About us

When you enrol on a graphic design course with us, you will be studying at the biggest producer of creative professionals outside London. 

The School of Visual Communication has a truly international reputation, with partners in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China and India. 

82.9% of graduates who responded
to our alumni survey went into either employment and/or further study.


Our BA (Hons) Visual Communication, Illustration, Photography and Graphic Communication degrees, have all achieved Skillset status, whereas our BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance and Event Design is a member of the Association of Courses in Theatre Design. 

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BA (Hons), PgCert, PgDip, MA and Research Degrees. 

You will be based in our £57 million City Centre Campus Parkside Building, a creative learning environment to rival any studio in the country. We are located at the centre of Birmingham’s Eastside district, an evolving and exciting hub for creative and digital industries. 

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We are renowned as a centre for design innovation, industry engagement and research. Our students have won a range of prestigious national and international competitions, including the Royal Television Awards, Macmillan Children’s Book Awards, and Direct Marketing Awards. 

You will enjoy engagement with many of our industry partnerships. These include The Association of Illustrators, McCann Erickson, Flatpack Festival and Live Nation. We also have exceptional levels of employer involvement, including masterclasses, career advice and placement opportunities. 

Facilities and campus

Expand your knowledge in our new £57 million building.
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Our city

Study at the centre of an evolving and exciting hub for creative and digital industry.
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BCU Visual communication history

Our History

We can trace our art provision back to the 19th Century.
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What our students say

A great training ground to develop the skills to transfer into a creative career.
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Our expertise

Our students learn from experts with years of industry experience.
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Creativity and culture

We produce more graduate talent in the area of culture than anywhere outside London.
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