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BA (Hons) Acting

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 - 27 September 2019

Start time

9.00am

Location

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Course Leader

Danièle Sanderson

Welcome message

Welcome!

I am so happy that you are coming to Birmingham to study with us here at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Just a little heads up:

Induction starts on 16th September at 10 AM. An Induction/welcome week timetable will be sent to you shortly. This is a week to acclimatise to the University, get the geography under your belt, meet the rest of your cohort and be introduced to the course before hitting the timetable proper at 9am on the 23rd September! It’s quite a packed week with many course related activities but also activities available in the wider community of the University. We are a school of acting within a Conservatoire within the biggest arts faculty outside of London! So there is a lot to see and do.

During the week you will meet many key members of staff, and meet me for the 2nd time but not for the last time. I will be a very present person guiding you through your training.

At the end of the week there are two diagnostic sessions, one for singing and one for Acting. This is a benchmarking exercise for the other members of the team who did not see you at audition in order for them to start to plan their work. Acting is a bespoke training and although there are fundamentals at work, the course responds directly to the needs of the cohort and no two cohorts are the same. It’s not an audition! You are in! We won’t change our minds. It’s an opportunity to see you as a cohort for the first time. It’s also an opportunity to just get up in front of my peers and perform ASAP to avoid any embarrassment or nervousness in class. You will be working under observation ALL the time, so we just get in out the way! You can use your audition pieces or new pieces as you prefer. DO bring your sheet music for the singing diagnostic.

Right now, please sign up for the Royal Birmingham conservatoire graduates 2022 group on Facebook—it’s a closed group but will turn into secret once we’ve all joined. It provides a safe space for us to chat with each other and provide information. You may need to ‘friend me’ to be allowed into the group. I am Daniele Sanderson on FB.

You will be receiving a welcome pack at some time as well that will contain your ‘kit list’, but for the start of classes please be prepared to wear blacks, with no makeup  and hair tied back. All RBC acting students wear all black for classes—clothes that you can move in well. If you don’t own anything black, Primark or other discount retailers should be able to kit you out relatively cheaply.

If you need to email me directly about anything (other than money-- I don’t deal with finance—just the artistic side of the course) you can reach me through the Facebook group or at daniele.sanderson@bcu.ac.uk

Looking forward to meeting you all again and supporting you on the journey of a vocational training in acting. 

Danièle Sanderson

Course Director, BA Acting

General information

Reading lists

These are books and DVD’s which we consider will be most helpful to you in your studies.  Although you may like to have your own copies to refer to throughout your training and career, it is not a requirement of the course that you purchase them; they are available from our libraries and you should be able to obtain them through your own local library.

You may find it useful to read some of the indicative reading books before commencing your course, as they will give you a head start into appreciating the work you will tackle in your first year. 

Special notice

We are very pleased to be able to offer you a welcoming gift of a copy of TWO of your key Year One texts: 
  • Hagen, U (1973) Respect for Acting. New York: John Wiley & Sons
  • Caldarone, Marina; Lloyd-Williams, Maggie - Actions: The Actors Thesaurus – Nick Hern Books (2004)

These books will be handed out to you during induction week. 

Year One - Key Texts

Module – (ACT4006) SINGING 1

  • Kayes , G (2004) Singing and the Actor A & C Black

Module – (ACT4007) VOICE 1

  • Berry, C (2000) Voice and the Actor. London: Virgin
  • Housman, B (2202) Finding Your Voice. Nick Hern

Module – (ACT4008) ACTING THEORY

  • Hartnoll, P (1998) The Theatre, A Concise History. London: Thames & Hudson
  • Wickham, G (1992) A History of Theatre 2nd London: Phaidon
  • Peacock, J (2006) Costume 1066 to the present: A Complete Guide to English Costume and Design. London: Thames & Hudson
  • Styan, J L (1996) The English Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.
  • Zarrilli P.B. (2006) Theatre Histories: An Introduction. London: Routledge
  • Various scripts from library stock

Module – (ACT4009) PROJECT

  • Brook, Peter (2008) The Empty Space. London: Penguin
  • Berry C. (2000) The Actor and His Text. London. Virgin

Module – (ACT4010) PHYSICAL SKILLS 1

  • Feldenkrais, M (1990) Awareness through Movement. London: Penguin Arkana
  • Todd, Mabel E (1997) The Thinking Body. London: Dance Books
  • Dennis, A (1995) The Articulate Body. New York: Drama Book Publishers

Module – (ACT4011) ACTING 1

  • Benedetti, J. (1998) Stanislavski and the Actor.  London: Methuen
  • Bruehl, B. (1996) The Technique of Inner Action. Oxford: Heinemann.
  • Stanislavski, K. (2004) An Actor’s Handbook. London: Routledge
  • Benedetti, J (2008) The Art of the Actor – The Essential History of Acting from Classical Times to the Present Day. London: Methuen
  • Stanislavski, K. Benedetti, J (2009) An Actor’s Work on a Role. London: Routledge
  • McEvoy, S (2006) Shakespeare: The Basics. London: Routledge 

You should acquire or have access to the following items – the notebook and pens should be brought with you on your first day: 

  • Thesaurus
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary
  • Complete Shakespeare 2nd Edition (Edited Stanley Wells, Clarendon Press, Oxford) paperback is acceptable
  • Notebook (you will be expected to take and keep notes)
  • Ring binder/wallet file (to keep hand-outs safe)
  • Pens/pencils/pencil sharpener/rubber
  • If you find it useful, an electronic device with voice recorder (e.g. MP3 player)

There will be some required make-up needed later on in your course.  Details will be supplied at the due time.

Essential equipment

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Induction week timetable

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Social media accounts

It is advisable if you don’t already have Facebook to get yourself connected, even if you only use it for BSA, as this is the primary way that we, the student council, get in contact with you and on some courses the Tutors set up a page so they can keep you updated. 

Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature. 

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Success Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University. 

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

BA (Hons) Applied Theatre (Community and Education)

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Studio 8, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire [Acting]  Millennium Point, City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Peter Wynne-Willson 

As you will know, Applied Theatre is a brand new course, but Peter has been running the Applied Performance course (which came before it) for 3 years. Before this, he has 35 years’ experience as a playwright, director and performer in the field of Applied Theatre, working for companies in the Midlands, across the UK and abroad. 

The other specialist tutors on the course, Terina Talbot and Bobby Colvill are equally experienced, and you will meet them all, as well as other members of staff at the introduction session, or at events through the week.   There will be a mixture of events which will give you a chance to meet each other, find your way around the campus, and get used to being a BCU Conservatoire student.  Some activities are joint with the other courses, others are for Applied Theatre students only.  The week is before the second and third year students arrive back, so you will have a bit more space to get used to things before that invasion happens, and the teaching starts, the following week. 

Terina will be your Personal Tutor throughout the first year, and you can contact her with any concerns at any point.  You can also email Peter at any time, although they will generally only reply to emails within working hours. 

Course Director: peter.wynne-willson@bcu.ac.uk

Personal Tutor: Terina.talbot@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hello there, 

I hope you are looking forward to joining us for Welcome Week! It should be a good chance to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your fellow students and tutors. Please be sure to be there for everything, because it is the time that everything gets set up, and explained, and all the questions get answered, and you start to get to know the people with whom you will be spending the next three years.  We have found in the past that students missing out on Welcome Week activities often take quite a while longer to get settled at University. 

We will also be sending you a small pre-arrival activity linked to one of the sessions in Welcome Week.  There isn’t any other specific preparation we ask, but if you get the chance to start reading any of the set books, then all the better.  The other thing to try and do is see as much theatre as you can. But mainly relax, get yourself fit and healthy and ready to hit the ground running!

Essential equipment

There is no particular essential equipment for the course – just bring your enthusiasm and energy and imagination. But the course will require you to undergo an enhanced DBS check [criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service] for which you will have to pay a fee, which will be reimbursed. This is required because of working with children and other vulnerable groups within the course. This process will be explained during Welcome Week.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival task

As one small preparation for coming to RBC to begin your course, we would like you all to do one thing. 

Our course is about using drama to make a difference. So can you think of one thing in the place that you live, that you would like to change? Take this whatever way you like – it could be some rule that doesn’t work, a place that is run down, a kind of behaviour that depresses you. Anything that you would like to change. 

Then collect something to represent it. It could be a picture of something, or an object – but make it small because you are going to bring it with you on the Monday of Welcome Week. Don’t think too much about it, we won’t be testing you or anything, but we will just use it in one of our workshop activities.

Social media accounts

Facebook [public page]  -  https://www.facebook.com/BCUAppliedPerformance/ 

Twitter - @applied_BCU

Join the Facebook Group! 

Do you want to meet some familiar faces when you get here? Then join our Facebook Group in advance. It’s a closed group where you can chat with first year students from your course. Just hit the button below, press ‘Join Group’ – and we’ll approve you!  It has only just set up so is pretty empty right now. 

First Year student page https://www.facebook.com/groups/348558409140673/

Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature. 

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Success Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University. 

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

Foundation Course in Acting

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time
  • Full time students: 9.00am
  • Part time students: 5.30pm
Location

Studio 5, School of Acting, Millennium Point (Ground Floor).

Course Leader

Rob Miles

Welcome message

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in September. Please note that you will be receiving a welcome pack in the near future which will detail everything that you need to arrange ahead of starting the course.

Induction week timetable

Foundation in Acting

Foundation in Acting (part time)

Social media accounts
Please follow the course Twitter page by searching for @RBCFoundations
Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature.

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Success Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University.

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

BA (Hons) Stage Management

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.00am for the Welcome Talk and assembly.

Location

Bradshaw Hall, Conservatoire.

Course Leader

Jacqui Findlay
Jacqui.findlay@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Congratulations on getting your place on the Stage Management Course here at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, we hope you are as excited as we are about you joining the team! Induction week is a great opportunity to find your feet, meeting the tutors, seeing facilities and settling in before the fun begins!

What should I bring on my first day?

On your first day please bring a notepad & pen and a smile!

Essential equipment

Sensible black working shoes (trainers or pumps), Waterproof coat, Black trousers & long sleeve black top for when working in theatre. 

