Open Days at Birmingham City University are the ideal way to find out exactly what it's like to study Jewellery, Gemmology or Horology here.
They are a great opportunity for you to experience a little bit of life as a BCU student and come onto campus to find out more about what we have to offer.
Our internationally renowned School of Jewellery is the largest in Europe, with excellent facilities to develop your career in this exciting specialist sector. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss our next open day:
See what's on offer
Explore our Vittoria Street building which hosts undergraduate courses including jewellery, silversmithing and horology. Here you'll find bright and versatile teaching and exhibition spaces, plus the tools and materials to help you hone your skills - studios and workbenches, industry-standard CO2 laser cutters, air torches and soldering tools.
The Birmingham Assay Office, which is state-of-the-art and opened in 2016, hosts our gemmology and international jewellery business undergraduate courses. Here students have access to the highest specification of equipment available for gemmological education within the UK, including plenty of microscopes, refractometers, and polariscopes and diamond grading lights.
Our new building in the historic St Paul’s Square offers a new postgraduate jewellery design and research facility, including an expanded library and computer suite.
Meet current students, past students and lecturers
Find out about our expertise and range of course options from the people who know them the best! You’ll get unfiltered information and advice from jewellery students who can tell you what to do to succeed as well as what they’ve learned.
You’ll also get a chance to meet our enthusiastic and supportive staff, who are prominent in the jewellery industry and will guide you through your learning. Make sure to attend the jewellery overview talk to get a feel for the department.
Meet new people
Everyone walking around on open days is in the same position as you… so get chatting! Discuss your thoughts and opinions about the uni, and you never know, they might be your course mates in a year. And don’t be a stranger – start engaging with Birmingham City University by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and see what our students and staff have been up to recently.
See the beauty for yourself
If you’re visiting Vittoria Street, don’t forget to visit the Vittoria Street Gallery – a unique exhibition venue situated within our School of Jewellery. The gallery hosts a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, showcasing a wide variety of creative practice by artists, educators, researchers and practitioners.
Explore the city!
Our School of Jewellery is located in the heart of the famous Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, so you’ll be one step away from exploring all of the connections we have to one of the world’s most respected and significant jewellery centres!
Explore the Jewellery Quarter which still makes much of the jewellery made in Britain today, offering students maximum industry exposure and the opportunity to work on live projects.
But don’t just stop there, make the most of the day and wander through the streets of one of the biggest cities in the UK. Experience the buzz of the Bullring and Grand Central, the culture of the art museums, the architecture of the Birmingham library, or even make it an outing and visit Cadbury World!
You can never leave a uni open day with less information than you started with and there’s no doubt you’ll be brimming with ideas and inspiration, so why not sign up now? See you there!