Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

Main BIAD campus in Gosta Green. School of Theoretical & Historical Studies (left), and the School of Fashion block (right)
Established1988
TypeFaculty
Students4,000
Undergraduates1,950 (full-time)
1,200 (part-time)
Postgraduates350 (full-time)
350 (part-time)
LocationBirmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 52°29′19″N 1°53′23″W / 52.4885°N 1.8896°W / 52.4885; -1.8896
CampusGosta Green
Margaret Street
Vittoria Street
AffiliationsBirmingham City University
Websitewww.bcu.ac.uk/biad
 
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Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

Main BIAD campus in Gosta Green. School of Theoretical & Historical Studies (left), and the School of Fashion block (right)
Established1988
TypeFaculty
Students4,000
Undergraduates1,950 (full-time)
1,200 (part-time)
Postgraduates350 (full-time)
350 (part-time)
LocationBirmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 52°29′19″N 1°53′23″W / 52.4885°N 1.8896°W / 52.4885; -1.8896
CampusGosta Green
Margaret Street
Vittoria Street
AffiliationsBirmingham City University
Websitewww.bcu.ac.uk/biad

The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (officially abbreviated as BIAD) is the largest British university art and design teaching and research centre outside London. It is a faculty of Birmingham City University and the largest, most successful department of the university.

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History

BIAD dates back, in various incarnations, to the year 1843. It reached its full maturity from the 1890s, as the Birmingham Municipal School of Art at Margaret Street, under the leadership of Edward R. Taylor. BIAD's Archives holds extensive records on the history of art & design in Birmingham, and 20 similar collections have also been deposited with the archives.

Organisation

The main BIAD campus and library is located at Gosta Green, just north of Birmingham city centre, and about three-quarters of a mile from both Birmingham New Street railway station and the Custard Factory quarter. It is adjacent to Aston University.

There are also smaller centres located in: Bournville (Centre for Visual Arts, foundation awards and evening classes) in the suburbs south of the city centre; Margaret Street (former Birmingham School of Art) (Fine Art) in the city centre next to Birmingham Central Library and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; and Vittoria Street (School of Jewellery) in the city's Jewellery Quarter. The International Project Space at Bournville hosts international art exhibitions and residencies. BIAD at Gosta Green is home to User-lab, a research and design laboratory specialising in user-centred design.

School of Art

The Fine Art Department on Margaret Street, formerly the Birmingham School of Art

The Birmingham School of Art was originally a municipal art school but was absorbed by Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971 and then became a part of the BIAD in 1988. Its Grade I listed building located on Margaret Street remains the home of the university's Department of Fine Art and is still commonly referred to by its original title.

School of Jewellery

School of Architecture

Birmingham School of Architecture was opened in 1908 celebrating its centenary in 2008, is widely recognised for delivering learning excellence from experienced, industry professionals.[1][2]

School of Fashion, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design

School of Visual Communication

Reputation

The Sunday Times University Guide 2004 stated: "Rated excellent (5) Art and Design".[3] Birmingham City University states that: "BIAD received an excellent Quality Assurance score of 22/24 for Art and Design"[4] from the QAA.

The nationwide Research Assessment Exercise 2008 found that Birmingham City University has the highest percentage of 4* research (17%) of any of the post-1992 new universities, and BIAD achieved a profile where 30% of research was at 4* level and 30% was at 3* level. A 4* rating is considered the 'top' level.

Notable graduates

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