Arts, Design and MediaWe blur the boundaries between academia and practice

Our Faculty of Arts, Design and Media includes four Schools and Institutes – the School of Architecture and the Institutes of Creative Arts; Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles; and Media and English – plus the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

Our schools and institutes

About the Faculty

Our internationally renowned arts training provision includes a specialist music conservatoire and drama school, a leading provider of media training, and the UK’s largest regional centre for art, architecture and design education, incorporating Europe’s largest jewellery school.

The best way to truly experience our faculty is to attend one of our open days, where you can explore our campus, meet current students and faculty, and get a feel for the vibrant community that makes up our university.

Inspired Festival 2023

Inspired Festival is a showcase of work from students from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. Work is exhibited across Birmingham city centre at a range of venues as well as on digital and static billboards and across our own University sites.

Charlotte: With my final pieces, I've tailored them to be inclusive for everyone.

Gabrielle: Keep exploring things that challenge you, keep exploring things that make you feel things that sometimes maybe feel uncomfortable.

Gregory: It's really about having the confidence to share your work and get that critical feedback.

Libby: It's exciting to see all my work come together and the end and be able to showcase it.

Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts

We are collaborative and transformative; an Art School for the 21st Century with over 175 years of history. We remain rooted in the vision of our 19th century predecessor, the Birmingham Government School of Design, seeking to transform art and design both in industry and within the cultural fabric of the city itself.

School of Art School of Games, Film and AnimationSchool of Visual Communication

Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles

We bring together two internationally renowned schools, with almost 130 years of heritage. Over four sites, the institute’s cutting-edge workshops and facilities create a dynamic culture for innovation and research.

School of Fashion and Textiles School of Jewellery

Birmingham Institute of Media and English

We produce talent that’s ready to go – critical makers who can contribute from day one. Our diverse range of courses cover everything from English Literature to Music Business and our staff don’t just know the industry, they hail from it.

School of Media
School of English

School of Architecture and Design

Founded in 1908, the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is a creative, diverse, and interdisciplinary community of students, staff and practitioners exploring sustainable and inclusive design with our city, region and beyond. 

School of Architecture and Design

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Our conservatoire is a world-class creative institution providing exceptional training for the musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre professionals of the future.

With limitless collaboration opportunities available, we provide a stimulating learning environment with an international reputation that celebrates diversity. Our courses focus on employability, and aim to help students meet the demands of today’s fast-paced creative industry whilst ensuring they are given the support they need to inspire them to achieve the extraordinary.





University awarded Queen's anniversary prize

Birmingham City University has been named the winner of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its School of Jewellery’s proud history of innovation spanning 130 years.

ADM Archive

The Arts, Design and Media Archive holds twenty-seven different collections covering the fields of art and design, photography, education, music, media, jewellery and fashion, and are free inspirational resources for students and staff.