BCU VisCom animation students in a lesson.
BCU VisCom graphic students at their computers.
BCU VisCom graphic students around a table.
BCU VisCom photography of a girl.

Visual Communication

transforming the futures...
of creative practitioners and celebrating imaginative approaches to visual practice in the creative industries.

Open Days 2016

Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 11 June, 9am -3pm

Visit us and discover just what we have to offer. Learn more about our courses and see our facilities.

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Open Day

Michael Price

Expert help and advice

Our graduates are shaping the world, achieving things they never imagined.

Michael Price gives you his top tips on how to get ahead in Visual Communication - Illustration and succeed in your chosen career.

Michael's Top Tips

Become a creative professional

The School of Visual Communication is a Creative Skillset Centre of Excellence that is dedicated to design and the development of creative talent.

Our degree courses give you the opportunity to develop the skills and aptitudes that you'll need to succeed in today's fast-paced creative industries.

Visual Communication degrees

Our Visual Communication undergraduate degrees cover five main disciplines, allowing our students to specialise while still experiencing the wider spectrum of visual communication subjects:


By studying illustration, you'll learn to meet industry specific challenges while developing an independent creative practice.
Illustration >>


The Photography pathway is designed to help you to develop academically and conceptually as a creative individual.
Photography >>

Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication will enable you to realise your potential as a creative practitioner and a problem-solving designer.
Graphic Communication >>

Film and Animation

The Film and Animation pathway fuses visually-driven creativity with industry standard technical skills to help you realise your potential.
Film and Animation >>

On this course you will develop skills and understanding that encompass spatial, figurative and performance design, while learning the core of Art and Design methodologies.
Theatre Performance and Event Design >>

Our fascinating typography research

Did you know before digital signs and billboards, advertisements were directly hand-painted on the brickwork of buildings? Our PhD student Tracey has been investigating the ghost signs of Birmingham.
The Typographic Hub >>

Our graduates

Dave Travis - Parkside gallery Have you discovered The Parkside Gallery?

One of Birmingham’s best contemporary art and exhibition spaces.

Why not visit the gallery at our Parkside Building from 3 May for 'Is There Anyone Out There?' - an exhibition celebrating the 30th year of The Click Club. It features promoter Dave Travis' personal archive of posters, magazines and ephemera.