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10 Reasons To Study With Us

Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the Birmingham City School of Visual Communication.

1. Our History

Our school has a rich history, dating back to 1843, when the Birmingham Government School of Design was founded.  We meet the demands of the economy now, just as we did when founded during the industrial revolution.

2. Live Partnership Programmes

Our School of Visual Communication offers you fantastic opportunities to work with Industry leaders. Previous live projects have included Moonpig, McCann Erickson, The Times Newspaper Group and Cogent Elliot.

3. In-House Agency

We have an in house design agency, allowing students to gain first-hand experience of real-life briefs, set by real clients. You will learn through collaborative study, portfolio production and project work, and will undertake live projects to ensure you regularly engage with industry.

4. Online Portfolio Promotion

Showcase your work on our home-grown and independent talent pool We Grow Cherries, allowing you to showcase your work to potential employees throughout your study, in addition to your final degree show.  

5. Industry Speakers

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication has developed a series of professional public facing lecture programmes entitled ‘Type Talks’. Design luminaries are invited to debate current design issues with eminent practitioners, such as Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook and Adrian Shaughnessy, presenting their work to students and staff.

6. The Chance To Exhibit At Industry Shows

During your time at university you will have the opportunity to exhibit at shows including D&AD New Blood, New Designers, Free Range and Destinations.

7. Second City Location

We are a part of Birmingham’s economic and cultural renaissance. A city with an international reputation that could help you get to wherever your imagination desires. Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham a dynamic, multicultural city – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

8. £150 Free Credit

To welcome all new undergraduate degree students starting in 2018, we’re giving away £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.

9. Earn While You Learn

Our student employment agency, OpportUNIty – Student Jobs on Campus, allows you to apply for paid roles at the University, gaining experience in crucial aspects of job applications and valuable feedback on your work.

10. Enhanced Career Prospects

We offer career support and advice throughout your time with us and for up to five years after you graduate. Our Graduate+ scheme embeds career-related skills into every one of our degree courses, from becoming a course rep to studying abroad.