Reasons To Study With Us

Here are our top reasons to choose the Birmingham City School of Visual Communication.

1. Our History

Our school 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.

2. Live Partnership Programmes

Our School of Visual Communication offers you fantastic opportunities to work with Industry leaders. Previous live projects have included Moonpig, McCann Erickson, The Times Newspaper Group and Cogent Elliot.

3. Agencies, Studios and Arts Organisations On Your Doorstep 

You'll have the opportunity to get involved in live project briefs, masterclasses, guest lectures, trips and more! Students have worked with organisations such as DanceXchange, The Rep, Grain, Digital Glue and FRA Creatives.

4. Industry Speakers

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication has developed a series of professional public facing lecture programmes entitled ‘Type Talks’. Design luminaries are invited to debate current design issues with eminent practitioners, such as Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook and Adrian Shaughnessy, presenting their work to students and staff.

5. The Chance To Exhibit At Industry Shows

During your time at university you will have the opportunity to exhibit at shows such as D&AD New Blood, New Designers, Free Range and Destinations.

6. Second City Location

We are a part of Birmingham’s economic and cultural renaissance. A city with an international reputation that could help you get to wherever your imagination desires. Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham a dynamic, multicultural city – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

7. Earn While You Learn

You have the opportunity to apply for paid roles at the University, gaining experience in crucial aspects of job applications and valuable feedback on your work.

8. Enhanced Career Prospects

We offer career support and advice throughout your time with us and for up to five years after you graduate. Our Graduate+ scheme embeds career-related skills into every one of our degree courses, from becoming a course rep to studying abroad.