Why study Product and Furniture Design in Birmingham?

Are you ready to embark on a journey of creativity and innovation in the world of Product and Furniture Design? Birmingham stands as an exceptional destination to nurture your design aspirations, with BCU at the helm of your creative journey.

Designing in the heart of the city 

BCU is in the heart of Birmingham, a city steeped in design heritage and creativity. The institution's central location provides you with unparalleled access to the city's design scene, historical landmarks and cultural treasures, ensuring that inspiration is never too far away. 

Birmingham's design legacy  

Birmingham has a rich history of design and innovation. From the Industrial Revolution that birthed the city's manufacturing prowess to its ongoing commitment to design excellence, Birmingham's legacy is deeply intertwined with the principles of Product and Furniture Design. As a student, you'll be immersed in this legacy, drawing inspiration from the city's iconic past.  Birmingham has many product and furniture shops for you to explore, including independents such as Minima and Kin.     


Minima is an independent company that houses a showroom full of mid-century modern furnishings, modern lighting fixtures, and upscale home decor and accessories. Go and check them out in the Jewellery Quarter, and even grab a coffee at their in-house cafe while you're there!


Located in the charming heart of Edgbaston, Kin is an independent furniture and design store that stocks an assortment of items from renowned Scandinavian design labels. Its bright, aesthetically pleasing store is a great spot for gaining some creative inspiration for your projects.

Creative ecosystem 

Birmingham's creative ecosystem is constantly thriving, and the city celebrates its artists and designers. By studying here, you'll be part of a dynamic community that encourages collaboration and innovation. Whether through exhibitions, workshops, or partnerships with local businesses, there are plenty of opportunities to put your design skills into practice.    

Birmingham also plays host to numerous design events, exhibitions, and trade shows throughout the year. Various vintage and maker markets happen monthly, as well as one off or less frequent events such as SHOUT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.     

It’s also useful to keep an eye on what’s on at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). They host a range of events including The Furniture Show and Grand Designs Live, which could be useful for gaining inspiration or even showcasing your own work.     

Industry Connections 

Birmingham City University has cultivated strong ties with local and international design industries and has great links to other cities via public transport.  

These connections open doors to internships, projects and collaborations that provide invaluable real-world experience. As a student, you'll have the chance to work on projects that can shape your portfolio and your future career. AGA Rangemaster plc worked with students on a design challenge, with the winner going on to secure a placement at the company.    

Cost-Effective Living 

Birmingham's cost of living is relatively affordable compared to some other UK cities, allowing you to focus on your studies without the financial burden. This affordability ensures that your investment in your education is both accessible and practical. The raw materials you’ll use on to build project are also available for purchase on campus, so you don’t need to look much further!    

Cultural Diversity 

The city's diverse population brings a range of perspectives and ideas, enriching your experience studying and living here. Exposure to different cultures and viewpoints can significantly enhance your approach to design, fostering a more inclusive and innovative mindset. 

What should you do next?

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Life in Birmingham

Birmingham is an exciting, ever-growing and diverse city, making student life here a fun experience. Why not explore what's on offer in the city you'll be calling home for the next few years?

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