduate and Research Degrees 2014/15
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design is offering an additional discretionary scholarship of up to a maximum of 10 per cent off the published Postgraduate and Research Degree 2014/15 full-time fees of the Faculty, in addition to the existing 10 per cent loyalty bonus offered by the University.
This applies to home, EU and international students but all applicants would normally meet the criteria set out below:
- You must have studied and been awarded a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.
- You must be progressing without interruption directly from your undergraduate degree to a BIAD postgraduate course.
You must be progressing without interruption directly from your postgraduate degree to a BIAD research degree.
The Executive Dean will consider progression with interruption on a case by case basis.
- You must be able to demonstrate exceptional commitment to Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and your subject. This must be supported and evidenced by your Course Director.
- This applies to Home, EU and International students.
- You must have met all of the course requirements and hold an unconditional offer for the BIAD postgraduate course or research degree for which you are applying to enter in September 2014.
- If you subsequently withdraw or interrupt from your course you may have to pay back the bursary awarded.
This scholarship will be reviewed each year and can be withdrawn by the Faculty at any point in time. To find out more about eligibility for the discretionary scholarship either contact us by calling +44 (0)121 331 5803 or email email@example.com.
Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Postgraduate Open Event
Our next Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 22 April 2015 (2-7pm). Registration will open early 2015 but in the meantime, why not sign up to BCYou! and receive email updates about the University.
Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:
- Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
- Meet and chat with our current students
- Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.
93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.
Who is it for?
Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.
Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.
For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
University Approach to Employability
Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.
Read our Employability Statement to find out more.
Potential areas of employment and expertise on exit are:
- Fashion styling
- Visual merchandising
- Image consultancy
- Brand development
- Events management
- Trend analysis and forecasting
The course focuses on your ability to develop a personal creative style, entrepreneurial abilities and a professional approach to fashion styling. Throughout the course you are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion and textiles. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.
Each postgraduate stage takes 15 weeks full-time or 30 weeks part-time. During all stages the majority of your study-time and effort is devoted to practical and creative studies.
During the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) stage emphasis is on your ability to conceive and initiate styling projects, then develop creative strategies for their realisation. You initially write a Personal Programme of Study (PPS) which outlines your study plans and can be interdisciplinary in nature. You then maintain a diary and give a seminar.
The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage focuses on developing your ability to manage short styling projects from conception to realisation. You also write a strategic plan relating to your remaining studies, personal development and career ambitions. You are introduced to a range of research techniques and resources. You can undertake work placement or experience at this time, or external activities related to your PPS.
For your Master’s you will undertake a single major styling project, that reflects your PPS, showcases your abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner. You also write a reflective report that encourages you to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand your practice. Finally you present an exhibition (or equivalent) that reflects your studies and career goals. Your programme will include a mixture of practical projects and written work.
At the end of each stage you will present and explain your practical work. Written reports are required to conform to academic conventions – other documentation can be more creative in format. It is necessary to pass each postgraduate stage before progressing to the next.
- Portfolio: Concepts and Treatments
- Lecture and Seminar Programme
- Research Strategy
- Portfolio: Short Project, Portfolio
- Major Project or Dissertation
Your programme will include a mixture of practical projects and written work. You will develop a portfolio of work that showcases your abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner. At each stage you will also write reflective reports that encourage you to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand your practice and future career choices. You are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
Prospective students from the UK
- Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
- If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK
- Please use the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.
For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (6Mb).