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Sheffield Hallam University

Department of Art & Design

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Mission Statement

We are an internationally connected creative community of diverse disciplines housed under one roof. We shape our students' futures, preparing them to shape the world through applied knowledge and creativity.

Our art and design courses don't just train students they promote alternative ways of thinking, making and communicating; they provide students with space, tools and inspiration to develop their creative practice and a clear career path. Students get expert teaching from active practitioners and researchers who encourage the adoption of innovative and resourceful approaches that both perceive and create opportunities for better lives. Students develop their creative practice whilst interacting with their peers in well-equipped studios, making and digital workshops. At the same time, they learn professional skills by working on applied briefs facilitated through our links with commercial clients, cultural institutions, businesses and organisations.


International Role

Sheffield Hallam has experience and expertise working with over 100 partners worldwide. We believe that collaboration across continents can lead to great things — not just for our institutions, but for the wider world. It’s how we solve real-world problems and create lasting change.

Working together, we provide transformational experiences for students and staff — helping them build confidence, expand their horizons, experience new cultures and discover different ways of thinking.

Our vision
We will be the world’s leading applied university. As we expand our network of global partners, our priority is to provide transformational experiences for students. Each one of our partnerships is unique and developed to maximise mutual benefit. We work with like-minded institutions that share our vision and commitment to collaboration. 

Work with us
We want to build new partnerships with institutions around the world that share our ambition and values.

National Role

Sheffield Hallam University's, Department of Art & Design is one of the oldest Art Schools in the UK. Founded in 1843, we celebrated our 175 year anniversary in 2018 and the 25th anniversary of the Art & Design Research Centre . The Department continues to make a significant contribution locally, regionally and nationally to the creative industries. Sheffield is home to one of the largest communities of practising artists outside London and the traditional home of jewellery and metalwork design. We collaborate with regional Universities in Yorkshire and the Midlands on joint research bids, conferences and projects.

We are a member of CHEAD (Council for Heads of Education in Art and Design) and ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts).

Our partners and collaborates with organisations and networks including: DESIS network; British Fashion Council; Graduate Fashion Week; Ethical Fashion Forum; Skillset; RIBA; Creative Industries Federation; APDIG, All Party Design and Innovation Group, Redress HK.

National Subject Associations: Association of Interior Designers, Association of Fashion and Textiles, D&AD, GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design); The Design Research Society.

We have a wide range of business connections nationally and internationally. For further information visit www.shu.ac.uk/business/access-our-expertise/design

Main Focus

A comprehensive portfolio of Art and Design courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The University can trace its history back to 1843, and is now the Art and Design Department at Sheffield Hallam University, one of Britain’s largest and most progressive modern universities. The Department's degree routes focus heavily on hands-on practice, offering a dynamic creative community experience whilst students work on real-world projects and commissions both at undergraduate and at postgraduate level.

Faculties and Departments

Department of Art and Design, College of Social Sciences & Arts.


Bachelor Level Programs

BA (hons) Graphic Design 3/4yr, BA (hons) Illustration 3/4yr, BA (hons) Fashion Design 3/4yr, BA (hons) Fashion Management and Communication 3/4yr, BA (hons) Interior Architecture & Design 3/4yr, BA (hons) Fine Art 3/4yr, BSc (hons) Product Design 3/4yr, BA (hons) Jewellery, Materials & Design 3/4yr, BA (hons) Product Design 3/4yr, BSc (hons) BSc Packaging Professional 3yr, (Higher Degree Apprenticeship)


Master Level Programs

Masters Programme:  MA typically 1.5 years / MFA typically 2 years 
Courses in; MA/MFA Design (Fashion,) MA/MFA Design (Graphics), MA/MFA Design (Illustration), MA/MFA Design (Interiors), MA/MFA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork), MA/MFA Design (Packaging), MA/MFA Design (Product), MA/MFA Design (Interaction), MFA Fine Art 


Research Activity and Main Areas

The Art, Design & Media Research Centre (ADMRC) is one of Britain's leading centres for research in the creative disciplines of Fine Art, Design and Media Production. Our artists, designers and film makers are at the forefront of practice-led research, through pioneering work in health care research, critically acclaimed independent film and public artworks. We have pioneered new thinking in how we can apply the expertise and experience of artists and designers to the creation of knowledge, striking a balance between developing the theory that drives our academic disciplines and making practical contributions to our economic and cultural life. Our work includes the creation of new methods and techniques for research and practice, products and artworks that change our understanding or create new knowledge, multi-disciplinary research with partners in a variety of disciplines and developing methods for transmitting ideas, skills and knowledge. We are committed to building a research-led academic community through our support for postgraduate studies at both Doctoral and Master's levels. The ADRC is also home to Design Futures, a discrete unit within C3RI delivering packaging and product design research to industry. Design futures has a proven track record as innovators being cited as inventors or contributors to a portfolio of intellectual property, it has accrued a number of design awards.


Doctorate Level Programs

MPhil/ PhD Research Degrees through the Creative and Cultural Research Institute. The Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute, a diverse multidisciplinary group that makes connections between the research traditions of • art • design and media production • communication studies. The CCRI provide an environment in which each discipline can develop its own approach to research whilst at the same time bringing people together on questions that cut across traditional subject boundaries. The work of the CCRI covers basic, strategic and applied research as well as research into teaching and learning. Much of it is through partnerships with businesses and professional collaborators. Research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, commercial clients, charitable bodies and government. The CCRI support a PhD research programme with over 40 students. The CCRI also maintains many knowledge transfer partnerships that support close collaboration between academics, researchers and industrial partners. The CCRI also houses Design Futures – a Yorkshire Forward Centre of Industrial Collaboration for Product and Packaging innovation. Design Futures has had specialist design teams working exclusively on commercial consultancy services for several years. These teams have developed award-winning, innovative solutions for many clients, some of which have been patented.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

As per the undergraduate and postgraduate course list

Application Deadlines

Contact Anna Maria Di Betta – Global Engagement & Academic Partnerships Lead – [email protected]

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Semester Dates

Semester 1 – September – January

Semester 2 – January – May


Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

circa 1500 GBP


Bachelor: 3000
Master: 100
Doctorate: 70

Exchange Students

Incoming: 40
Outgoing: 40

Teaching Staff

Professors: 12
Lectures: 130

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