Our expertise

When you study for your degree in graphic design with us, you will learn from experts with years of industry experience, as well as dedicated support staff.

You will find that research plays a central role and covers a wide range of interests in art and design. Interaction between staff, students and professional partners brings vitality to a wide range of projects.

All academic staff at the University engage in research and or professional practice.  There is also a substantial and thriving community of postgraduate research students. We have opened up new fields and made significant discoveries in many areas, and have partnered local and national companies to commercialise our research. 

The Typographic Hub was launched in 2011
as a centre for the study of typographic history, theory and practice.


We have exceptional levels of employer involvement with visiting professional supporting lecturers, workshops and seminars, with masterclasses, career advice, mentorship and placement opportunities. 

Our staff will future-proof you through their links with practice in their specialist areas. They are engaged in high profile projects of international recognition, work for national and multinational clients, and engage in the innovative use of cutting edge technology.  Our staff ensure that this experience is fed back to the students so that they are fully aware of the developments in contemporary working practices. 

You will learn from our strategic partnerships that we have built up over the years and are continuing to develop. These involve businesses such as the Library of Birmingham and GRAIN – The Hub of Photography in the West Midlands. We also regularly hold one-off portfolio review days and symposiums. 

Meet our staff

Working with business

The Faculty has an excellent reputation for working with business. We are one of the leading providers of design-related Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) nationally and one of the UK's largest and most important centres for art, architecture and design education.
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Research input

The Visual Communication Research group supports staff specialising in a range of areas. The Visual Communication Research group hosts a number of funded research projects, and has a range of international collaborations.
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