Scale Ruler (Incl 1:25 & 1:50) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Architects-100-Triangular-Scale-Ruler/dp/B00REFGN5A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505826702&sr=8-4&keywords=scale+ruler 

Stopwatch - https://www.amazon.co.uk/leading-star-Wonderful-Professional-Chronograph-Stopwatch/dp/B00OK4L4UW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1505826781&sr=8-7&keywords=stopwatch 

30m fabric tape measure - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amtech-P1800-Am-Tech-Surveyor-Tape/dp/B004CDQXTI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505826868&sr=8-2&keywords=30m+tape+measure 

Tape measure - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanley-STA030656-Pocket-Tylon-Tape/dp/B0009VX1ZG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1505826884&sr=8-3&keywords=tape+measure 

Rigger/Safety Gloves - https://www.amazon.co.uk/RHINOtec-Heavy-Rigger-Glove-GL043/dp/B06XHNM4LF/ref=sr_1_8?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1505827055&sr=1-8&keywords=rigger+gloves 

Basic Sewing Kit - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deallink-Household-Accessories-Travelling-Emergency/dp/B017SDL3T8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505827152&sr=8-4&keywords=basic+sewing+kit 

Chalk – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crayola-White-Colour-Anti-Chalk/dp/B008CFGKFY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1505827216&sr=8-3&keywords=chalk 

Sensible Boots/shoes - https://www.dickiesstore.co.uk/product/FA23380A-dickies-fury-safety-hiker 

Metal ruler - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outus-Stainless-Steel-Ruler-Conversion/dp/B01M9DGNYN/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1505827564&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=metal+ruler&psc=1 

Scalpel - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modelcraft-PKN9210-Scalpel-Handle-Blades/dp/B06ZYLRH6H/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505827588&sr=8-1&keywords=scalpel 

UHU glue - https://www.amazon.co.uk/UHU-38106-All-Purpose-Adhesive/dp/B0031RG2GA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505827623&sr=8-1&keywords=uhu+all+purpose+glue

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival task

Complete reading of the book we send you ahead of induction plus bring a picture of something you’ve made for a previous production.

Social media accounts

Instagram: conservatoire_sm
Facebook: Birmingham Conservatoire: Stage Management
Twitter: @cons_sm

Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature. 

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Success Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University. 

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

School of Architecture and Design Foundation Year (Four year course)

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room P421, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Myles Cummings
myles.cummings@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/campus and Birmingham and also to enable you to meet your new peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • An object from home of sentimental value
Essential equipment

We will be advising you early on which equipment to invest in. For now all you need is a pen/pencils and a notebook.

Induction week timetable
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Pre-arrival task

Please either sketch/paint or photograph* at least one the following; 

  • Your garden or a favourite Park
  • Your house/aparment block
  • A favourite room in your house
  • A favourite product or item of furniture in your house

*If you choose to photograph then please bring a 6x4 print of your image.

Social media accounts

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

https://www.instagram.com/bcu_fad/

BA (Hons) Architecture

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room P418-420, Floor 4, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Victoria Farrow

Associate Professor | BA Architecture Course Director

Level 4 Year Leader

Victoria.farrow@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Dear first year architecture student,

Welcome to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design (BSOAD)

We look forward to working with you this year and helping you to build your skills as you start to develop your career in architecture.

We have a fun induction week planned for everyone with activities, orientations, tours and meeting the L5 and 6 students. I am sure you will enjoy it!

What should I bring on my first day?

Please bring with you:

  • Pre arrival activity
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Student card
  • Note pad and paper
Essential equipment

Download

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

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Social media accounts

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

Course director Twitter account - @vfarrow16

Course directors Instagram account - @bcu_baarch

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room P440, Floor 4, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Lucas Hughes

Lucas.Hughes@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! For many of you, this will be your first experience of higher education and the various opportunities that this presents. We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you get a feel for the course and help your find your way around the campus and local areas, as well as your fellow students and the course tutors. You will likely find that your journey is a shared one.

What should I bring on my first day?

Notepad, pen and pencil.

Essential equipment

Clothing for outdoors.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Landscapes from Memory

We would like you to draw 3 images of landscapes that have been important in your life, from memory (not from a photo!). Use A4/A3 paper and any media, format or style.

Social media accounts

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

https://www.instagram.com/landscape_birminghamcityuni/

BA (Hons) Design Management

Course handbook

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Induction date

17-20 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Induction week - Room P134 | Floor 1 | Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Nicholas Irvin
Email: nicholas.irvin@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I am very excited to introduce the new BA (Hons) Design Management Level 6 course and look forward to meeting you all!

During induction week and from week one of the teaching is a great opportunity to meet our extended 'design management family’ and to break the ice with fellow colleagues on the course. The course promises to be challenging and engaging in a supportive and collaborative environment. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your experience and wish you every success on the course.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email should you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,
Nick

What should I bring on my first day?

Students are required to bring a MacBook or PC laptop/notepad/iPad and stationery materials for note taking and for future class/workshop-based activities. Responses to prearrival
task.

Essential equipment

Mac or PC laptop/notepad/iPad and stationery materials for note taking and class/workshop-based activities.

Induction week timetables

PDF 1

PDF 2

Pre-arrival task

‘Mapping your experiences and future ambitions’.

Create a timeline of your experiences. Use photos and images to represent milestones on your journey.

You’re welcome to use any form of medium to present your work. This can be produced as a physical drawing or long journey map, or you may wish to produce this digitally.

Be prepared to produce a short talk of 5 minutes about your experience / journey and what you wish to gain from the course.

Social media accounts

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ManagingDesign/

MA Design Management
LinkedIn (School): https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4406805/
Web: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/design-management

Mentors

Hannah Davis,
Student Success Advisor,
Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.
E: Hannah.Davis@bcu.ac.uk

Kelly Brookes,
Lecturer | Culture and language support.
E: Kelly.Brookes@bcu.ac.uk

International

Course information for international students. BADM Course detail 4pp.
UCAS: https://digital.ucas.com/courses/details?coursePrimaryId=baf74452-d7c3-fd93-f15df8af9fbd9982&
academicYearId=2019

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room P436, Floor 4, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Korina Zaromytidou

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course. Our educational principles are to develop students to become independent learners that are comfortable in their own design decision-making processes. Whether from an A level or Art Foundation background, the transition into University is a major shift in context and practice, the key areas of focus for your first year are: 

  1. To develop confidence in sculptural and spatial experimentation 
  2. Practice in both analogue and digital drawing
  3. Engagement in thoughtful and formative abstract tasks 
  4. To be open to honest and reflective critical analysis 
  5. Be part of an individual student experience

In year one explore, experiment and make mistakes, take a risk or two, it's about developing a passion for the subject area, it is about getting a good understanding of Interior Architecture and Design. As the newest students to IA+D, you really have the opportunity to set a new agenda, remember to lead the future of interiors not just follow! 

Architecture and Design have been a crucial part of Korina's life the last 15 years. Although a practicing architect since 2010 (ARB part 3 registered), her belief that education is the strongest and most tangible way to achieve a difference in society, led her to become an educator in 2012 while continuing to work at architectural practices and personal projects.  Since then, Korina has had the opportunity to work in a variety of higher education institutions holding different academic positions (lecturer, senior lecturer, programme director).

Level 4 Leader:

Kathryn.Jones3@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

I hope you are excited to join us for welcome 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.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Erasor
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Notebook – plane paper not ruled lines
  • Student ID
  • Student card
  • Pre-arrival task
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

In preparation for your first activity please bring along the following to the first session on the first day:

  1. A photograph of your favourite view. This needs to be a place you have physically been to so that it is meaningful for you. This view is a view from a window that you have looked out of and a view that brings you happiness. It could be city, nature, your own home, a holiday etc. Any view that is special to you. Printed as hardcopy.
  2. A photograph of your favourite interior room.
    Again it must be a place that you have visited yourself. Printed as hardcopy.
  3. A small object that is meaningful to you.
Social Media

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room P206, Floor 2, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Jason Nicholson
Jason.Nicholson@bcu.ac.uk
 

Welcome message

Welcome to the BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design course! 

The first week of the course – commencing 16th September 2019 – will provide an introduction and induction to University life, the Faculty, and the course. During this week you will have the opportunity to engage in a series of introductory tasks which will prepare you for life as a Product & Furniture Design student, whilst also allowing you to get to know your tutors, classmates, and surroundings.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Summer Project work
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task and Equipment list

We would like you complete a small summer project. Please download the brief for the instructions via the link below. Make sure to bring your completed task with you on your first day. If you have any questions, please email the course leader. 

BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design – Summer Project and Equipment list

Social media accounts

BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design 2019/20 Course Facebook Page

BA (Hons) Product & Furniture Design Instagram Page @Product_Furniture_BCU

Please join the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design Freshers Facebook Group to meet fellow first years from the school, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/329465001263295/

Birmingham School of Art Foundation courses

Course handbook

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Courses

This information applies to the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Art and Design with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Design for Performance with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Illustration with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Photography with a Foundation Year
Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, B3 3BX

Course Leader

Jo Newman – Course Director
Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication

Jo is a lecturer in Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Practices and is the course director for the Foundation Year Programme. She has a degree in Fashion, Textiles and Costume, an MA in Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices and a PGCFHE teaching qualification with 17 years teaching experience in Foundation Art & Design, BA Art & Design and BA Illustration.

Jo has written the Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication Course to facilitate skills development, curiosity and courage in readiness for progression onto selected BA Pathways at BCU.

She is committed to developing her career as an illustrator and has worked on a number of self-initiated and commissioned projects. She also has experience working with makers and designers for performance work eg. Cats, Starlight Express, Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, Phantom of the Opera and she has exhibited at Prato in Milan, Crafts Council London, Stroud Select Festival and collaborated for a number of joint exhibitions.

Jo is part of the BCU Margaret Street Protest Choir which is a shared activity with students and staff, and acts a conduit for expression through song, sound and creative practices.

Instagram: @angry_margaret
www.jonewman.me


Joe Miles – Lecturer

Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication

After completing his BA (Hons) Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Joe started his teaching career before moving to London to become a freelance photographer specialising in commercial and editorial photography for national and international clients including the BBC, British Telecom, Fulham FC, HSBC, Hyundai, Liverpool FC, Marie Claire, Microsoft, Nivea, the Times, Sotheby’s, The Sunday Times Magazine Tesco and the Young
Vic Theatre. He has worked with models, politicians, sportspeople and celebrities.


After returning to Birmingham City University he has used his experience of both technical and theoretical skills to enrich his student’s education. He is passionate about creativity, ideas and how essential they are in both education and the creative industries.

As well as various freelance projects he is also researching the creative potential of visual and augmented reality and the combination of still and moving image.


http://joemiles.com

Welcome message

The focus for your first week will be orientation and integration. We will introduce you to the School of Art through informal cross course social activities and will kick start your Foundation course through general presentations that outline what’s ahead for the year. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the week to help you address any concerns or confusions about the course as well as any general settling in queries.

We will also introduce you to Birmingham to help you navigate the immediate area close to where you will be studying and usually end the week with a shared social event. We look forward to meeting you during Welcome Week :)

What should I bring on my first day?

Energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour! :)
A pen, pencil and/or other drawing and note taking equipment.
Pad/sketchbook for note taking.
A mobile phone if possible but do not rush out and buy one!

Essential equipment

We will discuss essential equipment in more depth during welcome week so please do not rush out and spend too much too quickly. There is plenty of time to focus on the development of your ‘tool kit’ and there will also be supporing materials provided by us throughout the year.

If you are planning ahead, aim to invest in a personal laptop which will support you throughout your entire BA Course and beyond.

Induction week timetable
Art Viscom induction timetable
Pre-arrival preparation

Awareness of the world around you will help to inform the creative work that you develop during your Foundation year. Prior to your arrival take some time to pay attention to current news, social events, cultural changes, scientific progress, factual and fictional developments and innovative changes in the world and beyond.

Social media accounts
Instagram: @bcufoundation
Instagram: @fineart
Instagram: @momentsatmargaretstreet
Instagram: @bcuillustration
Instagram: @bcu_designforperformance
Instagram: @bcu_graphics
Instagram: @bcuphoto
Instagram: @bcu_artanddesign
Instagram: #Angry_margaret
Mentors

Student Success Advisors provide onsite support and advise for students throughout the year. You will be introduced to our Student Success advisor during welcome week.

International

International Students arrive 9.9.19.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room G.01 (Lecture Theatre), Ground Floor, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, B3 3BX

Course Leader

Lee Hewett

Level 4 Fine Art Co-ordinator

Welcome message

Hi there, I hope you are excited to join us for induction week at Birmingham School of Art! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school, the city and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. I look forward to meeting you all in September.

Read about Welcome Week

What should I bring on my first day?

We do not want you to be loaded up on your first day with all your equipment. We have compiled a list of basic resources you should aim to buy over the coming year as well as some additional material support provided by us. We will outline these details during welcome week. The following basics are suggested things to bring for the welcome induction sessions:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
  • Laptop / Mobile device
Induction week timetable

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Equipment list

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Pre-arrival task

With your personal loves/hates as the starting point, this introductory task asks you to identify and reflect upon your likes and dislikes in order to challenge certain assumptions/preconceptions that you may hold in relation to art practice. We will also use it as a way of introducing you to your peers, with your personal selection of images forming the basis for initial introductions, discussion and reflection. Any medium or artwork can be chosen.

With this in mind, bring the following to your first session:

  • Two A4 images/photocopies of artworks that you love
  • Two A4 images/photocopies of artworks that you hate
  • One A4 image/photocopy of your previous artwork

Please make sure you also bring some, pens, felt tips, pencils etc as we will also be doing a drawing activity. Look forward to seeing you all in September!

Social media accounts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/768366206917090/

BA (Hons) Art and Design

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

G.01 Lecture Theatre, School of Art, Margaret Street.

Course Leader

Gareth Proskourine-Barnnett

Gareth.barnett@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hello! I hope you are excited about joining us for induction week at the School of Art. We have a really exciting program lined up to introduce you to the building, the fascilities,  your peers, the tutors and a magical city tour. We hope you are excited - we are really looking forward to meeting you all in September.

What should I bring on my first day?

A note book, a small selection of drawing materials – pens, pencils, crayons etc. and plenty of energy!

Essential equipment

Below we have compiled a list of basic resources you should aim to buy over the coming year. Having a good range of equipment is essential to your development on this course. 

This list is by no means definitive and the type of equipment you buy will greatly depend on the type of work you make. 

Items in bold are fairly essential. 

Basics

  • Sketch Book / Note Book (Muji has a great - and cheap - range!)
  • Steel Ruler (30cm)
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel (with a few new blades)
  • Drawing pins
  • Range of good quality bushes
  • Variety of general art materials (Pens, Pencils, Acylics etc.)
  • Padlock (for your locker

Electronics

  • Large capacity USB memory stick (64gb / 128gb)
  • Good quality camera/HD Video Camera (Good to have your own but can be booked out through A/V stores)
  • Lapto

Basic tools

  • Storage or Tool box (preferably one that fits inside your locker)
  • Hammer (Pin / Claw)
  • A range of screws and nails
  • Set of screwdrivers
  • Tape measure (5m)
  • Small spirit Level (important when hanging work)
  • Glue gun
  • Staple gun
  • Apron
  • Thread

Sticky Stuff

  • Pritt Stick
  • White tack
  • 3M Command tape (Great for hanging work)
  • Masking/Gaffer tape
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

With your personal loves/hates as the starting point, this introductory task asks you to identify and reflect upon your likes and dislikes in order to challenge certain assumptions/preconceptions that you may hold in relation to art and design practice. We will also use it as a way of introducing you to your peers, with your personal selection of images forming the basis for initial introductions, discussion and reflection. Any medium or artwork can be chosen.

With this in mind, bring the following to your first session:

  • Two A4 images/photocopies of artworks that you love
  • Two A4 images/photocopies of artworks that you hate
  • One A4 image/photocopy of your previous artwork

Please make sure you also bring some, pens, felt tips, pencils etc as we will also be doing a drawing activity. Look forward to seeing you all in September!

Social media accounts

Instagram

Facebook 

International

Wednesday 18/09/19

English Language Support for International Students

12:00-1:00pm

Parkside P441

School of Art  - F.05

School of English: All BA and Foundation Year courses

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September

Start time

9.30am

Location

Curzon Building, main foyer

Course Leader

Dr Joseph Anderton

Dr Joseph Anderton is Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University and is Acting Course Director for undergraduate programmes, with responsibility for overseeing academic, professional and pastoral support for School of English students. He teaches modules on modernism, moral philosophy, gender and sexuality, and multicultural writing. Joseph is the author of Beckett’s Creatures: Art of Failure after the Holocaust (Bloomsbury, 2016) and has published various articles on Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, J.M. Coetzee, Paul Auster and D.H. Lawrence in relation to modernism, literary animal studies and ecocriticism. Joseph’s current research concentrates on representations of homelessness in twentieth and twenty-first century British literature.

Welcome message

Hello, 

Welcome to the School of English at Birmingham City University! We appreciate that making the transition from Further Education to Higher Education can be a daunting prospect. But it is also an exciting one, as you embark on a life-changing journey both academically and socially. In order to help our students succeed, we support them in a variety of ways over the course of their degree, from academic guidance to help about career paths and more. 

A key part of this support at the beginning of your degree is Welcome Week, a pre-induction programme where we organise a variety of activities to help you settle in and introduce you to university life. More information about Welcome Week is available at: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/welcome-week

At the beginning of Welcome Week, you’ll also be assigned a Student Mentor who will be available to help you find your way around the School of English and the University. They know what it’s like to start studying in a new environment and they’ll be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns that you might have during your time at BCU. 

University is a brilliant experience and one that will stay with you long after you graduate. We look forward to seeing you around the School and eagerly anticipate your year group of talented, driven and enthusiastic students. 

Best wishes,
Joseph

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Pre-arrival tasks 
Equipment

An English degree is fairly light on equipment, but here are some things that might make your degree a bit more manageable: 

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Folders
  • Note pads
  • Calendar/diary
  • USB stick
  • Post-it notes/sticky labels
  • Laptop 
Induction week timetable

Welcome Week Timetable (BA students)

Welcome Week Timetable (Foundation Year students)

Pre-arrival tasks (BA students)

Activity 1: Your University Journey

Activity 2: Who Are You?

Activity 3: Reading Session

Preparatory tasks for Week 1 of teaching (BA students)

Activity 1: Literature, Drama and Origin

Activity 2: Foundations of Language

Activity 3: Foundations of Creative Writing

Pre-arrival tasks (Foundation Year students)

Activity 1: Your University Journey

Activity 2: Who Are You?

Preparatory tasks for Week 1 of teaching (Foundation Year students)

Activity 1: Language & Texts

Activity 2: Literature in Time

Activity 3: Research in English 

Social media accounts

Make the first step to being involved in the School of English community by joining the Fresher's Facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCUEnglish2019

Or join us on:

https://twitter.com/BCUEnglish

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/english/news/blog 

Mentors

View mentor profiles

International

https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/essentials/international/Index

Further information

Reading list

Student Engagement Policy v3 May 2019

School of Fashion and Textiles Foundation Year (Four year course)

Course handbook

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Induction date

Thursday 19, Friday 20 September 2019.

Start time

1.00pm

Location

Room P1.31, The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

Course Leader

Louise Martin – Course Tutor

louise.martin@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

The fashion and textile foundation course is an exciting step towards your chosen degree path, an opportunity for you to develop skills, which will start to equip your professional journey. 

The course encompasses fashion design, fashion business and promotion, fashion branding and communication, and textile design degree routes, providing a platform for students to share and learn from others, whilst developing visual communication skills and processes to build confidence and independence ready for the next stage of your degree. 

My aim is to excite, engage and challenge the learner pushing them to develop into capable fashion and textile students with a great aesthetic and enthusiasm to learn. 

