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Acting - PGDip / MA

Course handbook

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Induction date

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Start time

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Location

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Course Leader

Lise Olson
lise.olson@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Acting MA! I look forward to meeting with all of you and working with you throughout the year. This three-day induction is jam packed with information and activities, the culmination is attending a ‘virtual’ MA FEST on Thursday and Friday afternoons and seeing solo shows from last years’ cohort of MA actors.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

Essential male and female clothing:

Minimum of 3 sets of black clothing: 

  • Long & short sleeved black tops that are suitable for movement (t-shirts or jumpers)
  • Black tracksuit trousers
  • Close fitting lycra /sports-wear or leotards, footless tights or leggings
  • Pair of trainers (to be worn in stage combat/body conditioning classes)
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Face coverings/masks (of any kind or colour) and antibacterial gel to sanitise hands
  • Personal Yoga mat

Optional male & female: 

  • Large sports bag

Additional essential female clothing:

  • Practice skirt (Full-length circular wrap-over skirt to floor level (to be made from any dark rich, plain coloured material, preferably heavy wool or similar - please see pattern on next page).
  • White long sleeved blouse/shirt
  • Pair of black shoes with leather ankle bar (often called character shoes)

Additional essential male clothing:

  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Formal, waisted, black trousers (NOT hipsters)
  • Pair of formal gentleman’s black shoes (hard soled NOT rubber)
  • Compulsory: Dance belt or jock strap - must be worn in all movement sessions.
  • Waistcoat - desirable but not essential
  • Suit jacket preferably black but grey/blue is fine.

***if men do not have essential items there are many charity shops in Birmingham where you can purchase them (however, the practice skirt will not be available as it’s so specific)

Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Professional Voice Practice - PgDip, MA, MFA

Course handbook

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Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Alex Taylor
alex.taylor@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MA or MFA Professional Voice Practice course. I look forward to meeting with all of you and working with you throughout the next one or two years. Your induction is packed with information and activities designed to introduce you to your course and to prepare the way for studies at Masters level.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

In the current circumstances, you will need to ensure that you bring with you:

    • face masks or coverings
    • hand sanitising gel

You are likely to undertake floor work of various kinds (for instance, somatic movement practice such as Feldenkrais or Yoga, or release work and breathing in Voice) and you may wish to provide your own yoga mat. (Or you can work on the floor without the aid of a mat.)

Clothing

As we are an Acting school you will find yourself surrounded by Acting students when you arrive and they will frequently be wearing all black outfits, which is a requirement of their study. We don’t ask you to acquire black clothing, but you will need to wear clothes that you are comfortable in and can move freely in for classes. You will need a pair of flat work shoes that have not been worn outside – you are not allowed to wear outdoor shoes in studios – or you need to be happy to work in bare feet. You may spend quite a lot of time undertaking floor work, so you need to be happy and comfortable, and suitably dressed for, lying on the floor. You will also have some Movement classes and will need to be suitably dressed, in loose, comfortable clothing, for these.

Reading list

There is a lengthy reading list for every module. Don’t worry – none of these books is required reading, though the key texts are highly recommended reading. You do not need to buy any of the recommended books as they are all available in the university library. However, you may wish to acquire some of the standard texts for yourself as library stock is not always readily available.

The main book used for Practical Voice is the 2006 edition of Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater. We advise you to obtain a copy, but it is better NOT to read it before you have had the experience of the work in the way that it is meant to be transmitted i.e. face to face! Chapters will be assigned for reading after each Practical Voice class in Terms 1 and 2 of the course.

Placement

Bear in mind that you undertake a Placement in the final term of the year (or the first year if you are opting for the MFA). You need to ensure that you have funds (travelling expenses, mainly, but there may be associated accommodation costs, too) to facilitate your Placement, and you need to budget for this from the outset. There may also be theatre visits of one kind or another during the course for which you may also need some additional funding.

Voice Theory

This year, as it is almost certain that some delivery will be online, you need to ensure that you have the following equipment at home for your Voice Theory classes. (Module ACT7115.)

Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Acting - MFA

Course handbook

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Induction date

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Start time

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Location

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Course Leader

Alex Taylor
alex.taylor@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the MFA in Acting! I look forward to meeting with all of you and working with you throughout the next two years. This three day induction is jam packed with information and activities.

