Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Undergraduates1,350 (full-time)
800 (part-time)
Postgraduates350 (full-time)
350 (part-time)
Location, ,
England, United Kingdom

Coordinates: 52°29′19″N 1°53′23″W / 52.4885°N 1.8896°W / 52.4885; -1.8896
CampusThe Parkside Building
Margaret Street
Vittoria Street
AffiliationsBirmingham City University
BIAD Emblem logo.png

The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) was the art and design faculty of Birmingham City University in Birmingham, England. It has now been merged into the university's Faculty of Arts, Design and Media,[1] and is based at the Birmingham City University City Centre Campus and the Birmingham School of Art on Margaret Street.


BIAD dates back, in various incarnations, to the year 1843.[citation needed] 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.


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

There are also smaller centres located in: 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.

School of Art[edit]

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. It currently houses the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR).[2]

School of Jewellery[edit]

School of Architecture[edit]

Birmingham School of Architecture was opened in 1908.[3][4]

School of Fashion, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design[edit]

School of Visual Communication[edit]


The Sunday Times University Guide 2004 stated: "Rated excellent (5) Art and Design".[5] Birmingham City University states that: "BIAD received an excellent Quality Assurance score of 22/24 for Art and Design"[6] 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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Centre for Fine Art Research". Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  4. ^ "BIAD". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 27 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2018.

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