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Design for Performance with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

UCAS Course code W46F


Our Foundation course will focus on your personal and creative development based around a broad exploration of visual disciplines, leading directly to a BA course in the School of Art or the School of Visual Communication within the Art, Design and Media Faculty at BCU.

Working in a lively and energetic environment you will be given the freedom to expand your knowledge in conceptual development, practical skills and creative exploration underpinned by broad critical understanding and emerging theoretical principles.

You will work individually and collaboratively to develop a stimulating visual portfolio of work that evidences your enthusiasm for further study within a specific subject area.

BA teaching staff from across both schools will work with you throughout the course and you will have full access to all the University facilities.

Make creative and informed contributions to contemporary performance design practice with our unique, future-focused BA (Hons) Design for Performance course. Ambitious in its approach, this course includes design and production for theatre, events, dance, puppetry, museums, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, themed environments, nightclubs, film and live arts.

Negotiate your own path within a framework of core art and design methodologies. Benefit from the collaboration of ideas within a multi-disciplinary School, in a course that reflects the dynamic crossover common to creative arts in the twenty-first century.

What's covered in the course?

Imagination, experimentation and risk taking are fundamental to our students as the challenges and opportunities are so varied on this course. A member of the Association of Courses in Theatre Design, this course provides a broad platform of skills, both traditional and digital to best equip our graduates for employment.

Because flexibility is built into our course design there are no subject routes - you are able to study the same modules together regardless of your specific areas of interest. This fosters a studio culture rich in diversity, collaboration, ambition and intersection.

The School has outstanding facilities, including studios, workshops and The Shell, a completely flexible, state-of-the-art, experimental production space. You will benefit from the insight and experience of staff who are experienced designers, makers and educators, as well as a dedicated technical support team.

You will have the chance to develop and respond to a wide variety of high-profile projects and opportunities. These have included innovative paper installations, collaborative music videos, placements at major venues, live project briefs, exhibition designs and sculptural installations for major UK festivals.

Why Choose Us?

The School of Visual Communication prides itself on a long-established national and international reputation. It consists of a range of courses that celebrate innovation and allow you to realise your creative ambitions.

We have the only in-house active agency in the region, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of real-life briefs set by clients.

Your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show. Additionally 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.

Award: BA
Professional Qualification
4 Years Full Time
Taught in English

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