In your Induction week there will be what is called a Diagnostic – an opportunity to show your work to your tutors as well as to your fellow cohort members, run very much like an audition. You should see this as a celebration of your work: you’re definitely NOT auditioning as we’ve already seen your work and we’ve offered you a place on the programme. We will need you to present either a classical or contemporary monologue (the choice is yours) and a song, so think about the material you would like to share that celebrates your talent and select the sheet music for your song. We’ll provide a pianist and a small amount of rehearsal time in preparation.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

Essential male and female clothing:

In the current circumstances, you will need to ensure that you bring with you:

    • face masks or coverings
    • hand sanitising gel

You are likely to undertake floor work of various kinds (for instance, somatic movement practice such as Feldenkrais or Yoga, or release work and breathing in Voice) and you may wish to provide your own yoga mat. (Or you can work on the floor without the aid of a mat.)

Minimum of 3 sets of black clothing: 

      • Long & short sleeved black tops that are suitable for movement (t-shirts or jumpers)
      • Black tracksuit trousers
      • Close fitting lycra /sports-wear or leotards, footless tights or leggings
      • Pair of trainers (to be worn in stage combat/body conditioning classes)
      • Toiletries and towel for showering

Optional male & female: 

      • Large sports bag

Additional essential female clothing:

      • Practice skirt (Full-length circular wrap-over skirt to floor level (to be made from any dark rich, plain coloured material, preferably heavy wool or similar - please see pattern on next page).
      • White long sleeved blouse/shirt
      • Pair of black shoes with leather ankle bar

Optional female clothing:

Corset

It would be desirable for girls to have a black dress for movement classes, either sleeved or sleeveless; with easy flowing skirt to mid-thigh (for presentations).

 

Additional essential male clothing:

      • White long sleeve shirt
      • Formal, waisted, black trousers (NOT hipsters)
      • Pair of formal gentleman’s black shoes (hard soled NOT rubber )
      • Compulsory: Dance belt or jock strap - must be worn in all movement sessions.

Optional male clothing

    • Waistcoat - desirable but not essential
    • Formal jacket preferably black but grey/blue is fine. 
Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Design and Visualisation - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Dr Panch Suntharalingam
panch.suntharalingam@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Your course director for MA Design and Visualisation is Dr Panch Suntharalingam. He teaches Interior Design, Design and Visualisation, Engineering Product Design, Industrial Design, Software Programming, Enterprise Development, Medical Product Design, Interior Products, Research, Rapid Prototyping, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes. 

Dr Suntharalingam is a trained design engineer and computer scientist and has published many research papers, well known television opening title sequences featured on BBC and ITV networks including 'Top Gear'.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Interior Architecture and Design - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Delia Skinner

delia.skinner@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us on the MA Interior Architecture and Design. 

During this first week - we have lots of engaging activities planned to help you find out about the course; philosophy, curriculum design, modules and the Tutors that you will collaborate with. When you are able to meet us in person, we will show you around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers, the alumni and your tutors in person.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

We would recommend a Mid – High spec windows based laptop for this course (specs below), due to the nature of the specialist software being taught. (Only 50% available for Apple OS)

If you wish to use an Apple product, please ensure it meets the minimum specifications, and has a minimum storage capacity of at least 256GB (so that windows can be installed via BootCamp).

Software typically used by students on this course includes:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD: 2D technical drawing (Windows and Mac)
  • Autodesk Revit: Parametric modelling / Building Information Modelling (BIM)(Windows Only)
  • Rhinoceros: Organic NURBS Modelling (Windows version recommended)
  • Vectorworks: Building shell modelling. (Windows and Mac)
  • Sketchup: Massing / concept development (Windows and Mac)
  • Enscape: plugin for rendering / animation / visualization. (Windows Only)
  • Twinmotion: standalone real-time renderer (Windows and Mac)
  • Vray: plugin for advanced rendering. (Windows Only)
  • Adobe Photoshop: compositing, photo editing, collage. (Windows and Mac)
  • Adobe Illustrator: Diagramming, graphic design. (Windows and Mac)
  • Adobe Indesign: Layouts, Portfolio, Pinups. (Windows and Mac)
  • Adobe Premier Pro: Video editing / compilation. (Windows and Mac)
  • Adobe After Effects: VFX and advanced compositing (Windows and Mac)
  • Meshmixer / Netfabb: 3D printing. (Windows Only)
  • Microsoft Office 365: (Windows and Mac)

Minimum Specifications: (These are the minimum required to be able to run the software, based on the software’s minimum hardware requirements.)

