Successful Graduates

Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson is an internationally renowned fashion designer who is well known for developing bold…

Rebecca Short

Rebecca Short

Fashion design graduate Rebecca Short had the surprise of a lifetime when one of her experimental…

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Emma Shipley

Emma Shipley is an exceptionally talented and creative textile designer and illustrator who has…

Our students get to study in the a significant regional centre for art, architecture and design education and as such, we are a major provider of graduate talent to the cultural and creative industries.

Here, a few of them share their stories about their time at university and the great things they have gone on to achieve after graduating.


Rhys Ellis - BA Fashion Design 

25 year-old Rhys, originally from Kings Norton, studied in Milan as part of his undergraduate study. That trip inspired his sensational Coffee Pod Dress, which was on show at Birmingham Selfridges in 2017.

Find out more about Rhys' work with Selfridges

Hannah Malein - BA Textile Design

After gaining a placement in the second year of the course with Global Color Research, Hannah went on to work for them following her degree as a Colour Trend Creative.  

She is now their Colour & Trend Consultant Manager and travels all over the world.

Eleanor Scott, Textile Design - BA (Hons)

Eleanor has set up her own knitwear design studio - Nor Clothing - and launched her first collection. She has now secured a contract with a top high-street fashion retailer to stock her range.

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Fashion and Textiles - Sophie Jewes Sophie Jewes, BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion, graduated 2010

Having been Fashion PR Manager for Selfridges at their London Head Office, Sophie now works as an Account Manager for brand agency STARWORKS group.

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