New courses at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

A number of new design courses are being offered at BIAD for entry this September to complement the University’s well-established existing provision in this area.

Richard Snell, Head of the Department of Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design told us: ‘These new courses and pathways have been designed in response to the ever changing and expanding employment market for designers.  They embrace the new technologies available in the Department and the creative opportunities these generate’.

BA (Hons) Interior Products is designed to appeal to students who are interested in designing lighting, furniture, tableware, architectural glass and other fittings or office products.  The course can be tailored to accommodate personal interests and to include study in related areas such as interior design or industrial design.  Students will work with a range of materials including wood, metal, plastic, ceramics and glass and will study in a well-equipped department with facilities including rapid prototyping and some of the latest digital technology as well as workshops for more traditional processes.

The MA Design & Visualisation explores the role of visualisation in the design process and allows students to specialise in either model making or the creation of two dimensional images through a variety of media.

A new subject route is also available on the BA (Hons) in Textile Design enabling students to opt to specialise in Surface Pattern. The introduction of this new route will appeal to students who are interested in exploring the creation of surface pattern designs for wallpaper or tableware as well as textiles.

Applications are now being considered for September 08 entry.  For further information please contact Choices on 0121 331 5595.

2 thoughts on “New courses at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design

  1. I would like to study fashion design. But I don’t understand anything about how to get in at that university.
    My english is not good, so thats why I’m scared to make IELTS or TOFFEL OR LEAVE ABROAD.
    I am from Lithuania and next year I will get graduation. when do I need to send my application?
    How mush the studies cost?
    Where can I get information about scolarship, job, residention etc.?
    Please, can you help me?

    1. Hi Morta

      General information about entry requirements for those offering Lithuanian qualifications is available at Information about our general English language requirements is available online at You will need to acquire an appropriate English language qualification in order to meet our minimum English language qualifications, so you might wish to consider taking further study classes to help you build up your language skills to a level where you are then ready to take IELTS or TOEFL tests.

      In addition to academic entry requirements, for our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course, we look for all applicants to have a good portfolio of creative work. Your portfolio should contain examples of your work produced at school, college, adult education class and/or in your own time. It may include the following: drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, textiles, fashion design, photographs, sketchbooks, technical drawing, woodwork, metalwork and any written work or projects relating to Art and Design. Portfolios should be well presented and should contain a wide range of work, including both examples specific to the particular discipline you are applying for and more general examples. Tutors look for evidence of a high degree of creativity and often like to see rough sketches or experimental work as well as finished pieces as this can provide insight into how you develop your ideas.

      Applications for the Fashion Design degree course commencing in autumn 2012 can be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) between mid-September 2011 and mid-January 2012. Applications are made through the UCAS website at

      Fees for 2012 entry have not yet been determined. Please see our website for further information about changed to Higher Education funding for courses beginning in September 2012 at

      Information about the University accommodation is available online at There are presently no scholarships for EU students awarded by the University. Information about funding for EU students can be found on the website at

      Our Student Services department have a dedicated Careers team and Employment Zone staff to help current students and recent graduates of the University look at a range of employment opportunities – from part-time work whilst studying a degree to seeking employment following graduation – and you’ll find more about this service at

      I hope this answers your questions!

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