 Processor: Intel i5

RAM / Memory: 8GB

Storage: 256GB HDD

Graphics: Onboard graphics (this will not support realtime visualization applications but will support all other software) 

Recommended Specifications: (These are what we would recommend to ensure you get the most from your laptop.

Processor: Intel i7 or Ryzen 7 and above

RAM / Memory: 16GB

Storage 512GB SSD

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1650 (or equivalent 4GB dedicated graphics card)

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Product and Furniture Design - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Nuno Lourinho
Nuno.Lourinho@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Conservation of the Historic Environment - MA / PGCert / PGDip

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Katriona Byrne
Katriona.Byrne@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Induction Day is essential for all Conservation students as we introduce the course, the tutors, the campus, our private library and IT. We also discuss your assignments for the year. We find out about you and any internship/job needs you have. You meet your fellow students and start to build the support system that will contribute greatly to your learning and enjoyment over your time at BCU.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Landscape Architecture - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Sandra Costa
Sandra.Costa@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We would like to welcome you joining one of the most successful and vibrant Schools in Europe for learning Landscape Architecture. We strive to create a stimulating environment for you to explore your creative, artistic, technical and intellectual abilities through a range of design projects that explore contemporary issues related to our landscapes and the built environment. We hope you are feeling enthusiastic about embarking on this journey with us that is our distinctive and highly-regarded MA in Landscape Architecture. For those who are already part of our exceptionally talented students we are excited to welcome you back for another year.

We wish you every success in the year ahead!

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Landscape Architecture (Conversion) - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Sandra Costa
Sandra.Costa@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We would like to welcome you joining one of the most successful and vibrant Schools in Europe for learning Landscape Architecture. We strive to create a stimulating environment for you to explore your creative, artistic, technical and intellectual abilities through a range of design projects that explore contemporary issues related to our landscapes and the built environment. We hope you are feeling enthusiastic about embarking on this journey with us that is our distinctive and highly regarded MA in Landscape Architecture.

We wish you every success in the year ahead!

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Design Management - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Dr. Mersha Aftab
mersha.aftab@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Master’s in Design Management! 

By joining this innovative and well-established course you have made a significant personal investment and will be working with a great team of professionals. We are looking forward to meeting you in September!

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

To participate fully in the course you need access to a laptop, either PC or Mac.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Architecture - MArch

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Alessandro Columbano
Alessandro.columbano@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear student of MArch,

We look forward to welcoming you to our dynamic Birmingham School of Architecture and Design as you embark on the final stages of your architectural education. This is an exciting time for the city with major investment projects like HS2 and the Commonwealth games meaning a rapid change of the urban fabric is occurring on our doorstep and allows us to question how we can respond to these challenging times.

The School is in a strong position, supported by our expert team of tutors and visiting specialists, many from renowned practices. We have a number of initiatives and facilities to create a supportive and experimental creative culture, and an exciting curriculum that is designed to challenge you in your skills and knowledge base.

We hope you enjoy your welcome week. If you have any questions please feel free to ask myself or colleagues who will be able to point you in the right direction.

Alessandro Columbano

Course Director

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of the learning experience.

The list below gives an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on the course. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on the student choices as they progress through the course.

Materials for technical modules

For presentation models, most students spend between £50-200 on materials for technical models across each year, depending on the year of study:

Optional: You may need additional materials depending on the requirements for your individual final project such as cardboard, foamboard, and plastic. A budget of about £50 is typical. You may also want to budget about £100 for 3D printing. Please note though that laser cutting is currently free at BCU.

Books
Books are a necessary part of your studies. We do offer an extensive reading list, the vast majority of which is available for free from our university library and digital library. You may want to purchase some of your own books, especially as you develop your own approach. A budget of between £100 and £150 for books should be sufficient.

Laptops and software

Where possible and appropriate to the learning process we limit the requirements print work during the design development process.