Download induction week homework

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
  • Lunch and a drink (the canteen can get very busy on the first day)

Induction week timetable

Download

Social media accounts

Please join BCU Fashion and Textiles 2019 to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/362105597788571/

The School Blog  - Lots of stories from the Fashion Business students and more: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/fashion-and-textiles/news-and-events/blog

Keep up to date with the latest from the Fashioning Futures Lectures. @FF_LECTURES
http://twitter.com/FF_LECTURES

Keep up to date with the latest from fashioning futures lectures: @fashioning_futures
http://www.instagram.com/fashioning_futures

Keep up to date with the latest from the Fashion and Textiles Foundation course:

https://www.instagram.com/bcu_foundation/

Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university. 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design / Costume Design and Practice / Garment Technology

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.30am

Location

Room P350, Floor 3, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Sheila Griffiths

I’m Sheila Griffiths, and I’m the Programme Director to the suite of BA (Hons) Fashion Design courses within Birmingham City University's School of Fashion and Textiles.

Sheila.Griffiths@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the School of Fashion and Textiles, and what will become the next chapter in your journey through higher education.

During the induction week, we have lots of activities planned for you in and around the school and campus, which will allow you to find your way around and start to feel comfortable with your new surroundings and enable you to get to know your peers and meet the staff team.

Enjoy the summer and we will see you in September!

Sheila

What should I bring on my first day?

Please bring with you the following: your pre-arrival task, art materials, scissors, tape and glue.

Essential equipment

Download

Induction week timetable

Download

Pre-arrival task

Download

Social media accounts

Please join BCU Fashion and Textiles 2019 to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/362105597788571/

Instagram: bcu_fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.30am

Location

If your family name starts with a letter A - L go to Room P 1.32, Level 1, Parkside Building.

If your family name starts with a letter M - Z go to Room P1.30, Level 1, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Alison Rapsey
alison.rapsey@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.

What should I bring on my first day?
  • Pen
  • Note pad
  • Student ID card
  • Lunch and a drink ( the canteen can get very busy on the first day )
Essential equipment

We recommend you have a laptop – any brand but with a good memory.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

We would like you to come prepared with stories and news from the fashion industry

Find and collate an item of interest from each of the following:

News sites –UK and International 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

https://www.businessoffashion.com/

https://www.franklintill.com

https://www.goodtroublemag.com/

 

YouTube: or International video site 

A relevant video that is trending and relevant to the industry 

http://www.vogue.com.cn/voguefilm/

https://www.tvcbook.com

https://www.hellorf.com/video

http://www.kanqiye.com

http://motionographer.com

 

Instagram: or International image site 

An Instagram story or key person of interest page relevant to the industry 

http://photo.china.com.cn

http://www.fengniao.com

https://www.vcg.com

http://www.ccdol.com

https://www.hellorf.com

 

Magazine Article: 

Any relevant fashion/ culture article from a paper or online publication-

Here are some new / independent issues to look at …

www.sofa-universe.com

www.creativereview.co.uk

www.beautypapers.com

www.gal-dem.com

www.thegentlewoman.co.uk

https://cn.fashionnetwork.com

https://www.newyorkfestivals.com

https://clios.com

http://www.cndesign.com

http://www.infinistudio.cn

https://www.pitchina.com.cn

http://emgvideo.lofter.com

Social media accounts

Please join BCU Fashion and Textiles 2019 to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/362105597788571/

Follow our Instagram to see past course events and current Instagram stories.

@BCU_FBP

http://www.instagram.com/bcu_fbp/

Keep up to date with the latest from fashioning futures lectures @fashioning futures

http://www.instagram.com/fashioning_futures

Check out our LinkedIn to see our past students and their successful employment and roles within the industry!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/friends-of-fbp-and-frm-069628101/

Mentors

Mesha Pope is your Student Success Adviser.

Mesha.pope@bcu.ac.uk

International

Saier.Chen@bcu.ac.uk our Chinese international support tutor can pass on queries and questions to staff. All international students to ensure they attend the fresher’s week.

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.30am

Location

Room P131, Floor 3, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Welcome message

Hi there, 

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week, we are looking forward to meeting you. We have lots of creative and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school, campus and the city of Birmingham and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

Please note this information may be subject to change therefore keep checking the website as we approach induction week to make sure you have the most up to date instructions.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Pre-arrival task work
Induction week timetable

Download

Pre-arrival task

Download

Social media accounts

Please join BCU Fashion and Textiles 2019 to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/362105597788571/

The School Blog - Lots of stories from the Fashion Business students and more https://www.bcu.ac.uk/fashion-and-textiles/news-and-events/blog

Follow our Instagram to see past course events and current Instagram stories.

@fbc_bcu

http://www.instagram.com/fbc_bcu/

Keep up to date with the latest from fashioning futures lectures @fashioning_futures

http://www.instagram.com/fashioning_futures

Check out our LinkedIn to see our past students and their successful employment and roles within the industry!

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/friends-of-frm-and-fbp-069628101

Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university. https://www.bcu.ac.uk/fashion-and-textiles/the-student-experience/level-up/team

BA (Hons) Textile Design (all pathways)

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.30am

Location

Room P339B, Floor 3, Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Zoe Hillyard, Senior Lecturer (Acting Course Leader)

zoe.hillyard@bcu.ac.uk 

Zoe has taught at the University for many years and is part of a well-established team of academics who are passionate about creating an exciting and supportive learning experience for you.  A range of industry facing experiences will prepare you to be a graduate with really diverse career options.  Zoe teaches across the course but will be your personal tutor during your first year.  She will be there to help you settle into our friendly creative community and support you as you progress through the course.

Welcome message

Hello! 

The staff team are looking forward to welcoming you onto Textile Design and we hope you are excited for the journey ahead! We have lots of useful and fun activities planned to help you make friends, meet your tutors and find your way around the school and campus.

What should I bring on my first day?
  • Pen and Note pad
  • Student ID
  • And a smile!  
  • (No need to bring any nerves!)
Essential equipment

Use the following list as a guide.  Build on the creative tools and materials you have already gathered – the wider range of equipment, the better! (You will not need to bring this on the first day of Welcome Week, but you will need your sewing kit for a workshop on the Thursday)

  • Basic sewing kit: range of needles & threads, embroidery hoop
  • Charcoal, graphite pencils, putty rubber
  • Drawing inks, pens, nibs
  • Pastels, crayons
  • Watercolour paint
  • ‘Designer Gouache’ paints – we strongly recommend you invest in the following individual tubes rather than a set - Process Yellow 675, Process Cyan 120, Process Magenta 412, Jet Black 041, Permanent White 008
  • Brushes (a range of)
  • Scissors (for fabric) & Scissors (for paper)
  • Pins (dress), sewing needles - mixed packet of sizes and types
  • Masking fluid, masking tape
  • Apron / old shirt / overall
  • A2 cartridge paper - start to build up a personal collection of papers and fabrics to use.
  • Metal Ruler (1 metre)
  • A1 Cutting mat (costly we know, but good to have at home, an A3 size to bring in daily will be extremely useful)
  • USB memory stick
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Build an ‘A to Z collection’ of what inspires you! 

Collect 24 objects - something beginning with A, something beginning with B, something beginning with C, something beginning with D, and so on……! 

They can be anything!  The thing that connects them is YOU.  The objects should be things that INTRIGUE or INSPIRE you.  (Don’t over think this!  We just want to get a sense of who you are and what makes you smile and go ‘wow’!) 

Also - set up a new Instagram page that you can use to build a professional online profile as a textile designer during the course.   To start it off, post an image of each of your A to Z collection!  Enjoy photographing them beautifully and telling us a little bit about them.  Please use #comingtotextilebcu19 

Bring your A to Z collection with you if you are relocating to Birmingham and we will tell you when to bring them into class (we will be using them to inspire the first Module).

Happy collecting and sharing!

If you have any questions, please email Zoe Hillyard, Level 4 Coordinator (zoe.hillyard@bcu.ac.uk)

Social media accounts

Please join BCU Fashion and Textiles 2019 to meet people from your course, ask questions and receive updates throughout the year.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/362105597788571/

Get a flavour of the spirit of our course and some of the friendly faces that await!

Instagram: @textilesbcu

Facebook: bcu textile design

Twitter: textilesbcu

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/fashion-and-textiles/news-and-events/blog

BA (Hons) Popular Music - FDA

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BA (Hons) Popular Music

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BA (Hons) Gemmology and Jewellery Studies

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.45am

Location

School of Jewellery Atrium, Vittoria Street.

Course Leader

Miranda Wells

Welcome message

We are looking forward to you joining us for induction week, and the start of your gemmological journey.  We have a range of interesting and exciting activities to help you find your way around the facilities available to you at the school, and in the surrounding area.  This will also be an opportunity to meet your tutors, and for everyone to learn more about each other, and the course.

What should I bring on my first day?

Notepad, pen, identification, medical information.

Essential equipment

USB drive, 10x loupe (chrome or black), stone tongs/tweezers, dichroscope, Chelsea Colour Filter, polariscope, conoscope, flat light, penlight, stone cloth, spectroscope, lab coat.  (There will be options to purchase the majority of these from local suppliers during welcome week).

Induction week timetable

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Social media accounts

Twitter

  • SoJ_BCU

Facebook

BA (Hons) Horology

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.45am

Location

School of Jewellery Atrium, Vittoria Street, B1 3PA

Course Leader

Jeremy Hobbins

jeremy.hobbins@bcu.ac.uk

Originally graduating with a Business background, Jeremy transferred his skills into the horology world following his study of HND Horology at the School of Jewellery.

Jeremy worked as a professional horologist for others, and himself, for 20 years before returning to the School to share his love of the subject and train a new generation of horologists.

Jeremy created the BA (Hons) Horology course to develop the horological education and training offered by Birmingham City University. The course was developed following close collaboration with the British Horological Institute and various leading industry partners.

Welcome message

Hello and congratulations on joining the only course of its type, the BA Hons Horology at BCU. 

As you prepare to join the Horology Course, we at the School of Jewellery are preparing for your arrival too. 

Your first week is a Welcome Week, and we would like you to arrive at the School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street, Birmingham B1 3PA for 9.30 on the 16th September 2019. There some 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. Whilst you are mainly based at the Vittoria Street site, don’t forget to explore the main campus of the Faculty at Parkside. 

