Taught course

Art Portfolio - GradDip

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Art

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree relevant to the discipline; 2:2 or above.
IELTS 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in all bands, or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is for graduates who want to undertake masters’ level study but who have not yet met the required standard for admission to their chosen course. Through the course, we aim to help you to enhance your creative portfolio, knowledge and skills to a point that you will be eligible to join one of the MA courses within the School of Art.

We acknowledge that students will begin the course with very different development needs; perhaps you need some support with your written or spoken English; or perhaps your portfolio would benefit from the world-class facilities available at Birmingham City University and the input of our experienced academic staff? Whether your development needs are creative or academic, this course will help you achieve your goals.

Your course begins with a diagnostic tutorial during which we will assess the support you need to develop your creative portfolio, knowledge and skills. This will result in a personalised plan to help you achieve your goals. The Academic Skills modules will allow you to improve those all-important skills needed for successful masters’ level study, such as understanding and communicating theories and arguments relevant to your practice. Through the Academic Skills modules, we aim to provide specialist support for students with English as a second language.

On successful completion of the course, you are guaranteed access to one of the following MA courses in the School of Art.

  • MA Fine Art
  • MA Contemporary Arts China
  • MA Art and Design Interdisciplinary Practices
  • MA Arts and Educational Practices
  • MA Arts and Project Management

You may also be eligible to join one of the other MAs in the wider Faculty of Arts Design and Media, depending on the suitability of your portfolio and abilities.

Information for international students

This course is open to International students.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 per year
International students
£13,500 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595