The Student Experience

We're proud to provide an open and world-class environment for you to explore and develop your ideas, as you begin your journey to becoming a creative professional. We will help you build a targeted portfolio to support your professional ambitions, whether you want to follow a career in the fashion or textile industries.

Student work

Our students create a vast array of work as part of their course. We hope their efforts inspire you.

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Overseas opportunities

Visit fairs like Première Vision, and do part of your course abroad through our study abroad scheme.

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Working in Industry

We work with local, national and international businesses to enhance learning through placements, workshops, live briefs and guest lectures from industry professionals. 

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Student life

Find out more about our Students' Union and other opportunities you can seize as a student.

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Our graduates

The creative and intellectual skills to respond to new directions and challenges.

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Our blog

Read more about the ongoings around the School of Fashion and Textiles.

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Hear from our students

We have an entire student led channel for all things Birmingham City University. From videos on what you should expect, to what it's really like to study in Birmingham.

[00:00:04] Speaker 1 I chose BCU because of the variety of modules and the learning opportunities. I've definitely growed and matured as a person. I'm a lot more confident. I've developed a lot of my interpersonal skills, and I'm taking a lot of experiences away from my time here. 

[00:00:37] Speaker 2 A foundation year is really exciting year. It gives our students the opportunity to explore all the different pathways here in the fashion and textiles. Students have a real mixture of different diverse modules that they explore from fashion design, pattern cutting, illustration, textiles, making, exploring different fabrics, weaving, knitting to business and branding skills, learning how to digitally create images and visually communicate. 

[00:01:07] Speaker 1 Fashion business promotion is about approaching the creative side of fashion, and merging it with the more business behind the scene side of fashion, it involves a variety of modules, including buying a merchandising, visual merchandising, trend forecasting, marketing, events. After this degree, I hope to go into sustainability focussed role, hopefully within buying or marketing. 

[00:01:31] Speaker 2 The facilities we have are amazing. From the basics to mid-range to high end so students get full experience. 

[00:01:42] Speaker 3 You've got literally everything you need and everything is industry standards. The lectures are all really nice and everybody from all the different specialisms gets an equal approach by all the lecturers.

[00:02:02] Speaker 4 What I've done is a combination of illustrative plant motifs with the chemical structures, which is hand beaded and digital machinery. I just think when you mix and combine so many different techniques, that's when you get the exciting outcomes. There is a wide variety of machines and equipment here, that is also consistent throughout the of a specialisms in print weave and knit

[00:02:33] Speaker 5 I love working with traditional printing methods. There's loads of facilities here to allow you to do, digital printing also to print on all sorts of surfaces for both fashion and interior.

[00:02:52] Speaker 1 I have had several opportunities through BCU. I have a visual merchandising installation. I presented a marketing campaign. I also went to London Fashion Week this year, which was amazing. And again, that came about because of BCU.



Hear from students studying Fashion and Textiles about what they enjoy most about studying their course and what they hope to achieve in the future.

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Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Read our admission FAQs to get your application questions answered. If your question isn’t covered, we have all the details of how to get in touch.

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Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Social Media

Follow our social media channels and discover more about life at BCU, including what the University and city will offer you if you study here.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £400m facilities.

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