Art facilities and campus
The School of Art’s inspiring Victorian design features original stained glass windows, mosaic floors, and hand-carved bannisters, alongside contemporary architecture, glass lifts and the latest specialist student workspaces.
Located next to the city centre’s Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the School is just a five-minute walk from the new Library of Birmingham and Ikon Gallery.
Students benefit from an environment which thrives on the everyday interaction of education, culture and professional practise. A new student-led social space, designed by School of Art students, is a great place to relax, grab a coffee, and catch up with friends.
Have you discovered the Parkside Gallery?
Our students and staff get to indulge their love of the arts every day with one of Birmingham’s best contemporary art and design exhibition spaces on their doorstep.
The Parkside Gallery, housed in the entrance of the University’s Parkside Building, showcases the work of both emerging talent and established artists and designers – with free admission to every exhibition.
In the past 12 months the Gallery, which is open to the public, has played host to the work of Ian Emes – who created animated films for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon and our very own Graduate Shows.
Our studio spaces make excellent use of height and light, and a special screening system allows each full-time student a dedicated area to work in throughout their course.
Workshops include one-to-one technical support and operate throughout the building, allowing you to develop ideas and skills working with print, wood, metal, plaster, photography, video, textiles, 3D printing, laser cutting and prototyping.
The School of Art library contains a wealth of artists’ biographies, catalogues, art and design magazines and DVDs, all of which are updated throughout the year. The library is also linked to others across the University so you can order any additional materials you might need.
There are purpose-built spaces throughout the building to present your work, including areas for cabinet, wall and floor pieces, and installation project rooms.
You will also be able to use facilities at our nearby Parkside Building, a new five-floor campus site packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social ‘collision spaces’ where you can share ideas with students and staff from different courses.