Having your own laptop is highly desirable. However, it is not essential for you to purchase your own laptop (PC or Mac), as you can also hire a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms. Laptops may be hired out for free for up to six hours and may be found at the following buildings: Curzon, Millennium Point, Parkside, School of Jewellery and School of Art. Most students prefer to have their own laptops, so we suggest you budget around £500 to £1200 for this dependent on your preferences and budget.

You will be provided with a student subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for these applications, along with Google Earth (free), SketchUp (discounted for students) and AutoCAD for students (free for students). The above are also available on campus in computer suites.

You’ll get free Vectorworks software and Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage space is provided free to all students. 

Apple also offer a discount on laptops for UK students: go to Apple for Education for more details.

Printing

Throughout the course, you will spend on average £500 on plotting and printing costs when it is necessary to pin up hard copies of your work for presentation purposes.

Our industry-standard, on-campus print shop and Digital Print Services can produce large, high-quality prints for your projects and assignments on an at-cost basis.

The budget for printing over the duration of the course has been included within the figure outlined above.

For everyday printing, such as notes and reading, most students spend about £100 during the course. However, some students may spend more dependent on their assignments or projects.

Study Visits/ Field trips 

You will get the chance to participate in self-organised field trips as part of your curriculum. International options, with travel and accommodation, we recommend an average budget of £600 over the three years of study. We will always provide a UK based option for all required trips.

We also run the optional New York study trip which usually costs around £750 (with subsidy applied) for flights and accommodation for 5 nights. You would need to budget for expenses during the trip.

Optional – Subscriptions

You may benefit from subscribing to: Architectural Review or Architects Journal  with a budget of between £30-50 per year.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) - PgDip

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Ian Shepherd
Ian.Shepherd@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (RIBA Part III). 

We are confident that the courses will give you a mature understanding of and interest in architectural practice that will inform your career in architecture and we hope that you will enjoy your time studying with us.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Induction week timetable

TBC

What shall I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival task

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Contemporary Arts China - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Dr Nuria Querol

Nuria.Querol@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there, 

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Demitrios Kargotis
Demitrios.Kargotis@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hello Art and Design Students! 

I’m looking forward to meeting you and I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! There are a series of talks, inductions and activities programmed to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate in sending me an email.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Arts and Education Practices - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Cathy Wade
cathy.wade@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. The spirit of the course is to investigate pedagogical arts practices in their expanded field, to look at innovation and the avant-garde within arts education and consider how it could affect present and future provision. We are looking forward to meeting with you and beginning the year.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Arts and Project Management - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Beth Derbyshire
beth.derbyshire@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Fine Art - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Mona Casey
mona.casey@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear All, Im very happy to welcome you to Birmingham School of Art and the MA Fine Art Programme. I look forward to meeting you during the induction week.

Until then.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

English Linguistics - MA

This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader.

Creative Writing - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Professor Gregory Leadbetter
gregory.leadbetter@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Congratulations on gaining your place on the MA in Creative Writing. Here you will receive specialist tuition from outstanding writers in a range of forms, in a supportive atmosphere – and benefit from masterclasses, seminars with guest authors, editors and agents and literary professionals organised through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, an organisation within the School of English devoted to the literary arts and the life of ideas.

Writers are perpetual students. Our programme is designed to help you learn how to keep learning, enriching and refining your practice as an independent author, through disciplines that strengthen your creative imagination, develop your literary knowledge, and cultivate your critical sensitivity.

Birmingham is an excellent city in which to deepen your involvement with contemporary literary culture, music, dance, theatre, museums and visual arts. I encourage you to take advantage of all these opportunities during your time with us and beyond and wish you every success in your studies.

Greg

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

We do not want you to be loaded up on your first day with all your equipment. Please see below for what to bring on day one:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
  • Student card
  • Pre-arrival tasks

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

English Literature - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Dr Tony Howe
tony.howe@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Congratulations on gaining your place on the MA in English Literature. At BCU you’ll be part of an outstanding community of academics and writers and benefit from a vibrant intellectual and literary culture.

Birmingham is an excellent city in which to develop your literary interests. I encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities it presents.

I wish you every success in your studies.