Come and enjoy meeting your fellow students and getting to know them and your way around the Jewellery Quarter. Both I and my colleagues Rory McEvoy, and Mat Porton very much look forward to having you join us in the Horology Department.

What should I bring on my first day?

You will need to bring a pen and note book on your first day, and be prepared to have photos taken for our records!

You will find a list of Tools below but part of the Welcome Week is an introduction to local tool suppliers who offer BCU Students a discount, so it is worth waiting before you rush out and buy.  However you must be prepared to go shopping in your first week.

Essential equipment

There are many general and specialist tools that will be required throughout the Horology course.  However, choosing variants of tools appropriately is not always obvious without understanding the context in which they will be used.

You may already have some horological tools.  Bring them along but do not feel you need to immediately rush out to purchase a set of tools, some of which you may find are only rarely used and may be available at University, places of work etc.  You do need to be prepared to purchase tools in the first few weeks an d we will provide a tool list during your first week.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

We will share Reading Lists with you on arrival, but in the meantime do read anything you can find on Clocks and Watches. Everyone in the group has a different level of knowledge about the subject, and we deliberately start from a common point, assuming you all know nothing! 

I’d like you to come prepared to talk a little about a particular Clock or Watch that has perhaps drawn you to the subject, it could be a famous one, a family item, or something in a junk shop!

Social media accounts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/750994708652495/

BA (Hons) International Jewellery Business

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.45am

Location

School of Jewellery,
Vittoria Street,
Hockley,
Birmingham,
B1 3PA

Course Leader

Kate Thorley

Kate.thorley@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 of Jewellery and BCU campus over the coming week which will also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first day?

Your smart phones to capture your first day!

Any documents requested by Admissions – please check your portal for details.

Essential equipment

Laptop or tablet (bring to classroom activities - not required in welcome week).

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Please bring a piece of jewellery that has special meaning to you – this does not need to be valuable, the jewellery’s value could invoke a strong memory or identity.

Social media accounts

Facebook

Twitter

  • SoJ_BCU
Mentors

You will have class reps called SALs Student Academic Leaders and SSAs Student Success Advisors.

International

https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/essentials

https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/essentials/international

English Language Support:

https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/celt/centre-for-academic-success

https://icity.bcu.ac.uk/celt/centre-for-academic-success/International-students/Index

HND Jewellery and Silversmithing

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Atrium, School of Jewellery, 82-86 Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA.

Course Leader

Dauvit Alexander

Dauvit.Alexander@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to the School of Jewellery to begin your journey into the Jewellery industry. We’ll be starting off very informally with coffee and the chance to meet everyone on your course and the tutors and we have a week of activities planned to make you feel at home in our community of makers.

What should I bring on my first day?

Bring along a notepad and pencil or pen.

Essential equipment

There is nothing we recommend you bring before you start but you will have the opportunity to buy your toolkit at a discounted price from our local suppliers during the induction week.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

It would be good if you could come with a few ideas about the kind of of work you would like to think about making on the course. Research 2-3 Jewellers or Silversmiths you admire, think about what it is you like about them, consider how the work you have selected might have been made.

Social media accounts

Twitter - @Soj_BCU

Instagram - @Soj_BCU

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/750994708652495/

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing - Design For Industry

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.45am for a 10.00am start

Location

School of Jewellery, Vittoria Street.

Course Leader

claire.price@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

We’re really looking forward to working with you on the Design for Industry course. We want to help you develop your ideas and products and to realise your potential to start the career you want. We’ll be introducing you to the team and showing you the resources and technology we have before getting you thinking about how You can get the most out of this year. Claire, Andy & Keith.

What should I bring on my first day?
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Images that you are inspired by, printed or digital
  • Your best or favourite piece of work/jewellery-product that YOU have made
Essential equipment

A basic toolbox and finishing hand tools, consumables.

Induction week timetable

TBC

Pre-arrival task

If you can, visit International Jewellery London at Olympia in London 1st – 3rd September 2019 www.jewellerylondon.com register as a student before and it’s FREE. Come and see us on the School of Jewellery/Birmingham stand (at the back next to the catwalk) 

Answer the following questions……

What is your dream job/career/business for the future?

What do you want to achieve/create/learn/develop whilst on the Design for Industry course?

Social media accounts

Twitter

School Instagram

Facebook

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Objects

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

9.45am

Location

Room VitG18, Ground Floor, School of Jewellery, 82-86 Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA.

Course Leader

Beaulagh Brooks

Beaulagh.Brooks@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week as you commence your Undergraduate studies with us at the School of Jewellery! We have lots of information sessions and activities planned to help you find your way around the school, and also to meet your peers and tutors.

What should I bring on my first day?

Notepad and pen

Water bottle

Essential equipment

All essential tools for the duration of your studies will be discussed with you during induction week.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

It would be good if you could come with a few ideas about the kind of of work you would like to think about making on the course. Research 2-3 Jewellers or Silversmiths you admire, think about what it is you like about them, consider how the work you have selected might have been made.

Social media accounts

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

International Students

Visa & Immigrations Services and enquiries: batch@bcu.ac.uk 

Accommodation assistance: accommodation@bcu.ac.uk

International Student information : www.bcu.ac.uk/international

School of Media Foundation Years (Four year course)

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Courses

This information applies to the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Fashion and Beauty Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Film and Screenwriting with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Film Making with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Film Studies with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Media and Communication with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Media Production with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Music Industries with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Music Journalism with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Sports Journalism with a Foundation Year
Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

12.00pm

Location

Room MP 3.64 (Media Lab), Floor 3, Millennium Point Building (accessible from floor 3 Parkside Building – follow the signs for course central).

Course Leader

Ellie Tomsett
ellie.tomsett@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! This is the first time we will meet as a group and will be a chance for you to meet your peers and tutors. The week involves both fun activities and key information about being a student with us (e.g. how to access the IT system, how to book equipment out etc.). See you there.

What should I bring on my first day?

Bring with you something you can make notes with (old school pens/ pencils/ paper) and/or a laptop/tablet for notetaking (a laptop/tablet is not necessary for participation but if you have access to one feel free to bring it with you).

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Before you join us in September we want you to think through what you are hoping to achieve at University, and how you can make the most of the opportunities, in order for you to formulate and work towards your goals. As part of your foundation year you will engage with a variety of media forms and approaches. 

We’d like you to spend some time on an exercise to get you thinking about the kind of media you enjoy, and what your aspirations are for becoming a media professional in due course. This exercise will also prepare you for University assessments, where you will frequently be asked to critique media texts (e.g. television, film, print media, radio shows etc.), made either by yourself or others, and to reflect on your personal development. You will receive feedback on this task and add the content to your University blog which you’ll create as part of your Professional and Academic Skills sessions. 

Please answer the following questions, in no more than 200 words per question: 

  1. Write a short review of one of the following:
  • Television programme
  • Film
  • Online video
  • Radio show
  • Podcast

Choose an example that you have enjoyed recently. Briefly describe the show, the platform it was on and explain how it was structured. Tell us what you enjoyed about it, and also how it could have been improved.

  1. Identify an industry role model whose work you admire. Tell us about this person, their career story, and what it is that you find inspiring about them and their work. If you don’t already know of someone, then carry out some research, and find someone suitable, and let us know about their achievements, and how they got there.

You will receive feedback on:

  • Your ability to present work in a professional manner, using an appropriate tone, with attention to correct grammar and spelling.
  • How well you have critiqued a contemporary media text, and researched an appropriate industry role model.
Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student. 

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

Social media accounts
  • Foundation Twitter Feed - @MediaFdn
  • BCU School of Media Twitter Feed - @bcumedia

HND Media and Communication

This information is available from the college delivering your course.

BA (Hons) Journalism courses: All routes

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Courses

This information applies to the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Sports Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Fashion and Beauty Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Music Journalism
Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

C281 The Curzon Building.

Course Leader

Marverine Duffy – marverine.duffy@bcu.ac.uk

Marverine’s media career spans 32 years, 16 of those as a journalist and broadcaster, winning awards for her work. She’s clocked up thousands of hours of presenting live TV and radio - in studios and on location. 

As a newsreader for one of Britain’s best-known news channels, Sky News, Marverine was deft at handling major breaking news stories to an audience of millions worldwide, on the ‘World News and Business Report' programme. 

She’s been a reporter and newsreader for the BBC, ITV News, Emmy-award winning channel Arise News and 5 News. She continues to freelance as a content producer, reporter for ITN Industry news and as a documentary producer for BBC Radio 4. 

Marverine is a born-and bred Brummie, and an alumna of Birmingham City University – having completed not one, but two postgraduate courses here. 

She’s regularly asked to discuss diversity and inclusion in the journalism and media industries on TV and Radio, for newspapers and at conferences.

Welcome message

I hope you’re excited to join us for your Journalism induction week? I’m really looking forward to seeing you. 

We’ve got some brilliant activities lined up to help you get to know the school, the campus and Birmingham. You’ll get a chance to chat to me, your other tutors and make new friends.

What should I bring on my first 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:

  • Your own laptop (if you have one)
  • Pens & a notepad
  • Student ID card
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task
  1. We want to find out more about you and your journalism interests! 
  1. Visit https://theconversation.com/uk/topics/uk-journalism-11651 
  1. This is a website used by academics to write and share short articles about contemporary issues related to their research interests. 
  1. Choose one of the journalism related topics you find on this site, or identify another media topic that interests you. Then, in 300 words, outline why this topic is important to you and how you might begin to investigate it further as part of your First Year Journalism studies with us at BCU 
  1. Email it to: duffy@bcu.ac.uk, with the Subject: PRE ARRIVAL TASK 2019

DEADLINE = Friday 14 September

  1. Take care with the accuracy of your writing, including spelling and grammar, and ensure that your work is presented in a professional manner
Social media accounts

Follow us on twitter

  • @bcumedia
  • @BCUJournalism
  • #DoMediaDifferently
Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student. 

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

BA (Hons) Media and Communication

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Studio C, The Parkside Building.

