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Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) is one of the most established, largest, and most significant centres for art, design and architecture education in the world. Involvement with the visual arts extends from staff and students exhibiting in major venues such as the Ikon, the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, or working in community based art initiatives across the world. BIAD's Eastside Gallery is a national portfolio organisation for the Arts Council of England, and the School of Art chairs and coordinates Turning Point, the visual arts strategic body for the West Midlands.
Birmingham City University was recently rated as a rising star institution, with the highest percentage of work rated as "world leading" compared to any other modern university in the UK. At BIAD research plays a central role and covers a wide range of interests in art and design. Students, staff and alumni have a long history of applied research, design and creativity. The faculty is a major centre for the creative and cultural industries, working with major educational and research partners in the UK, Europe, China, India, Thailand and North America.
BIAD has strong links with local and national industry. Students benefit from the strong professional nature of these contacts with the world of employment and enterprise. Five Schools deliver a wide range of further and higher education courses and a programme of research:
Birmingham School of Architecture
Birmingham School of Architecture celebrated its centenary year in 2008 and has a long and proud history dating back to the end of the 19th century. The School is renowned nationally and internationally for innovation and success, with professional courses being fully validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The School has longstanding and well-established links with the best local architectural, landscape architecture and urban design practices in the region.
The School has outstanding employability rates of 90% of students in employment or further study six months after graduation. Successful graduates go on to be leaders in their fields, many of them designing landmark buildings, establishing their own practices in Birmingham and beyond, and winning prestigious awards. Several are directors of Associated Architects, hailed by RIBA as "“probably the best architectural practice outside London".
Teaching staff are active in practice, teaching and research, and have served at the most senior level at RIBA, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, and the Landscape Institute. Ruth Reed, Course Director for postgraduate Architectural Practice was elected the first female President of the RIBA.
School of Art
The School of Art celebrated 125 years art Margaret Street in Birmingham in 2010, and provides a stimulating, creative and contemporary learning environment for students at all levels of higher arts education and operates across two extraordinary and distinctive campus sites at Margaret Street in the centre of Birmingham, and Bournville.
The School has an excellent reputation and was acknowledged in the last Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research assessment exercise in 2009 as being in the top five higher arts education centres in the UK. The School has two nationally recognised contemporary art galleries, Eastside Projects, and International Project Space, alongside Article Press, the School's own publishing house.
The School offers one of the largest Art-based Masters programmes in the UK (ten awards), a residency research fellowship and higher research degrees.
Academic programmes are developed to underpin and reflect the research interests and academic strengths of our staff,
Students are given extensive support in all areas of professional practice from tutors who are individually supported within the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR). Tutors are practising artists/researchers with considerable national and international reputations.
School of Fashion, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design
One of the largest and most successful providers of fashion, textiles, interior and product design education in the world, the School of Fashion, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design's origins can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century. Today it is renowned as a centre for design innovation, industry engagement and research. With a strong multicultural and international student community, the School offers a welcoming and diverse environment for the study of design and an opportunity for staff and students alike to develop a truly global perspective. Academic and technical support staff help students to develop their practical skills to a professional level, together with an extensive range of contemporary workshop facilities.
Academic programmes address the design, managerial and communication aspects of the fashion, textile, interior and product industries. As well as a strong tradition in design education, in recent years the School has introduced studies that reflect the changing nature of the global design industries and career opportunities for students. Fashion communication, costume design, surface design, and managerial studies all represent recent directions in the School's growing portfolio of courses. MA programmes are offered in fashion, textiles, surface design, fashion styling, fashion promotion, product design, interior design, design and visualisation, design management and Fashion Accessory Design (new course). The School also supports conventional and practice-based PhD study.
School of Jewellery
This internationally-renowned School of Jewellery was founded in 1890 and boasts industry standard equipment and resources and is located in Vittoria Street, right in the heart of the city's famous Jewellery Quarter, where much of the jewellery made in Britain today is manufactured.
This multi-award winning building is the largest School of Jewellery in Europe and houses a complex array of workshops in addition to its outstanding atrium gallery space. The workshop areas are designed in traditional style and there are facilities for working with all types of precious metals and gems. Subjects taught here are gemmology, horology, jewellery and silversmithing. It is a truly inspiring setting in which to learn your craft.
The School has outstanding employability rates with 92% of students in employment or further study six months after graduation. This unique School offers an exceptionally contemporary environment in which to learn and study, using a wide variety of precious and non-precious metals, gems and materials. The School enjoys a working relationship with companies such as Cartier - London, Georg Jensen – Denmark and Weston Beamor in the Jewellery Quarter. The Jewellery Quarter still makes much of the jewellery made in Britain today, giving students maximum exposure to the industry before graduation.
School of Visual Communication
The School of Visual Communication has an excellent reputation as a world leader in visual communication education and research with international partners in Honk Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China and India.
The School has superb facilities. There is an extensive studio and workshop provision: Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility; Gypsy, an exo-skeleton-based motion capture system. Gallery space for exhibitions, digital and analogue photographic studios, and editing suite, animation suite, and a theatre. Students have access to cutting-edge provision such as digital print centres, and Hollywood standard MILO unit, one of only two owned by Universities in Europe and the same t4echnolgoy as is used by Aardman Animations, the makers of Wallace and Gromit.
Students studying at MA level can propose their specialist area from an extensive choice of pathways, including Animation and Moving Image, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia Design, Photography, Scenography, Visual Identity and Branding, Creative Advertising, Typographic Practice, Illustration Narrative and Sequence and Photography Documentary Practice.
Students are taught by highly motivated and dedicated staff Academic excellence, innovative art and design research and exceptional levels of employer engagement are the key to the way we work here. We attract and recruit the most dedicated and talented students and build on our existing reputation of developing creative individuals, who can excel in the dynamic and demanding global arena.
There is a strong track record of student successes in national and international competitions, including D&AD, FLIP Festival, Rolling Stock Film Festival, Royal Television Awards, new Designers, Design Week and Direct marketing Awards.
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