Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts

Introduction

Birmingham Institute of Fashion & Creative Art

You can now gain a prestigious British degree while completing all or part of your studies in China, thanks to a new collaboration with a leading Chinese university.

Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts (BIFCA) is a joint venture between Wuhan Textile University and Birmingham City University, combining the expertise of a leading Chinese university with a British institution established in 1843.

The UK is recognised as a world leader in the creative arts and BIFCA offers a superb opportunity to gain a prestigious British degree, with the option of studying either all four years here in China, or two in China and two in the UK.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Chinese

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BSc

BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Adding a good dose of business understanding to technical competence and creative flair, this digital media course explores web and rich internet application development, animation, three-dimensional modelling and video production. You acquire a broad range of cross-disciplinary skills that will make you an attractive candidate for current and emerging web and multimedia technology roles. [+]

Adding a good dose of business understanding to technical competence and creative flair, this digital media course explores web and rich internet application development, animation, three-dimensional modelling and video production. You acquire a broad range of cross-disciplinary skills that will make you an attractive candidate for current and emerging web and multimedia technology roles. What's covered in the course? During the first year you will explore design methodologies and production tools, alongside fundamental design principles, including use of colour, typography and photography. You look at the creative process, animation, and image creation and manipulation. You are introduced to web standards, mark-up, scripting languages and associated authoring tools and environments used in the development of interactive interfaces for web and multimedia applications. In year two you consider production management techniques, finance and entrepreneurship. You gain video production, and 3D modelling and animation skills. You investigate audio and visual technology, media compression and distribution technologies, and learn to apply scripting to create rich interaction applications. In the final year you go on to explore how physical interfaces connect multimedia artefacts with the real world, and learn post-production techniques for digital media production. You will also explore advanced techniques of digital image processing and development of web applications. You have the option of a year-long work placement, and a media technology project allows you to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in a specialist area of your choice. Why Choose Us? You will embrace a combination of creative and technical disciplines that will enable you to work and develop a career in the fast-growing and highly competitive digital media sector. You will learn from an experienced team of academics and practitioners who offer not only academic expertise, but also current industry relevance, practice and business acumen. You will be based at our City Centre Campus which houses cutting-edge facilities, including the largest University TV studio, within a purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building. Creative network opportunities, multimedia events and guest speakers bring the insights, contacts and the realities of the media world to your studies. Employment Opportunities Graduates of BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology have enjoyed excellent employment prospects, with many successfully entering the media industry sector working both as freelancers and employees within digital media agencies. Graduates also find employment in wide-ranging companies and organisations increasingly dependent on the expertise our graduates have to offer. Graduates have pursued careers in web development, interactive content development, media technology consultancy, corporate training and publishing, e-commerce and multimedia marketing. Placements Students are encouraged to further enhance their career prospects by including an industrial placement in their course. This takes place after the second year of study and extends the course duration to four years. As well as providing the workplace experience sought by many employers, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity for students to further develop their practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. Our placements team supports students throughout the placement process. [-]

BA

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Learn how to create vibrant exterior environments with our accredited Landscape Architecture degree course. The course will change the way you see the world around you as you’re encouraged to think about design in all aspects of your life. [+]

Learn how to create vibrant exterior environments with our accredited Landscape Architecture degree course. The course will change the way you see the world around you as you’re encouraged to think about design in all aspects of your life. Strong connections with the region’s best landscape architecture practices and global firms such as Atkins give our students unrivalled insight and networking opportunities. That’s why our graduates go on to secure roles in industry with the likes of Arup, Atkins, Fira and Camlins. What's covered in the course? Covering all aspects of landscape architecture, our course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) and supported by a leading design team in its field. You’ll work in a design studio culture, which mimics real-world creative practice for landscape architects and prepares you for your future career. Experience on live local sites and project briefs in landscape studios will develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. Placements and competitions will give you fantastic opportunities. There are also chances to compete for industry connected awards. You’ll have the chance to be part of collaborative architecture and design initiatives within the School of Architecture that give you the chance to work on a diverse variety of live projects. Past examples include: Explorations in timber construction in the Wyre Forest, communicating with the public about what they really want from design for Stirchley High Street in Birmingham and implementation of a viewing structure to observe wetland ecology at Henbury Ponds. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures and take part in workshops from a large variety of international and award winning professionals. Previous guest speakers have included Martha Schwartz, Andrew Grant, Andrew Wilson, Jeppe Aagard Anderson, Neil Porter, Chris Beardshaw and Kim Wilkie. We're a boutique school, accepting only 65 students each year, creating an intimate learning environment. You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building and have access to digital studios and 3D design workshops. The proximity of the newly built Eastside Park provides inspiration to your studies, introducing a strong example of contemporary civic space and park design. Why Choose Us? The course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, allowing you to work towards full UK chartered membership. You’ll gain real industry experience, working on a wide range of briefs, from broad strategic scale, down to detailed design for construction. Our connections with the region’s best landscape architecture practices give you unrivalled work experience while studying and helps you secure employment after graduation. 91 per cent of leavers from the School were in employment or further study, according to a recent survey. Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is highly respected and has a rich history of providing education and opportunities. It celebrated its centenary in 2009. Enhancing your employability skills You’ll have a sound knowledge of the physical, economic and social factors which influence contemporary built environment practice. You’ll also understand the professional, legal and institutional framework of landscape architecture. You’ll develop a comprehensive portfolio that shows employers a range of skills in design practice and academic study. Experience on live local sites with client-driven briefs in landscape studios will develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. You’ll be skilled in the latest techniques, including rapid prototyping and 3D design. The course supports student employability and long-term career opportunity through enhancing your development and instilling an understanding of life-long professional progression. You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. You’ll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team. [-]