Course Leader

Hazel Collie

hazel.collie@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

A very warm welcome from the BA (Hons) Media and Communication course team. We’re really looking forward to working with you over the next three years. 

Before we get the degree underway, we’re excited to host you in Welcome Week, where we have a range of activities to enable you to meet your tutors, get to know each other and to find your way around the University and Birmingham.

Essential equipment
  • Note-taking equipment
  • Media-making equipment can be hired through the University’s Hires and Loans department
  • Laptops are useful, but can also be hired through the University
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

90 Seconds About Me – create a piece of media which tells us a bit about you. In 90 seconds, show us who you are, what you enjoy about the media and what you would like to change in the media – how would you like to #domediadifferently? You can do this as a video or audio (we don’t demand high production value yet), as a narrated slide show, a music video with text over the top, anything else…it’s your choice. Be creative!

Once completed, you’ll need to upload your work via the submission point which is clearly indicated on the Pre-Arrival Task section of the Level Up site If you have any questions, please email your Course Leader.

Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student. 

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

Social media accounts

As well as using Facebook, you are encouraged to interact and engage with each other - and existing students and staff - across other social media platforms. Don’t be shy! 

Facebook: BCU Media Level Up 2019

Twitter: @bcumedia

Instagram: @bcuschoolofmedia

BA (Hons) Film courses (Three year course)

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Courses

This information applies to the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Film and Screenwriting
  • BA (Hons) Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) Film Making
Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019.

Start time

12.00-1.00pm

Location

Studio A, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD.

Course Leader

Professor Xavier Mendik

Xavier Mendik is Professor of Cult Cinema Studies at Birmingham City University, where he also runs the Cine-Excess International Film Festival (www.cine-excess.co.uk).  He is the author/editor/co-editor of nine volumes on cult cinema traditions, including Bodies of Desire and Bodies in Distress: The Golden Age of Italian Cult Cinema (2015), Peep Shows: Cult Film and the Cine-Erotic (2012) and The Cult Film Reader (2008). Xavier Mendik has also completed a number of documentaries on cult film traditions, including 

Tax Shelter Terrors (2017). Xavier’s passion for film resulted in him leading the Film Futures Development programme at BCU, which has resulted in the new course you are joining in 2018.

xavier.mendik@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

A very warm welcome from the BA (Hons) Film and Screenwriting course team. 

This exciting new course is part of the Film Futures virtual film school that BCU is launching in Britain’s second city, which will allow you to explore key film theory, practice and industry debates, and to become part of a film community with students from related courses. 

As part of your programme, you will also have the opportunity to both attend and work on film festivals that occur in the city. As a result, we are currently busy preparing for the year ahead, which will include your chance to attend the 12th edition of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival, which takes place at BCU and cinema venues across the region between 7th - 9th November 2019. 

We are also looking forward to hosting you on induction week, where we have a range 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. Please click the button below for further information on your induction week.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Pre-arrival task work
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

To get you ready for your first term with us, please begin keeping a blog of a range of films that you feel are important in terms of their themes, stylistic features and or/ filmmaking conventions. 

We would be really interested to discuss your thoughts on these films when you arrive at BCU, so be prepared to bring an extract of your blog that outlines one or more of the films you have analysed. 

Keep being creative and inquisitive in your love of cinema and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student.

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

BA (Hons) Media Production

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.30am

Location

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Vanessa Jackson
vanessa.jackson@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

A very warm welcome from the BA (Hons) Media Production course team. 

This exciting course is part of the Birmingham School of Media, which enjoys some of the best television and radio facilities of any UK university. You’ll be making your own audio and video content from the outset, working collaboratively with your peers. The course is very industry focussed, and your lecturers all have backgrounds as media professionals themselves. You’ll be going on placements and working on real world projects, as well as having the opportunity to go on trips and study abroad if you want to. We’re really looking forward to getting to know you, and to work with you on some interesting projects. 

We are excited to be hosting you in Welcome Week, where we have a range of fun and engaging activities to enable you to meet your peers and tutors and to help orientate you with the University and Birmingham.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

We’re really looking forward to meeting you at Welcome Week on 16th September, but before then we’d like to get to know you a little, and for you to get to know each other. To help with this we’re asking you to record a short video, audio, or audio-slideshow piece about yourself. This should be around one minute long (it’s surprising how much information you can pack into 60 seconds). You might find it helpful to answer some of the following questions:

  • What’s your name?
  • Where are you from?
  • Why have you chosen to study Media Production?
  • What are you wanting to get out of the course?
  • What are your ambitions longer term?
  • What are you most worried about?
  • What are you most looking forward to?
  • An interesting or unusual fact about yourself 

Please join the BCU BA Media Production 2019 Facebook group (it’s a closed group, just search for it, ask to join, and we’ll add you). Once you’ve joined the group, post your video/audio/audio-slideshow piece onto the group page. Then, please take a look at other people’s posts and add comments (nice ones only) and start to get to know each other.

Social media accounts

We know that social media isn’t for everyone, but we’d like you to join the Facebook group for your cohort, and start to get to know each other. Please search for BCU BA Media Production 2019 and ask to join the closed group. We’ll then add you to the group. This is where we’d like you to post your ‘pre-arrival’ task, and comment on the videos and audio posts that other students have made.

Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student.

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

TBC

Location

The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Philip Young (Philip.young@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.

Essential equipment

Most students find it useful to have their own laptop but these can be borrowed from BCU though our Hires and Loans system.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

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Social media accounts

Please follow us and talk to us at:

  • Facebook: bcuwearepr
  • Twitter: @BCUWeArePR
Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student.

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

BA (Hons) Music Industries

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.30am

Location

Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Staff

Dr Iain Taylor
iain.taylor@bcu.ac.uk

Matt Grimes
matt.grimes@bcu.ac.uk

Matt Grimes: Matt is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Music Industries at the Birmingham School of Media and a Senior Lecturer in Music Industries and Radio. Prior to joining the Birmingham School of Media and the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) as an academic, Matt worked in the DiY Punk/Hardcore and music festival scenes. He also worked extensively as a freelance radio trainer/producer, delivering radio production skills to marginalised groups such as Romany and Gypsy Travellers, prison inmates, young adults in rural areas, victims of domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependents, and community groups. Matt’s research is concerned with DiY punk and anarcho-punk amongst older and ageing participants in those scenes, focussing on identity, memory and nostalgia. He also has research interests in DiY countercultures and music scenes.

Dr Iain Taylor: Iain is a Lecturer in Music Industries. Before joining Birmingham City University in September 2015, he was an Associate Lecturer in University of the West of Scotland’s School of Creative and Cultural Industries for five years. Iain’s research is concerned with the negotiation of value around music formats, and our relationship with recorded music in an age of ever-increasing digital intangibility. In particular, he is interested in the tensions that exist in our relationships with both analogue and digital music formats, and ways of thinking and talking about hybridity between analogue and digital media and practice. Prior to entering academia, Iain worked variously in events marketing and PR, music tuition, and as a multi-instrumentalist musician.

Welcome message

A very warm welcome from the BA (Hons) Music Industries course team. This course is part of the Birmingham School of Media. The course is very industry focussed, and your lecturers all have backgrounds in the music industry themselves. We’re really looking forward to getting to know you, and to work with you on some interesting projects over the coming 3 years. We are excited to be hosting you in Welcome Week, where we have a range of fun and engaging activities to enable you to meet your peers and tutors and to help orientate you with the University and the city of Birmingham.

What should I bring on my first 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
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

We would like you to create a playlist of no more than 10 songs/tunes and no less than 5 songs/tunes that you think best encapsulates your current relationship with music and how that music reflects your wider identity and personality. Alongside this we would like you to write a short contextualisation of no more than 500 words that explains your choices for your playlist. Please bring this with you on your first day.

Social media accounts

Do you want to meet some familiar faces when you get here? Then join our Facebook Group! It’s a closed group where you can chat with other first year music industries students from your course. Just hit the button below, press ‘Join Group’ – and we’ll approve you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/443571182876330/

https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamSchoolOfMedia/

Twitter: @BcuMusic   @bcumedia

Mentors

Before you arrive and during Welcome Week you’ll be supported by a team of student mentors who have been recruited as part of our Level Up programme. Level Up is the pre-arrival programme for the Birmingham School of Media. The programme is led by students and academic staff, and is designed to help support you in the transition into life as an undergraduate student.

All of our Level Up mentors are current students within the Birmingham School of Media and will be there to help and guide you through the transition process and answer any questions about student life and starting university. Head over to our Level Up Facebook page to find out more about the team and to introduce yourself to other students who will be starting the course in September.

BMus (Hons) Jazz

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

The Bradshaw Hall, Floor 2, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Jeremy Price (Head of Jazz)

Jeremy has been Head of Jazz at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since the Jazz Department was established in 1999. He studied at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since followed a career as a freelance trombonist and jazz educator.

Dr Steve Halfyard (Director of Undergraduate Studies (Music)

I have oversight of all undergraduate programmes at the Conservatoire, although most of my direct responsibilities are within the BMus (Hons) programmes in Performance, Composition and Music Technology. 

Welcome message

On behalf of the jazz staff and the continuing students, a heartfelt welcome aboard to this fantastic jazz department.

We are delighted that you have decided to join us and look forward to sharing with you a whole host of inspiring musical experiences, from all the department gigs and student performances to the master-class series and international guest nights at Eastside Jazz Club. You’ll also get to know the City’s jazz scene with its many venues and prolific output of jazz. Many freshers say that they hear more live jazz in their first couple of weeks than they have heard all year! And it just keeps coming so go ahead and revel in it!

What should I bring on my first day?

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

  • Note pad
  • Laptop
  • Student ID
  • Instrument (if portable, it would be good to have your instrument in case there is a chance to play. For Drums, basses and amps we will advise how to get access to store rooms during induction week)
Induction week timetable

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Social media accounts
  • Facebook: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Music

  • Twitter:
  • Follow Jazz department @BirmConsJazz
  • Follow Jeremy on @jazztrombone.co.uk
  • Follow Andrew Bain @Baindrums
  • Follow John O’Gallagher @OGaltosax
  • Follow Percy Pursglove @percypursglove
Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature. 

