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Postgraduate Pathway in Design

Design plays an important role in so many industries – product design, interior design, landscape design, to name a few. This pathway programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to progress to a Master’s degree at Birmingham City University (BCU), where you can take your career to the next level.


  • Two or three semesters


  • September
  • January
  • May

Entry Points

  • Pre-Master’s

Progression Degrees

MA Design and Visualisation

You will further develop your skills and competencies as a 3D design visualiser, helping you succeed in a competitive industry. There will be opportunities to engage with live projects for real clients, with a focus not only on design quality but also on creative participation and how the design is developed.

Find out more: MA Design and Visualisation

Programme Details

Pre-Master’s Modules

Creative Practice*

You will develop advanced approaches to art and design techniques through the creative exploration of your ideas within a studio environment.

Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study

You will learn how to critically assess arguments and evidence from a range of academic sources, as well as gaining an understanding of effective critical reading at postgraduate level.

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication for Postgraduate Study

During this module, you will learn advanced skills in topics such as:

  • Public speaking
  • Writing techniques and language styles
  • Research and referencing techniques.

Research Methods for Postgraduate Study

You will gain an understanding of research methods and methodologies for postgraduate study, as well as learning how to plan and undertake effective research at postgraduate level.

Final Project

This module will equip you with the advanced skills you need to develop and shape your own creative practice through the production of a final project.

* Three-semester programme only

Entry Requirements

You must submit a good portfolio if:

  • You are entering the two-semester programme without a related academic subject
  • You are entering the three-semester programme.

Workshop Requirements

All students accessing the 3D workshops, plaster room, glass room, water-jet cutting room and the kiln room will need to wear safety footwear with toe caps. Such footwear can be purchased from any safety footwear provider (e.g. Sports Direct) and can be as cheap as £12. The shoes should be S1P and comply with EN 20345.

There is no long-term storage facility for personal items in the workshops, so you will need to bring the safety footwear with you each day you are accessing the workshops.

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham City School of Architecture and Design is based in the Parkside Building on BCU’s City Centre Campus, where you will find five floors of dedicated studio space. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – Architecture and Design
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