Tony

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Induction week timetable

TBC

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

We do not want you to be loaded up on your first day with all your equipment. Please see below for what to bring on day one:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
  • Student card
  • Pre-arrival tasks

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Fashion Media Masters Programme (FMMP)

Course handbook

TBC

Courses
  • MA Fashion Promotion
  • MA Fashion Styling
  • MA Cosmetics Branding and Promotion
Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Jasbir Kaur
jasbir.kaur@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! The MA staff team and I are looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you during your studies with us. We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school, campus and city.

Best wishes,
Jasbir

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

We do not want you to be loaded up on your first day with all your equipment. Please see below for what to bring on day one:

  • Something to write with
  • A small note pad
  • Student ID card
Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Fashion Management - MA and Luxury Brand Management - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Barry Batson
Barry.Batson@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

You are joining a globally renowned provider of fashion and textiles education.

We have a rich history dating back to the 19th century, and today, we are renowned for our students’ achievements, innovative research and partnerships with industry.

Our courses address the needs of global fashion and textiles industries, and you will be welcomed into a genuinely creative, collaborative and international student community.

A high value is attained on our postgraduate students being able to reach their full potential academically, while at the same time developing as a mature, motivated and confident individual. The University prides itself on its student-centred approach and as such has established world-class standards for academic support and research supervision.

As postgraduate students, you will actively be encouraged to provide regular feedback to the University about your experience here.

As Course Leader, I value the information provided in the student lead staff/student forums and makes use of the feedback and suggestions contributed by students to review and enhance our provision.

Finally, it is with pleasure that we welcome you to the course and to the exciting challenge of being a postgraduate student. 

My team and I look forward to working with you, supporting you and ensuring that you reach your full potential as a Birmingham City University student.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Fashion and Textiles Design Masters Programme (FTDMP)

Course handbook

TBC

Courses
  • MA Fashion Design
  • MA Textile and Surface Design
Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Jasbir Kaur
jasbir.kaur@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! The MA staff team and I are looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you during your studies with us. We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school, campus and city.

Best wishes,
Jasbir

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Jewellery and Related Products - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Sian Hindle
sian.hindle@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome! We’re looking forward to meeting you in September. Our welcome week activities are designed to help you to get to know the staff team and your peers on the course and to find your way around our school and the Jewellery Quarter.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

You’ll have an opportunity to buy tools during induction week, so there is no need to bring complete tool kits with you. You will, however, need sketchbooks, drawing materials and model-making equipment, and these can be purchased from the art supply shops in Birmingham. You’ll also need a smart phone or other device that will allow you to make a short vlog about yourself at the beginning of your MA journey.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Jewellery and Related Products - GradDip

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Bridie Lander
Bridie.lander@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the School. During Induction Week you will be given more details about your course and the facilities that the School has to offer to support your studies. You will be introduced to your tutors and there will opportunity to get to know your colleagues. This is an important week with lots of information to help you in your course and gives you time to ask any questions.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

If you already have a jewellery toolbox or any jewellery workshop tools, you can bring these with you.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Luxury Jewellery Management - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Michela Ferraro-Cuda.

Welcome message

Dear MA student, 

I am very pleased to welcome you to your MA course in Luxury Jewellery Management and meet not just your course’s peers but also all the other students and tutors at the Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles.

Come with an open mind and ready to be involved in engaging and amusing activities to help you find your way around the school and campus.

Please update your agenda with the organised inductions, they are very important for your academic year at BCU.

Be ready to be part of a very challenging competition…

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Essential equipment

For the first day, just your mobile…there could be some online challenges!

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Birmingham School of Media - All MA courses

Course handbook

TBC

Courses

This information applies to students of the following courses:

  • Data Journalism - MA
  • Events, Festivals and Exhibition Management - MA
  • Global Media Management - MA
  • Media and Cultural Studies - MA
  • Media Production - MA
  • Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism - MA
  • Public Relations - MA
Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Paul Bradshaw - Data Journalism and Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism

Duncan Sedgwick - Events, Festivals and Exhibition Management

Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola - Global Media Management

Dr. Asya Draganova - Media and Cultural Studies

Dr. Sam Coley - Media Production

Philip Young - Public Relations

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

All postgraduate music courses

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Luan Shaw, Director of Postgraduate Studies (MMus/PgDip/PgCert - all pathways)

luan.shaw@bcu.ac.uk

Dr Siân Derry Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies (MA Musicology; Advanced Postgraduate Diploma: Professional Performance)

sian.derry@bcu.ac.uk

Beetung Goo Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies (Director of International Student Support Programme)

Beetung.goo@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We’re delighted that you are coming to study one of our postgraduate courses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September!

