Taught course

Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Art

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Fine Art or Design or a related subject, equivalent qualification or prior learning, and/or professional experience.


Months of entry


Course content

This course is aimed at practitioners who want to develop a professional art and design practice by engaging with the ‘hybrid’ nature of art and design in contemporary culture. Students will explore how art and design is considered in relationship to philosophy, art history and theory, contemporary discourse and context. Students will be encouraged to encouraged to develop their independent areas of study in relation to different cultural perspectives and a range of art and design practices, like fine art, curation, visual communication, fashion, product and interior design.

The course is part of the Art Based Master's Programme - an integrated framework that allows students to build their own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. Students will have an opportunity to engage with other students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


Modules include: Advanced Practice 1 and 2; Research in Practice; Final Project.

A range of option modules are also offered. These include: Discourses in Art and Design, Strategic Marketing for the Arts and Photography as Research.


Individual study is central to the course which can be determined through the various art and design disciplines; students are encouraged to consider the full range of material offered in the arts based Master's programme; students are expected to complete extended essays for option modules chosen and this helps extends their range of research in relation to contemporary culture and current debate; the final Master’s stage submission is a major project based on the student's research and development.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
4 months


full time
8 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595