Birmingham City University

15 Bartholomew Row

  • Location: City

About us

Birmingham City University is dedicated to transforming the prospects of our learners, inspiring them to become makers and doers. We are an integral part of the city in which we are based, with courses shaped by the needs of industry and partnerships with some of the country's leading employers.

The University focuses on practice-led, knowledge-based learning, providing access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. We benefit from around 50 professional accreditations and have a well-established reputation for delivering in-company training and development programmes.

Our teaching staff come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring you are given an insight into the latest thinking. We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience, with inspiring visiting lecturers and learning environments that are designed to replicate the workplaces you aim to enter. 


We have a confident, proud and diverse community of students at BCU, who are striving to achieve their career goals and transform their lives.

What makes us different

The University has a reputation for widening participation and working with local communities. We welcome a broad mix of cultures and nationalities, and over half of our 29,000 students come from the city or the surrounding area. There are also over 2,600 international and EU students from around 80 countries who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the University’s student population.

We have been pioneering vocational education in the city since 1843, through a series of predecessor institutions. Having achieved University status in 1992, we changed our name to Birmingham City University in 2007, reflecting our commitment to, and pride in, our home city.

“I was always set on studying graphic design and after visiting several universities and having my portfolio reviewed, I instantly knew that BCU would be the right choice for me – it was bold, modern and innovative. Throughout my time here I have built a strong portfolio for my future aspirations - my goal is to achieve my degree and to secure full-time employment in a professional design agency. BCU has offered trips to design agencies which has given me an idea of the work-life I could have and a better understanding of the different roles I can have in the industry. With BCU I get to experience everything this city has to offer and learn how to channel its energy into my art. I want people all over the world to see what I create and where it’s created.”

Zak Billingham

Course locations

Main Site

University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, B5 5JU

School of Acting, Bournville

Ruskin Hall, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1JX

School of Jewellery

Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA

Millennium Point Campus

1 Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

University House / City South Campus

15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, B5 5JU

University House

15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, B5 5JU

City Centre Campuses

1 Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Margaret Street

Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

National Institute of Conductive Ed

Cannon Hill House, 14 Russell Road, Birmingham, B13 8RD

South and City College Birmingham

High Street, Deritend, Deritend, Birmingham, B5 5SU

BMET (James Watt)

James Watt Campus, Aldridge Road, Birmingham, B44 8NE

Aston Villa Foundation

Aston Villa Foundation, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE

BMet (Matt Boulton)

Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7PS

Curzon Building Campus

Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

City South Campus, Edgbaston

Westbourne Road, Birmingham, B15 3TN

Parkside Building Campus

Parkside Building, Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Vittoria Street

82-86 Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PA

Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street

Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX