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Which Architecture and Design course is right for you?

Choosing the right course can be a difficult decision. To make sure you start off on the right path, we’re taking a look at the different courses available at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, to show you how diverse and exciting this area of study is.

Architecture and Design student

Architecture

Key modules

  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Design Resolution
  • Praxis

If you’re considering a career in architecture, studying here will equip you with everything you need to participate in shaping the future of architectural design. As well as being vocational preparation for practising architecture, this course introduces you to the wider societal influences. With the diverse architecture of Birmingham as your initial inspiration, you’ll focus on the urban environment and look at neighbourhoods, cities, and regional global networks.

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Design for Future Living

Key modules

  • How We Live(d)
  • Technology Transfer
  • Housing and Community

Developed in collaboration with TV architect George Clarke’s Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education (MOBIE), our Design for Future Living course develops innovative design thinking, questioning preconceptions about how society lives now and into the future. Exploring new design methods, advanced technologies and entrepreneurial skills, you’ll critique, challenge and disrupt traditional thinking around the idea of ‘home’ and develop radical alternatives.

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Interior Architecture and Design

Key modules

  • Re-ordering Space
  • Twentieth Century Design Cultures
  • Design Communication

Our Interior Architecture and Design degree is intended to encourage thinking and experimentation around reshaping and designing the interior of existing building elements. You’ll consider forms and shapes before completing the design circle with appropriate lighting, material and furniture application. Your critical response to social, political and environmental concerns will be translated into innovative design solutions.

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Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture with Urban Design

Key modules

  • Components
  • Inspiration
  • Urban Design

As a combination of art, function and natural systems, landscape architects design the world outside. From urban squares, streets and parks, to natural forests, rail and roadways, they integrate solutions to combat global issues like climate change and ecological decline. Accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI), this course gives you the opportunity to work in a design studio culture, which mimics real-world creative practice for landscape architects.

On our Urban Design pathway you’ll explore the unlimited design options that our urban landscapes present through guided exploration of personal design and research processes.

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Product and Furniture Design

Key modules

  • Design Principles and Processes
  • Design Visualisation
  • Materials and the Made Object

Our Product and Furniture Design course focuses on the design and development of creative, contemporary and innovative products and furniture, considering user centred design, social context and commercial understanding. You’ll be encouraged to explore materials, techniques and processes in relation to scales of manufacture, from one-off bespoke design to design for standardised mass production.

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Design Management

Key modules

  • Design Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation
  • Design Project Management and Implementation
  • Design Major Project

Design Management is a one-year top-up course welcoming students who wish to develop both strategic design and professional skills during their final year. You’ll research the role of design and use design thinking to identify creative strategies and develop innovation. The course investigates themes of design sustainability, digital technology and human-centred design, and allows you to develop project management, problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Foundation Year

Key modules

  • Design Disciplines
  • Communications Skills
  • Place and Space and Objects

Our foundation year is about ideas, concepts and creativity, integrating various disciplines. This additional year has been designed to give you the skills needed to develop your personal style. You’ll work with students on different courses from the School, giving you the opportunity to experience a dynamic learning environment that embraces our ethos of exploring design through the scales.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Architecture and Design.

Architecture and Design Courses

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