School of visual communication

Exploring the past and future of visual design

The School of Visual Communication supports an active community of researchers whose work engages with a wide range of areas including: photography, illustration, film, performance, typography, drawing, digital media and cross-cultural studies of visual communication. Some of the work is historical or theoretical, while others take a practice-based approach to research.

Research centres

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Centre for Printing History and Culture

Encouraging research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing.

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Performance Research Hub

The Hub brings together professional practitioners across Music, Theatre, Cinema, Visual Arts and Design to address research questions in interdisciplinary performing arts.

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Research projects

We are currently working on a number of projects within the School of Visual Communications. View them all on our project page. You can also see our individual research groups to see a filtered list of projects aligned to our specialisms.

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Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition as well as 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

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PhD Courses

Ready to make an exciting contribution to knowledge? Find out about how to apply to our PhD courses.

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Research staff

Birmingham City University is home to a wealth of knowledge and experienced staff who have worked with arts and culture institutions to further the medium.

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Contact Us

  • Centre for Printing History and Culture

  • Performance Research Hub

  • PhD Enquiries

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If you have any questions or research enquiries for the Centre for Printing History and Culture, you can reach reach Dr Caroline Archer below.

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If you have any questions or research enquiries for the Performance Hub, you can reach reach Jonathan Day below.

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Research collaborations

Interested in a research collaboration or consultancy? Contact our team and we'll attempt to link you with an academic who's aligned with your interests.

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If you are interested in applying for a PhD for the School of Art, you can review the course pages here. If you already have a proposal in mind, please fill out an initial PhD enquiry. For enquiries you can contact the Doctoral Research College below.

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