With all best wishes for a great summer,

Luan, Siân and Bee

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Video Game Development - MA/MSc

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Oliver Williams
Oliver.williams@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I want to wish you a very warm welcome to MA Video Game Development, also known as Gamer Camp: Pro; developing the next generation video game artists. Treat this like your first job in a game development studio.

This course provides fresh games programmers with key code, tools, production and engine skills needed to successfully navigate through the challenges and pitfalls of delivering game products within a demanding and rapidly evolving business and development environment.

Our diverse team of academics, specialists and industry mentors are looking forward to providing you with a wide range of experience in development, enabling you to succeed in the AAA, indie, emerging casual, social or mobile game development environment.

You’ll join the course as an already capable and committed programmer, that’s why you’ve been offered a place. On the course you’ll be led by Senior Lecturer Zafar Qamar. Zafar is a vastly experienced developer with 20+ years of experience, he has worked with some of the best game developers in the UK on PC, console and mobile projects. We’ll cover code and engine technology topics in classes but expect most your time on the course to be spent with fellow developers; coders, artists, producers, designers developing game products. Enjoy it, it’s game dev!

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Video Game Enterprise, Production and Design - MSc

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Zuby Ahmed
zuby.ahmed@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there, 

I want to wish you a very warm welcome to MSc Video Game Enterprise & Production, also known as Gamer Camp: Biz; developing the next generation video game entrepreneurs.

This course provides budding games entrepreneurs and producers with all the key production and business skills needed to successfully navigate through the challenges and pitfalls of setting up a technology company and delivering game products within a demanding and rapidly evolving business environment.

Our diverse team of academics, specialists and industry mentors are looking forward to providing you with a wide range of experience in development, project management, production, games business models, marketing for video game products and game design, enabling you to succeed in the emerging casual, social and mobile game business market.

Game disciplines such as code, art and design will be covered providing a solid understanding of games development roles and activities. Video Games project delivery, product management and business will be covered and you will have the opportunity to put newly learnt skills and knowledge into practice by taking up a placement with a games development company to work on project delivery and/or setting up your own games business.

The Gamer Camp team, together with our partners Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Codemasters, Exient, Microsoft Rare, Sumo Digital, Lab 42, SmashMouth Games, and Aardvark Swift (recruiters), warmly welcome you to Gamer Camp.

Finally, I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you in achieving your academic and career goals.

Zuby

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Film Distribution and Marketing - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Eugenio Triana
eugenio.triana@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to your induction week. I will be showing you how to navigate your year with us and introduce you to the expectations and goals we have for the course.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Future Media - MA/MSc

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Mike Villiers-Stuart BA PG Prof Cert TLHPE FHEA

Welcome message

Hello and welcome to Birmingham City University and your postgraduate Future Media programme. Thank you for joining us this September! It will be a great pleasure to meet you at our induction session where I will introduce the teaching team and preview some of the content and activities we’ll be engaging with over the next few months.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What shall I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Feature Film Development - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Shaun Magher

Welcome message

I am looking forward to meeting you on our Induction day and introducing you to the Feature Film development team and showing you the department and wider university. 

We have lots of activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Please keep in mind that as there is currently an International Coronavirus Pandemic and some restrictions are being eased within the UK, we are planning to deliver a blended delivery for all students at the school for Games, Film and Animation (a mix of online core lectures, seminars and workshops and ‘bubble’ in person activities with strict social distancing in place). More information will follow when guidelines are fully outlined.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

It would be ideal if you have your own laptop and for the Arts specialist, a Wacom CIntiq. However, we do have laptops and peripheral’s that will be loaned to you for the duration of the course if you do not.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Creativity, Making and Innovation Practice - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Mark Brill

Welcome message

Hello! Welcome to Creativity, Making and Innovation Practice. We have an exciting, creative year ahead. You will find the whole team very supportive, so please remember, there are no wrong answers and no stupid questions. Please come prepared to be involved and hands on with the sessions. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

Essential equipment

A laptop is essential for all sessions. We would strongly recommend that you also bring a sketch pad and pens. You will find this useful for developing ideas.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go

Visual Communication - MA

Course handbook

TBC

Induction date

TBC

Start time

TBC

Location

TBC

Course Leader

Robert Gibb
Robert.Gibb@BCU.ac.uk

Welcome message

Welcome to the Masters’ Degree Programme within the School of Visual Communication.

