School of Visual Communication

The School of Visual Communication has a rich history dating back to 1843, when the Birmingham Government School of Design was founded. We meet the demands of the economy now, just as we did when founded during the industrial revolution. When you study with us you’ll realise that the boundaries you perceive to exist between subject areas are more insignificant that you thought and breaking them will lead to unexpected and often magical outcomes.

We have a long-established national and international reputation. It consists of a range of courses that celebrate innovation and allow you to realise your creative ambitions.

Foundation courses

Our Foundation Years offer you an additional year of study to ensure successful progression to your chosen degree.

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Undergraduate courses

Find out about our range of undergraduate courses, including Photography, Illustration and Graphic Communication.

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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at our postgraduate options at the School of Visual Communication.

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About us

Studying a creative degree can open up a range of career opportunities. Hear how Ben’s Illustration degree was the first step in setting up his successful business.

Open Days

The best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person at one of our Open Days.

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Our blog

Check out our blog where we share our experiences, stories and the latest news from the School.

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Our facilities

Take a look around some of the facilities, studios and workshops that you’ll have access to.

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Placement profiles

Read about where our students have been on their placements and the things they learnt whilst there.

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Working with industry

Our range of industry links mean you can expect to gain a wide variety of experience.

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Preparing yourportfolio

To support your application you will be asked to submit, or bring in, a portfolio. We've put together a range of useful tips and guidance to help you build one.

Portfolio tips

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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 £340m facilities.

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