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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Pre-masters Programme

Subject areas

Preparatory Courses Design Theory

Course type


Course Summary

Why study this pathway programme?

  • Degrees are based in Birmingham School of Architecture and Design – home to print, wood, metal, ceramics and glass workshops.
  • 9 in 10 graduates from the School of Architecture and Design are employed or in further study (DLHE Survey 2016/17).
  • The University offers opportunities to engage with real clients and work on ‘live’ projects, giving you an authentic taste of working life in the industry.

Birmingham City University Degree Pathways:

  • MA Design and Visualisation
  • MA Product and Furniture Design


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. You will be assessed via three methods: Evaluation of arguments exercise; Critical evaluation of three texts (700 ? 1,000 words each); A 3-hour closed book exam.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Students entering the two-semester Pre-Master’s must produce a portfolio. Students without an academic qualification in Art and Design must submit a portfolio. Minimum of a UK Higher National Diploma (HND) or UK Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in a relevant subject area where appropriate, and a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 on the 4.0 scale, or equivalent.