It’s a really exciting time to be studying at Masters level as there are so many ways that we can help you develop your professionalism, creativity and employability to another level.

The team and I are looking forward to helping you develop and explore your creativity and curiosity at the Masters level.

Myself and the team appreciate that making the transition to Postgraduate education can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect, but don’t worry. You have a dedicated team of industry experienced professionals and academics to guide you through the journey.

It will be a journey that we will take together.

Student Success Advisors welcome:

As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and advice you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing and will often help signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible.

You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential. You can also meet us within a group, talk to us online, over the phone or via email. As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions or if you just fancy a chat! It is our job to help you succeed, so let us know how you’re getting on. We wish you the very best of luck with your studies, and new adventure at BCU. Please email the team at admssa.team@bcu.ac.uk alternatively, you can book a 1-2-1 appointment with any of our staff members via Moodle. If you are the more social type and would prefer to interact with us this way, we are very active on Instagram and post daily motivational quotes, activities, games and information.

What should I bring on my first day?

Here is a list of things you should bring with you on your first day and some hints and tips to ensure you have a successful day!

UK/EU students

  • Passport or Photo ID
  • Original qualification documents if applicable – you will be emailed a list of the documents we need to see once you have completed your online enrolment.
  • Student ID card (login and password information) – this might seem obvious, but please remember that you need this daily to access all facilities in the university. It should also be visible at all times, so that you are easily identifiable as a BCU student.
  • Access to class timetables either on a device such as a phone, laptop or tablet or a printed version.
  • Folders for all modules.
  • Personal laptop or tablet (if you have one)
  • USB stick
  • Notepad and pen
  • Post it notes
  • And of course, a big bag to carry all these items in!

International students

In addition to everything listed above, our International students are advised to bring with them the following:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Qualification documents as listed in your CAS, for your visa application

Additional essentials

The weather in Birmingham can be unpredictable, even in summer! Bring some layers of lightweight clothing, as days can start off cool and get warmer, and make sure to include a waterproof jacket. Most importantly, bring YOURSELF and a smile. With the right amount of planning, your first day will run smoothly and you’ll be off to a great start on the first day of your academic career.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival activity

TBC

Social media accounts

TBC

Mentors

Your Level Up mentors are really looking forward to meeting you!

During Welcome week, you will get meet your Level Up Mentors. Level Up is all about helping you in your transition to university life and getting you settled in. Level Up Mentors are current students at BCU and can help you find where you need to go during your Welcome Week, answer questions about the university or your course and are a friendly face if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or just want to chat. Before you join us at here at BCU you will receive a call from a Level Up Mentor to check you have all the information you need and to answer any questions you might have before getting here.

If you would like to become a Mentor, there will be lots of opportunities for you to join the team. Just keep an eye out for announcements on Moodle.

International Students

If you are an international student, we are delighted to welcome you to the UK and Birmingham!

We will be offering flexible arrival time across the first four weeks of term to those who require it and you will be allowed to start at any point up until the eighth week of term to allow for any quarantine period imposed by the UK Government. Should you need to take advantage of this flexible arrival, BCU will do our best to support you to avoid falling behind on your studies and you will have access to online teaching at home.

The Faculty’s Culture and Language in Context team (CLiC) are here to help you with written and verbal communication, critical thinking, research and study skills. Our courses run online and at different venues to suit your interests and need. Find out more via the CLiC Moodle.

Within the wider University, international students have access to a vast range of support services. The Careers team can help students with employability skills and the Centre for Academic Success supports students with English, maths and general study skills.

If you have any queries about your tuition fees, visa, healthcare or CV, applications and interviews etc, please visit this link: https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/internationaloffice/Where-do-I-need-to-go