We have successfully hosted students via the highly competitive US Fulbright scholarship program and since 1843 educated some of the world’s leading artists, designers and creative thinkers, including BAFTA, Oscars and Turner Prize nominees.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities boasts a strong creative community of 3,500 students, with facilities including fully equipped digital production, sound recording and editing, film, photography, video, ceramics and print facilities and excellent technical support. You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners such as Darryl Georgiou, who have exhibited at the world’s most prestigious art galleries, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens and New York.
This practice-based course encourages diverse modes of interdisciplinary work across a range of media, including interactive and digital technologies, film and video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, live performance and sculpture. You will innovate and experiment with a range of convergent media, materials and technologies.
Professional practice is embedded throughout, helping to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the workplace and providing you with challenging and exciting ‘live’ collaborative projects, working in partnership with external organisations. You’ll have opportunities to exhibit your work during the course thanks to our staff links with various local organisations, including The Custard Factory in Birmingham and Some Cities photography organisation, as well as our end-of-year annual MA Degree Show.
Our teaching staff continue to practise themselves, regularly collaborating on art projects, research, large scale interactive television projects and national UK arts festivals, such as Still Walking and the Flatpack. Programme leader Darryl Georgiou is an interdisciplinary artist, whose research and practice explores the psycho-geography of the city, approaching the subject of historical memory to represent the past in art. One recent photography project involved working with residents, artists and shopkeepers to explore the individual lives and identities of the people behind the public face of the Turner Prize winning ‘Granby Four Streets’ project in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. He also led a successful four-year project, The Positive Spectrum, judged ‘outstanding’ by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to create a system for mainstream education to engage children with autism through vision, sound, movement and touch.
We have links with a range of international institutions, including Purdue University, New York School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art and Pen State University in the United States. International collaborations are also facilitated, for example, through the ‘Creative Challenge’ exhibition and publication in association with Keimyung University at the Bongsan Cultural Centre in South Korea.