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Art Business (Level 6 | Top-up) - BA (Hons) *

This one-year full-time/ two-year part-time course embraces entrepreneurialism, curiosity and innovation, providing you with live experiences and opportunities to cultivate a network relevant to your career aspirations. Situated in our historic Grade 1 listed School of Art, based in Margaret Street and within the Colmore Business District, you will enjoy being a part of this vibrant community....

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  • Level Undergraduate
  • Study mode Full Time/Part Time
  • Location Margaret Street
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2022
  • School Birmingham School of Art
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

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Course overview

This one-year full-time/ two-year part-time course embraces entrepreneurialism, curiosity and innovation, providing you with live experiences and opportunities to cultivate a network relevant to your career aspirations.

Situated in our historic Grade 1 listed School of Art, based in Margaret Street and within the Colmore Business District, you will enjoy being a part of this vibrant community.

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with external partners, and explore how to respond to current challenges and emerging opportunities for enterprise in the creative and cultural sector.

What's covered in the course?

The Art Business course provides a combination of theoretical and practical study. You will examine some of the definitions, systems and structures of the creative industries, helping you to identify relevant roles for yourself within an evolving landscape, and considering creative enterprise in its broadest form.

An understanding of the economic and cultural value of the creative industries will be important to provide context and enable you to critically reflect on societal, political and environmental shifts that have implications for the relevant stakeholders. Challenging existing systems and structures is key in order to innovate for the future.

Located in the culturally diverse city of Birmingham in the West Midlands, the curriculum design and experiential learning will reflect your needs and opportunities. Through working on a series of projects and briefs written in consultation with external partners, you will build up a bespoke ‘portfolio’. The course will support you to develop confidence and a repertoire of flexible, responsive, adaptable and transferable skills in creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, leadership and strategy, project management, budgeting, marketing, communication, presentation, independent research, critical and analytical thinking.

Ethical working practices will be at the heart of all modules, exploring relevant considerations around inclusivity, diversity and equality, considering how ‘good’ creative work can benefit the individual, their communities and the planet.

Anticipated progression routes are; museums, galleries, education, socially engaged practices, marketing & PR, exhibitions and events management, front-of-house roles, entrepreneurial activity, arts operation and leadership, curation, auction houses and art journalism.

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham School of Art is celebrating 130 years of art at Margaret Street – its Grade 1 listed building, located in the heart of the Colmore Business District, and in close proximity to the city’s cultural institutions and creative hubs, e.g. Ikon gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Barber Institute and the Jewellery Quarter.
  • You'll instantly become part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media’s 6,000-strong student community, and you will be supported by our highly experienced staff, who all have experience in working in various roles across the creative industries, with a vast array of experience in the sector.
  • Opportunities to take part in work placements, to network, and respond to live projects set by industry professionals, through our unique collaborations.
  • Broad range of guest talks by inspiring figures from the creative industries, for example; museums and galleries, education, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
  • The opportunity to engage with physical and virtual events and conferences to support and inspire your studies.

This course is open to International students.

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Facilities and Staff

Margaret Street exterior

Our Facilities

Birmingham School of Art, an impressive purpose-built Grade 1 listed example of Venetian Gothic architecture, was the first major renovation project undertaken by the university (£5.5m refurbishment).

The building has a range of facilities available including studios, workshops, specialist art and design library, bookable spaces and lecture/seminar rooms.

As a BCU student, you will also have access to the Curzon library, with extensive opening times to facilitate flexible studying around your life.

As well as these facilities, arguably our most valuable resource is the dynamic and vibrant community of staff and students who are all engaged in the creative industries in eclectic and inspiring ways. You will be able to take part in school events and initiate new ones to form and build your personal network.

Our staff

Jane Watts

Jane is an interdisciplinary practitioner, and began her career in textile design. She has since worked as National Craft Advisor for the Women’s Institute in the charity sector, and has 20 years’ experience of teaching in higher education across a range of creative programmes. Alongside running the BA Art Business programme, Jane is also passionate about drawing and making, facilitating interdisciplinary approaches to creative practice and broadening our perceptions of what ‘practice’ might mean, and how ethical and inclusive work can benefit individuals, communities and the planet.

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