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Success Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University. 

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

BMus (Hons) Music / Instrumental and Vocal Performance / Composition / Music Technology

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

The Bradshaw Hall, Floor 2, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Dr Steve Halfyard (Director of Undergraduate Studies (Music)

I have oversight of all undergraduate programmes at the Conservatoire, although most of my direct responsibilities are within the BMus (Hons) programmes in Performance, Composition and Music Technology.  

Mr Duncan Fielden (Assistant Course Leader, BMus)

I am the personal tutor for all first-year undergraduate students, be you on the Performance, Composition or Music Technology programmes.

Welcome message

Hello and Welcome!

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in induction week! We have a lot of activities planned to help you find your way around the Conservatoire and university campus and also to enable you to meet your head of department, you course tutors, the other students in your department and year group.

What should I bring on my first day?

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

  • Pens/ pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID (login and password information)
  • Student card

You probably won’t need your instrument on the first day, but you are welcome to bring it along if you want.

Induction week timetable

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Mentors

Hi, my name is Imnah Williams. I studied English Language and Literature. 

The role of the Student Success Advisors is primarily to ensure that BCU students have the best possible experience during their time at the University. Student Sucmedia prodcess Advisors offer a range of support from; advice on your next steps once you finish your course, financial concerns, academic support and mental health and wellbeing support. You can book one to one appointments or come to one of our regular drop-in sessions. We also organise various events throughout the year, which encourage students to socialise and meet students from different courses across the University. 

The highlight of my first year was probably writing and performing in a short play for one of the drama modules on my course. It really opened my eyes to the world of script-writing, which has since become a major passion of mine and something I am now pursuing professionally.

BA (Hons) Video Game Digital Art

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Induction date

Thursday 19 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room C140, Curzon Building.

Course Leader

Shaun Magher

Shaun is a Senior Lecturer and Programme leader. He has over 3 decades of experience working within Film, TV, Games and Animation production.  At his core he is a Performance Animator and has held positions as Creative Director and Animation Director throughout his career.

Shaun has worked with numerous companies including Aardman, HRA, Moving Picture Company, Rare, Evolution, Machine Zone, Manga and still runs his own company SMA studios. 

shaun.magher@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.

What should I bring on my first 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
  • Sketchbook
  • Student ID
  • Pre-arrival task work
Equipment

We suggest that you purchase a Wacom tablet, to use alongside the laptop that we provide for the duration of your course.

Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Our first module is back to basics. It all centres on a sketchbook, so I would suggest that you do a little practise before you arrive to the course and get drawing! Don’t worry about how good it is, it’s actually the process of observation that is key. Look at something, whatever it may be – A Building, People in a café, your foot. It doesn’t matter, observe and sketch what you see. It would be great to see a sketchbook full before you start, but a few drawings are a good start.

Social media accounts

This is the NTI student ‘Level up 2019’ Facebook community page. Go join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NTILevelUp2019/

This is a Digital Art forum fo all NTI Digital Artists. It’s a fun page that has all sorts of articles, notices etc. Go join. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=video%20game%20digital%20art

BA (Hons) Digital Marketing

Course handbook

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Induction date

Thursday 19 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room C140 a+b, Floor 1, Curzon Building

Course Leader

Mike Villiers-Stuart - Senior Lecturer

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.

What should I bring on my first day?

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

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Note pad
  • Student ID
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Take a look through: https://www.storyscaping.com/

BSc (Hons) Video Game Development

Course handbook

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Induction date

Thursday 19 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

New Technology Institute,
Room C140a+b
1st Floor,
Curzon Building, City Centre Campus
4 Cardigan St,
Birmingham,
B4 7BD

Course Leader

Zafar Qamar

zafar.qamar@bcu.ac.uk 

Welcome message

Hi and welcome to BSc (Hons) Video Game Development, an intensive, two-year degree, perfect for a career as a programmer within the video game industry. 

This course provides creative, ambitious undergraduates with key skills to succeed in the field of video game development. Responding to key/future trends, technology innovation and the latest tools, the course should equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to author video games using a variety of programming languages, engines and frameworks across several target platforms. 

With specialist skills training, mentoring and support from experienced industry professionals, you'll gain the theoretical and intellectual skills, mixed with the practical and team-working experience that game industry employers crave. 

By the time you graduate, a whole year before most students, you’ll have two years of tangible, video game programming experience under your belt, ready to find your perfect job in the ever-growing game development industries. 

The programme team all have vast industry experience and together with our partners which include Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, RedBee, Codemasters, Exient, Microsoft Rare, Sumo Digital, Lockwood, Lab 42 and Aardvark Swift (recruiters), warmly welcome you to the programme. 

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

Zafar

What should I bring on my first 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
  • A Laptop (fully charged) (if you have one and prefer taking notes on it)
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

In preparation of joining this very exciting course, we would like you do a small amount of pre-reading. Please visit and use these websites to get a feel for the sort of information you will be required to understand soon in the course: 

JavaScript Tutorial

http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp

 

Unity Tutorials

https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials

Social media accounts

This is the NTI student ‘Level up 2019’ Facebook community page. Go join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NTILevelUp2019/

BA (Hons) Video Game Design and Production

Course handbook

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Induction date

Thursday 19 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

New Technology Institute,
Room C140,
1st Floor,
Curzon Building, City Centre Campus
4 Cardigan St,
Birmingham,
B4 7BD

Course Leader

Zuby Ahmed

zuby.ahmed@bcu.ac.uk

Welcome message

Hi there, 

I want to wish you a very warm welcome to BA (Hons) Video Game Design and Production; developing the next generation video game designers and producers. 

This course provides budding games designers and producers with all the key design, production and even high-level business skills needed to successfully navigate through the challenges and pitfalls of delivering game products within a demanding and rapidly evolving games industry environment. 

Our diverse team of academics, specialists and industry mentors are looking forward to providing you with a wide range of experience in game development, game design, project management and production and games business models, enabling you to succeed in entering the games industry as a T-Skilled professional. 

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 within the numerous projects within the programme. 

The programme team all have vast industry experience and together with our partners which include Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Codemasters, Microsoft Rare, Sumo Digital, Lockwood, Lab 42, SmashMouth Games, and Aardvark Swift (recruiters), warmly welcome you to the programme. 

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

What should I bring on my first 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
  • A Laptop (fully charged) (if you have one available)
Induction week timetable

Download

Pre-arrival task

In preparation of joining this very exciting course, we would like you do a small bit of pre-reading. Please visit these websites on a daily basis to find out news, so that when you start the course, you are up to date with what is going on within the Games industry: 

  • vgchartz.com : See what is selling around the world and why 
  • mcvuk.com: Insight into the UK Industry & Retail 

Also continue to do as much background reading/case study investigations in Project Management Methodologies by joining forums/groups on these sites, in order to learn about best practice(s):

Finally read up and be aware of all the different roles and responsibilities of people working within the Games Industry, working hard to make videogames:

Please be ready to be quizzed about important events that have or are happening within the Games Industry; as future Game Designers and Producer, you need to be on top of your industry knowledge!

Social media accounts

Here is our New Technology Institute Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NTILevelUp2019/

BA (Hons) Film Business and Promotion

Course handbook

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Induction date

Thursday 19 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room C140, Floor 1, Curzon Building.

Course Leader

Rebecca Tullener
rebecca.tullener@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.

What should I bring on my first 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
Induction week timetable

Download

Pre-arrival task

To get ready for your first term with us, keep fuelling your passion for film by exploring, watching and enjoying titles from across the globe. You could also start following industry news by reading screendaily.com or the influential Stephen Follows blog: stephenfollows.com

Social media accounts

This is the NTI student ‘Level up 2019’ Facebook community page. Go join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NTILevelUp2019/

School of Visual Communication Foundation courses

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Courses

This information applies to the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Art and Design with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Design for Performance with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Illustration with a Foundation Year
  • BA (Hons) Photography with a Foundation Year
Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, B3 3BX

Course Leader

Jo Newman – Course Director
Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication

Jo is a lecturer in Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Practices and is the course director for the Foundation Year Programme. She has a degree in Fashion, Textiles and Costume, an MA in Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices and a PGCFHE teaching qualification with 17 years teaching experience in Foundation Art & Design, BA Art & Design and BA Illustration.

Jo has written the Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication Course to facilitate skills development, curiosity and courage in readiness for progression onto selected BA Pathways at BCU.

She is committed to developing her career as an illustrator and has worked on a number of self-initiated and commissioned projects. She also has experience working with makers and designers for performance work eg. Cats, Starlight Express, Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, Phantom of the Opera and she has exhibited at Prato in Milan, Crafts Council London, Stroud Select Festival and collaborated for a number of joint exhibitions.

Jo is part of the BCU Margaret Street Protest Choir which is a shared activity with students and staff, and acts a conduit for expression through song, sound and creative practices.

Instagram: @angry_margaret
www.jonewman.me


Joe Miles – Lecturer

Foundation: Visual Arts and Communication

After completing his BA (Hons) Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Joe started his teaching career before moving to London to become a freelance photographer specialising in commercial and editorial photography for national and international clients including the BBC, British Telecom, Fulham FC, HSBC, Hyundai, Liverpool FC, Marie Claire, Microsoft, Nivea, the Times, Sotheby’s, The Sunday Times Magazine Tesco and the Young
Vic Theatre. He has worked with models, politicians, sportspeople and celebrities.


After returning to Birmingham City University he has used his experience of both technical and theoretical skills to enrich his student’s education. He is passionate about creativity, ideas and how essential they are in both education and the creative industries.

As well as various freelance projects he is also researching the creative potential of visual and augmented reality and the combination of still and moving image.


http://joemiles.com

Welcome message

The focus for your first week will be orientation and integration. We will introduce you to the School of Art through informal cross course social activities and will kick start your Foundation course through general presentations that outline what’s ahead for the year. You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the week to help you address any concerns or confusions about the course as well as any general settling in queries.

We will also introduce you to Birmingham to help you navigate the immediate area close to where you will be studying and usually end the week with a shared social event. We look forward to meeting you during Welcome Week :)

What should I bring on my first day?

Energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour! :)
A pen, pencil and/or other drawing and note taking equipment.
Pad/sketchbook for note taking.
A mobile phone if possible but do not rush out and buy one!

Essential equipment

We will discuss essential equipment in more depth during welcome week so please do not rush out and spend too much too quickly. There is plenty of time to focus on the development of your ‘tool kit’ and there will also be supporing materials provided by us throughout the year.

If you are planning ahead, aim to invest in a personal laptop which will support you throughout your entire BA Course and beyond.

Induction week timetable
Art Viscom induction timetable
Pre-arrival preparation

Awareness of the world around you will help to inform the creative work that you develop during your Foundation year. Prior to your arrival take some time to pay attention to current news, social events, cultural changes, scientific progress, factual and fictional developments and innovative changes in the world and beyond.

Social media accounts
Instagram: @bcufoundation
Instagram: @fineart
Instagram: @momentsatmargaretstreet
Instagram: @bcuillustration
Instagram: @bcu_designforperformance
Instagram: @bcu_graphics
Instagram: @bcuphoto
Instagram: @bcu_artanddesign
Instagram: #Angry_margaret
Mentors

Student Success Advisors provide onsite support and advise for students throughout the year. You will be introduced to our Student Success advisor during welcome week.

International

International Students arrive 9.9.19.

BA (Hons) Photography

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

P230 / P233, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD.

Course Leader

Dr John Hillman

John Hillman is Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the BA (Hons) Photography degree at Birmingham City University. 

He is an educator, image-maker, researcher and writer, engaged in the interdisciplinary areas of photography and visual culture. His interests lie in philosophical approaches to contemporary culture and understanding how images and media technologies shape our experience.

Welcome message

Hello, 

I’d like to welcome you to the BA (Hons) Photography degree course at BCU and thank you for selecting Birmingham City University. Your studies will begin with an induction week. During this week there will be lots of activities designed to help you to find out about the course and the university. There will also be opportunities to meet with your lecturers and other students. The first year (L4) leader is Clare Hewitt, she will be your main point of contact throughout the year. After the induction week you will start a module called “Introduction to Visual Communication,” this will include a number of induction sessions. Please ensure you attend all the inductions as you will be unable to use the facilities at the University if you have not gone through an induction beforehand. 

You will also be given a timetable which will provide you with details of what will be happening over the coming weeks and months. It will include trips and events that you may need to sign up for and it will also tell you when your deadlines are! 

Myself, Clare and the faculty teaching team are really looking forward to meeting you in September and working with you over the next three years of your degree. If you have any concerns before you start or any questions at all, please feel free to email me at john.hillman@bcu.ac.uk .

Regards, 

John

Read about Welcome Week

What should I bring on my first 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 and sketchbook
  • Student ID
  • Pre-arrival task and thoughts
Induction week timetable

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Pre-arrival task

Before you join us, take a moment to think about what most interests you about photography. Think about the kinds of photographs you look at and think about the sort of work you’d like to produce in the coming three years. If you can, visit an exhibition and try to understand what the exhibition is asking of you as a visitor. In addition, and this is an intellectual exercise you should practice often, look at any photographs you see on a day to day basis and ask yourself “Who does this photograph think I am?”

Social media accounts

Please follow us on Instagram and send a request to join our closed Facebook group.

Instagram: bcuphoto

Facebook: BCU Viscom Photography

Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university.

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2340899192895289/

Instagram: @viscommunity

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room P418-420, Floor 4, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Chris Morris

Upon graduating from Northumbria University Newcastle in BA (Hons) Advertising & Graphic Design and following a period employed as an Art Director for several London agencies; Lowe Howard-Spink / Horseman Cooke, The Unknown Partnership & D4, working on accounts for Boots, M&S, James Capel, Financial Times, Britvic, JPS, Virgin, Mappin & Webb, Beggars Banquet and Phonogram, designing brand identities for City Beat, Global Village and XL Recordings. After completing the MA Communication Design Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, Christopher worked as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University before accepting a full-time post at The University of Salford. He wrote the BA (Hons) Advertising programme prior to accepting Programme Leadership. The programme received consistent successes at YCN, Roses, DADI, Creative Pioneers and D&AD - winning Yellow Pencils across a range of categories from 2006 - 2013 including: Viral, Integrated, Online and Open Advertising, Applied Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Copywriting. His current research projects involve the analysis of effective creative content within outdoor advertising. He is a member of D&AD and has completed several External Examiner roles.

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Welcome message

Hello and welcome,

We hope you all enjoyed the Summer and 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. Please click the button below for further information on your induction week.

Best wishes,
Chris

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Induction week timetable

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Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university.

View mentor profiles

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2340899192895289/

Instagram: @viscommunity

BA (Hons) Illustration

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

11.00am

Location

Room P414, Floor 4, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Helen Wheeler

Helen has been a commercially successful artist for the last 17 years, her work being available in countless high street outlets. She has worked in-house for the UK’s leading greetings card manufacturer, UK Greetings, creating a wide spectrum of products, covering all elements from concept to final production. Clients include the BBC, Paperchase, Next, Waterstones, House of Fraser, Boots, WHSmith, The British Medical Journal, and 30 of the main UK charities including The National Trust and Save the Children Foundation.

Within her work as a freelance illustrator she has expanded her practice to character development for CBBC, a body of exhibition pieces motivated by her interest in figure, character, and narrative.

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Welcome message

Welcome to BA (Hons) Illustration at the School of Visual Communication. It is such an exciting time to be studying illustration, there are so many new ways that we can create and understand images and the contexts and opportunities are constantly expanding. My team and I are looking forward to helping you develop and explore your creativity and curiosity!

We are really looking forward to meeting you, our new cohort of students, ready to embark on your creative journey with us over the next three years. Inspiring experiences and a creative community await you in our studio. We look forward to introducing you to our creative briefs, workshops, artist talks and real life illustration experiences.

We are looking forward to getting to know you, working with you, and seeing you develop as one of our students. Please remember that you can contact me at any time via email if you have any concerns at all.

Best wishes,
Helen

Read about Welcome Week

What should I bring on my first 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 and sketchbook
  • Student ID
  • Pre-arrival task work
Equipment list

The following list is just a recommendation. It describes a suggested minimum provision we would expect you to have in your first year, but you can decide on the media that you want to purchase. Don’t invest in anything that you don’t feel you will use.

  • Sketchbook both A4 and A3
  • Cutting Mat A3
  • Metal ruler 300 mm minimum
  • Dry media, a collection of charcoal, pencils
  • Wet media, a collection of your preferred media e.g. acrylic, watercolour, gouache etc.
  • Swann Morton Surgical scalpel and spare blades (10A)
  • Sharpie Fine Permanent Marker Black
  • A variety of black fine liner pens 0.5 & 0.7
  • Faber Castell 9000 Pencil Set of 12 (or similar)
  • Indian Ink
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint brushes (various widths)

There is a shop on campus at Parkside which sells art supplies. Equipment can also be purchased from Birmingham City Centre shops such as Spectrum and Cass Art at reasonable prices.

Other

A laptop or desktop computer may also prove a good investment.

Induction week timetable

Your induction week begins Monday 16 September at 11am in room P414 (Parkside Building). When you arrive at Parkside reception, ambassadors will direct you to the fourth floor and also help you during the rest of Welcome Week. If you are unsure of anything then please ask and don’t forget to bring a notebook and pen with you. Throughout this week you will meet the teaching team, be shown around the campus and our facilities, and take part in various Welcome Week activities. You will also have introductions from Nathan Tromans - our Head of School - the Student Union, Student Services and the Library team.

You will begin your first module “Introduction to Visual Communication” the following week.

Download the timetable

Pre-arrival task

We would like you to complete a short exercise before you arrive:

We would like you to record, either in a sketchbook/ loose paper/ or another means of your choosing, the place that is local to you. You can choose your style and media, and please approach this brief in your own way – bring your own visual personality into it. This could be just drawing your environment, drawing the people around you, your daily routine, a visual diary, it could also include written notes and typography.

Make sure to bring your completed task with you on your first day. This will be a starting point for your first conversations with your new level 4 tutors, and fellow students. See it as a mini introduction!

If you have any questions, please email the course leader.

Social media accounts

Instagram: @bcuillustration

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2340899192895289/

Instagram: @viscommunity

Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university.

View mentor profiles

BA (Hons) Design for Performance

Course handbook

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Induction date

Monday 16 September 2019

Start time

10.00am

Location

Room P060, Ground Floor, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus.

Course Leader

Paul Barrett

Paul has been the course director for BA (Hons) Design for Performance and its previous title (Theatre, Performance and Event Design) since 2001. A practising scenographer, his professional credits include designs for large-scale theatre, small-scale outdoor touring productions, corporate events and festivals. He has many years’ experience as a freelance designer, company director and performer.

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Welcome message

Hi there,

Welcome to BA (Hons) Design for Performance at the School of Visual Communication, we are looking forward to greeting you in September.

Your induction week begins on Monday 16 September 2019 at 11am in room P060 (Parkside Building). When you arrive at Parkside reception ambassadors will direct you to the room and also help you during the rest of Welcome Week. If you are unsure of anything then please ask and don’t forget to bring a notebook and pen with you. Throughout this week you will meet the teaching team, be shown around the campus and our facilities, and take part in various Welcome Week activities. You will also have introductions from Nathan Tromans – our head of school – the student union, Student services, and the library team.

You will begin your first module ‘Introduction to Visual Communication’ the following week. Please see the equipment list below before you arrive in order to be ready for work on this and the modules that follow. We are very excited to welcome you onto our Design for Performance course to embark on your creative journey with us. Inspiring experiences and a creative environment await you in our studios. We are looking forward to getting to know you, working with you and seeing you develop as one of our students at Birmingham City University.

Best wishes,
Paul

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Induction week timetable

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What should I bring on my first 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:

  • Notebook or something to take notes.
  • A pen and pencil.
  • Student ID
Essential equipment

Download the equipment list

Mentors

You will also be greeted by our Student Success Advisor and Student Mentors, a team who are here to offer you support and advice during your time at university.

View the mentor profiles

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2340899192895289/

Instagram: @viscommunity