Birmingham School of Art

Birmingham School of Art uses knowledge and creativity to drive transformation; for our School, moving forwards is everything.

Being a student at Birmingham School of Art you will join a community of learners who are all creative thinkers and makers. This community is something at the heart of the School and which exists both within and outside of the individual courses through Night School, Film Club, Knitting Club, the Angry Margaret Protest Choir and the public programme of events which are organised by staff and students.

Our students and staff have access to the vast range of resources and opportunities that being part of Birmingham City University offers, from Student Union societies and clubs, to careers fairs and employability workshops.

Foundation courses

Our Foundation Years offer you an additional year of study to ensure successful progression to your chosen degree.

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Undergraduate courses

Find out about our range of undergraduate courses, including Fine Art and Art and Design.

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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at our postgraduate options at the School of Art.  

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Madeleine Washbrook: I think it's always kind of been something that I've been encouraged to pursue. I've always been really creative, like when I was about three. I drew all over my house. I took crayons and I just always wanted to make things and draw.

Andrew Gillespie: I mean, art is just central to society. You can't imagine a world without it. It's central to the kind of fabric of Birmingham as well.

Hannah Quill: When I was beginning this course, I didn't think like anything would go further than just doing my course. And I think doing this course at the School of Art is definitely helped with my career and sort of opportunities that have been offered to me.

Andrew Gillespie: As fine arts graduating students making their work public, installing it in a range of contexts, activating sites and audiences is really important. So having the opportunity to present their work on billboards in and around the city to reach out to new people is fantastic, really.

Hannah Quill: And having that experience an opportunity to present my work on this kind of electronic screen was amazing.

Madeleine Washbrook: I think it's made me feel more certain of how I can achieve being an artist and who I need to talk to.

Hannah Quill: So I think the university is definitely provided with more kind of external creative opportunities.

Andrew Gillespie: You know, they've leapt at the chance to present their work in different contexts and use the inspired festival as an opportunity to catch up on that part of their practice.

Madeleine Washbrook: But the course itself, it's kind of made me rethink about how I approach art.

About us

Get to know the facilities at our Birmingham School of Art’s Margaret Street campus. From industry-standard machinery in metal, wood and print, to our studio spaces and media suite, everything you need will be at your fingertips from day one.

To check out the facilities for yourself, book your place onto an Open Day.

Open Days

The best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person at one of our Open Days.

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Our blog

Check out our blog where we share the latest exhibitions, work and events from the School.

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Working in Industry

We work with stakeholders, businesses and artists across Birmingham to enhance student experience and employability.

Industry case studies

Our facilities

Take a look around some of the facilities, studios and workshops that you’ll have access to.

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Our staff

Our staff at the School of Art are practising artists, designers and writers.

Our staff

Birmingham's Art Scene

The city boasts numerous independent and high-profile galleries that you’d be able to interact, exhibit and build relationships with.

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Preparing yourportfolio

To support your application you will be asked to submit, or bring in, a portfolio. We've put together a range of useful tips and guidance to help you build one.

Portfolio tips