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Learning opportunities for artists in Birmingham

Posted June 19, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.

Birmingham has always been at the heart of the Black Country’s arts and music scene, which is why there is both a varied history and vibrant contemporary schedule of events.

The way that in Digbeth venues such as Muthers Studio hosts events from groups like DIE DAS DER is a perfect example of how different strands of the artistic community can come together to help each other and promote local activities.

In that particular instance a newly formed group of like-minded musicians, artists, bloggers, photographers and journalists are taking hold of the reins for themselves and making something happen. However, if you look deeper, Birmingham has a long history of art and culture.

Tradition

The city has a deep-seated tradition of individualism and experimentation and many commentators think that this lays behind its development from a humble market town into England’s second city.The Midlands Enlightenment in the 18th century saw Birmingham become an important centre of artistic activity with musical, theatrical and other arts encouraged by a cultural pluralism that has continued to the present day.

Venues

As well as a thriving scene of smaller local venues such as Muthers Studio, there are many others that are known around the world.The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Ikon Gallery, The Halcyon Gallery and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery all have regular displays, installation and exhibitions that feature some of the finest works of their kind in the UK.

The old Bird’s Custard Factory is one of the largest media and arts villages in Europe and feature major events and occasional exhibitions. The Drum Arts Centre features works of African, Asian and Caribbean contemporary artists and reflects the highly diverse cultural mix that goes to make up the population of the city today.

Learning

There is no shortage of learning opportunities for artists of all kinds either, no matter where they come from. The Birmingham Foundation Academy offers opportunities for international learners to enter the university environment one year before the start of a UK undergraduate degree programme. This can be a pathway to successful undergraduate study at Birmingham or many other top UK universities.

University stats

Birmingham University is a renowned university, especially for a degree specialising in the arts.  The university ranks in first place in the entire UK in the specialty subjects of drama and dance and comes in 14th in music as well as the history of art.  The university places in 17th for its creative writing program.  As far as overall education, the university ranks 17th in the whole of the UK according to the Guardian’s University league table 2015.

Birmingham City University takes 28th  place for its art program and 26th for music; it comes in at number 7 for its dance and drama program, showing that for arts education you can’t go wrong in studying in this city.

Some people may find the idea of this type of formal education daunting, but today there is plenty of help at hand. Dissertation writing examples are easy to find online so you can see exactlzy what is expected, and there are also companies such as Ivory Research which offer various tools and services aimed at helping students achieve their potential.

Prospects

A degree in dance and drama or music and the arts can certainly assist anyone looking to perform for a living, and with promising opportunities and career prospects there’s really no reason why you can’t follow your passion and study what you love.

Birmingham is without a doubt a city made for artists and performers with so much in the way of culture and educational opportunities for those who long for all things artistic.

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