BA (Hons) Visual Communication - Graphic Communication

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The Graphic Communication pathway Communication will enable you to realise your potential as a creative practitioner and a problem-solving designer. You will gain professional knowledge of design, brand identity and advertising, user experience, motion graphics, expressive design and web design. [+]

The Graphic Communication pathway Communication will enable you to realise your potential as a creative practitioner and a problem-solving designer. You will gain professional knowledge of design, brand identity and advertising, user experience, motion graphics, expressive design and web design. You are taught in studios and workshops developing live briefs. We offer studio visits, professional portfolio advice and one to one tutorials. We aim to provide you with a varied and professionally designed learning experience using state of the art facilities. Many of our graduates are now working with leading design groups and advertising companies. Our graduates are creative visual problem solvers, design mavericks and thought leaders, feeding employment markets in the creative industries and the third sector on international and regional platforms. What's covered in the course? You will receive an introduction to all four Visual Communication routes – graphic communication, illustration, film and animation and photography – before studying the graphic communication pathway in more detail. Graphic Communication is taught from a ‘media neutral’ perspective, where you will work in negotiation with your peers and academic staff to define your own unique place within the creative industries and beyond. You will be exposed to a vibrant and dynamic visual culture, exploring the discipline of integrated advertising, brand design, corporate communications, publishing and editorial design, typography, web, motion graphics, information design and wayfinding. Our end-of-year awards are sponsored and presented by high profile names, with most award winners offered placements which have led to permanent employment. The course balances visual, technical and creative flair with an awareness of the realities of the commercial world, giving you real professional credibility. Why Choose Us? This course is recognised by Creative Skillset - identifying the programme as a centre of excellence where the course demonstrates industry standards of quality. This accreditation acknowledges the course as effectively equipping students with the skills and knowledge that employers need today. You will learn from experienced staff with years of industry experience, including practising designers, illustrators, photographers, animators and film-makers, specialists in visual communication history and theory, as well as dedicated technical support staff. The School is internationally recognised for its visual communication education and research - the first School in Europe to own MILO motion capture technology, offering nine axes of portable, precise, rigid and completely repeatable camera motion. We have exceptional levels of employer involvement, with visiting professionals supporting lectures, workshops and seminars, with masterclasses, career advice, mentorship and placement opportunities. You will get the chance to put your work on show to potential employers using We Grow Cherries, the School’s online talent pool. Employment Opportunities Graphic Communication embeds transferable skills, developing trans-specialists and portfolio practitioners, with graduates working in many fields within the creative industry and beyond. Haley Branson is a leading wayfinder for Arup Architects and a professional member of the Sign Design Society. Mackenzie Stevens is a Digital Brand Designer for HF Contracts. Graphic Communication students who have developed fashion brands include Lee Tims from P&Co, Dorian Rose from REAL, Tom Davis from Custom Clothing, Rishi Bhardwaj from Felt and Dan Tuck from Note Apparel. Graphic Communication graduates are highly imaginative inter-disciplinary creative practitioners. Through problem-centred learning our graduates develop transferable skills that open up a wider range of employment opportunities beyond the traditional scope of the creative industries. Originality underpins the subject philosophy with students originating all their own creative content and skills (art direction, copy writing, photography, illustration, type design and motion graphics). Placements This BA (Hons) course supports fully directed study and the development of individual practice. There are opportunities for field trips and study abroad that will add value to the degree course. [-]