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10 Reasons To Study With Us

Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the Birmingham City School of Fashion and Textiles for your undergraduate degree.

1. Learn from the best

You will work alongside award-winning academics and practitioners, who have exhibited at leading design shows. They will share their extensive industry experience when teaching and researching our specialist subjects, to help you achieve your ambitions.

2. Industry-standard facilities

Based in the Parkside Building (City Centre Campus) you’ll have access to state-of-the-art studios, workshops and rooms that are resourced with industry-specific machinery for all aspects of fashion and textiles production. The combination of workshop practise, exploring digital technology and traditional craft skills will enable you to develop a personal and professionally relevant portfolio.

3. Industry links and placements

We have excellent links with regional and international brands such as Burberry, John Lewis, Adidas, Karen Millen and Rab. As part of your second year you will have the opportunity to carry out a placement in industry as one of your modules to gain valuable experience and networking skills.

4. Career success

Our graduates have taken up employment across the globe and are now working with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Liberty, Paperchase, Osborne & Little, Swarovski, John Lewis and many more, as well as going on to become award-winning designers.

5. Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers

We offer the chance to showcase your final-year work to industry leaders at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week even in London as well as New Designers, the exhibition for emerging talent in design.

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6. Links with industry

We are committed to developing strong links with employers in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Several language and creative writing modules have explicit employer and industry engagement, where you’ll work in collaboration with employers and partners over the course of a semester and be encouraged to adopt industry-standard practises to facilitate connections and links independently with external organisations.

7. Historical costume design

We have a history of costume design dating back to the early twentieth century and an internationally significant archive of historical dress to study and use within your practice. You will gain access to an archive of historical dress bequeathed by the arts and crafts artist Kate Elizabeth Bunce.

8. Overseas trips and Erasmus

You’ll have the chance to visit international fashion cities such as London, Berlin, Copenhagen and New York to further progress your studies and understanding of working in industry. During your second year you will also have the opportunity to take part in the international Erasmus exchange programme

9. A creative community of bloggers

You can get behind-the-scenes with insights, experiences and top tips from our staff, students and graduates of the School of Fashion and Textiles on our blog. You can even join our group of contributors and become a blogger yourself.

10. £150 free credit

To welcome all new undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 and 2019, we're giving away £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.