Surface Design - MA

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£6,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our practical postgraduate surface design course is an ideal choice if you are passionate about developing a career in surface design.

You’ll strengthen your personal creativity, design and style by taking a professional approach to surface design.

You will plan your career and benefit from a series of topical lectures which explore major issues linked to surface design, followed by talks from leading industry practitioners.

What's covered in the course?

Your learning will be focused on studio and workshop practice, featuring personal programmes of study and joint lecture and seminars.

You’ll also enjoy specialist interpretations of art, craft and design supported by our highly experienced course team.

“The MA study experience changed my attitude to my practice. I have developed as a designer and a business woman, particularly assisted by the business links and launch pad opportunities offered by the University and the Midlands’ business development projects.” Sara Page

Why Choose Us?

  • Study with one of the largest and most experienced providers of fashion and textile education in the world
  • Discuss and analyse the professional, commercial and cultural dimensions of surface design
  • Access a wide range of facilities, including digital print and a Gerber fashion CAD suite
  • Network and collaborate with other fashion students, our wider postgraduate community and beyond
  • Enjoy a vast archive of fashion publications dating back to the 1930s
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Postgraduate Open Day

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.

In the meantime, register your details and we'll contact you when more information is available.

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This course is open to International students

School of Fashion and Textiles

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • DEAF (Deaf Education Advocacy & Fellowship

And in jobs such as:

  • Employment Adviser

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Either a good degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £6,500
PT 2 years £3,250 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC
PT 2 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

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.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

Portfolio 1
Lecture and Seminar Programme
Research Strategy
Portfolio 2
Portfolio 3 or Dissertation

You will develop creative and practical skills which are ideally suited to gaining a career in surface design.

Learning through studio and workshop practice, you’ll also benefit from our close connections with manufacturers, and get to experiment with a wide range of materials to create new and innovative products.

Assessment methods

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.

Further study

Our graduates can go on to study for a PhD in related subjects. See our courses.

Trips and visits

We visit exhibitions in London, travel to trade fairs and you will also have the opportunity to arrange your own trips to fashion, retail and cultural events and locations in Europe.

Overseas opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students in 31 European countries to study for part of their degree in another EU country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Enhancing employability skills

You’ll enjoy excellent opportunities for work experience and live industry briefs, giving you practical, professional exposure and an awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the sector.

Our graduates are well prepared for a number of roles, including freelance and designer maker practices, designers, buyers, and industry managers.

Many of our past students have started their own companies and labels.

Placements

Live collaborations, internships and work experience can form part of your projects and studies, and you'll benefit from the networking opportunities this provides.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Career paths of graduates typically are: surface designer; self-employment either as a freelancer or running your own business; university or college lecturer; working in retail; or buying.

International Students

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 international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our course welcomes students from across the world. We have an excellent reputation globally, as well as over 20 years’ experience teaching international students.

Many of our students choose to develop projects directly linked to their home countries and conduct field research around the world.

We are proud of our extensive international graduate community, which has a particular focus in Asia.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Home to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, School of Fashion and Textiles, and School of Visual Communication, the five-floor site is packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social 'collision spaces.'

The campus also provides extensive workshop space, and the very latest in industry-standard equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

You will have access to Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility, and Gypsy, an exoskeleton-based motion capture system to extend the many possibilities for production of 3D animation and films.

There's also a comprehensive range of tools and machinery in the wood and metal workshops.

You can use the latest in high-tech digital print, plus a range of other facilities including:

  • Editing and animation suites with unique equipment
  • Digital Visualisation Hub
  • Traditional print
  • Photographic studio and darkroom
  • High power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems
  • Theatre
  • Fashion workshops
  • Computerised looms and printers
  • Art shop
  • Library
  • Café

We are committed to showcasing the best student concepts and collections in exhibitions and on catwalks that include London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.

Jasbir Kaur

Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles

Jasbir has extensive experience in commercial textile design and magazine production. Her work is published internationally and she has specific research interests in South Asian fashion.

Professor Colin Gale

Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles

Professor Colin Gale is currently Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles. From an initial career start in Fine Art he has traversed virtually all of the art, design and media disciplines. He has research interests in high technology, business, cultural studies and has specialist expertise relating to design and craft in East and South East Asia.

Colin has lectured, published and exhibited internationally. He has undertaken a wide range of duties in academia including Course Directorships, managing Academic Schools and Departments and External Examinerships. He also continues to maintain his art practice and specialises in painting and computer art.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295