Five reasons to study media in Birmingham
Media companies and agencies are on your doorstep
Whilst studying with us, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to work with local media and cultural organisations. Students have previously worked with BBC Birmingham, Maverick Television, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, newspapers, magazines, PR companies and local radio stations.
BBC Birmingham is based in the Mailbox which is only a short walk away from the University’s City Centre Campus. You can pop in for a tour behind the scenes of their TV and radio studios, including Midlands Today and BBC WM, and learn more about BBC3. You can also visit BBC Drama Village in Selly Oak to see the place where top BBC Dramas, such as Doctors, are filmed.
The School of Media itself is also home to HuffPost's Centre for Journalism. Our unique partnership with HuffPost UK means Journalism students are set real-world challenges in modules, receive tutorials focused on news, lifestyle, politics and entertainment, and benefit from guest talks.
Birmingham hosts great festivals that you can get involved in
Cine-Excess International Film Festival has relocated to BCU having previously operated in London’s West End and Brighton, and offers a great opportunity for Film students to work with the organisers on a range of external events. This annual event attracts visiting international filmmakers, as well as hosting UK theatrical premieres on a regular basis.
In addition, Europe’s largest Indian film festival, Birmingham Indian Film Festival, returned to this city this summer for its fifth consecutive year to host curated premieres of South Asian independent films in venues such as in Cineworld Broad Street, mac Birmingham and The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen. Students worked at the festival in a variety of roles such as; volunteering, managing screenings and creating digital content, which you can learn more about here.
There’s also ample opportunity to volunteer at the numerous music, food, literary and visual arts festivals that take place in the city!
Lots of industry events take place all year round
You’ll have the chance to attend various industry events that take place in Birmingham and the wider Midlands and network with experts. One such event that took place in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter recently was the Pivotal Music Conference 2019 which brought together delegates from all facets of the music industry.
Our PR students took advantage of the Midlands PR Conference that was hosted at BCU earlier this year. It was jointly staged by CIPR and PRCA Midlands and was a fantastic opportunity for them to hear from exciting speakers, take part in workshops and meet professionals at a networking lunch.
The media student scene is vibrant and active
With hundreds students studying media production, film, journalism, music industries and PR with us in Birmingham School of Media and plenty of societies to join such as; Scratch Radio, Scratch TV, Film Society, Brumwise, Write Club, DJ Society and BCU Live Sound Society, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained.
You’ll be based in the heart of the action
Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city with a population of around one million people. It is also the youngest major city in Europe, with under-20s accounting for 29% of its population (West Midlands Growth Company) and the second most cost-effective city for students (UNiDAYS 2017). We have excellent transport links giving you easy access to other major cities such as London and Manchester and you’ll also be a stone’s throw away from Digbeth, which was previously voted the ‘Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain’ by The Sunday Times' Homes supplement. Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. even filmed scenes for Ready Player One there!